Kid-Tested Toy & Product Review

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Summer is the season of fun, especially for kids!
We’ve compiled the hottest parent-approved and kid-tested toys of the summer! These toys are sure to provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment for your kids..

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Updated: June 2020

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Back to School Products

Back to School Products

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Many kids say the best part of going back to school is shopping for new supplies. These kid-tested, parent-approved products will help kids have a functional and fashionable start to the school year.

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FriXion Fineliner Erasable Marker Pens
$5.99/4 pack, $14.99/12 pack; Pilot.com

Express yourself creatively and fearlessly with these erasable fine point marker pens. Thanks to FriXion’s unique, thermo-sensitive ink formula you can write smoothly, erase cleanly and revise repeatedly without damaging documents. The durable writing tip produces crisp, erasable lines in 12 stunning colors, ideal for everything from grading papers, to creating stunning bullet journal spreads that look perfect every time. A 2020 Product of the Year winner.

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Crayola’s Colors of the World Crayons 
$2.49; Crayola.com
With Colors of the World Crayons, children can fully and accurately represent themselves and the world around them through creativity, imagination and self-expression. The 24 newly formulated colors reflect more than 40 global skin tone shades encompassing three undertones – Rose, Almond & Golden – and range in skin tone colors from extra light to deepest. Each crayon is wrapped in a gradient skin tone label, with the color name in English, Spanish and French.

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Mathematics 2021: Your Daily Epsilon of Math
$15.99; QuartoKnows.com
Doing daily mathematics can help keep your brain working in ways that verbal exercises can't. This calendar provides you with an equation for every day of the year. The solution for each equation is the date; but the challenge lies in figuring how to arrive at the answer, and possibly discovering more than one method of arriving there.

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SureTrack Dual Wireless Mouse
$29.99; Kensington.com
The first lightweight mouse to offer adaptable wireless connectivity options (2.4GHz, Bluetooth 3.0 and Bluetooth 5.0) to accommodate a wide range of computing devices from laptops and desktop PCs to mobile smart devices, also provides precision tracking on the most difficult surfaces, including glass. The ambidextrous 3-button design is equipped with AES 128-bit encryption, a triple DPI switch for simple cursor speed transitions, premium quiet buttons and multiple color options.

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Rainbow Sparkle Glitter Glue Set
$7.99; Ooly.com

Use the power of rainbows and glitter mixed with glue to make all your projects shiny and new. With this pack of six glitter glue bottles you can bring a new glittering sparkle to your next arts and crafts projects. You can also use them to add something special to something bland. 

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Fiskars MVP Non-stick Kids Scissors
$4.50; Fiskars.com

Fun, textured handles remind kids of soccer, basketball, football, baseball, dance and hockey. Accommodates both right- and left-handed users, available in both blunt and pointed-tip.

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BIC Kids Coloring Markers, Pencils and Crayons 
$7.99; Walmart.com
An ideal choice for long-lasting, creative coloring and drawing projects for kids of all ages. Markers feature a blocked tip design that resists being pushed in, so young artists can use added pressure without smashing the tips. The bright, ultra-washable ink rinses easily off skin and most clothing, making cleanup simple. Crayons are break-resistant with durable tips, offering added resistance for long-lasting coloring. The wrap-free design lets kids color uninterrupted without having to peel off paper, yet still leave less waxy residue on hands than traditional crayons. Pencils feature durable barrels, offering long-lasting coloring while remaining easy to sharpen. If the barrels break, they snap cleanly without splintering, unlike traditional wooden pencils. 

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G2 Mini (10 Pack) 
$12.17; Amazon.com
Known for its smooth writing and longest-lasting gel ink, G2 is the ultimate pen for overachievers. The G2 Minis pack everything overachievers love about G2 into a pint-sized package, perfect for tasks both big and small. Available in a stunning spectrum of colors.

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Sprout Pencils
$14.95; SproutWorld.com

100% natural, biodegradable pencils that can be planted once you're done using them, and they sprout within 1-4 weeks. The pencils are a simple solution to eliminate plastic pens (135 million plastic pens are produced every day). Herbs, flowers, and vegetable plant varieties.

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Metallic Outline Markers
$7.99; Crayola.com
Designed with a unique laydown that displays two colors with one stroke. When applied to poster and foam board, the ink naturally separates and creates a beautiful outlining detail. Add special effects to art projects, crafts and homework assignments.

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Trace With Me Dry-Erase Sight Words Tablet
$7.99; DisneyLearning.com
Elsa, Lightning McQueen, Miguel, and other Disney and Pixar friends in the Disney Learning Trace with Me activity book series inspire children to practice fine motor and early reading skills over and over again on convenient dry-erase pages that magically wipe clean.

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XL Poster Markers
$7.99; Crayola.com
Add a big, bold and colorful statement to all signs, school projects and science fairs. The extra large, chisel tip allows for drawing both thick and thin lines for quick and full coverage of large surfaces. 

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USA Titanium 36 Count Woodcase Pencils
$5.47; Walmart.com
These PMA approved pencils sharpen evenly in all types of sharpeners and include quality smudge resistant erasers that are long lasting. With superior point strength and smooth writing, they are an excellent premium choice for school, home or in the office.

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Make No Mistake Eraser Markers
$12.50; Ooly.com

Didn’t you mean to make that green unicorn pink? Well, erase it. The Make No Mistake Erasable Markers fix your mistakes in an instant. No-stress coloring unleashes powerful creativity in your inner artist. Start creating magical masterpieces today.

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I'M READING Chalkboard Tote Kit
$19.95; Chalk-of-the-town.com
"I'M READING..." Tote Bag Kit is perfect for the avid reader, book worm or teacher as they can both carry and share the book they are reading. Use the included water-based chalk markers to write a title or topic on the tote or illustrate highlights from the book. Once dry, the chalkmarker ink will not smudge. 

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Easy Peel Crayon Pencils
$4.99; Crayola.com
For the next school project, these pencils provide vibrant color and coverage for large areas and work on a variety of surfaces. Smooth, quick-dry, and washable color laydown in an easy peel, no sharpening, stick format. 

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Scribble Stuff Felt Pens
$11.97; Walmart.com
The pack comes with a rainbow spectrum of 24 unique vivid colors. The felt pens glide across paper thanks to the protective plastic nib at the base of each of the 0.8mm tips. So you can color, draw, doodle and display your many, many works of art without worry or hesitation. These pens are great for work, home and school.

Updated: July 2020

Lunch Boxes

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Backpacks, Lunch Boxes and Water Bottles! Check out this fun selection of backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, bento boxes and snack bags that are perfect for school, work or day trips.

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Zoo Little Kid Backpack
$22; Skiphop.com
Whimsical details and durable materials make this animal backpack the perfect pack for on-the-go. Mesh side pocket adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle. The front pouch is ideal for snacks and includes extra pockets for pencils and other travel necessities. Comfy padded straps go easy on little shoulders.

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Hello Kitty Stainless Mug 
$52; Zojirushi.com
Known for their superior vacuum insulation technology, these Zojirushi mugs pay homage to Sanrio’s Hello Kitty icon, in white/gold and black/gold combinations. The 16 oz. capacity mug is made of high-quality 18/8 stainless steel, with a lightweight and compact design. The lid lock prevents accidental leaks or spills, and the lid is vented so the beverage flows smoothly. The mug is made of BPA-free plastic and a nonstick coated interior makes the mug easier to clean.

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Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box
$44.95-$54.95; HydroFlask.com
From weekday lunch breaks to meals on the go, this lunch box offers a fun and versatile sidekick to fuel your daily adventures, with maximum insulation that keeps your favorite foods cold for hours. The modern, yet durable design features a fully lined interior for easy cleaning and quick wipe-downs, while a flexible handle makes it comfortable to carry. An internal stretch-mesh lid pocket offers additional storage for small items or an ice pack. Available in 3.5 L and 5 L sizes.

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Travel Cutlery Set 
$8.99; Ecomended.com
Thoughtfully crafted with a new wheat fiber and PP composite, this set brings you a convenient and fashionable way to eat at home, school or on the go while making a positive impact on our planet Earth. Included in the set is a waterproof case, fork, spoon and chopsticks to help you eliminate single use plastic.

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Mod Lunch Bento
$14.99; PackIt.com
Includes three removable dividers that wall off thick liquids and solids, letting you separate sensitive foods and create customized space. Leak-resistant lid locks to prevent spills. Dishwasher safe on top rack.

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Fressko Colour Flask
$39.95; MadeByFressko.com
These stylish, chemical-free, insulated flasks with stainless steel inner include Fressko’s 2-in-1 Filter and are the perfect companion for creating your favourite fruit-infused cocktail, brewing your special tea blend or simply mixing your coffee; all while you brew as you go. This product is lightweight, vacuum sealed to ensure the contents stay hot (while remaining soft to the touch) for up to 6 hours or chilled for at least 12 hours and has a leak-proof, easy to grip lid, scratch-proof body and slip resistant base. Available in 6 colors.

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Natural wheat Fiber Bento Box
$19.99; Ecomended.com
Thoughtfully crafted with a new wheat fiber and PP composite, this bento box brings you a convenient and fashionable way to eat at work, school or on the go while making a positive impact on our planet Earth. Included in the set is a waterproof case, fork, spoon and divider tray to help you eliminate single use plastic.

