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Six of the best for back to school
7:00am Saturday 1st September 2012 in Lifestyle
Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best for the new school term.
By Peter Jenkinson
After such an amazing couple of weeks sat in front of the gogglebox watching all manner of sports, the kids will of course be delighted that the school bell is about to sound.
We can already hear the utterances of "that went quick" and "oh no, not again" from both parents and kids alike.
Well, let us try to soften the blow and embrace the return to school with these six satchel fillers.
Early Riser - Star Wars Talking Alarm Clock - £19.99 from www.firebox.com
These classic-style clocks make it almost possible to wake up without a smile on your face - yes, a grin-inducing alarm clock, it's a miracle! Select your character from the trio on offer - C-3PO, Stormtrooper or Chewbacca - and then awaken to their classic phrase at your ungodly hour each morning.
Sharpen Up - Clockwork Sharpener - £15 from www.suck.uk.com
The thing with using pencils is that the devices used to finely tune the ends are invariably lost or misplaced as there really is no love for them. But this gadget changes everything. Whip out this splendidly crafted sharpener to make a point, and you'll gather some admiring glances, too.
Fake it - Notpad - £10.99 from www.firebox.com
Even if you are lucky enough to own an impressive touchscreen, there is little point taking it past the gates to impress your mates as the concrete surface of the playground is very unfriendly. This, however, will make people laugh and is incredibly useful to pen your ideas and thoughts. A 60-page notepad in the style of that most wanted device is a brilliant idea, is it not?
Carry Me - Sammies 20cm Bear Bag - £20 from www.pixmania.co.uk
There is a vast selection of animals in this new range from luggage supremo Samsonite, but we've been particularly attracted to this cute bear backpack. Aimed at three to six-year-olds, there's plenty of room for the all-important schooling tools as well as those essential toys and treats.
Brick Break - Lego Lunch Box - £7.99 from www.howleys.co.uk
This oversized eight-studded wonder has been designed as a lunch box and comes in range of different colours suitable for boys and girls. School friends are sure to be impressed but a word of warning: make sure parents don't take too much of a liking to it or you'll be back to clingfilm-wrapped lunches in no time!
Tap, Tap - Drumstick Pencils - £5 from www.suck.uk.com
No need to annoyingly drum your fingers on the desk while deep in thought, now you can entertain yourself as you concentrate with this set of writing implements. These wooden music makers are perfect for budding rock stars who want to tap out a tune while also doing their maths homework.
App of the week - Dragonbox - from £1.99 on Google Play and iTunes
A soaraway success in its native land of Norway this year, actually beating Angry Birds in the charts, Dragonbox is a revolution in learning and actually makes algebra fun! Yes, you read that correctly. Using interactive imagery, we found ourselves doing a happy humming sound while engrossed in this app.
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