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Back to school ideas…

It’s that time of year again! Summer has come and gone and now you’re ready to send the kinds back to school. Here are a few ideas to get them in the mood and prepared for that first day back,.

Melissa & Doug – Deluxe Double-Sided Tabletop Easel

Inspire endless creativity with this double-sided tabletop easel, featuring a magnetic dry-erase board on one side, and a chalkboard on the other. The included paper-roll holder with a paper guide and tear-bar accommodates 12-inch paper rolls and adds even more ways to create masterpieces! The deluxe set comes with a dry-erase marker and felt eraser, five coloured chalk sticks, a 50-foot-long paper roll, 36 letter and number magnets, and an art supply tray. The sturdy wooden easel folds flat for handy storage.

Available from – https://www.melissaanddoug.com/deluxe-double-sided-tabletop-easel

Jansport Backpacks

Shoutout to the Right Pack. After decades of proving its mettle as an all around durable solution, this icon has earned a much deserved upgrade: the side water bottle pocket. Padded laptop sleeve included, it’s finally coming into its own as a feature-packed pack with the confidence you’d expect from such classic style.

  • CAPACITY: 1900 cu in / 31 L
  • WEIGHT: 11 lb 4 oz / 0.6 kg
  • DIMENSIONS: 18″ x 13″ x 8.5″ / 46 x 33 x 21 cm
  • LAPTOP DIMENSIONS: 17″ x 10.5″/ 30.5 x 27 cm
  • Premium Cordura® fabric with suede leather bottom
  • Internal padded sleeve fits 15″ laptop
  • One large main compartment
  • Iconic straight-cut, padded shoulder straps
  • Front utility pocket with organiser
  • OZippered front stash pocket
  • Web haul handle

See > https://jansport.co.uk/

Geostix Letter Construction Set

The edx education® Geostix® Letter Construction Set allows children to use their creativity and problem solving skills to form interesting and colourful designs and learn letter formation. Geostix® are the only construction sticks with multiple points of connection making possibilities endless.

The sticks easily snap together making them ideal for young learners. Includes activity cards for guidance and inspiration. Or let your imagination go wild and build unique designs and words of your own!

Available from – https://www.shopedx.co.uk/collections/construction/products/geostix-letter-construction-set

Munchkin Twisty™ Mix & Match Animals Bite Proof Sippy Cup

  • Mix & match your favorite pieces to create your own unique animal!
  • Spill-proof, leak-free design
  • Ultra-durable bite proof spout
  • Cup disassembles for easy cleaning
  • 9oz capacity
  • BPA free, 18+ months

Available from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Munchkin-Twisty-Match-Bite-Proof-Sippy

Munchkin Multi Plates

  • Pack of 4 colourful, stackable matching plates
  • Perfectly sized plates for toddler meals and high chair trays
  • Raised edges for easy scooping
  • Complete your toddler’s dining set with matching bowls and cups (sold separately)
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe, BPA-free and microwave safe
  • 6+ months

Available from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Munchkin-Multi-Plates

Munchkin Gentle™ Transition Sippy Cup

  • Starter sippy cup that helps move away from bottles
  • Soft silicone spout is gentle on baby’s gums
  • Removable handles are soft and easy to hold
  • Ultra flexible spout moves with baby
  • Includes a lid to cover the spout when you are out and about
  • 10 oz/ 300ml capacity for water, milk or juice
  • 9+ months
  • BPA free & top rack dishwasher safe

Available from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Munchkin-Gentle-Transition

Munchkin Lunch™ Bento Box with Stainless Steel Utensils, Green

  • Colourful bento box for toddlers and kids – perfect for daycare, school lunches, or on-the-go
  • Includes stainless steel toddler utensils that snap directly to lid for easy storage
  • 5 compartments are perfectly sized to fit your little one’s favourite foods – sandwiches, juice boxes, and more
  • Durable, kid-friendly design complete with a handle
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Fits most kid-sized backpacks
  • 18+ months
  • BPA-free

Available from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Munchkin-Bento-Toddler-Lunch-Yellow

Germ Zapper from Nimble

Plant based hand sanitiser specially designed for little hands and ideal size to keep in school bags. Spray format doesn’t dry out hands as well as being easier to cover/spread. The plant-based formula kill’s 99.9% germs.

Available from – https://nimblebabies.com ( and Amazon) 

Polarn O. Pyret Outerwear

Polarn O. Pyret don’t mess around when it comes to outerwear! Lightweight, flexible and extra durable, they believe that bad weather shouldn’t stop fun in the great outdoors – or ruin the walk to school! With a collection full of trendy new colours, there is something suitable for all weathers and personalities! Arriving earlier this year, the PO.P flexisize jacket is an exciting new offering that truly shows the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Not only is the lining made from 100% recycled polyester, but thanks to a brand-new genius feature, this garment will literally grow with your child. A cleverly designed buttonhole elastic on the inside of the sleeves, means the jacket length can be extended by 1.5 sizes, allowing parents to buy their child’s current size and adjust the sleeve length as they grow. When it’s time for the garment to be handed down, simply adjust it back again. It is fully waterproof, windproof, durable and breathable, as well as being reinforced on the back and cuffs, and super comfy mesh lining and so much more. 

