Back to school is a bittersweet time of year. The kids are getting older and bigger and summer is ending, but also you can say buh-bye to expensive summer camps and extra hot weather. You get back to early bedtimes, but you have to pack lunches again. Well, these inventive LA parents have come up with some big new ideas and products that make the start of the school year sweet and simple.

Seedling’s Tote Bag…and More

LA native Soleil Moon Frye and her partners are moms who know a thing or two about keeping their kids entertained and happy with their all-natural and absorbing kits. Kids who are nervous about heading to school for the first time, to a new school, or just a new grade always feel better bringing something special and familiar from home. We love the Design Your Own Tote Bag kit that gives kids something to create now that gets them excited about heading to school, and is also something practical they can bring with them every day (especially for big kids, who feel like they’re too old to bring a beloved stuffed animal). For first timers to preschool or kindergarten, there are cool kits for making magic wands, hero masks or capes that will help them feel superhero invincible in a new setting.

Available online: seedling.com

photo credit: Seedling

What are your local Back to School secrets? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose