8 Unexpected Items Kids Need That Aren’t on This Year’s School Supply List

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The anticipation and excitement that accompanies the new school year is beginning to bubble up again, and it's finally time to pick out colorful notebooks, smooth pens, and folders featuring adorable baby animals. While the school supply list is a good place to start, there are also a few unexpected items that will help set your kids up for success. So whether they're heading back to the classroom or continuing to learn from home, scroll through to find the must-haves for this year's back-to-school season.

Reusable Silicone Snack Bag
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Reusable Silicone Snack Bag

Pack your kiddo's lunch box with these stylish and reusable silicone snack bags ($10). They have a pinch closure and come in a ton of cute colors. Just throw them in the dishwasher after school for easy cleanup.

Backpack Charms
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Backpack Charms

Want to add a touch of personalization to an otherwise plain backpack? These charms ($13) are the answer. The clip can fit on any backpack — plus, there are so many color variations to choose from.

Digital Microscope
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Digital Microscope

Have a curious little one on your hands? This easy-to-use digital microscope ($39) will introduce them to a whole new miniature world. Its portable design allows kids to bring the microscope along on any adventure, from the science laboratory to an outdoor expedition. Just add a four-pack of Rayovac's long-lasting batteries ($3) so the exploration never ends.

Hand Sanitizer Spray
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Hand Sanitizer Spray

Before sending your kids to school, make sure they have a solid supply of disinfectant in their arsenal. This hand sanitizer ($3) is made from plant-based ingredients and comes in different scents to kill those icky (and sticky) classroom germs.

Unicorn Tape Dispenser
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Unicorn Tape Dispenser

This magical Unicorn Tape Dispenser ($11) is such a cute find that will add a touch of personality to any desk setup. It even comes with two rolls of rainbow tape!

Cordless Table Lamp
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Cordless Table Lamp

No matter where your kid sets up their study space, they can bring this cordless lamp ($25, originally $50) along with them. The lightweight lamp can easily move anywhere, from the dining room table to the kids' bedroom desk. Don't forget to pick up Rayovac's C High Energy Batteries ($6) to power the lamp throughout any late-night study session.

Color-In Face Masks
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Color-In Face Masks

To make wearing a mask feel like less of a chore for kids, choose a fun, customizable option, like this Andy & Evans set ($10, originally $23). The face mask four-pack comes with fabric markers so your kids can add their own colorful touches.

Neon Water Bottle
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Neon Water Bottle

It's no secret that drinking water has a ton of health benefits, including boosted energy levels. But with a busy school schedule, it can be hard for kids to remember to drink up. Encourage your little one to stay hydrated with this fun water bottle ($30). It comes in four different colors and the grip creates traction for even the tiniest hands.