Cool stuff

By Christine Davis

Smooshy Musy Diary
Write down your dreams for the new school year and beyond with these adorable diaries that are totally squishable. Inside, there are 60 lined pages ready for all your notes and to be decorated with the included stickers. Available at Indigo and $24.95

Crocodile Creek Sandwich Keeper
Keep your lunch edible with these Sandwich Keepers that prevent crushing and lost lids thanks to the one piece construction. The kid-friendly latch makes it easy to open and close but stays secure. Available at Mastermind Toys and $9.99

ABC Smart House
Build, create and learn with this interactive 31-piece house-themed block set from LeapFrog. The easy-to-hold blocks feature letters on two sides and, when placed into the interactive Smart Star will respond with educational songs and phrases about letters and numbers to enhance building and play. Available at Toys R Us, Walmart, Amazon and Indigo. $44.99

Barbie Fashionista in Wheelchair doll

Modelled after Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada teen Danielle, who lives with cerebral palsy, this Barbie wheelchair doll celebrates diversity, aiming to inspire girls the way Barbie has for 60 years. A portion of sales will be donated to Starlight Canada. Available at Toys “R” Us and $19.99

Casper Glow Light
With a durable, wireless design and sleep-centric tech, this is more than just a nightlight. It offers creative, easy-to-use features and is portable – take it off its dock and use it as a gentle flashlight to help create a non-disruptive night time environment. Available at and Casper stores. Single $140; Double $280

Bob Books and VersaTiles
This beginning readers set for kids provides children with everything they need to start learning to read words. This set from hand2mind comes with a set of 12 Bob Books, one VersaTile answer case and a 20-page VersaTile workbook with 20 hands-on learning activities. Available at Amazon. $34.99

Vivier Acne Treatment System
Don’t let the stress of back-to-school affect your breakouts. This two-step process, suitable for tweens and teens, deals with current acne and helps prevent future breakouts. Contains a Medicated Wash and Acne Treatment Lotion, which can also be used as a spot treatment, to target pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Find retail availability at $112

Grade School UA HOVR Phantom
These unisex kids’ running shoes provide a ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step in addition to a variety of other features that kids will love for going back to school. Available at $150

Kinsho Bento Box
These leakproof and stylish Bento Boxes provide the perfect portion space for various ages and appetites while keeping single-use containers out of the landfill. The design also helps eaters tune into their senses while enjoying their meal. Available at Amazon. $30.99

Q for Quinn Socks
Don’t waste time hunting for matching socks in the morning before school, Q for Quinn Socks are intentionally designed to be worn mismatched. And, for every pair purchased, the company donates a meal to a child in need through the non-profit Mary’s Meals. Available at $20 US

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate Get Ready for School Bundle
Prepare preschoolers and kindergarteners for school with this tablet that features $100 worth of top-selling school readiness apps, as well as creative apps. Music apps and more for a total content value of more than $195. Available at Mastermind Toys and $134.99

Tile Mate
Send the kids back to school with all their new gear and know it will come home at the end of the day – or if it doesn’t you’ll know where to find it – thanks to the world’s best selling tracker. Parents can simply download the app to activate and track all of their kids’ important items. It features an increased range and is Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant enabled. Available at Amazon, Best Buy and Costo. $29

Umbra Motto Frame – Meow or Never
There’s no time like the start of the new school year to add a little inspiration to your room. It’s Meow or Never with this adorable framed inspirational quote. Available at Indigo and $29.50

Kidi Star Dance
Put on the motion-activated bands and learn 20 cool dance moves step-by-step by following the animated dance instructor then put them together and move and groove to the included music and colour-changing lights. Dance with a friend or challenge them to a dance-off. Available at Amazon, Toys R Us,, Indigo and Best Buy. $69.99

Sol Cuisine Ancient Grain Chik’n Tenders
Feed the kids’ desire for chicken fingers with this plant-based alternative. Featuring hidden veggies, they’re non-GMO, vegan and kosher and tasty. Available at mass grocery stores. $6.99

Mabel’s Labels
Make sure everything that goes to school comes home with the help of these labels, available in assorted combo packs, that are durable and waterproof. More than 25 new designs are now available, as are the new lunch box labels. Available at Lunch Box Labels $21; combos from $42

Bugaboo Ant
The newest, lightest and most compact stroller from Bugaboo will be your greatest travel companion. From the height-adjustable handlebar to the reversible seat, it’s packed full of smart and thoughtful features that make journeys more enjoyable for the whole family. You can even use it as a handy pull-alongtrolley for rolling effortlessly. Available at West Coast Kids. From $659