We’re now a few weeks into the summer break, and many of us are struggling for ideas on how to keep the kids busy – especially when it’s wet outside. Entertaining little ones can be much more of a challenge when it’s raining, so we’ve pulled together some great indoor ideas for you to keep up your sleeve, ready for when the heavens open!
Get creative with arts and crafts
Why not get your little one’s creative juices flowing by helping them create works of art?! We’ve got loads of paper and card online and instore, and plenty of packs of colouring pencils, crayons, felt tips and markers. Smaller children will love our hand print paint tray, and you’ll be able to create memories that’ll last a lifetime! For added excitement, why not encourage the kids to pick up a paint brush? We’ve got sets of watercolours, non spill pots and my first paint brushes, which are ideal for little hands. We’ve also got acrylic paints in every colour – these are good because they’re easy to use and fast drying. We stock a variety of paint brushes, pads and canvases, and we’ve even got a variety of watercolour sets if your little ones are not quite so little!
Crafting indoors can be great fun, and craft kits are perfect for keeping kids busy. Visit our arts and crafts section where we’ve got heaps to choose from, all at fantastic prices. Our favourite is the bumper craft kit which contains a whopping 700 pieces and costs just £5 – why not use it to create colourful creatures, cool cards and fantastic photo frames? Our scrapbooks are also great for keeping little ones entertained all summer long. Encourage them to stick in bits and bobs from their summer adventures – think family pics, tickets from days out and dried flowers from the garden.
Bring the outdoors inside
As fun as it is to grab a tent and go camping in the great outdoors, it’s so much easier to do it at home! Our great value two man dome tent doubles up as an excellent den. Paddling pools work equally well indoors… when they aren’t filled up with water! Replace the water with balls to make your very own ball pit. You could even cut fish shaped blue card, add them to the pool with some shredded paper (to make the water) pull up a chair and spend the day fishing with a makeshift rod! We’re thinking broom with string on the end, but the possibilities are endless.
Cook up a storm
It never hurts to get your little ones domesticated early, and we’ve got just the thing. Check out our cool play kitchens, or if you don’t have space, our kitchen accessories. We’ve got a cash register, food basket and more. They’ll be making you breakfast in bed in no time!
For ideas on how to get them cooking real food, head over to our get the kids cooking blog.
No need to get bored with our games and jigsaws
From old classics like Uno and Snakes and Ladders to fun new games such as Pieface, you’ll find something for all ages in our games and jigsaws department. Why not check out our great value pack of playing cards, and teach them some of your childhood favourites? Whether it’s Snap or Blackjack, or something more complex like Bridge (now that’ll keep you going!) card games are super fun, especially as the whole family can get involved.
Make a family time capsule
Time capsules are great fun to make, hide and find many years down the line. It’s dead easy making a family time capsule, all you’ll need is a strong watertight container and a few objects for the capsule. Try and pick an object that represents each member of the family, for example a few football stickers, photographs or a newspaper cutting.
Write a letter to go into the box, just make sure it includes the date, and details of who you are – and include information about what life is like in 2016, which will be interesting for other people if they find the capsule many years down the line. When you’re happy with your capsule, bury it in your garden, place it under a floorboard or put it in the attic!
Pass the summer holiday test with flying colours
Research shows that even a bit of learning during the summer can help kids get ahead, no matter what their age. And to give you a helping hand, we’ve got a great range of homework help and revision books, covering everything from basic phonics to Key Stage 2 English, Science and Maths.
And if your little one is too young for exercise books, we’ve got a range of fun activity books to keep them happy. From superheroes to princesses, animals to vehicles, no matter what they’re in to, we’ve got a fun activity book to keep them happy. Activity books help them to get creative whilst improving hand-eye coordination, and many of our books include stickers, colouring-in, doodling, dot-to-dot and tracing.