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Back to School Supplies & Gear for 2021

A new school year is an exciting time to get organized and stock up on new school supplies! My kids love picking out new pencils, notebooks, erasers, rulers and organizers for the school year. Since we homeschool, I also buy my kids’ workbooks and curriculum for their next grade levels. Additionally, I love finding creative activity sets, craft boxes and toys that inspire my kids to play together. Here are some great educational resources and products to kick off the school year and make learning fun!

Back to school supplies CraftLab gemstones soap making kit

Craft Lab Art Kits

Kids will have a blast making their own soaps with the CraftLab gemstone soap making kit. This lesson in practical chemistry includes everything you need to make soap. The kit includes melt and pour soap base, gem soap molds, color, fragrance and glitter. Additionally, these shimmery soaps encourage kids to practice healthy handwashing, and they will look super cute in the bathroom.

American Girl doll school supplies

American Girl Collection

Girls can go back to school with their American Girl dolls, complete with backpacks, fall accessories and more! The American Girl new fall collection includes outfits and accessories for the classic line of TrulyMe dolls, Historical dolls, and WellieWishers dolls. My girls love playing with their American Girl dolls and it’s always fun to add something new to their collection!

Ooly art supplies for back to school

Ooly Art Supplies

If your kids love to draw, color and create art, they will love Ooly art supplies! This colorful collection includes scented crayons, paint sticks, watercolor paints, calligraphy pens, rainbow sparkle markers and more! I love buying my kids new art supplies to inspire them to draw and create! We especially love making art as part of our homeschool schedule.

Pediped Flex kids shoes back to school

Pediped Shoes

A new school year also means the start of soccer, PE class, and lots of playground time. I’ve found it’s super important for my kids to have good shoes that support their feet. Pediped shoes has been our family’s go-to brand for kids shoes. The shoe styles are super cute, Pediped offers a huge variety, and the shoes hold up very well throughout active play. Pediped’s Grip ‘n’ Go and Flex shoes are great for sports because they are supportive, ultra-light, breathable and even machine washable!

GoSili ocean silicone cups

GoSili Silicone Cups

Gear up for back to school with a set of beautiful water-inspired GoSili Reusable Ocean Cups. These 20 oz. cups are made from 100% platinum silicone and an embedded stainless steel ring for durability. Additionally, they’re dishwasher safe and eco-friendly. Best of all, GoSili donates 1% of every purchase to ocean clean-up and conservation, in partnership with Lonely Whale. Their on a mission to raise awareness about ocean health and encourage kids and families to help reduce plastic waste. The GoSili collection also includes innovative silicone tops and silicone straws.

Abeka homeschool readers and art project workbook

Abeka Readers

Next on our list, a stack of kids readers is a great way to get kids excited about reading. Abeka homeschool offers a variety of educational readers for each grade and reading level. Many of the books are fun to read, some incorporate history, and others teach important character values.

The early readers teach kids basic phonics concepts. Fun with Pets, for example, has 15 stories for first grade reading with one- and two-vowel word stories about animals. Furthermore, the more advanced readers share compelling stories. Strong and True includes 22 stories and 7 poems which inspire kids to cultivate thinking and comprehension skills.

Finally, Abeka offers a diverse collection of educational workbooks for core subjects as well as electives, such as art. Abeka’s Art Projects workbooks inspire kids to create and learn how to follow instructions as they do a variety of art projects. Kids will also develop their art techniques while learning about watercolor painting, drawing with charcoal, sculpting, stitching, and using colored pencils.

Luli Bebe snack bag back to school

Luli Bebe Snack Bag

Next for back to school, lunch time just got a lot more stylish! Trendsetters of all ages can fill up a Monaco Snack Bag from Luli Bebé, with their favorite goodies. This lunch tote is made with beautiful vegan leather in a quilted texture, and a insulated wipeable interior. It’s 100% stain resistant too. The Monaco Snack Bag has easy-carry strap options, with backpack and over-the-shoulder options and pockets front and back. It’s made with the finest luxury materials and hardware and comes in latte brown, ebony black, pearl white, stone grey, pastel pink and caramel brown.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry personalized bracelets school accessories

Isabelle Grace Jewelry

Accessorize the perfect outfit for the first day of school with Color Pop Letter Bead Bracelets from Isabelle Grace Jewelry. These gorgeous bracelets are hand-crafted and made in the USA. Choose up to twelve super colorful enamel letter or character beads. The brass beads between each letter or character are classic and long lasting.

Tweens and teens will love fashionably expressing themselves with colorful letter bead bracelets from Isabelle Grace Jewelry! Self-expression is on-trend for the back to school season!

Petite Keep keepsake trunk back to school

Petite Keep Trunk

Treasure the highlights of your child’s school year in a Petite Keep Keepsake Trunk. These hand-crafted trunks are a meaningful way to collect and display your child’s school memories, awards and trophies. Petite Keep keepsake trunks are available in a range of classic colors. They’re perfect for creating a graduation keepsake box or a sports memorabilia trunk. Furthermore, each trunk has gold hardware, a custom lined interior, and can be personalized with an embroidered name, monogram or initials.

Codi Storytelling Robot

A little screen-free technology is another great way to make learning fun. Codi the Storytelling Robot encourages kids to learn and grow in their love for stories and songs. With the press of a button, Codi shares stories and songs from the Pillar Learning audio library. Classic stories include Chicken Little and Cinderella, among many others. Codi’s classic songs include nursery favorites and quiet time music. This Al-enabled toy gives kids access to more than 200 classic songs and stories for developmental support at home. See our full Codi product review here!

Modular Closets

Additionally, being organized is helpful for kids to succeed in school, and that starts at home. Modular Closets help families create individual spaces for book bags, lunch kits, boots, hats and coats. You can mix and match the DIY installations from Modular Closets to create custom storage space wherever you need it.

Create a family storage station in the kitchen, with baskets for school forms and spots to charge phones. You could also add bins to a mud room to organize sports equipment and a laundry bin for used jerseys. Last but not least, Modular Closets can help organize a bedroom closet so that outfits, shoes and accessories are fun to pick out and coordinate. Consequently, back to school has never been easier!

Modular Closets family organizing for back to school

Which of these back to school gift ideas would help your family the most?


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