The new school year is upon us, and that means it’s time to start shopping for school gear and supplies. Of course, the list is not limited to new pencils, tissues, and highlighters. The things we use every day to get our children to school, ready for school, and help them learn while they are inside and outside of the classroom are vital to their educational experience. Besides, sometimes even getting out of the house with the kids feels like a full-body work out. From car seats to eyewear, this school gear is sure to help your student feel their best, so that they are ready to take on this new academic year.
School Gear for Kids of All Ages
If you have an elementary or middle school aged child heading back to school this fall transportation to and from school must be considered. In most districts living within 2 miles of your child’s zoned school precludes them from riding the school bus, drop off lines are oftentimes chaotic and untimely, and many parents either need to head to work or drop off younger siblings earlier or at the same time as their older kids need to get to school. In the spirit of establishing independence, fostering self-motivation, encouraging a fit and healthy lifestyle and teaching responsibility, this year parents should consider allowing their child(ren) to bike to school.
Children are taught to be responsible by being granted opportunities for trust to be established and expectations to be met. Being given the chance to ride a bike to school solo, or with siblings or other kids in the neighborhood is a big deal. If you live in a area where this is possible, allowing your child to ride a bike to school this year should be considered.
Additionally, the health and fitness benefits of getting your school aged child on a bike early and frequently are a bonus. Our children today seem to be bearing the brunt of the obesity crisis; with less playground time, more screen time, and fewer opportunities to get outdoors, the option to ride a bike to and from school is a chance to get in some exercise in a fun and exciting way every day. Not only will kids ride the distance to and from school, but are also more likely to hang out with their neighborhood friends in the afternoons outdoors rather than spending time indoors playing video games.
Here with a great selection of bicycles for your whole family, adults, big kids and even those just learning to ride is Giant Bicycles and their sister company Liv. We love that they are committed to providing durable, high quality bikes to fit everyone’s needs, no matter the terrain, activity, style of bike or even the individual’s size. With comfort and style at the forefront, whether you are training for a triathlon or simply spending Sundays biking down the beach, Giant and Liv have a bicycle to help you love your ride.
For our kids heading back to school this year we love the XTC Jr 24 Lite for boys and the Enchant 20 Lite for girls. The XTC Jr 24 Lite features a lightweight ALUXX-grade aluminum frame, size specific wheels for true off-road riding, and plenty of kid friendly features such as easy to use gears and smooth-rolling tires to make the bike riding experience fun, safe, and empowering. The XTC Jr 24 Lite can be used both on and off road, making it the perfect selection for kids heading back to school or out to explore, letting them ride confidently and inspiring a lifelong love of bike riding.
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Similarly, the Enchant 20 Lite for girls features the same ALUXX-grade aluminum frame making it lightweight, agile, and easy to maneuver both on and off road. With easy to change gears, front and rear hand brakes, and a comfortable frame designed just for her, the Enchant 20 Lite is perfect for those aspiring off road riders, encouraging girls to play in the dirt and explore the great outdoors. The off-road tires create traction for a smooth ride she can learn to love, building confidence and self-esteem in her ability to ride on any terrain.
If you have a tween or teen heading back to school, give them a bit of freedom this year with the E Prime Air Electric Scooter from Razor. Forget riding the bus or walking to school, let them head to school in style with Razor’s E Prime Air Electric Scooter. With a sleek design, an 8” (200 mm) pneumatic front tire, and a lightweight aluminum frame, the E Prime Air is perfect for heading to school, an after-school job, or even making your way around a crowded college campus, not to mention simply riding around town for fun. Offering a smooth ride, speeds of up to 15 mph and operating for 40 minutes on a single charge, the E Prime Air Electric Scooter is a great way to give kids a bit of freedom, while still keeping them safe. This efficient, effortless and stylish mode of electric transportation features Razor’s anti-rattle technology and adjustable handlebars. Let your kids head back to school cool, and energy efficiently which is better for the environment, with an E Prime Air Electric Scooter this year.
DokiPal is the perfect smartwatch for kids heading back to school. This 4G LTE smartwatch for children is the essential smartwatch keeping kids and parents connected throughout the day, giving everyone a sense of security. While in the past parents may have simply sent their kids off to school without worry, that is no longer the world we live. Technology has changed things and we modern parents prefer to stay in touch with our children as much as possible. While many of us also may believe our children are too young for a smartphone, the DokiPal is the optimal solution. Featuring video and voice calling, messaging, fitness tracking, location tracking, AI functions and more, the DokiPal allows parents to monitor, manage and communicate with their children, even when not together.
With a 48 hour battery life, this gorilla glass faced watch is durable and water resistant making it perfect for kids. Once parents download and install the corresponding app, they can track and communicate with their child throughout the day giving parents the peace of mind they need to allow their children to grow, develop and explore the world around them.
Start the school year off right with the new Octopus Watch Motion Edition for preschool (and up) aged kids. This icon based watch teaches good habits, along with time and time management, making it perfect for your littlest learners. This watch uses 2000+ icons to tell children when to begin and accomplish certain tasks, tracks their fitness levels, and teaches the concept of time. It also helps parents to prioritize daily tasks and stay consistent with daily routines. The Octopus Watch Motion Edition teaches responsibility and builds self-esteem in children as young as three. Lightweight and hypoallergenic, children will love wearing this super comfortable watch, while parents will enjoy fostering their child’s independence by setting and tracking tasks and more through the corresponding app.
