One of my favorite places to find such things is www.uncommongoods.com.
In honor of the impending school year, I am posting some of the most amazingly ridiculous (but mostly amazing) back-to-school curiosities I have found. I only wish we had such things when I was in school...
Seriously. The name says it all: scented colored pencils. Smencils are made from recycled newspaper and are infused with natural scents. Each set of 10 comes in a fully compostable and biodegradable plastic case made from corn. I just might have to order these for myself.
As stated from Uncommon Goods, "These staple-less staplers fuse your paper by punching a small, neat hole in your documents and folding the remaining flaps together for a secure binding." Safe for kids and better for the environment. Comes as a set of 2!
This pen encases a mega-ink cartridge that can write for 2 meters every day for 7 years... or over 3 miles!!! Just two of these pens could take a kid from kindergarten through graduation.
Perfectly cute! These are handmade in California and include high-tech headphones ready to plug in anywhere. (Seriously... I need these for Christmas!)
Give someone special the gift of your undivided attention. This is a service-blocking hanky made with silver fibers that effectively blocks incoming calls and texts. Great for meetings... or especially the dinner table! I won't name any names, but I can think of a few people in my life who could use this...
Get in touch with your inner scientist! This amazing putty is made with micron-sized iron-based particles which takes on the properties of a magnet when placed in close contact with the included Neodymium Iron Boron magnet. When you place the putty near the magnet, within five seconds, the putty will stretch out on its own to reach the magnet. It almost like it's alive! Press the magnet into it and the whole piece of putty becomes magnetic, able to lift tacks and paperclips on its own after charging in a magnetic field.
Check out the video here:
No, really... the video is otherworldly alien. This putty will probably be making an appearance in my daughter's Christmas stocking this year.
It's a post card. It's a garden. It's a postcarden! This is a vegetable ink-based greeting card that keeps on giving. Open the card, water the base and spread the seed packet. Within a few days you have a perfectly edible garden of watercress! I would probably not find success since it involves greenthumbery, but for most of the general population, I can imagine this would be a lovely idea!
This has absolutely zero to do with school, but it's too adorably fun to not include it. So much for not playing with your food. Encourage the kids to get creative at mealtime! This is a food-safe ceramic plate. I especially love the noodle beard.
All of these items can be found at www.uncommongoods.com or more simply by clicking on the hyperlink below each item.
Live long and drink coffee.