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What To Do With The Kids? Enjoying The Sunnier Days With Educational Toys And Crafts

Author : Neil Tug

All parents face one common problem with their children. What to do with them in the holidays? With Christmas comfortably out of the way, and the long summer holiday only just on the horizon the problem is at the back of our minds. This year, in the UK at least, we have the pleasure of an extra bank holiday, thanks to the Royal Wedding. This particular present to the nation may have you tearing your hair out, if you are already struggling for ideas to keep the kids entertained this Spring.

There is always the option of buying them something new for the play-station and/or chaining them to a ring in the floor. Neither option really appeals to modern parents, besides one is illegal and the other ought to be. Most parents rightly feel that this is an opportunity to spend time with the kids and we feel we should not only be entertaining them, but subtly helping them to learn and develop their minds as well. Besides, however hard it can be juggling jobs and family, time with our kids wins every time. With all this in mind it might be worth thinking about investing in some educational toys this spring. Just because they're educational doesn't mean they aren't fun – or messy – you've been warned. Shops and internet sites offering early years resources have a positive raft of educational toys and ideas to fill this Spring up with a bit of family fun, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Cake Making

The Educational Bit: In the past fresh food was rare in the cold months following Christmas, things like eggs and milk were thin on the ground. As spring approaches this produce becomes more available and so people, often in need of some fresh protein sources would celebrate with food in style.

The Fun Bit: Even if you're not used to cooking, there are plenty of simple recipes to start out with. Traditional hot cross buns are popular and easy to make! This definitely falls into the fun, but messy category. Any kind of cake or buns can be made, or perhaps serve as refreshments at your next special occasion – see below. Having some friends round to join in and work out the complexities of baking can make this as much as a learning curve for you and your friends as it is for the kids!

Arts & Crafts

The Educational Bit: Creativity is a key skill that all the most successful people share. You may want your kids to be rocket scientists or surgeons when they grow up and think that 'the Arts' are not for them. However, in any career you can imagine, creative thinking is the underlying skill that the top achievers have. Think about it, we couldn't have got to the moon without some imagination! Involving your kids in art and craft from the earliest age possible prepares their minds to achieve in whatever career they choose. It also provides an opportunity for you interact with them, but be prepared to be bemused about the breadth of their imaginations.
The Fun Bit: Having just cleaned the kitchen after the cake making madness, move on to the living room. Let the kids go wild with their imaginations, glue, paper and glitter offer the opportunity to get thoroughly messy even when playing in-doors. Educational Toy suppliers can offer a range of materials that will get your kids creating! Painting and drawing are ever popular, but don't expect the Mona Lisa just yet. If you want to teach the kids some hands on practical skills, consider getting them to help you do some decorating. Possibly sticking to their rooms until their skills have developed! Lampshades, murals and even a new blind are all items that can be creatively 'modified' and the chances are you'll learn some new skills yourself!

Time Flies

These and many other activity days will help the holidays pass in no time, but create some great memories for you and the kids. For Arts & Crafts supplies and ideas check out your local Educational Toys specialists – or order online, an activity in itself that the kids can join in with! Even with all the recent Bank Holidays, the time will fly and you'll be left looking forward to the next chance to spend time with the kids!

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The school holidays can be fraught, trying to find ideas for ways to keep the toys entertained. Check out some of the early years resource and educational nursery resources suppliers for ideas to get you and your family enjoying time together.

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