Fun educational toys and tools can help make the transition easier for children heading off to pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade.
Hollie Schultz is the founder of www.BabyGizmo.com, a product resource site that features everyday mom reviews and a slew of other useful information.
She visited ABC7 with some of her favorite products for the start of the school year.
1) LeapFrog Tag Reader
The Tag Reader is a great way to bring learning home. It makes learning to read fun! Plus, LeapFrog just added the "Learn to Write and Draw" that works with the Tag Reader. Kids ages 4-7 can learn to write letters and draw basic shapes which helps reinforce writing skills through audio feedback with the Tag Reader.
-or- LeapFrog LeapPad
This is the hottest new toy coming out in the next couple weeks. It's a tablet made just for kids complete with apps, camera and video recorder, games and more.
2) Custom Name labels (Mabels Labels)
Kids lose things. Personalized labels keep your child from losing all their back-to-school supplies.
3) spikeasaurus full pack (Backpack)
Not only will this edgy backpack get your kids psyched about heading to school, they're sure to be the center of attention the minute they hit the playground.
4) Goodbyn Original Lunchbox
Make lunch more fun with a unique lunchbox your child can decorate to make it their own!
5) Hello Kitty BabyLegs
These new, stylish leg warmers feature kids' favorite Kitty help make the transition to cooler weather a breeze.
6) Pediped Fall Shoe Collection
The brand new Fall/Winter pediped collection is full of metallic sparkles and flowers for girls (super hot for Fall 2011!) and adorable athletic shoes and boots for boys perfect for keeping all those little feet stylish.