Back-to-school trends, new products, supplies, more for 2018

By Jennifer Berger

What will kids be clamoring for as they head back to class this fall?

This year, kids will find cool gear that looks great and is functional, and they will find toys that will expand their minds, and pique their curiosity," said Laurie Schact, co-publisher of The Toy Insider, a consumer guide for parents.

Follow our guide to the latest gadgets, snacks, supplies and good ole fun stuff...

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What will kids be clamoring for as they head back to class this fall?

This year, kids will find cool gear that looks great and is functional, and they will find toys that will expand their minds, and pique their curiosity," said Laurie Schact, co-publisher of The Toy Insider, a consumer guide for parents.

Follow our guide to the latest gadgets, snacks, supplies and good ole fun stuff to get ahead of the trends.

Elmer's Glow in the Dark Glue

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School projects have never shined so bright. This glue is sold in neon colors that light up when the lights are turned off; $4.99 at retailers such a Target, Walmart, Staples and Michaels.

Special Edition Sharpie Fine Permanent Markers

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Be bold at school with these special edition Sharpies featuring your favorite sport star. Choose from Chris Paul, Aaron Judge, Aaron Rodgers or Alex Morgan and learn about a charity they support. You can enter for a chance to win one of more than 50,000 prizes with a purchase of a pack. Available in stores such as Target, CVS, Staples and more.

Pugicorn Journal

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Journaling is funner than ever with this adorable "pugicorn" journal complete with a bookmark, blue pen and graphics throughout the lined pages; $12.90 at


Emoji Binder Clips

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These colorful emoji binder clips give kids a fun, trustworthy way to organize their papers. Each 1" clip holds up to 50 sheets of paper; $3.99 at

Disco Tape

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Kids can create funky flair with this stylish tape which comes in six bright colors; $12.95 at

Lock Stars

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Clip on some style with these Lock Stars collectable lock accessories. Each character comes with two keys, two charms-1 hidden in the belly-and a mystery mini lock pal. The mini lock pals are randomly assorted, so kids will get a fun surprise when opening the package. Lock onto shoes, book bags and lockers or trade with friends. There are 24 different figures to collect; $4.99 at

Pinch Provisions Locker Kit

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The Locker Kit by Pinch Provisions contains 16 essentials to keep you back-to-school ready, even if a unicorn eats your homework. The set comes with glitter washi tape, a mini mechanical pencil and notepad, stain remover, adhesive bandage, lip balm, hair bands and more; $22 at

Fantastic Fix Unicorn Tape Dispenser

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Whether it be a quick fix or a huge project, this whimsical steed named Stuart's rainbow tape tail will add majestic style to anything; $12 at

Luv My Squash Buddies- Scented Slow-Rise Plush Keychains

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Squish them down and then let these plush characters slowly rise back up to full size. Clip them to backpacks, lunch totes and more to take them on the go. They are scented so you can spread yummy smells of cherry, grape or strawberry. Choose from a kitten, cupcake, narwahl, penguin, puppy, kitten and a "llamacorn;" $6 at

Emojicon Magnetic Locker Mirror

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Heart eyes will be all on your locker with these functional mirrors with personality; $5 at

Sloth Tape Dispenser

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Add a fun touch to any project with this roll of holographic sloth-print tape and sloth dispenser; $17.95 at

Yoobi Unicorn Pencil Case

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This durable unicorn binder zip case fits perfectly in your 3-ring binder, allowing you to take your writing utensils around school with style and ease. For every Yoobi item purchased, a Yoobi item is donated to a U.S. classroom in need; $4.99 at

Carry Along Sketchbook

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Kids will have paw-fect drawings with these animal-themed mobile sketch pads. Choose from a fox, cat or dog; $11.99 at

Post-it Pop Up Note Camera Dispenser

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Keep Post-it Notes organized with this trendy camera design. Prices start at $9.99 in Target, Office Depot and more.

Mermaid Tail Pen

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Dive into note-taking with this iridescent mermaid tail pen; $7 at

Reusable Sandwich Wrap

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This sustainable sandwich wrap is perfect for adults and kids. Wrap a sandwich and use the warmth of your hand to create a seal. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin; Prices start at $11 at

Neon Puppy Highlighters

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There are more ways than ever to incorporate your child's love of animals into school. This six-pack of highlighters comes completed with caps that have ears and cute faces; $12.95 at

Chunkies Paint Sticks

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Leave the mess of painting behind with these clean and portable paint sticks. Simply uncap, twist and start painting with the quick-drying paint. Pack comes with 12 colors; $12.99 at

Portable Phone Charger Power Banks

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Keep your phone at 100 percent with these cute portable chargers. Choose from a donut, a puppy and a unicorn; $20 at

Backpack charms

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Keep an eye on keys or bling out a backpack with these assorted plush charms; $3 each at

Earth Worm Recycled Crayons

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Created from the discarded ends of crayons, these rainbow critters twist around to fit the grip of little kids and help boost imagination time. $15 at

Mermaid Scale Notebook

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Go full-mermaid with this iridescent scale notebook and pair it with a mermaid tail pen; $18 at

STMT DIY Agenda Set

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This DIY agenda gives kids the ultimate organizational experience to stay on top of their busy schedules. Included are a colorful floral agenda, pens, glitter tape, sticker sheets and sticky notes; $24.99 at Barnes & Noble.