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Contour 2.0 Pro Laptop Backpack
$99; Kensington.com

Comfortable, secure, stylish, durable, and TSA checkpoint friendly, the ergonomist-approved backpack is the perfect 17" laptop backpack for mobile professionals. Features a heat-dissipating contoured back that hugs the body and shifts weight so it’s closer to the center of gravity; specially positioned pockets that help evenly distribute weight and balance contents; a laptop security compartment with a puncture-resistant, lockable zipper; tough, water-resistant material; and interior padding for an added layer of protection. 

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Freezable Snack Box
$15.99; PackIt.com

Roomy enough to chill snacks and a small bottled drink for an afternoon outing, its small profile still fits snugly inside larger bags. Buckle handle clips onto totes, backpacks, strollers and more. Collapses flat and freezes overnight.

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Nalgene 32-ounce Water Bottle
$15; Nalgene.com

$5 from each sale of this special Nalgene bottle goes to the Nalgene Water Fund, which promotes grass-roots nonprofits working with domestic communities struggling with access to clean water. Like all Nalgene bottles, made in the USA, leakproof and dishwasher safe.

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FinalStraw 
$24.50; FinalStraw.com

A collapsible, reusable straw that fits in a convenient keychain sized carrying case, so it goes where you go. It comes with a telescoping cleaning devise so you can clean it on the go, too. 

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Zoo Straw Bottle
$8;  SkipHop.com
A major milestone for toddler is when she is ready to move on from sippy cups. The Zoo Straw Bottle helps ease this transition by giving little ones a "big-kid cup" with the protection of a flip-top lid. Dishwasher-safe; also comes with an extra straw.

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Just My Style Glitter Water Bottle
$9.99; 6+
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Hydrate in style. Make your glittery water bottle match any outfit using two sheets of reusable stickers. Use adhesive gemstones to make the details pop and take your shine to the next level — and carry your stylish water bottle wherever you go with the pink handle. This BPA-Free water bottle is safe and convenient for everyday use, so you can stay hydrated on-the-go while you express your personal style.

Updated: August 2020

Subscription Reviews

Special Products for Special Times

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We are all in this together! Here are some products for these uncertian times, from face coverings to family games to hand sanitizer.

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SwaddleDesigns Cloth Cotton Masks
$9.99; SwaddleDesigns.com
SwaddleDesigns converted their Seattle-area baby blanket production facility to manufacture cloth masks. They use cotton fabrics consistent with CDC recommendations. Two cotton face mask options: 1) 2-layer 100% Cotton Flannel Masks designed to filter airborne particles. The flannel is baby soft, lightweight and breathable. Features ear elastic and headband elastic for secure fit. 2) 3-layer 180 thread count woven 100% Cotton Chambray. The masks come with an adjustable, bendable nose piece for snug fit and ear elastic. 

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Virus Card Game
$14.88; Walmart.com
When Goliath launched the card game, Virus, in January of this year, it never expected a global pandemic to boost consumer sales by 10 times overnight. Now, the company is giving back and all proceeds from the game will go to the World Health Organization during the month of April to support research necessary to stop the pandemic. For ages 8 and up.

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Communication Window Mask 
$15.99-$19.99; https://adcohearing.com/collections/adco-brand-masks
Addresses the growing need for accessibility due to the requirements for face masks. For those with hearing loss who rely on the ability to lip read, face masks present a real barrier to effective communication. These masks work to address this issue while ensuring that all safety standards are met regarding mask protocols. Made with 100% Kona cotton fabric (window is made with a clear vinyl material) with elastic earloops for comfort and ease-of-use. A portion of each purchase is used to help provide free masks to nonprofit organizations across the country.

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Eczema Honey Wellbeing Kit
$16.99; EczemaHoneyCo.com

Includes a reusable face covering, a comfy pair of cotton gloves, and a travel size hand sanitizer. The reusable and washable face covering is triple layered and a great alternative to disposable face masks. Made in the USA with 100% cotton on the outside and a pleated polyester layer in the center. These Cotton Gloves are a super comfortable way to provide a barrier between your skin and the environment. The fragrance-free gel formula hand sanitizer is a simple and convenient to use antiseptic rub. 

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When the World Stays Inside by Mikey Woz
$12.99;  Amazon.com
A refreshingly positive, whimsical book that reminds us all of the importance of finding beauty in the seemingly mundane and uncovering the bright side of any situation. Using clever, Seussian-style rhymes, When the World Stays Inside aims to empower children through gentle prompts that encourage them to be creative, move their bodies and find new ways to play when the weather or other external force causes them to stay indoors. Created during the 2020 pandemic is about all of the exciting things we can do to pass the time indoors, and teaches us to cherish that special time we spend with the people we love.

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Closca Mask + 6 Filters
$22; Closca.com
Closca Mask is a filter container with an internal pocket that can incorporate different type of filters. The pack includes six high protection washable filters that once placed inside the pocket fits in the mask, as well as a nose adjustment piece for optimised comfort and covering. The reusable box contains a Closca Mask, a hygienic bag and six washable filters.

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Everyone's Hand Sanitizer Spray
$17.99 for 6 count; Walmart.com

Harnessing the power of moisturizing ingredients like Vegetable Glycerin and Organic Jojoba Oil, this spray keeps your hands feeling soft and nourished without the addition of triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and dyes found in most hand sanitizers. Enriched with the natural scents of pure essential oils. 

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Britanica for Parents
Free; Parents.Britannica.com
Britannica for Parents provides information, resources, and advice from trusted experts in child development and early education. The site contains articles by different experts, activities, and tips to make everyday life more fun and interesting.  The site is divided into four sections: 1) Curious Learners offers everything from advice on how to advance listening skills to how to talk to your kids about diversity, to what COVID-19 means for your family. 2) Tech Savvy Family focuses on how to balance screen time and what apps and games to use to make screen time a valuable experience. 3) The Power of Play arms parents with activity ideas, as well as recommendations for toys that teach. 4) Raising a Human provides parenting advice on current trends like how to get your child to wear a mask to more traditional topics like recycling and books for bedtime.

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California Face Mask or Bandana
$13-$14; MapTote.com

Handmade fabric face mask with graphic icons that illustrate our love for California. Stay safe with this stylish mask. Made of two layers of 100% cotton recycled flour sac, with slot for filter. Two elastic ties for ear loops. Available in natural and blue.  These versatile bandanas can be used for everything from a headband to a handkerchief, napkin, or even wall art. Available in navy, chambray, natural and red.

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At-A-Glance Clean Sheet
$7.99; AtAGlance.com
Perfect item to assure a fresh, sanitized workspace for each student. Clean Sheets for desktop and shared spaces help to protect your work surface. Disposable clean sheets help protect your work surface. 22" x 17" sheet size. Pack of 25 sheets.

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Unisex Mask Bundle
$75; GiftGowns.com

Want some functional, trendy, and cozy masks perfect to add to your wardrobe? This bundle is the perfect combo to help you feel more safe and secure during your day-to-day activities. Features two layers of cotton, a pocket to insert a filter, fits snugly across your face, classic and cute design on the front, breathable and machine washable. 

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CalmOptics Glasses
$64.99-$119.99; CalmOptics.com
Social distancing and quarantine measures are responsible for a blue light boom. Now that we have endless time to sit in front of our digital screens, protecting our eyes has become an important topic. These trendy blue light blocking glasses help reduce the eye strain caused by your digital screens. All glasses are non-prescription so everyone can benefit from this blue light solution. Available in Adult, Teen and Kid sizes.

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Basic Care Package
$27.50; PPEGifts.com

All the personal protection equipment in one small box. This set includes: (5) 3-Ply premium civil defense face masks with embedded metal nose guard, (1) disposable KN95 face mask (95% filtration efficiency against dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne irritants), (1) 3.3 oz 70% ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer, (1) pair of scratch-resistant safety glasses with 99% UV protection.

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Independence Mask by Indie Source
$16; IndieSource.com
This Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer pivoted immediately when Angelenos were told they had to wear face masks in public. The manufacturing company nimbly adjusted its production capabilities to construct and ship out fabric face masks to those in need. Currently, for every mask that is sold, one is donated to a Los Angeles based front line worker.

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HÄNS Ultra-Clean Formula
$14.95; Hans-Swipe.com
Contains roughly 2.5 times the amount of active ingredients as the leading disinfecting/sanitizing wipes. Formulated to clean phones, tablets, computer touchscreens, keyboards, AirPods, VR glasses, covers, cases, cables, chargers and much more. Accompanied by the Microfiber Cleaning Cape, the cape transfers the wetness of the solution onto the surface it is cleaning; reminiscent of a cleaning wipe and is antibacterial treated and washable for continued just-like-new use.

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The Adventure Challenge
$39.99; TheAdventureChallenge.com
The Adventure Challenge is a mystery scratch-off book with 50 creative adventures...The catch? You don't know what you're doing until you scratch it off. Each adventure is designed to explore outside your habits, dive deeper into your relationship, and make meaningful memories. Once it's scratched off, you HAVE to do it. It's time to discover something new about yourself.

