Keeping little ones entertained when it’s dark and miserable outside can often be a challenge. Their minds can easily wander so it normally takes something new and exciting to keep them interested.
To offer a helping hand, we’ve selected our top five children’s crafts and activities to put a smile on young faces this season.
Painting is a great activity to help stimulate children’s creativity, but it can get messy very quickly. To help keep things neat and tidy, this paint station from Argos is the ideal purchase. The gravity-defying technology means the paint pods will not drip or spill to keep the mess to a minimum. The station is also portable, meaning it can be positioned in a safe location away from any expensive furniture or appliances.
Paint Station Anti-Gravity Easel, £29.00, from Argos
Crafts where the fun continues after the assembly’s complete make the perfect activity for rainy days . Why not create a selection of furry friends with this great puppet-making kit from John Lewis? Little ones can build their puppet pals from scratch to create a cast of cute, friendly creatures. Once finished, they can enjoy playing with their new friends in their own magical puppet show.
Make Your Own Finger Puppets Kit, £5.00, from John Lewis
Play-Doh has remained a family favourite for years, and what better way for children to be creative than taking a trip under sea with this ‘Wavy the Whale’ set? Young oceanographers can build their own underwater scene with the wonderful accessories, while ‘Wavy the Whale’ shoots Play-Doh water from his spout. It’s a great way to experience an underwater world without getting soaked.
Play-Doh – Wavy the Whale Set, £5.00, from Debenhams
Mini rock stars will love the opportunity to make some music with this Jungle Beats Percussion set. The animal characters are a fun way to introduce kids to new sounds and rhythms, and each instrument makes a different sound allowing them to create their own musical masterpiece. For centre stage divas or family fun, this is the perfect activity to keep everyone entertained.
Baking is an ideal activity to get the whole family involved. Who doesn’t love making their favourite sweet treat and then stuffing their faces? This cupcake kit from House of Fraser lets little ones get creative with colourful design, before adding some great toppers to their tasty bakes for a party spectacle which will look good enough to eat.