Learn another language right from home with your kids this year using Whistle Fritz’s Spanish Educator’s Collection. With a diverse set of tools for your students, you can start your child’s bilingual education as early as Pre-K. Children are like sponges, soaking up new information every day and with these interactive, playful videos and songs, they will be learning in no time while having fun too! No wonder this is an award-winning program direct from the Spanish teachers themselves. Choose from Spanish collections, French collections, or both!
Each collection comes with your choice of digital or physical products. Download the music to your smart device and play on any Bluetooth enabled speakers (like the car). Everywhere you go your child will be singing along and learning a new language in the most fun and effective way.
School gear doesn’t just include items to be used at at school, it can include the items that hep get your child there, ready and prepared to learn. Looking for a better or easier way for your kids to brush their teeth before school? No more fussing about brushing their teeth. No more drama about whether or not they brushed those back teeth good. The AutoBrush provides a 30-second full mouth brushing experience with the click of a button. With a fun jingle to accompany the 30-second brush, kids are encouraged to brush their teeth with a new feeling of autonomy and joy!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Run Autobrush’s liquid foaming toothpaste along the top and bottom of mouthpiece from one end to the other and insert mouth piece into your mouth. Then bite down so the silicone bristles wrap around all teeth, top and bottom, inside and out. Finally, firmly press button on front face of battery capsule, and it will automatically vibrate to brush all teeth and gums simultaneously. Once you’re done, remove mouth piece from mouth, spit, and rinse once done.
Good for all kids, including those with autism or mobility issues, your kids will actually look forward to brushing their teeth because it’s so much fun!
Is your child enrolled in geography class this upcoming school year? Or, are they interested in learning more about this amazing planet of ours? Why get an ordinary globe when you can get a beautiful leather world map from Gathre? This map will help your children learn the depths of the world, and prepare them for the school year to come.
Not only can this Gathre World Map help boost your child’s knowledge of world geography, it also makes the perfect addition to your children’s room as a tapestry or a play mat. The leather and suede material is soft yet durable. It can also be used as an outdoor play mat, since it is so durable and easy to clean. Plus, the material is easy to wipe down, and water resistant! This mat is perfect for moms and children who are constantly on the go, because it folds compactly for easy storage and transportation. Gathre mats are both stylish and functional, making them a necessary addition to any child’s school gear this school year.
It’s no secret—families are always on the move, especially during the school year. Between carpool, extracurricular activities and field trips, we’re all busy. Graco makes it easier for you to get around with the TurboBooster TakeAlong Highback Booster which offers two-way portability and two seats in one: a highback and backless booster for children 40-100 lb.
With a backrest that easily fits into the seat bottom when in highback mode, and backless booster that folds in half via a FastAction fold, the TurboBooster TakeAlong provides safety on the go! Use this versatile booster without the hassle – whether you’re using it on a daily basis, or just as school gear for special occasions, like a ride home from school with grandma.
Students of all ages will be back to school “hitting the books,” or rather looking at a computer screen or device to complete school work and projects in addition to the recreational screen time they crave after school. All that blue light will do a number on their young eyes. Get proactive this year and protect the health of your student’s eyes with blue light glasses from Pixel Eyewear.
Pixel Eyewear offers a variety of fashionable frames to fit both kids and adults, but most important of all, they have their eyes in mind with breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint.
Elementary school age children aren’t the only ones who should spend their school year being stimulated and engaged in the learning process. Studies have shown that a child’s educational foundation is established from birth to age 5, with the majority of brain growth and development occurring during this time. Don’t forego this period rapid growth and take advantage of your baby or toddlers eagerness to learn and excitement of new things by providing them with a subscription box of Montessori materials from Monti Kids.
This at-home Montessori curriculum full of interactive and engaging activities for infants and toddlers is designed and safety tested for children from birth to age 3. Providing high quality, real Montessori materials that will last a lifetime, along with instructional materials and videos for parents working with their little ones at home, this program establishes a true educational base from which your child will grow and thrive. With 8 levels of boxed materials pertaining to specific age groups, the Monti Kids subscription boxes build and expand upon the materials previously provided and the concepts presented and mastered at each level. With free access to online classes for parents that are moderated by child development experts and internationally certified Montessori educators, children can receive the foundation of a true Montessori education at home.
Making sure your child doesn’t lose their very pricey cell phone is a worry of most parents, especially when the busy school year begins again. An accessory that keeps their phone safe and within each, even when they are at school, is important to have. The Keebos iPhone Crossbody Necklace keeps your child’s iPhone safe and secure all while keeping their hands free. No extra bags needed and no more trying to squeeze it in the back of tight jean pockets where it will undoubtedly fall out (probably into the toilet).
The Keebos iPhone Crossbody Necklace allows your child to keep their phone close- and they don’t even have to take it out of the pocket to use it. This school gear is available for several different iPhone sizes including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone X Max, and the iPhone Xr. Ensure that they can keep their phones close and safe with the Keebos iPhone Crossbody Necklace.
This school gear is sure to help your student prepare for their days and weeks ahead, keeping them on their toes and keeping the sweat off of their parents’ brows. However, regardless of the gear you think you’ll need, the peace of mind that comes with these, and knowing your child is fully equipped to enter into another year of both social and educational growth, is priceless.
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