I love creating and making and I do my best to make time to get crafty with my kiddos as often as possible, but we all know that time isn't always on our side and sometimes you need to have things to hand that you can pull out to keep little ones entertained whilst you get on with cooking/cleaning/ironing and the other 2347 things on your to-do-list.
So for todays post I've rounded up some of the best art/craft/creative type gifts that I've bought and used with my own children or have my eye for this years gifts. If you're still looking for some last minute present ideas or stocking fillers these might just fit the bill.
We love these pens. Bright colours, chunky grip for little hands and best of all the caps come on a key ring so they can't get lost! Hurrah! Amazon, £5.95.
You'll need something to colour in with those new pens, we love these giant colouring posters from OMY at Small Print books (£11). In fact we love pretty much everything from Small Print and would highly recommend you go check out their section of books if you're after any last minute gifts for the little bookworms in your life. They also have a lovely selection of activity books for crafty, creative types, another one of which is coming up below.
The most gorgeous Christmas paper craft projects from Ellen Giggenbach, it'll keep little ones (and you!) entertained for hours. Available from Small Print £12.99
Djeco products are another selection that you can't really go wrong with. They do all sort of craft things from pencils, to paints, stickers to stencils. We have these dragon stencils which my boys love, but there is huge selection to suit all ages. Check out the Djeco website for ideas. You can find lots of the products on Amazon, or at independent retailers. In fact, my local bookshop stocks them!
I hope your Christmas preparations are going well, we've unfortunately been hit by coughs and colds and the sick bug, but hopefully we are over the worst and can enjoy the rest of the run up to the big day! It can all get a bit manic this time of year and I'm definitely trying really hard to focus on the fun and the simple things we can do to enjoy the season, and keep reminding myself that it doesn't have to be stressful and cost a fortune!
I do hope some of these ideas help and I'm definitely taking this advice from the clever ladies at The Pool. Stick to buying "something they want, something they wear, something they need and something they read" now thats a mantra I can live by for Christmas!