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Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved: New Beginnings

 Another school year signifies a fresh start, a new beginning. As we all know, to commence is just the tip of the iceberg as there are many layers that lie just below the surface. Adequate preparation time equals smooth sailing. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight a few back-to-school items to make beginning a new school year an easy transition from summer vacation.

Each rating is determined by: feedback from kids and parents, price, durability and age appropriateness.

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Caterpillar Kit

Price: $5.00

Ages: All ages


Make sure you take your kids to the Monarch’s Forever Butterfly House at the Tulsa State Fair this year – it will not disappoint. Give your kids a thrill by entering a “house” containing over 5,000 butterflies (cost is $3 per person). Your children will watch in fascination as the butterflies flutter all around them. This interactive exhibit doesn’t have to end when you leave the fair. After enjoying this unique experience, you will have the opportunity to purchase a caterpillar kit. Your children will become enlightened as they watch the entire process – from the beginning — of how a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. Everything you need is included in this handy kit. “My kids watched in amazement as the caterpillars morphed into butterflies. This is an educational science-experiment and pet project all wrapped up into one.” ♦♦♦♦♦


Airplane Backpack

by Stephen Joseph

Price: $26.99

Ages: Preschool


Described by one chic mom as “fun, bright and colorful,” this mini backpack will easily hold snacks, school art and even extra clothes. The magnetic snap used to open and close the bag will provide easy access for your child. The quilted pattern on the exterior is 100 percent cotton making it easy to care for and is machine washable. Embellished with a rubberized “zoom” tag hanging from the zipper and airplanes stitched on the outside of the bag, your child will look stylish with this backpack. Can be monogrammed for additional personalization. Matching accessories as well as other styles are also available. Backpack size – 9.5 inches by 12 inches. ♦♦♦♦♦


Sticker Labels

by Invitation Box

Price: $20 (plus shipping)

Ages: All ages


Personalize all your school goodies with these unique sticker labels. “Lots of cute and colorful designs to choose from. Great for boys and girls.” Make a statement by easily personalizing notebooks, calculators, books and other school supplies with a sticker. “I put them on my daughter’s brown bag lunches and use them as the gift tags for birthday presents.” As a side note, there are tons of other labels to choose from. Personalization includes up to three lines. Price listed is for a quantity of sixty stickers. ♦♦♦♦


Dawson Sneaker Kids

by Crocs

Shoe size: child 2 - junior 3

Price: $44.99


If your kids like crocs, they will like this new version. These unisex shoes are stylish, comfortable, and designed for school. Our savvy test mom, emphasized, “…both kids loved the idea of dress-up crocs. I like that they are easy to get on and off.” Instead of traditional laces, these shoes have a pre-laced bungee lacing system making them easy to slip-on and off. Typical of the Crocs brand, they are easy to walk, run and play in. In addition to the shoes pictured, additional colors available to choose from include bubblegum pink/chocolate, espresso/khaki, and graphite/navy. ♦♦♦♦


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