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Saturday 23 August 2014

The 50 best back to school buys

Coloured Pencils
Muji is renowned for its designs: you'll find them in the Museum Of Modern Art shop in NYC, ranking along with other cult design companies. In Britain, we're lucky enough to have a shop on every high street, so it's easy to forget how good their understated, functional products are - and how inexpensive. These 12 coloured pencils - made from cedarwood, non-toxic - are perfect for children.
Where www.muji.eu
How much £2.95
Active BackCare Junior School Backpack
Designed for younger children, this school bag is scaled to the safest amount they should be carrying (5-10 per cent of their bodyweight), so they don't encounter back problems. There's a handy detachable shoe bag inside, and on the outside, safety-conscious reflectors on the shoulder straps, base and piping. Choose a picture to put in the front clear pocket for easy identification too.
Where 08456 444729 ; www.thechildrensstore.co.uk
How much £20
Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition CD Rom
It's expensive, but you're paying for the definitions of over 500,000 words as well as the explanation of how they've been used historically, with the help of over 2.5 million quotations. If you went to a library, this informationwould take up volumes; instead, at the click of a mouse, the knowledge is yours. Great for students, but pretty handy for the parents too.
Where www.amazon.co.uk
How much £195.01

From designer notebooks to lovable lunchbags, Clare Dwyer Hogg packs a satchel with everything your children need for a new term

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