So once you’ve gotten the hand sanitizer, the tissue boxes, and everything else on that classroom shopping list, it’s time to have a little fun with some colorful school supplies! We always recommend getting a little goodie or two for the kids that gets them more excited about going back to school, whether it’s a cute backpack charm, a personalized notebook, a pencil case with their favorite character, or even a set of #2 pencils that are just that much cooler than your standard issue yellow pencils.

With that, we had the best time putting together a rainbow of cool school supplies for boys and girls of all ages, in this next installment of the Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School Guide.

And speaking of cool, colorful school supplies, we’re so happy that this year’s guide is brought to you by our fantastic partner BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting through their Fight for Your Write campaign. Visit the site, sign the pledge to encourage handwriting at home like we do, and they’ll even donate a pen or pencil through, to help support classrooms in need. What a cool way to help promote giving back and handwriting all at the same time.

Happy shopping!

All products are selected by our editors; there has been no compensation in exchange for recommendations. CMP is an rstyle affiliate. 

Other Back to School Guide Posts:
The coolest back to school printables
34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags
23 cool backpacks for teens and big kids
The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids

Handmade shark pencil cases from Minnebites | Cool Mom Picks back to school guide

Handmade Shark Pencil Case $44, Minnebites

Personalized Rainbow Name Labels at Minted | Cool Mom Picks Back to School Guide

Custom rainbow name labels  $16/24 at minted with quantity discounts

Colorful, fun school supplies | Back to School Guide 2016

(top to bottom, left to right)
Set of mini softcover notebooks $20/10, Poppin | Kawaii animal eraser set $5.25, Sprixie Charms on Etsy | Digital alarm clock $29, PB Teen | Lisa Frank portable USB power stick $9.99, Toys R Us | Yoobi funny face binder clips $2.99/6-pack, Target | BIC Marking permanent market set in fashion colors $18–22 at your local retailer


Fun school supplies | Back to School Guide 2016

UrbanEars micro USB charging cable $9.99, Modcloth | Space explorer pencil case $19.99 Herschel Supply | Personalized ABC notebook $16, Minted | Cliposaurus Rex paper clips $3.99 The Container Store | Ninja erasers $2.95/3 Int’l arrivals

Personalized jellyfish drawstring bag on Zazzle | cool back to school supplies

Personalized jellyfish drawstring bag $16.85, Zazzle

Astronaut Pub Laptop Sleeve on Society 6

Astronaut pug laptop sleeve $36+ Society 6


About our partner

Handwriting practice for kids: Diaries and journals work!

If you believe in the importance of handwriting like we do, visit the BIC Fight for Your Write campaign, sign the pledge to commit to handwriting practice in your own home, and one pen or pencil will be donated to a classroom in need through


Very Hungry Caterpillar Pencil Pouch from Out of Print Clothing. Cute!

Very Hungry Caterpillar pencil pouch | $12, Out of Print Clothing


Funky car rulers for back to school from Kikkerland

Car Rulers $5, Kikkerland

Fun, colorful school supplies to make September more fun | Back to School Guide 2016

Yoobi pretzel erasers $1.99/4, Staples | Blue Q mood swings pencil case $5.95, ReuseIt | BIC Xtra-Fun #2 Stripes pencil set $4.50, local retailers | Kikkerland free parking bike bell $21.95, Amazon | Washi tape assortment  $14.88, Amazon | Kawaii rainbow pillow backpack charm $8.50, My Mimi on Etsy

Personalized Bookplate Stickers

Personalized Bookplates $14.95, Devon Design Co on Etsy


Cool school supplies: Memosaurus Rex desk organizer | Back to school guide 2016

Memosaurus desk organizer $12.95, Modcloth

Colorful, fun school supplies for kids of all ages | Back to School 2016

Post-It Star Memo Cube $2.99, Staples | BIC Brite Liner Flex Tip Highlighters $2.99, local retailers |Mini custom name labels $18.99/80, Mabel’s Labels | May 28th heart eyes emoji watch $42.95, Zazzle | Uglydoll umbrella $11.50, Amazon | Glitter shakers $11.24/12 pack on sale, Yoobi |  Bella Leather mousepad $20, See Jane Work


Kaleidoscope Notebook from Poppin: affordable, fun school supplies | back to school guide 2016

Kaleidoscope spiral notebooks $7.99, Poppin

Unicorn Rainbow Tape Dispenser : Cool school supplies | Back to School 2016

Unicorn rainbow tape dispenser $14.95, Paper Source

Love You, Mean It iPhone 6/6S case | cool mom picks back to school guide

Love You, Mean It iPhone 6/6S Case | $12 on sale, Bando



BIC: celebrating handwriting with the Fight for your Write Campaign | Sponsor of the Cool Mom Picks back to school guide 2016

BIC Fight for Your Write Campaign celebrates handwriting Thanks so much to our amazing 2016 Back to School Guide sponsor BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting in fun ways through their Fight For Your Write campaign. Visit their site for more info.