For little kids who want big-kid stuff
Younger kids always want to imitate their older siblings. If they're envious of brother's or sister's back-to-school gear, here are some items to make them feel a little bit older, from apps to laptops. --Compiled by Beth Whitehouse
The I-Wood/My First Laptop looks like a laptop only with a wooden frame and a blackboard screen. Chalk is stored where a mousepad would be. Recommended for ages 3 and older. $68 at Sedoni Gallery, 304 New York Ave, Huntington Village. 631-547-4811; sedonigalleryonline.com.
Of course the little ones will want backpacks -- this one is fitting for a toddler or preschooler. Bubele's Patch Buddies are a combination backpack, stuffed character/animal and blanket for ages 2 to 7. Each Patch Buddy fits in an opening in the pack; characters are interchangeable. $31.98 for backpack and one plush; $14.99 for additional characters at PatchBuddies.com. (2012)
When it's homework time, younger kids can learn to tie their shoes using the "Tie Your Shoes!" app, 99 cents at the iTunes store. From "Pick up the shoe laces" to the final "Congratulations," each step is demonstrated in its own step-by-step video clip. Cleetus the Clown narrates; app also includes a game. (2012)