What’s a first day of school without the traditional photo op by the proud parents? Sticky Bellies School Card earns the candid an A+ for cuteness – and gives a glimpse into your child’s year.
Buy It Now! Sticky Bellies Picture Me Proud Set, $17, stickybellies.com
PBS Kids’ Journals are a whimsical way to write down the day’s notes … or dash a quick message to friends old-school style.
Buy It Now! PBS Kids’ Journal, $5, shop.pbskids.org
Let’s be honest: lunchtime is the highlight of almost every student’s day. Your child will be the envy of the cafeteria crowd with PlanetBox’s lunch kits. Bonus: The cool tray and carrying case combo fits easily inside the company’s new Jetpacks!
Buy It Now! PlanetBox’s Rover, $50 to $82, PlanetBox’s Carry Bag, $27 to $29, planetbox.com
Social skills are right up there with learning your ABC’s, but making the first move isn’t always so easy. Mother Company’s Friendship Set helps prep kids to interact with their peers – and maybe make a new best friend along the way.
Buy It Now! The Mother Company’s Friendship Gift Set, $50, rubysstudio.com
Tegu puts a new twist on tradition with their magnetic building blocks, designed to promote imaginary play with their colorful collections. The Stunt Team line, made up of helicopters and race cars, is just waiting for some action!
Buy It Now! Tegu’s Stunt Team Skyhook, $50, tegu.com
ROLL WITH IT
Learning letters can be hard work! But Melissa amp Doug make the milestone a fun one by turning it into a 28-piece train puzzle that gets everyone on board. Your tot will be on the right track before you know it.
Buy It Now! Melissa & Doug’s Alphabet Train Puzzle, $13, melissaanddoug.com
SIP ON THIS
There’s no better (or cuter) way to quench your active tot’s thirst than with Skip Hop’s adorable line of stainless steel straw bottles featuring their favorite friends.
Buy It Now! Skip Hop’s Stainless Steel Straw Bottle, $18, skiphop.com
FORGET ME NOT
With so much to keep track of – backpacks, lunch boxes and coats! – it doesn’t take long for the lost and found to become a popular place at school. Shorten the search for your child’s long-lost treasure with Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo, which includes mini name stickers, clothing labels and more.
Buy It Now! Mabel’s Labels Back-to-School Combo, $42, mabelslabels.com
BACK(PACK) TO SCHOOL
Need to stock up on essentials for school? Pottery Barn Kids has got you – and your child’s needs – completely covered with everything from personalized notebooks and pencil cases to water bottles and food containers. Our fave: The line’s durable backpacks, which are a staple that will last all year long.
Buy It Now! Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Gray Owl Backpack and Pottery Barn Kids Allover Star Wars Backpack, $30 to $50, potterybarnkids.com