Crayola Color Caddy

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This caddy will be the go-to option for any artsy kid. The set come with 24 crayons, 18 broad line markers, 18 short colored pencils, 15 sheets of line art, 15 blank sheets, two glitter glue sticks, one pair of scissors and a storage caddy; $14.99 at

Vibe Squad Giant Avocado Eraser and Pencil Sharpener

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Keep your eraser and sharpener together in this giant avocado set. Entertain friends as you use the avocado to erase and the removable pit to sharpen; $9.37 at

Chalk of the Town Tote

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Personalize this tote time and time again to match your needs any day. The chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth so your creativity never has to end. Pack comes with a silver heart tote, two chalk markers and an erasing cloth; $19.95 at

Emojicon Hand Sanitizer Poop Holder

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Poop is in, and it does not need to be messy. Clean up with this hand sanitizer that comes in a poop emoji case. Choose from pink, black and blue; $4 at

Bento Box Eraser Set

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Does anyone want to order take-out? Making mistakes is yummy with this full sushi eraser meal; $8 at

Cat & Jack Sequin Gold pencil case

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Bring the shimmer of the stars to school with this pencil pouch that switches from gold to silver sequins. It comes with a gold star that can be unclipped and moved onto a backpack to add some extra flair. The three-ring construction clips right into binders for easy storage; $4.99 at

Cable Bite

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Charging your devices has never been so cute. Reinforce cable wires with these animal accessories. Choose from a polar bear, pig, shark, frog and more; $6 each at

Office Supply Tackle Box

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Tackle your days in the office with this office essentials tackle box. The acrylic container includes binder clips, push pins, sticky notes, a pencil sharpener, a mechanical pencil, three magnets and a highlighter; $38.95 at

Fiskars Color Changing Scissors

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The warmth of kids' hands changes the color of the handle to make learning and creating even more exciting. The blunt-tip scissors are ideal for kids ages four and up and feature innovative safety-edge blades to help make cutting safer and a design that fits kids' hands. The scissors come in purple to blue and red to yellow; $4.47 at Walmart and local school supply stores.

Locker Organizer & Lip Gloss Set

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Give your locker some bling with this organizer featuring flip sequins, a pouch, a mirror and three shimmering lip glosses to enhance your smile; $29.90 at

About Face Silently Correcting Your Grammar Pencil Case

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This zip pouch is great for transporting money, earbuds and writing utensils around school, and will get a laugh from classmates; $11.95 at

Llama Desk Duster

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Keeping clean never looked so good. This llama doubles as decor and a duster with its long, bendable neck covered in shaggy microfiber yarn; $15 at

Reusable Hinged Jar Zipper Bags

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Mason jars have never been easier to store. These reusable zip bags stand up by themselves when filled with food, and fold flat when empty. They are a great option to create less waste from school lunches; $10 at

Silver Lining Composition Notebook

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Keep kids motivated all year long with these stylish composition notebooks. Choose from three inspirational designs; $3.49 in Staples stores.

Grip Tide Shark Stapler

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Let the shark bite down onto papers and staple them to keep them together; $14 at

Do-Over Erasable Highlighters

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This set of six highlighters helps keep notes organized and is useful for kids because the highlight can be erased if they make a mistake; $12.95 at

Squishy Squad Scented Stickers

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Take accessorizing to the next level with these 3.5 inch puffy stickers. Decorate notebooks, binders, lockers, tablets and more while also sharing a sweet scent. Choose from a llama, cupcake, frappe coffee, game controller and more; $5 at

Rainbow Desk Notepad

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Spread the rainbow with this multi-colored, multi-sized notepad set perfect for writing all types of notes; $8

A Coloring Notebook of Whimsical Designs

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Originality is in style. Add some flair to your notes with this lined book complete with 192 pages and 32 fanciful designs; $11.95 at

Bookish lunch box

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A roomy lunch carrying case aimed at teens, you can put all sorts of grub inside its space equipped with a movable divider and an elastic strap; $20 at

Compliment Pencil Pack

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These colorful pencils will brighten anyone's day with their sweet motivational messages. One set comes with 10 pencils; $10 at

Entirely Up To You Sticky Note Folio

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This precious rainbow cloud folio set includes eight different sticky note pads which remind you that you can do it all; $14.95 at

You Got This! Little Notes of Cheer to Share Gift Book

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Give your kid a boost with these uplifting notes; $9.95 at


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These stylish charms provide a unique way for girls to express their own sense of style. There is a variety of interchangeable charms that compliment accessories such as chokers, zipper pulls, necklaces and denim or leather bracelets. A carrying case lets kids keep their collection safe. Choose from emojis, animals, food, shapes and more. For their 2018 campaign, Snap't will be donating 20% of all sales from their charity charm, "Girl Power," to "Boo 2 Bullying", an LA-based organization that fights the effects of bullying; Charms start at $7 at

Mickey Mouse Lunch Note Set - Disney Eats

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Give your child a sweet note from you and Mickey. Set includes mini ballpoint pen and three Mickey notepads, two of which come in a folded design so kids have to open the notes to reveal the message; $7.95 at

Lunch Lines

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Kids will enjoy silly riddles at lunch time with these tear-out sheets. Each booklet comes with 188 riddles; $9.99 at

Office Depot Brand Plush Animal Pencil Pouch

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Kids can now bring an animal to school with this plush pencil pouch. The design features a fur-like feel and a zipper to lock in contents. Choose from a dinosaur, unicorn, dog and turtle; $6 each at