Stockist: https://www.polarnopyret.co.uk

Mini BuggyBoard Superhero

Ideal for little ones with younger siblings, families can enjoy the walk to school with ease. Attaching to 99% of pushchairs, prams and strollers, this handy invention saves little ones’ legs and adds a touch of fun and adventure during family strolls. The new superhero design will inspire little ones to take on new adventures, just like their favourite superhero characters! 

Available from – https://www.cheekyrascals.co.uk

Ickle Bubba Eclipse Travel System

Looking for ways to speed up the school run? The Eclipse Travel System from Ickle Bubba is the perfect way to get to the gates on time with baby and child in toe! The pushchairs handy ‘Bubba Board’ can accommodate a child standing on the built-in board, whilst your baby is safely snuggled up on the carrycot, pushchair, or car seat. The chrome chassis contrasts beautifully with the leatherette detailing and true to its name, a range of beautifully soft fabrics are available in darkening shades. In true Ickle Bubba style this bundle comes with a carrycot, pushchair, i-size car seat and Isofix base, as well as a host of accessories including a rain cover, colour co-ordinating changing bag and mat, carrycot apron and mattress, footmuff and extendable hood. 

Stockist: Icklebubba.com

Limited Edition Choco Orange Soft Oaty Bars, 12+ months

Brand new, fabulously zesty limited edition Choco Orange Soft Oaty Bars has joined the award-winning Soft Oaty Bar range! These are the perfect snack break in any school day, a nice easy choice which is a crowd pleaser for hungry tummies.

Veggie Mini Mix Ups, 9+ months

These new puffs are made with real organic vegetables, designed to give little ones a taste of grown-up, savoury flavours  including: Carrot & Beetroot, Parsnip and Green Pea.

They are baked not fried and likely to make anyone who has them the envy of the playground!

Groov-e Kidz wireless headphones

The Groov-e Kidz Bluetooth headphones are suited for use with all devices, these headphones even include a built-in audio-sharing port so siblings/friends can enjoy watching/listening at the same time. Ideal for homework, remote learning or watching educational videos as well as group learning projects. The Kidz headphones offer up to 7.5 hours wireless playtime however the optional 3.5mm headphone jack means they can continue to be used for even longer. Available in blue or pink.

Available from: Groov-e, Currys, Amazon, Tesco

Groov-e Light Curve 

If getting them to go to sleep at night or get up in the morning is a hassle after the summer holidays, Groov-e Light Curve can help you get them back into a good sleep pattern.
The Light Curve is an alarm and radio with additional sunrise and sunset simulation functions and mood lighting options. The light, which mimics natural daylight, will come on at the selected time, starting off gently and gradually getting brighter until it’s at the optimum level to help rouse sleepy-heads up.
If they have trouble going to sleep, the sunset stimulation mimics the end of the daylight, helping them ease into a relaxing light as they head into slumber.
If they like to read in bed or don’t like to sleep in full darkness, the Light Curve has 10 levels of brightness using its LED lamp. One of the seven coloured mood lighting options can be selected.  

Available from: ArgosAmazon


Twelve South Compass Pro


Groov-e Apollo wireless charger, speaker and desk lamp

This sturdy, all-metal folding stand from Twelve South allows creative students to use iPad Pro in three different ways while on the move – ideal for college and university students.
Flipping down the secondary leg turns it into typing/sketching mode – ideal for sketching with Apple Pencil. 
Using Compass Pro in portrait mode is ideal for students who use video for study and leisure. 
Alternatively Compass Pro can be combined with a wireless keyboard desktop mode to use iPad Pro as a screen – perfect for use in classrooms, libraries, cafes and more.

Available from ArgosCurrysAmazon

Apollo Lamp

The Apollo lamp is a firm favourite for uni students and secondary school pupils, as not only does it serve as a desk lamp with three different light settings, it is also a wireless charging platform for smartphones. What’s more, it even has a built-in Bluetooth speaker so they can listen to their favourite tunes while studying/doing homework! Available in black or white.

Available from AmazonVery


Twelve South HoverBar Duo

HoverBar Duo is an adjustable iPad and iPhone holder that allows you to position the devices in new ways. Ideal for students who are also streamers/vloggers, podcasters and influencers, the flexible arm has a clamp on the end so it can be attached to a number of different surfaces, allowing creators to position their gadgets at eye level height for recording. 
HoverBar Duo is also ideal for teens and students to watch their favourite shows in their bedroom and for remote/online learning and lectures.
The adjustability of the HoverBar Duo also means that students could position their iPad right next to their iMac, external monitor or MacBook to serve as a second, or even third display. Even better, add a wireless keyboard and mouse to create a super comfortable mini desktop setup ideal for studying.

Available from AmazonVery

Evernote

Evernote automatically saves notes online and makes them available on all devices so you can access them anywhere, anytime. Ideal for students who do a mix of online and in-person studying or like a change of scenery.

Price: Basic (free), Premium (£4.99 per month), Business (£10.99 per month)
Available from: Apple App Store or Google Play