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Guide Dots
$89.99; Guide-Dots.com

If you have a budding artist in your house, Guide Dots is a curriculum designed to teach kids to draw. The subscription combines strategically placed dots and online instruction to get kids making frame-worthy masterpieces. No matter which subscription you choose, you will receive the Guide Dots Starter Kit that delivers an array of full-size teacher-tested art supplies that sets your child up for success. Ages 4-10. 

Published July 2020

College Products

College Products

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Heading off to college? Here are some great products to send with your college student for dorm and apartment living.

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Harmony Hardcover Notebook Large
$21.19; ataglance.com
With space to track your goals, plans, achievements and more alongside your notes, this notebook will help keep you organized and on-task like never before. Features pink or navy faux-leather hardcovers with gold foil accents and gold corners for a high-quality, stylish look. 

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AU-Stream True Wireless Earphones
$99.95; AUSounds.com

Perfect for students, these wireless earphones feature a 13MM Titanium driver and a frequency range of 20Hz - 20KHz, providing the ultimate sound in a mobile lightweight housing. AU-Stream also features True Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, smart pairing, dual microphones, an IPX5 waterproof rating, and a total battery life of 17.5 hours. Plus, $1 from the sale of every earphone goes to MusiCares to help the non-profit provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

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FreePlay LIVE Portable PA System
$450; Mackie.com
FreePlay LIVE is the ultra-portable, personal PA of your dreams. With tons of power, crystal clear sound, up to 15 hours of battery life, and much more, FreePlay LIVE is perfect for performers, buskers, presenters, and even for rocking out to your favorite playlist.

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Contour 2.0 Pro Laptop Backpack – 17”
$99; Kensington.com

Comfortable, secure, stylish, durable, and TSA checkpoint friendly, the ergonomist-approved Contour 2.0 Pro Laptop Backpack — 17" is the perfect 17" laptop backpack for mobile professionals. The Contour 2.0 Pro Laptop Backpack — 17" features a heat-dissipating contoured back that hugs the body and shifts weight so it’s closer to the center of gravity*; specially positioned pockets that help evenly distribute weight and balance contents; a laptop security compartment with a puncture-resistant, lockable zipper; tough, water-resistant material; and interior padding for an added layer of protection. *While properly wearing both straps.

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iHome Weather Tough Speaker
$59.99; iHomeAudio.com 
Features a rugged design and is waterproof, shockproof and sand-proof. Bring it with you on any adventure rain or shine and enjoy up to 11 hours of Audio. Features 5 color changing accent lighting modes that pulse to the music for full spectrum effects. Stream wireless audio via Bluetooth and take calls with the built-in speakerphone. Enjoy 360° stereo sound and enhanced bass with a rear firing passive subwoofer.

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Closca Water Bottle
$45; Closca.com
Wear your bottle instead of carrying it, while expressing your attitudes. Dual caps allow for ice, fruit, and tea infuse, as well as an easy, seamless cleaning. LeakProof guarantee, BPA free, made with the toughest glass in a water bottle. Keep your water pure and odor-free. The Closca Water App helps you find the nearest refill points. The NFC in the bottom cap opens it directly in your smartphone. 10% is donated to a Beach Conservation NGO.

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Portable Lock Box
$49.99; Kensington.com 
Made with lightweight yet durable high-impact ABS plastic, the splash-resistant box is perfect for a mobile phone, passport, keys, wallet, money, and more. The dual locking mechanism lets you use the traditional keyed lock or the convenient resettable three-dial combination lock. Easy to take with you to keep valuables safe. A strong, adjustable security strap allows you to tether the lock box to a stationary object, and can also be used as a convenient carry handle.

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California Breeze Sweater
$38; JardinByMacris.com
Perfect for college, this sweater is casual, goes with everything, is lightweight and is easy to throw in a backpack or tie around your waist. Solid v-neck pullover sweater, high-low hem, 3/4 sleeve, slit details on side.

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Quartet Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard
$21.04; Amazon.com
A smooth, magnetic surface for easy writing and drawing as well as the ability to magnetically post pictures and papers. Best for occasional personal use in spaces such as home offices, cubicles or dorm rooms. Board can be used vertically or horizontally to fit your space and messaging needs. Comes with self-stick pads to easily mount the board on any flat surface. Includes one mini dry-erase marker with a magnetic eraser cap and two circle magnets. 

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SmartyPits All-Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant
$11.99; SmartyPits.com  
Won’t clog up your sweat glands like typical antiperspirants; it contains plant-based powders that wick away sweat to keep your armpits dry. Includes prebiotics, which helps to nourish the good bacteria living in your armpits. With no aluminum salts to stain your pits yellow, natural deodorant helps keep you clean and fresh. All fragrances are phthalate-free, paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, and cruelty-free. Available in various scents, including Coconut Mango, Lavender Rose, Eucalyptus Spearmint, Orange Bergamot, Tweed & Spice, Lemongrass Patchouli, Cool Cucumber, Rosemary Mint, and Unscented. 

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Peeramid Bookrest
$17.99; Walmart.com
Inspired by the Great Pyramids, this uniquely shaped pillow with bookmark props a book or Kindle at the perfect angle for reading. Use it in bed, at a table, your favorite chair, on the floor, virtually anywhere. Simply placing the spine of your book into the ledge of the Peeramid allows readers a free hand to take notes, snack and truly relax. 

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Fressko Colour Flask
$39.95; MadeByFressko.com
These stylish, chemical-free, insulated flasks with stainless steel inner include Fressko’s 2-in-1 Filter and are the perfect companion for creating your favourite fruit-infused cocktail, brewing your special tea blend or simply mixing your coffee; all while you BREW AS YOU GO. This product is lightweight, vacuum sealed to ensure the contents stay hot (while remaining soft to the touch) for up to 6 hours or chilled for at least 12 hours and has a leak-proof, easy to grip lid, scratch-proof body and slip resistant base. Available in 6 colours.

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AT-A-GLANCE Elevation Academic Weekly-Monthly Planner
$15.59; ataglance.com
Allows you to schedule from one summer to the next with pages that go from July 2020-June 2021.This planner is a space for you to reach your goals, to track what matters most and to become the best version of yourself.

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Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless Trackball
$79.99; Kensington.com

A 60° tilt angle keeps the wrist in a natural handshake position to improve wrist and forearm posture. This mouse-like vertical trackball is easy to learn and it offers nine programmable buttons. Easy to use, with the same left click, right click and scroll wheel operation as a traditional mouse, while providing the advantages of a trackball with a simple roll of the thumb. The high-quality optical tracking sensor, 34mm thumb-operated trackball and triple DPI switch provide smooth cursor control, optimal precision and easy cursor speed transitions.

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Silk Pillowcases
$35; SleepingInSilk.com

A natural way to your beauty sleep. And silk is so blissful to sleep on. Sure, silk looks cool on a bed, but there's more than just appearance. Silk is hypoallergenic and temperature regulating - which leads to a sounder sleep. And silk helps keep hair looking good, saving time in the morning. 

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Dual Charging Bluetooth Alarm Clock with Wireless and USB Charging
$69.99; iHomeAudio.com
A sleek space-saving dual charging Bluetooth alarm clock. Stream your music wirelessly and enjoy room-filling sound. Charge your Qi-compatible phone wirelessly and use the USB port in the back of the device to charge a secondary unit. Set alarms, take phone calls, and enjoy a dimmable backlit display.

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Adventure Ready 13” Tablet/Laptop Capsule
$59.99; Phoozy.com
Helps prevent overheating in the sun and insulates from the cold to extend battery life while also providing an IP66 water-resistance rating and military-grade drop protection. Sleek, slim, light-weight design easily slides inside other bags or use the included adjustable, quick-release shoulder strap with pad for comfortable wear across the body or over the shoulder. 

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Mani-Pedi Kit
$59.99; Leangelique.com
With its ten different attachments you can shape, smooth, file, remove dry skin, polish, push back your cuticles, and even clean under your nails. Comes with a built-in nail polish dryer for drying your nails faster and more effectively. Comes with charger, so that you never have to run out of batteries, instead keep it charged for whenever you need to use it.

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Active Antimicrobial Hydrogel Spray
$29.99; shop.bldgactive.com

Perfect for students going back to school, everyone should have a bottle in their backpack. A safe, non-toxic solution for cleaning and healing skin irritations and wounds. This multi-functional spray is safe for use around all areas of the body, including around the mouth, nose, ears and eyes. Made with no steroids, synthetic antibiotics, alcohol, and harsh, stinging chemicals. 

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beachsafe Portable Safe
$79.99; thebeachsafe.com
beachsafe allows you to have peace of mind in knowing your valuables are safe wherever you are. This is the perfect gift for students, to ensure their most precious possessions stay safe in the dorm room, and on spring break alike. This portable, lightweight safe is designed with a 4-digit combination lock, water-resistant exterior, and a stainless-steel securing cable that easily attaches to your beach chair. beachsafe’s high-tech features include two USB ports, a powerful built-in solar powered battery pack to charge phones on the go, and a cooling fan to protect your smart devices while keeping them charged.  

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The Arsenal Mens Grooming Kit
$14.94; Wild-Willies.com
This grooming kit is your one stop shop for all your men's grooming needs that don't involve your beard. Includes straight edge nail clippers, multi-purpose scissor, slanted edge clippers, tweezers, nail file, scraping tool, cuticle stick, V-shaped push stick, needle and loop blackhead remover and ear pick.

