Have you done your back-to-school shopping yet? If not, let us help you pick out some of the hottest back-to-school items hitting the shelves this year, as well as some classic items kids will love. According to our research, lots of retro, eco-conscious and tech products are topping trends lists this year. Browse this list of some of the best back-to-school products for 2022 that will help your child have a fun and successful school year. From stylish accessories and super cool gadgets to everyday supplies and lunchbox snacks, there are lots of items on this list that will help kids of all ages thrive in the classroom this year.
Back-to-School Products for 2022
Fun and Trendy Dino-Print Supplies
Roar into the school year! Check out these fun dinosaur-themed back-to-school backpacks, lunchboxes and supplies from Staples’ exclusive Pep Rally Line. With these fun products, kids are sure to be excited about heading back to school. The line also offers other nature-inspired prints, including mushrooms and butterflies!
Subscription Learning Kits
Check out these monthly subscription boxes from MEandMine. The company’s certified social-emotional learning and STEM-certified teachers customize a plan based on your child’s developing stages and desired skills. Each month, a box of learning and fun arrives, focusing on play, storytime, hands-on adventures and online learning.
BOOK: Forest Tracks: What Animal Am I?
Parents know that promoting literacy at an early age will encourage a life-long love of reading. Because of this, we’ve included a few new, fun books that kids will love. First on our list is “Forest Tracks: What Animal Am I?” One of Mudpuppy‘s many books for kids, this one is designed for kids ages 0-5 and teaches them about forest animals.
A Children’s Smartwatch
The TickTalk 4 is a 4G/LTE children’s smartwatch for ages 5-12. It combines video and voice calling, in-app messaging, location tracking and more to stay connected to your child without a cellphone. It doesn’t have the distractions of the internet, games or social media. Parents like the product because of its location tracking, Emergency SOS, 911 response and many parental controls. Read more about it on the website.
Trapper Keepers are back!
Everything old is new again for the 2022 school year. Classic ’90s products are back—things parents might remember from their own childhood! Check out this assortment of Trapper Keepers, one of several back-to-school products making a comeback this year.
Speaking of the ‘90s, remember Caboodles? Sure, most little girls used these colorful caddies for organizing makeup and jewelry, but kids today can use them for all sorts of purposes, including organizing art and school supplies.
Backpacks with USB Ports
Here’s something special for young wildlife and nature lovers. Save the Ocean Apparel Company has a backpack that offers a USB port so students can charge their devices. It’s also made from recycled water bottles, and a portion of retail sales go to The Ocean Foundation.
Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker
Teens and tweens will love the new iHome Playglow Mini (iBT800), a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Kids can use it to listen to audiobooks and music. Added bonus: It doubles as a color-changing waterproof speaker for outdoor use.
An AI Friend to Help Kids Learn
Check out Moxie, an adorable robot companion that helps children with social, emotional and cognitive development. With Moxie, kids ages 5-10 learn and practice real-world social and emotional skills through activities and play.
Magic-Themed Learning Kit
Ever try a learning kit? This one from MEandMine is called Aha! Brain and is packed with activities kids will love. Set out on a journey to become the world’s greatest magician. STEM Challenges await to unlock the four powerful brainy tricks designed to foster brain development, critical thinking and confidence.
Simple, but tasty and crunchable, Crispeas, a new veggie snack for toddlers from the Beech-Nut Nutrition company, are available in both original and cheese. These new treats might just become a popular presence in lunchboxes or as after-school treats this season.
BOOK: A Real Life Fairy Tale: Princess Diana
A great read that’s geared toward grade-school children, “A Real Life Fairy Tale: Princess Diana,” is the first in a series of illustrated biographies that chronicles the inspiring lives of renowned women.
This 10.2” Apple iPad Tablet, 9th Generation may not be new, but it’s one of those classic back-to-school products that are great for helping your kids with school work.
These super squishy gel-grip scissors for kids will help make crafting, projects and homework lots of fun this year.
BOOK: Rise and Shine: Breakfast Around the Globe
Another book making our list is “Rise and Shine: Breakfast Around the Globe.” This colorful board from Mudpuppy is designed for kids up to age 4 years. It has easy-to-read text that celebrates cultural awareness and teaches kids about breakfast items enjoyed by people around the world.
More Eco-Friendly Paper Products
Worthwhile Paper is a line of screen printed, eco-friendly paper goods that is meant to inspire connection to yourself, others and the Earth. Designed by fine artist and graphic designer Kristen Drozdowski, each product works to strike the perfect balance — uplifting while evoking a sense of calm. The line has helpful back-to-school products that includes greeting cards, notebooks, journals and decks, pins, stickers, desk accessories, art prints and more.
Online Cakes (yes, you read that correctly)
This item is great for busy parents. Did you know you can order birthday and other themed cakes online? It really comes in handy when there’s an occasion coming up, and you’re trying to juggle after-school activities, parent-teacher conferences, work and other life demands. Check out BakeMeAWish.com. The cakes are absolutely delicious and are available for next-day delivery!
Online Educational Games
Help set your kids up for success this school year with BrainPOP’s pioneering digital collection. Kids will enjoy fun, short, animated educational movies, quizzes, online games and more.
Digital “BusyBox Sign”
This wireless status box lets those around you know not to bother you. It’s great for students working on homework or studying for a big test. Kids can customize and create their own message to set the right mood with digital or standard model options. It can also be controlled from afar or “hands-free” with integrations using apps such as Google Calendar or Siri for voice commands.
A Calming Pup
Pawz, The Calming Pup by hand2mind is a calming companion for nervous preschoolers. This adorable social-emotional learning toy encourages children’s well-being as they’re guided through deep breathing patterns in Mindfulness Mode. It also doubles as a night-light.
Wall Decor to Inspire Creative Kids
Chasing Paper recently introduced Wallfetti, a collection of fun wall decals designed in partnership with Thimblepress. The collection features five prints that are sure to help foster kids’ creativity: Sprinkles, Stars, Painterly, Flora, and Blocks.
This kid’s T-shirt is great for little art makers and is part of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Emerging Artist series.
The Whitney’s Emerging Artist series has lots of fun accessories, too, such as this pouch that’s great for holding art supplies.
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