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Cool back-to-school products for your child

September is just around the corner and so is back-to-school shopping. Check out the list of the coolest back-to-school products that ParentsCanada recommends for your kids.

Writing utensils

BIC Velocity Bold Ball Pens

BIC’s Velocity Bold Ball Pens have the company’s patented Easy-Glide System ink technology, meaning smoother ink that writes better.

$4.49 for four-pack
Available at major retailers

Note to Self 7-Year pen

Indigo’s Note to Self 7-Year Pen has a jumbo ink supply that lets you write as much as two meters a day for seven years!

Available at Indigo, Chapters or Coles

642 Things to Draw Journal from Indigo

Is your child a budding artist? The journal has offbeat, clever, and fun drawing prompts on every page. It’s the perfect inspirational sketchbook, sure to entertain and encourage your child to draw – whether it’s a bicycle or sketching an image to show the sound of girlish laughter.

Available at Indigo, Chapters or Coles

Backpack styles galore

Kinder Book Bag

The Kinder Book Bag, in blue, pink, and green, has several pockets and panels, and a reflective strip for nighttime visibility.

Available at Mountain Equipment Co-op or

Deluxe Book Bag Daypack

The Deluxe Book Bag Daypack, in green, blue, and red, is a great upgrade for older students who need to carry a laptop along with their books. It has a side-access padded laptop compartment.

Available at Mountain Equipment Co-op or

Velocio Messenger Bag

For kids who don’t like wearing a backpack, the Velocio Messenger Bag is a great alternative; it’s big enough to store a laptop, and the main compartment has a key clip and plenty of pockets.

Available at Mountain Equipment Co-op or

Stay organized

What A Week Calendar

To give your kids a head start in keeping organized, get a calendar where they can write down all of their assignments and homework. The What A Week Calendar doubles as a weekly calendar with other reminder slots (“this weekend,” “next week,” and the cheeky “maybe never,”) and a mousepad for your computer.

Available at Indigo, Chapters and Coles

Micro Office Tool Box

Get your children all their day-to-day school supplies in the Micro Office Tool Box. It contains a mini-stapler, staples, a compact highlighter, scissors, scotch tape, and post-it notes. It even keeps your kids organized with drawings of where the contents should go back.

Available at Indigo, Chapters and Coles

Tech savvy

Nokia Lumiz 900

If your kid is in the market for a new phone, the Nokia Lumia 900 will be a perfect fit. The touch-screen phone is sleekly designed with an easy-to-navigate menu and large icons that even large fingers can touch with ease. The 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera take high quality photos, which can be edited with their Creative Studio app.

Read a review written by our ParentsCanada staff.

Available exclusively through Rogers for $29.99 on select 3-year plans

Toshiba Excite 10 Tablet

The Excite 10 Tablet from Toshiba features a high-definition Autobrite LED Backlit screen, and a super-thin profile of just 0.35 inches. It has up to ten hours of battery life, and has several built-in ports. It’s the perfect gadget for web browsing, reading, and playing (educational) games. Comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

For 16GB, $499.99
Available at Future Shop and

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