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GoodCook Meal Prep Snack Containers
$7.99-$10.99; Amazon.com

Two compartment, BPA-Free, microwave/dishwasher/freezer safe containers. Snack prep for the week in advance. Stack them in the ‘fridge or pantry for an easy grab-and-go to put in lunch bags, or for kids to bring back to their home desk.

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Bluetooth Vanity Speaker with Wireless Charging and USB Charging
$149.99; iHomeAudio.com 
This 9" distortion-free mirror features full-color spectrum lighting with hi/med/low brightness modes that will have you looking great in any light. Charge your phone wirelessly through the wireless charging pad on the base of the mirror, and charge a secondary device through the 5W USB port. Stream music wirelessly through the mirror and enjoy your favorite songs as you get ready. 

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43mm Fingerprint Padlock
$69.99; BenjiLock.com
Stores up to 10 fingerprints for multiple users. Unlocks with your fingerprint or key. Highly secure chrome plated, hardened steel shackle. Up to 1 year on a single charge.

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Zojirushi's Flip and Go Mug
$52-$55; Zojirushi.com

Bright and bold, and portable. The perfect addition for you every day, wherever you go. The Flip-and-Go handle is sturdy and folds down so it doesn’t get in the way when drinking. Available in Cobalt Blue, Hibiscus Red, Teal and Purple Dusk, 16 or 20 oz. capacity. 

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Uber Mini Fridge
$42.99; UberAppliance.com
The sleek and highly functional design features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Utilizing state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric Peltier Technology, Uber Chill is capable of cooling or warming within a reasonable amount of time, cooling down to 32 degreed F and warming up to 150 degrees F. 

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The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness by by Dr. Jill Grimes
JillGrimesMD.com
The book serves as a guide to what students really want (or need) to know about their mental and physical health when they're away from home. The book covers topics such as: living in the close quarters of dormitories, feeling homesick, experiencing test anxiety, managing the stomach flu, and even how to nurse a hangover. 

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Prep: The Essential College Cookbook
$18.95; RoostBooks.com
This useful guide has everything you need to cook yourself real meals with real food. Centered around 10 basic lessons to get you comfortable in the kitchen, this book will get you whipping up nutritious meals, satisfying snacks, and simple desserts for you and your friends in no time. Also included are notes on knife skills, essential (and nonessential) cooking tools, and stocking your pantry. This is your go-to guide for cooking basics.

Updated: September 2020

Back to School Snack Reviews

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Back to School Snacks!  Healthy, fun snack ideas to throw in kids' lunch bags!

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Kate's Real Food Snack Bites
KatesRealFood.com

Three mouth-watering flavors to choose from (Handle Snack Bites, Grizzly Snack Bites, Stash Snack Bites), all made with USDA-certified organic ingredients and sweetened with all natural honey. Try one of each or stock up on your favorite flavor of salty and sharable snack bites.

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Tuna Pouches
WildPlanetFoods.com

Single-serve flavored tuna pouches. The best part is, their tuna is 100% pole and line caught (this is the most sustainable choice for tuna). With absolutely nothing to drain, these mess-free, nutritive pouches are perfectly convenient for bringing to school.

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Once Again’s Sunflower Butter Squeeze Packs
Buy.OnceAgainNutButter.com
Made with organic sunflower seeds, organic sunflower oil, and just a touch of organic cane sugar and salt. Processed in a peanut-free facility and is an alternative to peanut butter for kids with allergies. In addition to being certified-organic, it is also Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, and part of the brand’s Honest in Trade program.

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Silly Juice
SillyJuice.com
All Silly Juice varieties are designed to make consumers taste buds dance, and are made with real juice, no high fructose corn syrup, are non-GMO, gluten-free, low in sodium and contain no added colors. Availbale in Cool Blue Freeze, Orange Cream, Pink Strawberry Swirl, Red Apple Cherry Blossom, Watermelon Fruit Punch and White Grape Burst.

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The Collaborative Non-Dairy Yogurt
CoconutCollaborative.com
The yogurts are vegan, low in sugar and don’t comprise on taste or texture and uses plants to innovate deliciously creamy treats. The  full line of yogurts offer dairy-free alternatives that are both vegan and gluten-free. Unbelievably creamy and tasty, these delicious yogurts are available in Plain, Vanilla, Blueberry, and Mango and Passionfruit.

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Brainiac Kids Applesauce Pouches
BrainiacKids.com

With no added sugars and reasonable prices, it's an easy way for moms and dads to make sure daily nutrient needs are met. Brainiac has packed its tasty applesauce pouches with a blend of nutrients developing brains need that includes Omega-3s, DHA and Choline. Plus, they have no added sugars. A no “brainer” for parents everywhere.

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Harvest Snaps Snack Crisps 
HarvestSnaps.com
Made from green peas, black beans or red lentils as the #1 ingredient. Baked (never fried!), the super-tasty, better-for-you crisps provide protein and fiber in every serving. They’re also certified gluten-free and completely free of artificial flavors, cholesterol and the common allergens: soy, nuts, peanuts, wheat, and eggs. 

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Manuka Honey Sticks 
https://www.shoppri.com/collections/manuka-honey/products/manuka-honey-sticks-10pack
A great treat for kids lunch boxes or for those on the go. Take your daily dose of Manuka with you and enjoy it direct from the stick to give your immune system that extra boost during the day, put in tea or coffee, or even on your morning yogurt, granola or oatmeal. 

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BODYARMOR
DrinkBodyArmor.com
When you’re looking for hardworking hydration for your family, grab BODYARMOR Sports Drink. It’s made with potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water, B vitamins and antioxidants – all with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or dyes. Pick-up a 12oz 8-count BODYARMOR Team Pack at your local Ralphs. 

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KRAVE Plant-Based Jerky
KraveJerkey.com

Perfect for flexitarians and those looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. Features a taste and texture similar to meat cuts but is made from peas and fava beans for an eating experience and nutritional profile superior to any vegan jerky currently on the market. With 8 grams of protein per serving, each bag is a good source of protein and comes in two uniquely savory flavors: Smoked Chipotle and Korean BBQ.

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The Empowered Cookie
EmpoweredCookie.com
The Empowered Cookie is a sweet treat reimagined as it embraces plant-based eating for a brighter, more delicious, and convenient, yet sustainable future. Look for The Empowered Cookie varieties including Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Walnut, Double Chocolate Chunk, Ginger Molasses, Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed, and Raisin Walnut.

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Juicy Juice Fruitifuls Organic
JuicyJuice.com
Features 45% less sugar than the leading juice (first ingredient is water) and packs a half cup of fruit in each 8-ounce serving with the same fruity flavor kids love. Now available in a new multi-serve bottle in Apple, Fruit Punch and Grape.

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Lenny & Larry Cookies
LennyLarry.com
This complete crunchy cookies takes a beloved twist on cookies but this time providing more nutrients so even kids can benefit from snacking on the whole bag. Filled with the perfect amount of smooth and creamy chocolate chips, these will easily become your new favorite vegan snack. With no high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners, kids will love crunching on these.

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Wabry Syrup
WabrySyrup.com

Great on pancakes, waffles, sundaes, or mixed in milk. No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. No high fructose corn syrup. Certified organic by CCOF. California Social Purpose Corporation supporting orphanages in developing countries. 

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Kabaki Tea
KabakiTea.com

Boost your immune system with this delicious tea. This tea is vibrant in color, has high levels of potent antioxidants, and is delicately flavored.  

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Otamot Organic Essential Sauce
OtamotFoods.com

Made of 9-12 organic vegetables each cooked at a precise time and temperature to retain natural vitamins, minerals and fiber – making it the healthiest option of its kind. The sauce is highly versatile, in addition to being great for classics like pasta/pizza, it can be eaten chilled as a crudité dip (it has a thicker consistency than traditional marinara), soup, stew, hummus, carrot cupcakes, and more.

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Noosa Fruit Smoothies 
NoosaYoghurt.com

Perfect for on-the-go snacking occasions and delivering the same delicious “WOW” taste and flavor noosa fans know and love, noosa fruit smoothies are made with real fruit, all-natural ingredients, and are a good source of protein.

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SeaSnax.com

Boldly going where no seaweed snack has gone before... Handcrafted whole pieces of premium seaweed with sticky rice, sea salt, and organic seasonings for a savory snack that delivers on the CRUNCH.

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Pasta Bow Tie Minis
PastaSnacks.com
We're all ears! These crispy bite-sized pasta snacks are 90 calories of oven-baked, GMO-free goodness. Puffed to perfection these scrumptious Bow Ties are a tasty nod to Mickey's classic style.

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Old Trapper Beef Sticks
OldTrapper.com
Old Trapper meat snacks can deliver solid nutrition with each bite. A take-anywhere healthy snack that is low in calories yet high in protein - the perfect fuel or recovery snack. Each 1 oz serving contains only 70 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6 grams of carbs.

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Seasoned Pistachio Kernels
SettonFarms.com
Each resealable bag is packed with three ounces of premium quality shelled and seasoned pistachios that are heart healthy, easy to enjoy on the go, and kid-friendly. With no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, these all-natural, seasoned kernels are a unique source of plant-based protein and make a great addition to almost any recipe. Available in Garlic Onion, Chili Limon, Chipotle BBQ, Jalapeno, and Salt and Pepper.

