Remember back in junior high when you thought your four-colored pen was, like, the greatest thing ever? Pink, blue, green, and purple! And you’d write notes to your friends using a color per word?
That was back when we walked barefoot to school in the snow, uphill both ways.
But kids these days are beyond multi-colored pens. Some of the back-to-school supplies are genius, yet so simple! And affordable!
During my Internet surfing session, I went ahead and put together a list of my favorites and links to where you can order them online. You’re welcome!
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1. Anti-Theft Lunchbags
Tired of people stealing your kid’s lunch? Now you can guarantee it will never happen again. Pick yourself up some anti-theft sandwich bags from perpetualkid.com for $4.99.
2. Brown Paper Bag
I love this so much. This brown “paper” bag is tear-proof, leak resistant, and has a double magnet at the entrance so that once your lunch is inside you can fold it down so it shuts tight. The bag keeps its temperature, either retaining the warmth of your food, or its chill. Can you say, awesome? Pick one up at perpetualkid.com for $19.95.
3. Word Lock
I guess I’m old because I never heard of a word padlock. Um, GENIUS! I can’t tell you how many times I forgot my locker combination in high school. I still have nightmares about it. Wordlock.com has bike locks, padlocks, luggage locks…
4. Cassette Tape Dispenser
Maybe only we parents will get a kick out of this one but it was too cool not to add to the list. Pick one up for $23 right here.
Highlighting markers are for bores! How about some fancy highlighters that look like nail polish to inspire all that textbook reading? Get them on Amazon, pack of 4 for $10.
6. Colored Smencils
Who doesn’t want scented colored pencils? No one, that’s who. $14 for a pack of 10 on Amazon.
7. Pencil Eraser Hats
Pencils, but fancy! A pack of four for less than $6 over on Amazon.
8. Unicorn Pencil Sharpener
Um? UNICORN. ‘Nuff said! $8 on perpetualkid.com.
9. Draw It Yourself Calculator
Don’t like how calculators are arranged? Do it yourself! You’ll start with a blank sheet, so be creative and draw it however you want. Less than $10 over on Amazon.
10. Retro Shoe Pencil Case
You need something to carry your multi-colored pen, your thumb thumb drive, your doughnut-scented pencils and your unicorn sharpener don’t you? Pick yourself up a shoe pencil case over on Amazon.
11. Sandwich Lunch Box
It’s retro but hip! Score one at retroplanet.com.
12. Thumb Thumb Drive
A literal translation. Starting at $14 at brando.com.
13. Talking Bubble Sticky Notes
Do kids still share lockers? What a fun way to leave each other notes! Anyone who uses those old-fashioned square sticky notes is such a…square. Get them on Office Playground.