No sooner had it began, it’s coming to a close, much to the relief of worn-out parents everywhere. Yes, the summer holidays are drawing to an end, with shops now heavily laden with essential back to school clobber. Every year school children’s possessions seem to get more and more sophisticated with the likes of iPhones, MP3 players and Hex Bugs now littering playgrounds across the country. While the more ‘obvious’ school gadgets need little introduction, there is a more unusual throng of devices that are worthy of a ‘best of’, if not only because of their inventiveness.
Take a look at five unusual back to school gadgets that your children might not necessarily thank you for:
3D Drawing Pad
All the cool kids go and see the 3D movies and even have a 3D silver screen in their living room. Would the 3D Drawing Pad be held similar esteem? Simply draw on the pad, view the creation through the specs and watch the drawing jump out of the page. Perhaps sketch pads aren’t the hippest things in the playground but it may earn your child a few points with the art teacher.
What’s more the 3D Drawing Pad costs less than a fiver!
Rubber Band Shooter Supreme
Technology in the classroom may have reached unprecedented new heights in recent years but the mischievous pastime of the class clowns haven’t altered a bit. Shooting rubber bands at a teacher’s bottom when her – or his – back is turned, is guaranteed to generate a room full of sniggers.
Look out teachers because the next generation of rubber band shooters is here with the arrival of the Supreme Shooter. Loop one end of the rubber band around the device’s base, grip the gripper area, aim, fire and then wait for the laughs.
This fun and highly amusing gadget can also be picked up for under a fiver.
A slightly more tantalising 3D device for children is the 3D Mirascope. This gadget creates a realistic 3D holographic image from smaller objects. Could come in handy for wet playtimes when the kids are confined to the classroom?
This unusual desk toy costs £15.98 on Amazon.
Syringe Shot Ink Pens
Pens are always going to be needed at school even though we’re now in the digital era. So we may as well let our kids be seen with an ultra-cool pen. The Syringe Shot Ink pens contain colourful blood red, green, yellow, purple or blue liquid and looks like a syringe in an eccentric scientist’s lab. And no they don’t shoot out the liquid as the name misleadingly suggests, which is a bit of a shame.
You can buy a pack of five for £3.49 on Amazon.
Evernote Smart Notebook
Definitely a more sophisticated unusual back to school gadget, the Evernote Smart Notebook turns anything you scribble into an instantly digitally saveable scribble. Whether it’s notes from a lesson, a sketch in an art class or doodles to relieve the boredom in an assembly, write it down, search it and share it with the world.
For approximately £16, the Evernote Smart Notebook’s got to be a popular back to school gadget.