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LAIKI Crackers 
LaikiCrackers.com
With only 3 simple ingredients, these delectable crackers have an unexpected, satisfying crunch.  There are no labels to read, no ingredients to worry
about – just 100% guilt-free, whole-grain goodness. Free from the top 8 allergens so it is perfect for school-aged children. Also Gluten Free, Non GMO verified, Vegan, Kosher, and FODMAP friendly so they are safe for almost everyone.  

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gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks 
gimMeSnacks.com
This superfood alternative is healthy without sacrificing the savory and bold flavors that kids love. GimMe Snacks are not only flavorful, but also high in nutrients including Vitamin C, iodine, calcium, Omega 3s, biotin, folate, fiber, protein and more. Plus, the packages are small and compact - perfect for school lunches.

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Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites
SettonFarms.com
All-natural bite-sized bars packed with over 50% California grown pistachios, plums, date nectar and a touch of lemon. Each individually wrapped bite is loaded with protein, fiber, iron, potassium and antioxidants, making them an ideal, on-the-go, heart healthy snack that is both delicious and nutrient dense. 

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GoGo Big squeeZ
GoGoSqueez.com
A 33% larger version of our traditional 100% fruit products. No artificial flavors or preservatives½ cup of fruit per pouch. No sugar addednon-GMO Project certifiedApple Apple, Apple Raspberry Strawberry Vanilla, Apple Strawberry, Apple Pear Cinnamon Vanilla, Apple Mango Banana Passionfruit, Apple Pineapple Peach.

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Planet Oat Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts
PlanetOat.com
Made for all, these desserts are perfect for those looking for a dairy alternative ice-cream or those looking to explore more plant-based products. Made with the unmistakable creaminess of Planet Oat Oatmilk, these are available in six rich and creamy flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee Fudge Swirl, Blueberry Oat Crumble, Cookies & Crème and Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl. 

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SeaSnax Roasted Sheets
SeaSnax.com
Made with premium organic nori and roasted until perfectly crisp in a light mist of organic extra virgin olive oil, then lightly seasoned with a touch of sea salt and organic seasonings for a savory, and satisfying crunch without the junk. 

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GoGo squeeZ happy tummieZ
GoGoSqueez.com
On the go fruit pouches designed to promote healthy good gut health in children with plant-based prebiotic fiber. Good source of fiber. Non-GMO Project and USDA Organic certified. Organic Apple Banana Strawberry, Organic Raspberry Pear Yellow Carrot, Organic Strawberry Pomegranate Spinach, Organic Apple Mango Pineapple Banana.

Published: July 2020

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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Kontu STEM Blocks – K25 Super Mega Awesome Kit
$99.99; 3+
KontuKids.com
Children explore and learn about numbers, magnetism, weights and balances and other STEM concepts. Children will love feeling the force of the magnetic parts as they attract and repel each other. ​​STEM Blocks help kids understand how structures fit together and develop fine motor skills. 

 

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The Amazing Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot
$39.95; 6+
ThamesandKosmos.com

Explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building a robot that walks, step by step, along a tightrope, using gyroscopic forces to keep its balance. Conduct eight experiments that demonstrate the physics behind the motorized gyroscope’s amazing behaviors. Experiment with getting the robot to walk on different surfaces: a tightrope, on a solid tabletop, on a soft surface, and even on your arm. You can also experiment with the balancing behavior of the motorized gyroscope by itself, testing its ability to balance on its edge, on your finger, on a pole, and dangling from a string. 

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Coding Starter Kit 
$99; 5+
PlayOsmo.com

Children learn basic coding concepts including problem solving, computational thinking, and coding fundamentals, in addition to more complex concepts, such as sequencing, looping, logic thinking, and pair programming. Features: novel packaging; hardware updates, such as durable, new coding blocks/game pieces which can be used across all 3 games, and the introduction of sequenced learning via 3 game levels--Coding Awbie/beginning, Coding Jam/intermediate, Coding Duo/advanced.

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Magformers Basic Plus 14pc Set
$24.99; 3+
Magformers.com
Build with squares, triangles and inner circle square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. 

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Griddly Games’ Just Add Baking Soda
$25.95; 8+
GriddlyGames.com
This STEAM kit is the perfect mix of science and art for all creative kids. More than 20 science and arts activities including Bath Bombs, Ornaments, Baking Soda Volcano and so much more. This transformative kit will discover chemical reactions, states of matter, and alkalines that all burst into super cool crafts.

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Atomic Force by OjO Games
$20.99; 6+
Amazon.com
Atomic Force is a STREAM-themed board game that introduce little ones to the pleasures of pondering what if? Learn basic chemistry in a fun way by collecting protons, neutrons and electrons to solve scientific challenges. 

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Pi Marble Run Gauss Cannon Set
$79.99; 8+
Habausa.com
Pi combines daring physics tricks with creative construction fun. The fascination of constructing tricky marble run racetracks is only topped by the high speed and action-packed tricks and stunts of the steel marble. The exciting Gauss cannon mechanism repels the opposing steel marble forward and onward at great speeds.

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Design & Drill STEM Garden
$29.99; 3+
EducationalInsights.com
Introduces kids to early STEM skills and the basics of simple construction and engineering. Creativity blossoms as busy builders place the stems, stack the petals, and use the kid-friendly power drill and a colorful bolt to secure them in place—then watch them bloom before their very eyes. Builds patterning skills, essential fine motor movements, and hand-eye coordination while also encouraging a kid's creativity and imagination. 

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ChordBuddy Guitar Learning System
$49.95; Ages 5+
Chordbuddy.com
The ChordBuddy attaches to the fretboard of most acoustic and electric guitars and has four color-coded buttons that when pressed play G, C, D or E minor, making the learning process simple, fast and easy. Within a few weeks, you’ll begin removing some of the tabs and making the chords on your own. 

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3D London Bus
$29.99; 12+
Amazon.com

Each of the pieces are shaped to fit together perfectly to create a realistic model of the iconic double-decker bus in London. Openings in the top of the bus allow for utensil storage, making this the perfect desktop accessory. 

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BRIO Builder Motor Set 
$59.99; 3+
Amazon.com

Challenge the imagination of young engineers with this 121-piece set that includes battery-powered motor, easy to use tools and inspiration manual. Children play and learn using their imagination to find construction solutions. 

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Mastermind
$14.99; 8+
Target.com

Fast, simple strategy game. Players take turns setting and solving secret codes. More than 2,000 possible combinations make the game different every time it's played. Teaches STEM and STEAM principles like deductive reasoning and logic.

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Geomag Mix & Match Sets
$11-$36.47; 1+
Amazon.com
A cutting edge construction system that turns the concept of traditional building blocks into something extraordinary. Connect and build from any side, printed with a number of animals and characters, heads, torsos and legs; from an astronauts to dolphins. Encourages fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, matching, creativity, experimentation.

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BoomTrix Xtreme Trampoline Action
$24.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Defy gravity with BoomTrix. Set up a wild course of launchers, trampolines and obstacles to bounce the metal balls all the way to the goal. BoomTrix improves fine motor skills, planning skills, and imagination as kids create their own path – the possibilities are endless.

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GIRLS CAN! Crate
Subscription $27.95 and up/month; 5+
GirlsCanCrate.com

Created to empower girls to Do and BE anything by introducing them to fearless women of history who made the world better. Each month, a new kit celebrates the life of a strong, diverse female role model such as Bessie Coleman, Marie Curie, Madame CJ Walker, Althea Gibson, Clara Barton, Mother Theresa, Ida B. Wells, Susan La Flesche Picotte, and more. Crates include the GIRLS CAN! 20-page activity book with an original story celebrating a featured woman and other fun activities, 2-3 hands-on STEAM activities with necessary supplies, a play prop, a collectible button, and much more.

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Find the Number Activity Center
$29.99; 3+
LakeshoreLearning.com
Send kids on an underwater number adventure. Children just grab an activity card and identify which numbers they need to find…then use the tweezers to search through the tray and pull out each one—matching up numbers or counting objects to 10 as they go.

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Botzees 3D Programming Puzzles
$99.99; 4+
Pai.Technology

Children can tap into their imagination and construct their own world using the latest in augmented reality, promoting healthy and educational screen time. Including 6 different pre-designed Botzees, children are able to create their own Botzees bot to move in augmented reality puzzles, teaching them coding concepts with visual cues. 130 uniquely easy-to-grip unique shapes inspire children to build anything they set their mind to.Botzees feature 30 interactive augmented reality puzzles that aim to teach fundamental coding concepts, such as sequencing, looping and conditional coding.

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Creatto Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew
$19.95; 8+
ThamesandKosmos.com
Creatto is a simple yet versatile building system that consists of just two primary components that can be woven together into countless 3D creations. The flexible yet durable plastic tiles interlock quickly and easily for all skill levels; no additional materials or hardware required. Each Creatto kit includes assembly instructions for four different configurations, but the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Add strings of colored LED lights to illuminate your works of art from the inside out. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi.

