It’s hard to believe how fast the summer went with back-to-school around the corner so soon! It’s time to start thinking about all the things your child will need for pre-k and kindergarten such as new clothes, new shoes, school supplies and more. Check out the guide below to help you get started.
The Children’s Place offers on-trend clothing for boys and girls at affordable prices. Michael Giannelli, lead designer for The Children’s Place, said this season is more colorful and jeggings is a key piece for the girl’s wardrobe. They mixed in prints including floral, leopard and snake skin (in the girl’s favorite color, pink!). Jeggings can be paired back to great graphic tees, licensed tees and amazing woven, fashion tops. Another trend is the romantic, relaxed bohemian theme that focuses blouses and hi-low dresses layered with jean vests.
Stride Rite footwear is the brand moms trust and kids love. Parents can always count on finding great shoes that are cool, comfortable and offer support. Fall 2013 offers a fabulous selection of shoes for boys and girls. Fall 2013 trends include Purple Passion, Make Way for Grey, Glitterati Girl, Casual Pop!, Warm & Fuzzy, Animal Remix, and Charmed & Fabulous. Little girls will love the Keds Champion sneaker ($35) from the Purple Passion collection and the Saucony Jazz Low Pro ($45) from the Animal Remix collection.
At Gap they have a bevy of back-to-school cool going on. The girl’s collection features lots of leopard print, graphic tees, colorblocking, polka dots, denim with jewel embellishments like this fun denim jacket ($49.95), belted dresses and more. The boy’s collection includes neon puffer coats, vests, collegiate detailing such as this Letterman jacket ($49), bold stripes, graphic tees, contrast henleys, plaid shirts, colored denim, and more.
OshKosh offers really cool jeggings with a pop of stylish color and a dash of stretch for all-day comfort. Pair it with a trendy tunic or a fun crewneck sweater. Best deal yet! All jeggings and sweaters are 50% off!!! Items are available in toddler and youth sizes. Shop online at www.oshkosh.com or visit www.oshkosh.com/stores to find a store near you.
Go back-to-school with Old Navy where you will find some of today’s hottest, on-trend apparel at great prices for girls and boys including great denim, sweaters, jeggings, jackets, graphic tees and more. Hurry in today denim is on sale starting at $10!!
With every great outfit you need a cool pair of socks and Sock it to Me is known for their fun-patterned collection of adorable babies’ & kids’ socks. The collection includes stylish prints such as peanut butter & jelly, ninjas, unicorns, mustaches, cupcakes & more! A pair of these cool socks will complete your child’s trendy fall "back-to-school" outfit. The youth crew socks retail for $9.00 and the youth knee socks retail for $9.50. All Sock It to Me socks can be purchased online at www.sockittome.com.
Minion Madness continues with a variety of fun products based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me 2. Back-to-school offerings include the "Assemble The Minions" Backpack (MSRP $12.99-$17.99), Minion Lunch Bag Insulated Box(MSRP $7.99-$14.99), Despicable Me 2 notebooks and pens, apparel and much more. The Despicable Me 2 products are available nationwide at Toys "R" Us, Walmart, Amazon and various other retailers!
Instead of wrapping your child’s sandwich and snacks in plastic wrap, zip-loc bags or tin-foil check out a wonderful new alternative called LunchSkins. These stylish reusable bags are made of food-safe, high-quality fabric used by pastry chefs. The result is a bag that’s grease- and moisture-proof (ideal for messy food), while also dishwasher-safe and BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free. LunchSkins is available in three different sizes; Snack ($7.85), Sandwich ($8.95) and Sub ($10.95).
You can’t forget snacks for back-to-school! Funky Monkey Snacks is both healthy and delicious. They combine the great taste and nutrition of fresh fruit with the crunch and convenience of your favorite snacks. Funky Monkey freeze-dries full slices and piece of real fruit using a unique process to lock in the taste, smell and nutrients. These snacks are 100% natural, contain no added sugar or sweeteners and each ounce contains three servings of fruit. Types of flavors Pink Pineapple, Applemon, Bananamon, MangOJ, and more. A pack of 12 retails for $15.48 at www.amazon.com.
