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14 Fun School Supplies To Make Kids Want To Start The Term

14 Fun School Supplies To Make Kids Want To Start The Term

Kids want school supplies to be cool and fun. For teens, school supplies, like everything else are a reflection of who they are. And you want your young students to like them enough not to lose them all by Thanksgiving.

Here are 14 unique, fun back-to-school supplies to add to your shopping list. No one else in the class will have them. And they’re hard to miss, so no forgetting them or mixing them up with someone else’s.

Hope they put some fun— and maybe even a bit of wanderlust into back-to-school shopping for you and your kids.

14 Cool Back-To-School Supplies Your Kids Can Get Excited About

every kid should have a national geographic world atlas as they head back to school.

2 Awesome Atlases From Nat Geo

National Geographic has excellent resources for kids these days.

Pop this World Atlas on their shelf and your young students will refer to it for all kinds of school projects and reports — and also just for fun. 

Pair it with an equally good United States Atlas makes for a useful set.

manga satchel backpack

A Backpack for Manga Fans

Japanese and European kids favor satchel-style backpacks and I’m not sure why they haven’t caught on here. The short, wide shape fits small bodies better than the typical back

This mange-inspired bunny backpack is great for kids in the first few years of school because it will hold everything they need, but they can’t stuff it enough to make it too heavy for their small shoulders.

Basic Supplies For Anime Fans

I know a few middle schoolers whose interest in anime has taught them about Japanese culture, made them want to learn the language and even inspired them to suggest a family visit to Japan.

The anime fan in your house will love this pencil case covered in Japanese-style graphics.

It comes with eight matching pencils and eraser and a pencil sharpener

anime pencil case
anime fans will love going back to school with these colorfulgel pens.

Add this set of 12 anime black gel pens, to the pencil case, too.

They’ll like the stylized anime art enough to make a point of not losing them. And my teen loves writing with gel pens, which are smoother and less scratchy than ballpoints.

fjallraven backpacks are swedish, sturdy and well-designed.

A European-Style Backpack That Lasts

Nothing says Europe like these distinctive FJallraven Kanken backpacks from Sweden. They’re waterproof the good size front pocket keeps pocket money, phone and school ID handy. And have large handles make them easy to grab from the car or dorm closet.

They’re worth their slightly higher prices because they last for years, making them a great value, especially for high school and college kids who are lugging heavy laptops, textbooks and more.

Add the removable water-bottle holder with a drawcord to keep the bottle secure.

And the matching toiletry case serves as a roomy case for pens, pencils, rulers and more.

A Trio of Supplies That Celebrate Mexico

I kinda love these lunch boxes that come in three different prints with bright Mexican floral prints.

It has room for a water bottle and ice pack as well as your child’s favorite lunch foods. And these easy-to-spot colors ensure they won’t lose it half way through the school year.

mexican lunch bag
sugar skiull pencil case

Tweens will get a kick out of this Mexican sugar-skulls pencil case by LP Parkin.

In middle school my tween liked round, cloth pencil cases like this one because they hold quite a bit, don’t take up a lot of space in the backpack and survive the dings and dents of the school year.

I liked that you can toss them in the washing machine.

The same case also comes in two Mexican mandala prints and African and Native American textile prints.

Physical planners are great for helping middle and high schoolers learn to track deadline and organize their activities and homework.

This planner with a Day-of-the-Dead flower-and-skull motif is more fun than most you’ll find for kids.

It’s specifically for the school year and has both monthly and weekly calendars for a quick overview and important details.

sugar skull planner
inspire your child to learn french with eiffel tower backpack.

Paris-Inspired backpacks + More

Alazza also makes two Eiffel Tower backpacks, perfect for the elementary or middle schooler who dreams of visiting to Paris (or has read a lot of Fancy Nancy books).

Match it with a springy Eiffel Tower pencil case from ZZKKO.

Bookmarks With European Flair

Keep this pack of 60 bookmarks with retro-style sketches of European scenes on hand throughout the school year.

Use them as rewards to your kids for hitting reading goals, add them to birthday party gift bags, attach them to classmates’ birthday presents and more. 

add bookmarks to your back-to-school list and use them all year long.
buy your student sticky notes that stand out and remind them that it's a big world out there.

Sticky Notes With Mountain-Scapes

These sticky notes with pastel mountain peaks and will remind your student of your last national park visit or make them think oof distant mountains they want to scale. They’ll also remind them they have a paper due next week.

The bright colors will help them stand out on a messy desk or crowded magnet board, too.

More Great Ideas
• Check out these handy items for feeding preschoolers on the go.
• As well as these building sets and puzzles that fit in a kid’s backpack.

Try This Fun First-Day-of-School Send-Off

schultütes are a german tradition for the first day of school and something you can easily make at home with tissue and wrapping paper, oaktag and small school supplies and candy to fill them with.

On the first day of school, kids all over Germany receive schultütes, or school horns. They’re cones filled with school supplies and some candy or chocolate to sweeten the school year.

We’ve made these for Tiny, Tween and even Teen Traveler. She likes them so much she might take one off to college with her, maybe with coffee and Amazon gift cards instead of gummy bears and gel pens.

You can make your own schultüte with these easy instructions, and use some of the items above to fill it, along with your kids’ favorite candy, chocolate or cookies. It’s a fun way to start the school year and distract kids from any first-day jitters.

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here are 14 cool back-to-school supplies your kids can get excited about. backpacks, pencil cases, gel pens and lunch bags inspired by mange, anime, the day f the dead and the best of europe.