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Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit
$79.99; Amazon.com

Pop open the box and follow the step-by-step storybook, learning about the board, button and bits that make up the motion sensor, connect it to a compatible device and bring it to life with a wave of your hand. Take on step-by-step Disney Frozen coding challenges. Discover new powers, connect code blocks, see the JavaScript behind them, learn about loops, logic and variables, then make snowflakes, control blizzards and conjure your own ice palace. Make and play with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf, and discover costumes and companions for your avatar. Also available: Star Wars The Force Coding Kit.

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Omano JuniorScope
$130; 8+
Microscope.com
The JuniorScope is a high quality, easy to use microscope built with kids in mind. Kids can look at everything from plant cells to water bears. It has precision glass optics, is easy to use and gives a crystal clear image of what is on the slide. It is two microscopes in one. You get a low power microscope for looking at solid objects like leaves and insects and a high power microscope for looking at transparent objects like blood cells and bacteria. The JuniorScope has all the power your child will need with 40x, 100x and 400x magnification levels.

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Loop Lab Mad Science
$32.99/month; 8+
Shop.MadScience.com
Loop Lab includes 3-4 kid approved STEM activities each box and every month revolves around a different theme of activities and experiments. Family fun, educational entertainment and interactive collaboration delivered right to your door. Includes everything you need to start discovery right away. Minimal adult assistance required with easy, step-by-step instructions and science explanations. In the "Spy Science" box. - kids learn about "invisible ink" and create secret messages, create their own spy glasses and explore the science behind 3D, and put together all the clues to crack the code on the lock box.  

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Sphero Mini Activity Kit
$79.99; 8+
Sphero.com

Each Kit comes with a Construction Set, Activity Cards, Pins, Cones and a Robotic Ball Cover. Follow the 15 STEM-inspired Activity Cards to build mazes, design obstacle courses, construct towers, play croquet, and more. Drive and game with the Sphero Play App or code and learn with the Sphero Edu App. Complete all the challenges and games and then create your own fun—the possibilities are endless.

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Squishy Water Beads Science Lab
$34.99; 5+
Amazon.com

Learn about the characteristics of gases, liquids, and solids while creating a squishy stress ball, a scented mini mood lamp, and a calming mood tube. The 36-page, illustrated storybook and activity guide includes 10 STEM-based activities that focus on properties of matter and sensory play. 

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Stick-O Construction Kit
$39.99; 36m+
Magformers.com

This frustration-free set allows toddlers to explore their dream of being a construction worker and allows them to build a bulldozer, digger, crane and more. Magnetic shapes in this set include, 4 Spheres, 4 Sticks, 1 Long Stick, 1 Cone, 1 Half Sphere and 15 magnetic accessories including construction wheels, wings and crane arms.

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Elsewhere USA Scratch Off Map Poster
$39.99; 3+
Amazon.com

Through its kid-friendly design, children are discovering more than an image on Google Maps. A fun and creative way to learn about all 50 states and some of the most famous landmarks and travel destinations in the country with learning cards, stickers and markers. Coated with a tough plastic construction, it’s safe from tears and rips.

Updated: July 2020

Fun Family Board Games

Fun and Educational Games and Puzzles

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Fun and Educational Games and Puzzles. Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Prevent summer boredom, put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages. 

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Square Panda Multisensory Phonics Playset 2.0 Version
$69.95; 2+
Amazon.com

Includes 46 tactile smart letters that a child places on a sturdy work station to play interactive games. The letters are roughly 1.5 in. x 1.5 in. with purple consonants and yellow vowels. Download the game apps (available on the App Store or Google Play) prop the tablet on the desk area, lay out your letters and play away.

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100 Animals Book
$17.99; 18 months+
Amazon.com
Kids have a natural curiosity about animals, and this book provides lots of opportunities for exploration with illustrations and photographs of one hundred fascinating animals. Three modes teach about animal names, animal sounds and fun facts. Switch to the bilingual setting to hear songs, animal names and fun facts in Spanish and English. Interesting facts about animals and their habitats along with early science awareness make this book a must-have addition to any little learner's library.

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Oh My Gourd!
$24.99; 6+
Amazon.com

A cute and engaging family gardening game. Grow a giant gourd with the help of your gardening tools and a Lucky Ladybug but watch out. Clever critters, mean Mr. Frost, and big bad weeds will keep your gourd from growing. Protect your garden from unwanted guests and give it everything a growing gourd needs to win.

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School Carry Case
$14.99; 
Playmobil.us
Class is in session. Sit down at the desk to get ready for the lesson of the day. Make sure to pay close attention as the teacher explains the math problem on the chalkboard. Use the included pencil to write lessons on the board, and then use the sponge with water to clean it off after the lesson is finished. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! 

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BRIO Builder Record & Play Set
$39.99; 3+
Amazon.com

Bring your creations to life with easy to use tools and inspiration manual. Build cool new toys, record your own sounds, then listen to them as you play. Children play and learn using imagination and problem-solving skills to find construction solutions. Expand your play experience, as all the components are compatible with the BRIO Builder System.

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LeapStart Preschool Success
$39.99; 2+
Amazon.com

Touch-and-talk activities include games, puzzles and creative challenges enhance learning to help kids build math, reading, problem-solving skills and more. Scout & Friends Math With Problem-Solving and an additional activity book are included. Many replayable activities have two levels with 50+ key skills per grade level, so kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. The easy-to-hold stylus is comfortable for kids of all ages and promotes proper writing grip.

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Fungisaurs Mystery Box Collectible Toys
$12-$100; All ages
Fungisaurs.com/store
Fungisaurs are a genetically engineered, dinosaur-mushroom hybrid species designed to inspire adventure, science education and the appreciation for nature through toys, games and animation. These original toys are searching for a place to call home, and they're eager to make new friends. Each Fungisaurs are packaged in a Collectible Mystery Box and include an interactive Fungisaurs Augmented Reality (AR) App. This free iOS app creates more ways to enjoy and interact with the Fungisaurs. 

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Escape Puzzle: Curse of the Wolves
$19.99; 12+
Amazon.com

What makes these puzzles unique is the innovative cutting process that allows pieces throughout the puzzle to fit together in multiple places, thus allowing the puzzlers to form items or objects that will assist in their escape. Similar to physical Escape Rooms, the Escape Puzzles are perfect for social gatherings where you can work together with friends or family to puzzle your way out. 

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Scrabble Slam
$5.95; 8+
Winning-Moves.com

Start with any 4-letter word on the table like “CAKE” and yell our “Ready, Set, Slam!” and the race is on. Quickly change the existing word, 1 letter card at a time, to create a new word like “BAKE” then change it to “BIKE” and so on. The first player to play out all their cards wins.

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Bye, Felicia! 
$17.99; 12+
Target.com
Players have 30 seconds to list as many answers as they can before time runs out. The topics are random and range from “Foods You Eat with Ketchup” to “Bad Habits,” giving every round the potential for lots of laughs. When someone has an answer that doesn’t match another player, everyone says “Bye, Felicia!” good heartedly dismissing the person from that round of gameplay. 

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Clifford Floor Puzzle
$15.99; 3+
Amazon.com
Can you build this XL puzzle of the XL dog? This giant, shaped puzzle is great for children and has special fun shaped pieces cut right into it. Use your motor skills to crawl around the floor to gather the right fit of each piece to build a giant Clifford.  So much fun learning shapes, colors and getting the reward of a huge Clifford of your own.

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Korner’d Challenge
$19.99; 8+
EndlessGames.com
It’s like a puzzle because there is only one match for each tile on the board grid. It becomes more of a game when players have to match all of their tiles on the board before other players. Sometimes you find the pattern right away. Other times, it seems like you just can’t find the match at all. The first player to match all of their tiles correctly on the board wins.

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Smarty PAD Interactive LED Tablet
$34.99; 3+
FlyCatcher.toys
12 smart games and age-appropriate curriculum. Motion sensors give the lightweight tablet an innovative spin, encouraging unique sensory play. Speaks in both English and Spanish as kids play with colors, patterns, ABCs, and numbers up to 25. Teaches phonics, language, early math, and beginning coding, nurturing small motor development and critical thinking. 

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Hasty Baker Card Game
$17.99; 7+
Amazon.com
Features 110 vibrant and engaging ingredient/strategy cards with fun characters that represent milk, flour, eggs, butter, sugar, frosting, chocolate, and berries and 24 recipe cards that tell players what they are baking. Icons on recipe cards make it easy to match to the corresponding ingredient cards for those still developing reading skills or with language barriers. 

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Camera Roll Game 
$19.99; 10+
EndlessGames.com
Players engage in quirky category challenges to quickly match a photo from their phone that best suits the title. All players then become their own judges to see who has the closest match of a photo to the category. Players have a fun time defending and persuading one another about the validity of their photo choices. 

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Election Night!
39.95; 8+
SemperSmartGames.com

This unique board game fosters learning in a number of areas, from reviewing United States geography to navigating you through the mechanics of the Electoral College and exercising your math skills. It even features the PlaySmart Dice System, which emphasizes more difficult-to-remember sums and products. The gameplay is so much fun, your kids won't even realize that they're learning.

Published: July 2020

Tech Product Reviews

Home Office and Virtual Classroom Essentials

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Home Office and Virtual Classroom Essentials. With the majority of families working from home and kids taking classes online, here are some great products to make your home office or virtual classroom more friendly and efficient.

