Round-Up: Cool Back-to-School Supplies

08/30/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
Courtesy Mad Pax

With back-to-school right around the corner, you’ve probably already stocked up on all the pencils, paper and notebooks you need.

But those are just the basics. Why not add a little fun to your child’s school routine?

From dino erasers and doggie lunch boxes to Star Wars flash drives and bubblegum-scented pens, we’ve rounded up loads of cool options that will make your tot the envy of the classroom.

Check out our top picks below:


Let your mini monster store his gear in this one-of-a-kind backpack from Mad Pax ($60, above) — he’s sure to stick out from the crowd.

Courtesy MOMA

Colored Pencils

Have a budding artist on your hands? She’ll have no problem creating her masterpiece with this simple, eco-friendly Colored Pencil Set ($17) from Japanese-based company, Muji.

Courtesy Pylones


Let his imagination take flight with these peacock-design scissors ($24) from cool kid shop, Pylones. Added bonus: The tip is curved for safer snips.

Courtesy Fred Flare

Flash Drives

They’re small, but these mini droid flash drives ($36 each) pack a big storage punch (2GB!). Even cooler? They come preloaded with exclusive Star Wars avatars, wallpaper and more.

Courtesy Built


We tell our kids that it’s what’s on the inside that matters most. But when it comes to Built‘s adorable doggie lunchbox ($20), it’s definitely both.

Not only does it sport an oh-so cute puppy face on the front, but the inside is insulated with BPA- and PVC-free vinyl that’s easy to wipe clean.

Courtesy Oriental Trading


Talk about cute! These colorful dino erasers ($5 per 12) come with moveable legs for lots of study-break fun.

Courtesy Galison


Whether your tot’s into pirates, butterflies or robots, Mudpuppy‘s decorative pocket folders ($6 for pack of 3) are the perfect pick.

Courtesy Urban Outfitters


Although a tad more pricey than your average composition book, these Decomposition Books ($8 each) are definitely worth the splurge. They’re made with recycled paper, soy inks and processed using bio gas.

Courtesy Target


You know your little one has grown up when he starts carrying his lunch money in a big boy wallet. Our pick: Shaun White‘s Monster Wallet ($8), which sports loads of handy pockets.

Courtesy Fred Flare


Indulge your kid’s senses with these cool scented pens ($10 for 4). From vanilla cupcake to watermelon, they’ll whiff their way to an A+.

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Shea on

There are a lot of really cute things on here, but CBB needs to feature this stuff soon. Here in the South the kids are already on their 3rd to 4th week of school (depending on your county)…this should be shown in July for those of us that are in school from May to August.

Kathleen on

Some of these are really cute! I especially love the dinosaur erasers and the Star Wars flash drives. The article needs to be changed to say Star Wars flash drives rather than Star Trek flash drives.

Some parts of the country start school at the beginning of August. School just started last week around here and I live in the South too.

tamara on

stuff like this is not helping my desire to go back to school…i graduated college a few years ago and want to go back to school again and around august-september it gets worse…lol…so much cute stuff

Shea on

LOL…I just reread my post and pregnancy brain has struck again…LOL That should have been “For those of us that go to school from August to May. LOL

Brandi on

I saw this backpack on another site a week after my kids started school. I had already bought their backpacks and had them monogrammed. I was so disappointed, I totally would have returned ours and got these. I LOVE them, but not enough to spend $60 after already spending $40/each on 2 backpacks and another $20 having them monogrammed! lol
Definately going to order the flash drive for my son and pens for my daughter. So cute. I love school supplies shopping, I have since I was a kid! 🙂