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Best Activity Books for Kids Ages 7-9

We gathered actual kids aged 7 to 9 and had them try out a series of different activity books. Which ones were most fun? Engaging? And—dare we say it—educational? Here are the winners!

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Best Flute

What’s the best flute for a student learning the instrument? We interviewed parents whose kids gave the flute a try. And then we talked with three band directors to get their input. One key feature to consider: comfort for the player. For example, we looked for flutes that were light weight (under 2 lbs. is ideal). We came up with 7 flutes that are aimed at students . . . here are the best bets.

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Best Lap Desk

What’s the best lap desk? What about a lap desk for a laptop? For bed? For kids? We surveyed the readers of our parenting books (2.1 million copies in print!) to find the best bets. We took our readers’ favorites and then did additional hands-on research: which were most comfortable? Durable? Had additional storage for pens and other school supplies? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best Office Chairs For Heavy People

What are the best office chairs for big and tall folks? We know—most office chairs are built for the “average” person. If need something wider, we did the research. First, we asked our parent readers for their favorite office chairs for heavier people. Then we did 7 more hours of research, comparing quality and ease of assembly. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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Best Nasal Aspirator

What’s the second most common reason parents call a doctor for infants? Nasal congestion! (The #1 reason is fever). To the rescue come nasal aspirators, which promise relief for unhappy kiddos. But do they really work? We tried out several gadgets that promise relief for nasal congestion and consulted with pediatricians about best practices. Here are our picks—and a simple remedy that doesn’t involve a gadget! As always, we recommend consulting with a doctor about your baby’s congestion and whether an aspirator is recommended to use for your baby.

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Best Office Chairs for Short People

What are the best office chairs for short or petite persons? We asked our parent readers for their favorite chairs that accomodate shorter folks. Then we took those suggestions and did another 7 hours of research, comparing quality, features and affordability. Here are the winners.

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Best Affordable Blue Light Blocking Glasses

The struggle is real—screens and eye strain. We tested 15 different pairs of glasses that promise to block blue light. Research shows that blue blocking lenses are an effective way to get better sleep if used at night before bed. What about headaches and dry eyes? The jury is out on those, but blue blockers do help provide relief for some folks. If you’d like to give it a try, here are our picks.

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Best White Office Chair

What’s the best white office chair? To find out, we tried out chairs from seven brands. We looked for overall comfort and adjustability. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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Best Graphing Calculator

What’s the best graphing calculator? We asked math teachers and surveyed our parent readers to find the best bets. Which had the easiest to read screens? Easy to navigate functions? Didn’t cost a fortune? Here are our recommendations!

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Best Graphing Calculator

What’s the best graphing calculator? We asked math teachers and surveyed our parent readers to find the best bets. Which had the easiest to read screens? Easy to navigate functions? Didn’t cost a fortune? Here are our recommendations!

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Best Stapler

What’s the best stapler? To find out, we tried out 15 popular brands, comparing each on ease of use, performance and price. Yes, we stapled a lot of papers! Here are the winners.

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Best Kids Water Bottle

What’s the best kids water bottle? To find out, we asked the experts—kids themselves! Which were easiest to use? Kept water cold? And for parents, which bottles are easiest to clean? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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