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Back to school: The hunt for play-doh and other quirky school supplies

WATCH ABOVE: Montreal parents are on the hunt for quirky items on their children’s back to school supply lists – including banana scented play-doh for some. Felicia Parrillo finds out why.

MONTREAL – One green duotang with pockets, three rolls of paper towels, 10 glue sticks, 24 labelled pencils and banana-scented play-doh.

If these items look familiar, it may be because they’re on your child’s back to school supply list.

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For Sonia Busnardo, the mother of a 7-year-old, the list is something she’s seen many times before – she’s also a teacher and principal at Franklin Hill Elementary School in Repentigny.

But she had to admit, banana-scented play-doh stumped her.

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“I went to three different Jean Coutus, Walmart, Omer-DeSerres and even Michael’s looking for it,” she told Global News.

A representative for the school where Busnardo’s daughter goes explained a specific scented play-doh was required in order to avoid potential allergies.

Some schools, like Saint John Fisher Elementary School in Pointe Claire, are offering parents an alternative to tradition school supply shopping.

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Instead of braving the crowds at big box stores, parents can purchase all the items on their child’s list with the click of a button and in the comfort of their own homes.

Sandra Gesualdi, President of Home and School for Saint John Fisher Elementary said it’s a more convenient way to shop if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.

The elementary school partners with Editions Vaudreuil and supplies them with the different school supply lists.

Parents can choose the items they want to buy and have them delivered just in time for the start of the school.

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For Busnardo, if the option was available at her daughter’s school, she said she would jump on the opportunity.

Until then, she will have to continue shopping the traditional way.

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