With British weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, it’s important to have something up your sleeve for the kids when those grey clouds come out during school holidays. Rather than having them lounge around in front of the TV, holiday activities present a great opportunity to encourage creativity. Getting creative is an important part of a child's development and it can be great fun for everyone involved. So whether your child is a budding musician, an aspiring artist or fancies themselves as a magician, we have a huge choice of toys to spark off inspiration.
Being artistic doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult. Try one of the simple Sticky Mosaics featuring dazzling ballerinas or mythical unicorns. Using the correct numbers to apply the foam squares to the mosaics can be a very calming but rewarding experience for children. It’s one of the least messy craft toys to play with and each box comes with a number of mosaics to complete, meaning a group of siblings and friends can be entertained all at once. You can then hang their completed works on the wall to create a sparkling art gallery.
Alternatively, you could help them perform a puppet show with puppets designed by the children themselves. The colourful Mister Maker puppet kits are easy to make and great for bringing the family together to make a variety of googly-eyed characters come to life. The best part is, not only will children have fun making the creatures but they’ll then have their personally made puppets to play with for months to come.
Having seen magicians like Dynamo on television screens, children might want to try one of our magic kits. They’ll spend hours learning challenging tricks using the instructions and then perform their own amazing magic show for friends and family. Marvin’s Magic is a popular brand, owing to their vast magic sets which feature dozens of possible tricks all in one box at an affordable price.
You can really hold their attention with more complex construction kits. Airfix offers something for all abilities and is known for their models of military aircraft, ships and cars. Upon completing models, your aspiring crafters can even stage a reenactment or hang their model airplane from the ceiling above their bed and marvel at the fruits of their labour. Part of the joy of construction toys comes from watching the pride on your child’s face as they show friends and family what they’ve made.
If you don’t mind the racket, a musical instrument could be inspiring. We have our own range of musical instruments, such as microphones, guitars or our easy to assemble drum kit. These robust toys are particularly good for youngsters aged 3 years and older who need an entrance into the music world. There are enough instruments on offer for kids to start a band with siblings and friends and stage their very own rock concert.
For the real brainiacs, Science Museum combine learning with fun brilliantly. Generate electricity using a fork and a tomato, or construct a robot that sweeps up dirty surfaces. Without even realising how much they’re learning, they’ll be building unusual and spectacular gadgets that the whole family will want to get involved with and use. In fact the main problem they’ll face is Dad hogging all the excitement for himself!