The coolest stuff for back to school
From the classic bun to Day-Glo sneakers, kids will be seeking out the trendy from head to toe when they head back to the classroom in September. Here are some of this year's coolest products. -- Compiled by Anne Bratskeir and Beth Whitehouse
The motorcycle jacket is a classic, and this season BlankNYC is offering a new take: faux leather -- vegan actually -- in girl's sizes 7-14 for your fashion-forward tween.
A nose for fashion
Nothing fake about the smiles this nutty boy's T-shirt will elicit, though the fake nose and glasses are trompe l'oeil.
($65.95; Nordstrom, and Nordstrom.com.)
A sure-footed way to start school are these comfy, cute, fringy suede moccasin boots accented with flower-shaped ornaments and a braided collar. They come in kids' sizes 3-13.
Lip Smacker To-ki-o Treats Duo Eye Shadow
The pastel shades come in compacts featuring Asian anime-inspired Disney designs including Mickey and Minnie. The line also includes a mirror compact and perfume.
Grab A Scabs
Grab A Scabs are permanent, stick-on fabric patches that cover rips or personalize clothing, backpacks and more. Machine washable. Choices include an "Anti-Bully Scab" and text-speak such as LOL and OMG.
($3.50; Claire's stores and claires.com)
The classic bun is among the season's hottest hairstyles for girls. Hair Donuts from Claire's comes in blonde and brunette and makes it easy. Each pack includes simple instructions.
Faux fur hat
($89 at Lester's; by SpiritHoods)
This kooky faux fur hat for boys and girls comes in wild and woolly forms, including a tiger, and has super-long earflaps that double as scarves and built-in, washable speakers for calls, games or music.
Nike Lunar Hyperdunk
($110; Nordstrom or nordstrom.com)
Neon has been on a winning streak, most recently at the Olympic games. These super bright Nike Lunar Hyperdunk basketball shoes will make a strong fashion statement. They're available In boys sizes 3.5 - 7.
Colorful rubber AllerMates bracelets help keep parents' anxiety in check. Each states one of 15 allergies. The peanut bracelet, for instance, also has a cartoon peanut in a baseball cap.
($68; pocketfrenz.com or some East End stores.)
Pocket Frenz are jackets with characters hidden in the pockets that can be played with, so kids never feel without a friend. Created by an East Quogue couple for children ages 2 to 8.
The walls of this freezable lunch bag have an eco-friendly gel liner that actually freezes so the whole bag stays cool for up to 10 hours.
($5-$5.99; Toys R Us and other retail stores.)
Close to 100 different Shoulder Buddies could sit on kids' shoulders this school year -- the tiny figurines with electric-shock hair attach to clothes or hats. A metal coin underneath allows the figurine to stay in place.
Download this app for free for a limited time, after which it will cost $4.99. Load in your children’s names and grades, and then shoot a photo with your smart phone of each art project they create. At the end of the year, you can buy a book of their masterpieces.
($100; Walmart, Target and other retailers.)
Last year's No. 1 educational toy -- LeapFrog LeapPad -- is back with version 2.0. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, and double the memory.
The KleenSlate is a kid-friendly paddle with a double-sided dry-erase board. Teachers can see multiple students' answers at once. Comes with dry-erase marker and eraser.