9 Items To Make Back-To-School Feel Normal (Even If It’s Anything But)

by Isabella Biedenharn

Whether your little ones are returning to a very different learning environment full of social-distanced desks and all-day masks, or you're continuing down the path of virtual school while trying to keep the rest of the family's routines on track, this certainly isn't going to be a typical fall for anyone. The autumn routines we took for granted might be gone (or at least...hibernating?), but we're all trying to make back-to-school feel as fun — and as normal — as possible. One way to do that? Back-to-school shopping!

The checklists may be different this year, but the spirit remains the same: With some fresh, fun tools in hand, the start of a new school year can be a time of unlimited potential and excitement, not one of stress and monotony. With items like a bright stainless steel water bottle and bold new tights for school, your child can stroll into those sanitized or virtual classrooms with confidence.

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A Tight With A Familiar Print

These tights from Athleta Girl will keep her comfy while learning or playing. Plus, the print reminds us of those classic composition notebooks — which will put anyone in the back-to-school spirit.

A Notebook That Oozes Girl Power

There's something thrilling about a blank notebook — full of learning potential and stories just waiting to be written. She'll love this stylish cover and go-get-'em mantra.

A Jacket That Feels Like A Hug

On chilly days, you won't have to remind her to layer up if she's got this soft sherpa jacket. It stands alone on crisp fall days, and can be layered under a larger coat as we move deeper into winter.

A Lunchbox That You Can Make Your Own

This dishwasher-safe lunchbox is customizable inside (with different containers) and outside (with a wide selection of designs).

A Sweatshirt As On-Trend As It Is Cozy

She can hop onto the tie-dye trend with this cosmically cool crewneck sweatshirt. Wear it with matching bottoms as a set, or on its own as a statement pullover.

A Water Bottle That Makes Staying Hydrated Fun

This bright bottle will keep her water at the perfect drinking temperature all day, so she can stay hydrated in style.

A Brain-Bending Deck Of Cards

Keep the mind sharp and reinforce learning with these classic Brain Quest card decks. They're available in multiple subjects and grade levels, so you can pick the right fit.

Headphones With A Little Something Extra

These headphones have a built-in mic, plus they're comfortable enough to last through hours of virtual lessons. They also have a volume-limiting function, so you can rest easy knowing sounds will stay at safe levels.

A Toolbox That Makes Learning A Game

Prove learning can be fun with LEGO's Creative Toolbox, which helps kids build robots and learn to program. (Hey, parents might even learn something new, too.)