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TO THE LETTER
Buy It Now! My Studio Girl alphabet stencils, $4, mystudiogirl.com
My Studio Girl's stencil kit helps your little one practice her letters at home by giving her instructions and fonts for creating her very own signs, cards and stationery. For aspiring seamstresses, there's also a kit with everything she needs to make her own felt bunny, cat or owl – who knew sewing could be this cute?
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STICK IT TO 'EM
Buy It Now! Cool Kids Name Labels, $14.95, stuckonyou.com
What goes to school doesn't always make it back. But chances are you'll see their belongings again when they're labeled with adorable name stickers like these from Stuck on You. There's one for each of their favorite activities – except for swiping your iPad! – and the company's colorful bag tags slip on just as easily as a key chain.
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PACK A PUNCH
Buy It Now! Skip Hop Zoo Packs, $20, skiphop.com
They won't tote heavy books until they're older, so preschool backpacks are all about carrying the cute! Skip Hop's Zoo Packs come in a variety of adorable animal designs, and the Zoo Lunchies insulated lunch boxes also keep their lunch items cool in the cutest way possible.
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Buy It Now! Spotted Owls, $54.00, momobaby.com
Hoot, hoot, hurray! She'll be skipping down the halls – safely! – in these MomoBaby's leather Mary Janes, which feature a flexible rubber sole with a deep tread pattern that works to prevent slips and spills.
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Buy It Now! Little Blueprint preschool book, $24.95, littleblueprint.com
Banish those first-day-of-school jitters with this children's picture book that helps newbies prep for their new environment and plan their activities around the classroom. Personalize it with your own photos for even more familiarity.
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IN THE BAG
Buy It Now! Snack Happens bags, $9.99, itzyritzy.com
It's no wonder Itzy Ritzy's reusable snack bags have a strong celeb following: They make moms look like rock stars! The BPA- and PVC-free, 100 percent cotton bags, which come in a slew of fun patterns, are machine washable for easy cleaning after snacks, crayons or toiletries are tossed inside.
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BOX IT UP
Buy It Now! PlanetBox lunch packing systems, starting at $34.95, planetbox.com
PlanetBox's stainless steel container (thoughtfully designed by real parents) comes in three different sizes, so there's one size for every appetite. Not only does it encourage portion control, but it's also great for kids who prefer to divide and conquer their foods separately.
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WALK THIS WAY
Buy It Now! Max hi-top, $59.95, goplae.com
It's what all the cool kids – the offspring of January Jones, Jen Garner and Naomi Watts – are wearing! Plae eco-friendly shoes, made partially from recycled milk jugs, were engineered to follow the natural contour of a child's foot, leaving the cartilage and fledgling bone room to grow as nature intended. The patterned interchangeable tabs make a statement and accommodate a thinner or wider foot.
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THINK ABOUT IT
Buy It Now! Brain Cheeser, $9.99, smartgames.eu
This will inspire kids to turn off the laptop: SmartGames's collection of brain-teasing challenges test skills like pattern recognition and logic – plus the compact, magnetic pieces make them perfect for travel (think, the backseat en route to school). Ages 3 to 5 will get on board (literally) with fun blocks and bricks, while older kids can try outsmarting the many permutations of its themed puzzles.
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Buy It Now! Slap bracelet rulers, target.com
You can bend and stretch these rules and it's totally no biggie. Under this slap bracelet is a ruler for whenever students need to size things up on the go.