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 shopjustice.com.

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 officedepot.com.

Disco Tape

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

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 hasbro.com.

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 pinchprovisions.com.

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 modcloth.com.

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 toptrenz.com.

Emojicon Magnetic Locker Mirror

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

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 papersource.com.

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 target.com.

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 ooly.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 beeswrap.com.

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  papyrusonline.com.

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 ooly.com.

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 toptrenz.com.

Backpack charms

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

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 uncommongoods.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 shop.crayola.com.

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 amazon.com.

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 chalk-of-the-town.com.

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 toptrenz.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 target.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 papersource.com.

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 shopjustice.com.

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 hallmark.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 uncommongoods.com.

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 modcloth.com.

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 papersource.com.

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 toptrenz.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 hallmark.com.

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 uncommongoods.com.

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 urbanoutfitters.com.

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 papyrusonline.com.

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 hallmark.com.


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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 snaptnyc.com.

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 shopdisney.com.

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 papersource.com.

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 officedepot.com.

Whiffer Squishers

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Kids can clip, play and trade with these trending scents. Pick your favorites or collect all six characters; $5.99 at thetoyinsider.com.

Mermaid Flip Sequin Art Box

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Keep your scales in order with this mermaid flip-sequin organizer; $12.90 at shopjustice.com.

Sushi Push Pin & Paper Clip Set

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Take your favorite meal to school with this push pin and paper clip set designed to look like sushi rolls and adorable fish; $15.95 at www.papyrusonline.com.

Unicorn Locker Mirror

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Make your locker magical with this pretty unicorn mirror; $19.90 at shopjustice.com.

Take Note! Washable Gel Pens

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Create colorful art and notes with these cushioned-gripped washable gel pens that leave a smooth line and are streak-free; $5.99 at shop.crayola.com.

Ecoolo Lunch Box Notes

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Brighten your kid's day with a note in his or her lunch box; $5 in Staples stores.

The Write Stuff Stationery Set

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Pilot your notes with this spaceship eraser, six-color pen, two small pencils and six-inch ruler; $10 at modcloth.com.

Shaker Glitter Pouch

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Store pencils, pens, earbuds and more in this sparkly pouch; $10 in Staples stores.

Smelly Jellies Ice Cream Scented Highlighters

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This sweet set of six highlighters smell like your favorite ice cream flavors; $14.95 at papersource.com.

The Incredibile Pencil Case

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Carry supplies with sleek style in this case designed after Mr. Incredible's car. The pouch features a dimensional exterior and bright red interior, and is built with strong, yet pliable material; $12.95 at shopdisney.com.

Cat & Jack Ice Packs

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These ice packs will give kids a fun surprise come lunchtime. Choose from a heart, rainbow and more; $3.99 each at target.com.

Ice Pops Erasers

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Fruit scented ice pop erasers let kids mix and match for their own unique experience; $4.95 at papersource.com.

Cars 3 Crayon Set

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Inspired by Cars 3, kids can race around the paper with this set of 12 crayons, including four each of Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez; $12 at shopdisney.com.

Totally Taffy Scented Gel Pens

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Write and draw for the senses with these sweetly scented gel pens. Scents include orange, lemon, grape, strawberry, apple and cherry; $6.99 at ooly.com.

STMT D.I.Y. Monogram Water Bottle

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Stay hydrated in school with this DIY water bottle. Featured is a double-walled glitter bottle ready to be embellished with two sheets of foil stickers so you can decorate with your initials, a quote or whatever you please; $19.99 at learningexpress.com.

Office Depot Brand Stackable Pencil

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Sparkles are in and your kid can shine with these stackable jewel-topped pencils; $1.99 at officedepot.com.

Sprout pencil

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This little pencil takes reusability to the next level. After you're done writing with this cedar, clay and graphite pencil, stick it in a bit of potting soil and grow something. Available in 10 herbs and flowers, the pencil's water-soluble seed container is designed to germinate quickly, and can be grown indoors or out; $12.95 to $15.95 at sproutworld.com.

#Creative Vibes Pencil Set

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The new #Creative Vibes Pencil set from Sunny Marshmallow, a Melville-based company, changes color from the heat of your child's hands. The pencils feature positive sayings, such as #sunnyvibes, #strongvibes and more. The set comes with five color changing No. 2 pencils; $6.99 at sunnymarshmallow.com.

ZipIt Grillz Pencil Case

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Friendly monsters are popping up on pencils, backpacks and pouches. The ZIPIT Grillz Pencil Case, for instance, is a playful pouch with bright eyes and shiny teeth; $6.59 at amazon.com.

P-touch Cube

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Need to label your kids' school supplies? The new P-touch Cube is wireless and Bluetooth-enabled. Download the free P-touch Design & Print app to an Apple or Android device, then choose from a wide selection of label templates or design and save your own labels using 450 symbols and a variety of fonts. The P-touch Cube works with Brother P-touch TZe durable, laminated tapes; $59.99 includes label maker and AC Adapter at ptouch.com/cube-label-maker.

Peace, Love & Pins Set

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Classic pin jewelry is back, with a modern spin. The set comes with safety pins in assorted sizes, seed beads in a variety of colors, novelty beads, a charm, elastic and directions. Attach them to backpacks, lunchboxes, sneakers and more; $16.99 at sunnymarshmallow.com.


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KIDBOX delivers clothing that is curated to your child's likes and dislikes. In each box, you'll receive six or seven items from designers such as Adidas, Diesel, 7 for All Mankind, DKNY, Jessica Simpson and more. Clothing may include tops, pants, shorts, dresses, sweaters, shirts and hoodies; $98 at kidbox.com.

Bam! Book

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This customizable social journal features more than 55 questions to choose from, 24 secret identity stickers and more for friends to share; $14.99 at sunnymarshmallow.com.

Grab-and-Go Booster

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Back to school also means back to carpooling. The Grab-and-Go Booster from mifold makes it easy to transport older kids safely -- instead of lifting the child up, it brings the seatbelt down. The booster folds up for easy storage and transporting. Made for ages 4 and older; available for $39.99 each at buybuybaby.com.


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Add the collectible line of hair pin accessories to a buns, braids, ponytails and more. Each Buntopper characters has her own distinct features, for example, Alex the Rockstar, Ellie the Cook, Lily the Soccer Player, Reece the Bookworm, Violet the Ballet Dancer and more; $9 each at buntoppers.com.


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iPops are designed to fit perfectly into a FitBit and Apple Watch wristband. Choose from more than 130 charms to give your gadgets a shiny new makeover; Prices range from $6.99 to $14.99 at myipops.myshopify.com.

Dream More Ombre Foil Dot Tablet Folio

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Add some glimmer to your technology with this inspirational tablet case; $19.90 at shopjustice.com.

WAFF notebook set

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Inspired by waffles, this notebook is bound by a removable silicone cover that you can build on. Sets comes with various lettered and Emoji cubes, so kids can create their own designs; Prices start at $12.99 at ilovewaff.com.

Blue Sky Planner

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Stay organized with day-to-day planning and think ahead with separately tabbed months. Mix and match with other Day Designer products for a tailored-to-you experience; $39.99 at staples.com.