Six of the best gadgets for going back to school
The summer holidays will be over before you know it, so make sure the kids are prepared with some new-term tech, says Claire Spreadbury.
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.
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.
This pen is like a Bond gadget. Yes, it's a pen, but it's also a stylus for tablets and a ruler.
Plus, once the kids get 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.
Gone are the days when preparing your pencil case for the new school term gave 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.
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 the cloud at the touch of a button - even converting handwriting into text.
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 are where they say they are, once the teenage years set in.