• The Best School Supplies For Kids Of All Ages

    Set your students up for success with our guide to savvy school supplies.

    By New York Family

    By Rebecca Levey and Mia Weber

    For Ages 3-8: Whether you’re prepping your little one for their very first day of nursery school, or their big step into Kindergarten, fun and age-appropriate gear is a must. The New York Family team has combed the marketplace for our fave picks for the littlest scholars this back-to-school season!

    For Ages 8-12: As kids grow up, tech supplies and trendy gear take center stage. Rebecca Levey, co-founder of KidzVuz—safe, moderated videos on sports, fashion, books, movies, and more, made by kids, for kids ages 6-14—weighs in on her expert recommendations for older kids and tweens.

    • Hello Kitty Denim Pencil Pouch
      Loungefly For Hello Kitty Printed Denim Pencil Case:
      Hello Kitty has long been a favorite of little girls—so send her off on her first day with an adorable pencil case emblazoned with HK’s reassuring visage. $5, sanrio.com





    • HI RES_Backpack_Fox_OR_278190_LL

      Land of Nod Teacher’s Pet Backpack: What does the fox say? He says it’s time to head back to school! We love this kid-friendly pack in a fierce fox motif. It’s especially great for young kiddos heading to preschool or Kindergarten, as it’s like a built-in animal friend. $29, landofnod.com





    • HI RES_gnome stylus

      GamaGo Gnome Stylus: If your child is getting their first introduction to touchscreens and tablets this year, hook them up with a cool stylus that makes tapping the screen—and keeping it free from smudges—a snap. GamaGo’s cheeky gnome version is as whimsical as it is practical. $10, gamago.com





    • HI RES_Penguin Sharpener Group_BLACK PENGUIN

      Staples Animal Pencil Sharpeners: Help your little ones keep their pencils as sharp as their minds with cute critter sharpeners from Staples! We can’t get enough of the pig and penguin options. $0.99, staples.com





    • HI RES_XO Tablet

      XO Tablet: Designed especially for kids (think durability and a kid-friendly size) and loaded with tons of original educational content, hundreds of classic books, and more, the XO—which is affiliated with One Laptop Per Child—is great for kids just getting used to having their own electronics. The different “dream” themes (from scientist to musician), parental monitoring tools, and Android option make it a perfect fit. $149, toysrus.com



    • whale notebook

      Big Grid Whale Notebook: Available at beloved Park Slope toy store Norman & Jules, this nautical notebook is full of grid paper that can have endless uses for kids in their first years of school as they begin to learn the basics of charts, graphs, more. $9, normanandjules.com


    • Badtz Maru Cell Phone Cleaner
      Badtz-Maru Cell Phone Cleaner: Snooze:
      Most parents have first-hand knowledge of just how much of mess enthusiastic kiddos can make—which results in smudged screens all around. Pass on the value of cleanliness with a squishy Sanrio screen cleaner. The best part? The soft shape of the item lets it double as a fun toy! $7, sanrio.com





    • alphabet bean bags
      Learning Resources Canvas Alphabet Bean Bags: A staple of many preschool and nursery classrooms, bean bags are always in high demand. This great set of 26—each with a letter of the alphabet—is sure to make a great addition to any learning environment, and is available at a great price point through School Specialty. $54.99, store.schoolspecialty.com





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      Lenovo Yoga 2:
      As the name implies, the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga bends and flips to convert from regular laptop to flat tablet. It runs Windows 8.1, weighs just over 3 lbs, and has an 8-hour battery life. $899, shop.lenovo.com





    • LandsEndBP
      Lands’ End Featherlight Backpack:
      If there were a backpack Hall of Fame, the Lands’ End Featherlight would surely be the first inductee. These backpacks have everything a kid needs to haul their stuff all school year long, including a padded compartment for a laptop or tablet, an outer bungee cord to hold that jacket they will inevitably take off in the schoolyard, and a water repellent finish to keep it all dry. $54, landsend.com





    • school smart

      School Specialty: NYC public school parents are often called upon to help supply their child’s classroom. School Specialty is a well-regarded one-shop-stop of every kind of school supply where, in addition to shopping for their child’s individual supply needs, a parent can buy economy-minded class-size packs for their classroom. You can buy large class-ready packs of crayons, markers, and much more. store.schoolspecialty.com





    • BuiltNYlunch

      Built NY Spicy Relish Tote: There’s only one question that matters when buying a lunch bag—does it go in the wash? These Built NY lunch bags are made of neoprene so they keep food cold, look super-stylish, are incredibly lightweight, and most importantly you can toss them right in the washing machine. $29.99, builtny.com




    • jonathanadlerkeyring

      Jonathan Adler Seasons Mini Keyring ID: Make it easy and stylish for your kid to keep their Metrocard, money and keys all together with this wallet-key ring combo by design guru Jonathan Adler. $7.95, barnesandnoble.com



    • post it writeable flags

      Post-It Study Products: Taking notes in the margins is so last century. Post-It’s Writable Flags are great for bookmarking and notating text books and class notes, making everything easy to find, and to remember, while the Grid Notes stick onto surfaces, making it easy and neat to insert a graph, chart or math equation into any notebook page. Writable Flags: $4.49; Grid Notes: $3.99; post-it.com


    • R2D2

      R2-D2 MIMOPOWERBOT: Now your kids will have no excuse when they forget to text you after school. Thisportable rechargeable battery charger comes with multiple tips to fit any cellphone or tablet so the force will always be with them. $59.99, mimoco.com


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      Minecraft Creeper Backpack: If your kids insist that The Creeper ate their homework (or at least ate up their homework time) then this backpack is for them. Fully padded with three compartments to hold their stuff, this backpack is just as functional as it is awesome. $39.99, thinkgeek.com

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