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August 1, 2016

Back to School

By Tampa Bay Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the long days of summer will soon be behind us. Before you start your school shopping, we have found some of the coolest new school supplies to add to your list. Whether your child is just starting preschool or is starting high school, there is something for everyone to make the school year exciting.

Our Favorite

3d Magic Pen

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In the last few years, STEAM toys have taken over. If you can dream it, you can make it with the 3D Magic ImagiPen! Using UV gel-curing technology, the 3D Magic ImagiPen allows a child to design in mid-air! You can create up and build out, resulting in amazing 3D creations. $20 tech4kids.com

Glow Lacez

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Glow “Power” shoe laces come with built-in LED lights with adjustable settings (flash, slow flash, constant and off) and are available in four colors. $15 4id.com.

Lego Lunchbox

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Pack your child’s favorite lunches with this nifty LEGO lunch box. It is the perfect size for sandwiches, fruits and veggies. Kids of any age will love it, and you will love that it is BPA free. $10 firebox.com

Fiskars Scissors

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These scissors are the No.1 teacher recommended brand. Ideal for kids ages 4 and up, they feature a safety-edge blade for high quality cutting with safety and a nonstick coating for easy cleaning of sticky materials. $4.50 fiskars.com

Orbit Labels

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Orbit Labels from InchBug are unique, reusable, easy-to-use labels for children’s bottles, sippy cups and snack containers. This innovative product is non-adhesive, reusable and personalized to meet your needs. $13 for a 4-pack. inchbug.com/custom-orbit-labels.html

Dig and Discover Set

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This custom set benefits NatureBridge, an organization dedicated to fostering environmental literacy through hands-on learning, and features a Green Toys bucket, shovel, and rake, along with a copy of Dig & Discover! Outdoor Activities for Kids. $25 greentoys.com

MyDrinky

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MyDrinky is an innovative solution to help stop the accidental juice-box-squeeze. The two-piece adjustable locking mechanism keeps your child’s juice box secure in the holder so it can’t be squeezed. $10 mydrinky.com

Aquasana Water Bottle

Tampa Bay Parenting August 2016 Aquasana Water Bottle
Fill with tap water and the built-in filter will reduce lead and chlorine plus 99 percent of bacteria and cysts. Filters last for 80 gallons; that’s equivalent to 640 disposable plastic bottles! $29 aquasana.com

Beatrix NY Backpack

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Beautifully embroidered, these durable nylon children’s backpacks have a large interior space with a smaller interior pocket. Exterior has a large laminated, wipeable front pocket and two side pockets. $52 beatrixny.com

School Zone Flashcards and Workbooks

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To expose your children to less screen time, get back to basics with School Zone’s trademark workbooks and flash card sets. These colorful and interactive books improve your child’s skills in math, logic, reading, vocabulary and phonics while allowing them to keep using their crayons. $15 or $3 each schoolzone.com

Health Warrior Bars

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Chia Bars pack around 1,100 mg of brain-boosting omega-3s, 4g of fiber and 3g of protein in a small bar in flavors kids love. These tasty bars use chia as the number one ingredient and come in a variety of flavors. 15 pack $21 shop.healthwarrior.com

Hi Voltage FX Pens

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If bright, bold, eye-catching, electrifying neon colors are right up your alley, Hi-Voltage FX is the line for you. These intense neon stationery items will be sure to spice up your home, office or school desk. $2 debbielynn.net

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