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X-FlexTop Adjustable Standing Desk
$299.99; XChair.com
Reducing sitting time can promote an active lifestyle. This desk allows you to spend a portion of your day standing while you work. It allows you to easily continue working while standing, increasing daily comfort and allowing you to move around while you work. You can also use X-FlexTop to slightly change your desk height to make sure your monitor or you laptop are at a comfortable height when sitting in your X-Chair.

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Studico Active Chair 
$54.99; ActiveChairs.com
The kids wobble chair keeps children and teens in motion, engaging their stomach and back muscles, working their legs and arms...almost as if they were running around the yard. Promote the natural movements of the body and can help improve spinal positioning and muscle stimulation. 14" chair for ages 3-7.

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Emily Ley Simplified Happy Stripe Academic Monthly Desk Pad Calendar
$36.19; ataglance.com
Helps keep your schedule on track while protecting your desktop at the same time. This desk pad allows you to cover 12 months from July-June for academic planning. One month per page format has unruled daily blocks for open planning, plus a lined section for extra notes. Each month includes a “simplicity tip” for various ideas on how to further organize your schedule.

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Metal Letter Size Copyholder
$29.99; Kensington.com
Keep documents where you want them while typing. Copyholder increases comfort by keeping printed materials at eye level on your desktop. Makes it easier to type from documents. Lip along bottom allows you to stand up many documents or a thick book. Magnet and clip are also included to easily hold papers in place. Clear line guide with type gauge and ruler can be positioned on side or top of document. Folds flat for convenient, space-saving storage.

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mySun Sunlight Inside Lamp
$249–$289; SunlightInside.com
The perfect light for your desk, office or anywhere you need some focused natural light. Boost your energy, mood and concentration with sunlight during the day. Bright beautifully balanced natural light to improve your vision – see text, fine details and true colors at their best. mySun is the first desk lamp to actively mix six colors to automatically deliver the daily and seasonal cycles of natural light. Ideal for windowless offices, cubicles or anywhere you don’t get enough natural light.

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Delta Children’s Chelsea Double-Sided Storage Easel with Paper Roll and Magnets
$47.99; DeltaChildren.com

This two-sided easel features a chalkboard side and a magnetic, dry-erase whiteboard side, plus a pull down paper roll with 33' feet of paper, and alphabet magnets. Two convenient fabric storage bins keep crayons, markers, extra paper, paint or toys within reach. This easel is durable and built for years of use.

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KINNEBAR Foot Swing
$149.99; Kinnebar.com
KINNEBAR can help children who have a hard time focusing or staying on task. It can help them self-regulate and provide sensory input while doing schoolwork or any sitting activity that requires focusing for an extended length of time. It can actually keep them on task longer. It is wonderful for all children who seek movement or are fidgety, but especially those with ADHD, Autism, SPD, Dyslexia and Asperger’s. KINNEBAR can be a real game changer for kids who struggle to sit still.

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Quartet Magnetic Weekly Planner Dry Erase Board
$15.49; Amazon.com
Stick this magnet to a metal surface and easily organize your weekly schedule. As your schedule changes, it’s easy to make quick updates on our dry-erase surface. This planner comes with one magnetic dry-erase marker for your convenience. There’s no mounting required either. 

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15.6” Laptop Tote
$99.99; Kensington.com

Sleeker design still offers ample space for your workday essentials so you can stay organized. Faux leather exterior provides a stylish, modern and professional look. Padded device compartment can accommodate a 15.6” laptop, plus there’s also room for 10” tablet. Organizer pocket can hold a smartphone, business cards and pens. Adjustable carry handles make it easy to carry on your arm or shoulder. Zipper closure ensures your belongings stay in the tote and creates an anti-theft deterrent.

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XYOYO Active Stool
$479.99; XChair.com

The breakthrough Floating Pitch mechanism enables users to effortlessly float their spine into its natural posture, thereby increasing blood flow and reducing muscle fatigue. With a 10.75" height adjustment range, and the auto-return Ergo-Saddle™, you can comfortably use X-Yoyo at your workstation, be it a traditional desk, or a height adjustable table. Stimulating and relaxing, active seating has been proven to improve concentration and productivity. X-Yoyo features a smooth rubber spring system that silently encourages free movement without making a sound.

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AU-Stream ANC
$145.95; AUSounds.com

A True Wireless Earphone designed for music enthusiasts and creators to use in their everyday lives. Engineered with Soundproof Noise-Cancellation to bring you premium audio with noise-cancellation on or off. The silicone ear tips come in three sizes for a perfect seal. They are IPX5 waterproof so you can sweat worry-free and rinse off additional dust with a low sustained water spray.

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Lunettos Heze Reading Glasses 3-Pack
$19.95; DiscountGlasses.com
These slim rectangular readers are the perfect blend of clean, modern lines and classic sophistication. Cleaning cloth and eyeglass case included. 3 colors included: black, brown, crystal.

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Harmony Academic Weekly-Monthly Planner Large
$37.09; ataglance.com
Features a faux leather hardcover with chic rose gold accents, and interior pages that give you plenty of space to track goals, plans, achievements and more. The planner covers 13 months from July-June and includes repositionable stickers in four different colors to track multiple projects, people or events, and a double-sided interior pocket to store loose paper. 

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Wrist Pillow Mouse Wrist Rest 
$12.25; Kensington.com
Soft support for mousing comfort. Secondary support layer of mouse pad helps provide all-day comfort. Pillow with super-soft, thick fabric cover conforms to your wrist without restricting motion. Large surface eliminates pressure points and makes mousing easier. Universal size works with all mice. Non-skid base keeps mouse pad firmly in place.

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Harmony Hardcover Notebook Large
$21.19; ataglance.com
With space to track your goals, plans, achievements and more alongside your notes, this notebook will help keep you organized and on-task like never before. Features pink or navy faux-leather hardcovers with gold foil accents and gold corners for a high-quality, stylish look. 

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HÄNS Ultra-Clean Formula
$14.95;
 Hans-Swipe.com
Contains roughly 2.5 times the amount of active ingredients as the leading disinfecting/sanitizing wipes. Formulated to clean phones, tablets, computer touchscreens, keyboards, AirPods, VR glasses, covers, cases, cables, chargers and much more. Accompanied by the Microfiber Cleaning Cape, the cape transfers the wetness of the solution onto the surface it is cleaning; reminiscent of a cleaning wipe and is antibacterial treated and washable for continued just-like-new use.

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X-TS Monitor Arm
$149.99; XChair.com
Increase the usable surface on your desk instantly. This monitor arm also improves your posture and helps you keep a tidy workspace. With smooth, modern lines, available in three neutral finishes, and coupled with an intuitve Active Cable Control, X-TS arms look great on any workstation. Hide loose wires, and create more desktop space to maintain a clean and professional looking work environment. Your montior won’t sag, droop, or move on it's own. 

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Eggtronic Wireless Charging Stone 
$69.90; Amazon.com

Uncomplicate your life with cables and reach for the wireless charger that also beautifies your space. Simply set your phone or Qi-enabled device on the stone for fast, 10-watt charging capabilities. The simple elegance of genuine stone meets smart technology. Made with real stone: black marble, white marble and travertine options available. 

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Dual Charging Bluetooth Alarm Clock with Wireless and USB Charging
$69.99; iHomeAudio.com
A sleek space-saving dual charging Bluetooth alarm clock. Stream your music wirelessly and enjoy room-filling sound. Charge your Qi-compatible phone wirelessly and use the USB port in the back of the device to charge a secondary unit. Set alarms, take phone calls, and enjoy a dimmable backlit display.

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Uber Mini Fridge
$42.99; UberAppliance.com
The sleek and highly functional design features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Utilizing state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric Peltier Technology, Uber Chill is capable of cooling or warming within a reasonable amount of time, cooling down to 32 degreed F and warming up to 150 degrees F. 

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Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless Trackball
$79.99; Kensington.com

A 60° tilt angle keeps the wrist in a natural handshake position to improve wrist and forearm posture. This mouse-like vertical trackball is easy to learn and it offers nine programmable buttons. Easy to use, with the same left click, right click and scroll wheel operation as a traditional mouse, while providing the advantages of a trackball with a simple roll of the thumb. The high-quality optical tracking sensor, 34mm thumb-operated trackball and triple DPI switch provide smooth cursor control, optimal precision and easy cursor speed transitions.

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Bink-Modern Laptop/Side Table 
$249; bdiusa.com
Always by your side, Bink is the perfect companion anywhere you work or relax. Whether serving as a laptop table while you're working at the sofa, keeping beverages close while lounging poolside or simply snacking in front of the TV, this convenient side table goes anywhere you want.

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Universal Charging Stations by ChargeHub
$29.95; TheGrommet.com
ChargeHub is a universal USB charging station that eliminates the mess of excess cables, plugs, outlets, and power strips. Simultaneously charge three, five, or seven devices while maintaining a neat and organized space.

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The Grovemade Headphone Stand 
$120; Grovemade.com
Features premium materials: vegetable-tanned leather molded into a subtle scoop, solid hardwood. Fits most over-ear headphones and stands at nine inches tall.  