British brand The Mamas & Papas has some royally cool fashions for boys and girls. Each piece in this collection is crafted with the unique detailing and high-quality fabrics that Mamas & Papas is known for. From great denim, adorable dresses, embellished tees, and funky shirts and sweaters The Mamas & Papas have everything parents need to outfit their child both stylishly and comfortably. Visit their website to check out the collection at www.mamasandpapas.com.
Your little guy will have an action packed first day of school with his TMNT backpack featuring all four turtles with the saying “Lean Mean Green”. The backpack is available in September at Kohl’s for $29.99. The backpack also has a side mesh pocket to store your TMNT Brita water bottle. These new kid-sized reusable water bottles are super cool and perfect for back-to-school. The bottles are BPA-free, dishwasher safe and the built-in filter can be replaced every two months. In addition to TMNT, the bottles also come in Dora the Explorer™ and SpongeBob SquarePants™. The bottle retails for $18.99 and they are available at retailers nationwide and online at www.amazon.com.
Disney’s Ariel Art Supply Kit is sure to make any princess happy going back-to-school. This adorable 11-piece art set features Ariel and her favorite underwater friends Sebastian and Flounder. The kit includes a folder, notebook (50 sheets), pencil case, ruler, three pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, glue stick, and a pair of scissors. The kit also comes in other characters such as Spiderman, Cars, Rapunzel and Monsters University. It retails for $14.95 and is available now at Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com.
Accessories are cool items such as footwear, handbags and jewelry that are used to enhance an outfit. People often forget about really cool hair accessories. This is where the Goody® brand comes into play. Goody has been around for over 100 years and they know about innovative yet stylish hair tools for all ages. Little girls will love their new collection called Softies™. It’s the first and only no-clip, easy stick-on hair accessory that allows girl to easily style their hair all on their own. It’s also great for someone with thinner hair like my daughter. It’s hard to keep clips in her hair because they always fallout but not Softies™. They really do stick in her hair and stay! Another new fun product from Goody is called DoubleWear, which is a ponytail holder and bracelet all in one! It solves the age-old style problem that ponytail-wearing girls and women have: the wrist issue. It serves as a fashionable hair accessory when hair is up and becomes a trendy bracelet when hair is down. Both products have a suggested retail price of $5.99 and are available at Target.
Toys for back-to-school
These toys are perfect to help your little one stimulate their creativity or to simply say “hope you had a great first day” to your child.
The Discovery Kids Solar System Wood Mobile is a fun way to introduce the solar system to your child. The kit includes 8 planets with wood patterns that represent their identifying features, paints, artist-quality brushes, silver cord, punch out paper labels for each of the planets, as well as instructions teaching kids how to properly hang planets so they are the correct distance from the sun. Glow-in-the-dark and metallic silver paints are also included so kids can make their solar system shine at night as well as the day. The kit is recommended for ages 6 and up. The suggested retail price is $18.99 and is available at Walmart, JoAnn, BooksAMillion.
Play-Doh’s Perfect Twist Ice Cream Parlor playset will provide hours of fun for your little one by creating swirly, realistic-looking soft serve “ice cream”. Fill the cones and dishes with fluffy ice cream swirls using Play-Doh modeling compound and then use the softer, smoother Play-Doh Plus compound to crank out some colorful pretend sprinkles and top it all off! The set includes base and tower, support arm, can holder, dish holder, cone dispenser, banner, 5 cones, 2 dishes, 2 spoons, sprinkle maker, cartridge, 2 cans of Play-Doh modeling compound and 3 cans of Play-Doh Plus compound. The playset is recommended for ages 3 and up. It retails for $21.99 and available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.