Before you know it, the summer holidays will be coming to an end and kids have to get ready to go back to school.
One way that parents can soften the blow is to distract them with some cool new school gadgets to give them a positive outlook on heading back to the classroom.
Once they’ve mastered how to tell the time, children may find themselves obsessed with stationery emporium Smiggle. This cool, rubber watch reveals a digital clock every time you press it, which should help keep them on time. Available in pink, blue, green, purple or black, it’s a must-have for the new school term, and makes a perfect party present too.
This pen is like a Bond gadget. Yes, it’s a pen, but it’s also a stylus for their tablet and a ruler. Plus, once they’re old enough to be getting a little bit handy around the house, they can utilise the genius inclusion of a spirit level, as well as the double headed screwdriver, so you’ll never need to search for the Phillips again!
For creative types who like to doodle their ideas, the Bamboo Spark is a brilliant invention. The Smart Folio contains a notepad and, once you’ve sketched out ideas or written the perfect start to a story, you can save and store it all in a cloud at the touch of a button – even converting handwriting into text.
Not strictly for the ones going back to school, but after a leisurely few weeks of summer holidays, resurrecting the school drop-off routine can be something of a challenge. Worry not – a morning espresso is exactly what you need to get going (and this one has a just-hot-water function for tea lovers, too). You can even earn some brownie points making one for your other half, as it brews two at the same time.
Gone are the days when preparing your pencil case for the new school term gives you blisters on your hands. All hail Smiggle’s electric pencil sharpener, with two different-sized holes, for smaller and larger pencils. Load it up with batteries (you’ll need four AAs) and off you go.
Anyone with children old enough to own their own key should not start the new term without a Tile. Attach the discreet tracker to their keys (or anything else you don’t want them to lose!) and the location can easily be found via an app on a smartphone or tablet. Also very handy for checking they’re where they say they are once the teenage years set in!