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PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE Presenter with Red Laser and Stylus
$59.99; Kensington.com

This low-energy pairing between your device and presenter frees up a valuable USB port and offers a range of up to 30 feet so you can move freely during a presentation.  It also three modes to customize the buttons into two predetermined modes (Presenter and Media) while the third mode (Custom) offers a wide range of commonly used commands you want the buttons to perform. The free PresenterWorks app, which can be downloaded from Google Play, Windows Store or App Store, is highly intuitive and easy to use.

Published: July 2020

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach, Pool & Summer Products

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Beach, Pool & Summer Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.

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Hula Cula Cooler Bags 
$279.99; Hulacula.com
With its premium design and utility, this cooler bag delivers everything the modern person needs for everyday use, as well as fun days at the beach, pool, ball field or special event. Hidden inside the beautiful exterior is the most functional cooler bag ever created. With a waterproof center cooler pocket, utility side pocket with three cell phone sizes pockets, zippered valuables pocket, electronics storage and key holder clip, and a dry storage side pocket with a built in sunglasses holder and space for adding monogram, you won’t be stressed for space.

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Chicken Fight
$39.99; 8+
LesliesPool.com
Chicken Fight! Inflatable Pool Float Game Set includes 2 Giant Inflatable Chicken Floats. Flip Your Friends into the water! Mount your chicken ride-on water float and wrestle your friend off theirs! Fun for kids, teens and even adults. 

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Sandy Bumz
$29; MySandyBumz.com
A lightweight, easy to use product that keeps you and your family clean and safe from pests. Sandy Bumz is perfect for the beach, the park and anywhere you and your family want to sit in comfort outdoors.

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Tesalate Sand-free Towels 
$59-$99; Tesalate.com
These towels from Australia truly repel sand. Utilising cutting-edge textile technology, Tesalate created the exclusive AbsorbLite fabric to bring you a towel that's simply smarter than the rest. Aside from being sand-free, it can also absorb up to 1L (33 oz.) of water yet it dries up pretty fast. With over 30 designs to choose from, this lightweight towel can roll up into a small bundle and comes with its own waterproof nylon drawstring pouch.

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beachsafe Portable Safe
$79.99; thebeachsafe.com
beachsafe allows you to have peace of mind in knowing your valuables are safe wherever you are. This portable, lightweight safe is designed with a 4-digit combination lock, water-resistant exterior, and a stainless-steel securing cable that easily attaches to your beach chair. beachsafe’s high-tech features include two USB ports, a powerful built-in solar powered battery pack to charge phones on the go, and a cooling fan to protect your smart devices while keeping them charged.  

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Spläsh Portable Baby Paddling Beach and Travel Pool with Carry Bag
$18; Amazon.com
Let your little ones splish, splash their way into summer with the Spläsh. It is perfectly sized for infants or toddlers to enjoy water through sunny days. For extra shade, the Spläsh can be inserted into any tent. Ages 6-12 months.

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Summer Lip Balm
$11.99; EcoLips.com
Fresh outta the juicer comes these fresh-pressed summer flavors: Main Squeeze, One in a Melon (Watermelon) and Citrus Got Real (Orange, Lime and Lemon). This variety 6-pack of summertime lip balm packs a pucker and sweetness for a refreshing summertime treat. Features organic coconut oil and beeswax to keep lips supple and soft all season long.

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SwimWays Speed Beasts
$14.99; 5+
Target.com
Battery powered boat that instantly begins to move upon water contact. Automatically reverses when hitting a wall. Set its rudder in various positions to perform tricks, take turns, and much more. Three styles inspired by a shark, alligator and manta ray.

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The U-Stand
$49.99; TheUStand.com
It's the world's most versatile umbrella stand. It's perfect for providing "shade anywhere" -- tailgating, beach, outside sports, fishing, even your backyard. Allows you to properly secure any umbrella. Tested to withstand winds of 40mpm. Made with UV protected durable plastic, never worry about it breaking. Includes 4 cup holders that will fit even the largest cups.

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Miami Beach Bum + Body Cream
$45; MiamiBeachBum.com

Features oregano to target blemishes and pearl to brighten and smooth your complexion. The botanical formula is gentle and effective to use as an everyday moisturizer and treat other skin flare-ups such as folliculitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and more. Choose from mint and vanilla orange varieties.

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Miniland Kids Beach Sand Molds
$6.99; Amazon.com

Includes a circle, square, triangle and semi-circle molds with fun grooves that create unique shapes. Helps develop children's curiosity in the world around them, hand-eye coordination and dexterity skills.

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2-Piece Fish Swim Bundle
$23.40; Carters.com

This fish rashguard is UPF 50+ sun protected and designed with a quick-drying fabric to keep him cool all summer long. Plus, with a pair of matching swim trunks, this set is perfect for his next beach adventure.

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The Navy Labyrinth Beach Towel
$40; Teema.co
By utilizing dozens of different colored threads in each design, the Labyrinth’s weave creates a hypnotizing, breathtaking display of interwoven colors. The Labyrinth Towel is woven on traditional jacquard looms by seamstresses in Turkey. It is thicker and softer than towels made on automatic looms. 

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PLAYMOBIL Sand Spring Flower Bucket 
$16.99; 2+
Playmobil.us
Dig in at the beach with Spring Flower Bucket! Use the leaf shovel to scoop up the sand and then pour over the sieve to separate out any seashells. Kids can then use the collected sand to fill the flower mold. Or, fill the bucket with water and then watch the pretty pink flower float! Set includes one figure, flower bucket with handle, sieve, leaf shovel, and flower mold.

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Carter's 1-Piece Floral Ruffle Swimsuit
$17; Carters.com
Designed with UPF 50+ sun protection and super cute ruffles, this floral 1-piece comes with an adorable matching headwrap to complete this beachy look. Includes matching headwrap.

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Womens Waiheke Stripe Long Sleeve Rash Top
$80; SnapperRock.com
Go sailing with this contemporary nautical striped long sleeve rash top. Cut for a flawless fit from UV50+ fabric, this quick drying swim top will block all harmful UVA and UVB rays. A perfect complement over any other item when more cover is required.

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Intex Lush Tropical Tubes
$24.99; IntexCorp.com
These swim tubes are ideal for floating, swimming or playing with in the pool. Heavy-duty grab handles are provided for holding on. Available in 3 assorted bright tropical designs.

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SwimWays Aqua Monsters
$14.99; 5+
Target.com
Aqua Monsters swim erratically for realistic sea creature effect. Aggressive and edgy, this monster slitters across the water with an articulated body and tail. 

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My Audio Pet SPLASH
$39.99;  MyAudioPet.com
A unique line of speakers that are designed to look like you and your kids’ favorite animals. The SPLASH line features waterproof speakers designed as adorable ocean-dwellers like "Rocktopod the Octopus" and "Narmony the Narwhal" who are perfect for the beach, pool parties or making bathtime fun. 

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Keepzit Kooler 
$22.97; KeepzitKooler.com

With its hard outer shell and wider base, Keepzit Kooler provides more stability, so your drink won't tip over and spill. Marker writes like a paint pen, but dries to look just like chalk. Quick drying and smear resistant once dry. Includes two Chalkboard Keepzit Koolers and one White Liquid Chalk Marker.

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YippiYappa
$34.99; All Ages
Buenaondagames.com
The YippiYappa game kit has 4 games and growing. Dump out the balls, pick the game and the teams and have at it. Kit contains two teams of 4 color-coded Peloties (mini sacks) each and one basket. 

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Wonderfold Wagon
$259-$549; WonderfoldWagon.com
This utility wagon is especially unique because unlike its competitors, it can hold up to four kids -- plus the diaper bag, towels, toys and anything else you need for a fun day at the park, zoo or beach! Choose a two-seater or four-seater wagon with a sun-blocking canopy, bench and extra side pockets to hold smaller items. This cost-effective wagon comes in four colors and can hold up to 300 pounds. Easy to collapse, Wonderfold Wagon fits into the trunk of any car. 

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Mens Blue Swell Boardies
$75; SnapperRock.com
These Blue Swell Board Short have a classic print that Dads and their mini me's will both love.  Classic navy with aqua waves feature on these volley style shorts.  Match with a rash top for total sun protection. Quick drying, lightweight and breatheable. Zip closed back pocket with mesh lining.

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Gigantic Dinosaur
$44.99; 6+
LesliesPool.com
Go Big or Go Extinct! Bring excitement and adventure to your pool with the King of the Pool Floats – T-REX! This gigantic raft is nearly 10 feet long, easily accommodating two adult riders! Every terrifying detail of this powerful beast was captured using high-resolution RealPrint technology from PoolCandy. Enjoy life as the apex predator on a pool float 66 million years in the making.

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SwimWays Fairy Tails
$4.99; 5+
Amazon.com
These adorable pool toys easily transform into magical mermaids. The mermaid tail changes color in the sun and back again in cooler water. Discover six different dolls, each with their own 2” pet.

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Pop and Pass
$24.99; 6+
HogWildToys.com
Grab a launcher and insert the soft foam ball. Simply pull back the handle to load, then get ready launch. A fun and oddly satisfying “bloop” sound effect accompanies each pop and pass! The functional basket design auto-reload and hands-free operation makes of Pop & Pass super fun and easy for all ages. 

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Football
$12.99; All Ages
Buenaondagames.com
Great for close range catch; soft and safe for little hands and heads and it floats. 5 inches in length, cotton crochet with recycled pellet/poly combo fill.

 

Updated: July 2020

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