The battery is flat on your ipad nanny, the rain is falling and the kids are frankly feral. There are times when an emergency activity kit can be your ultimate fall back solution to keeping little minds occupied. But we’re not talking exploding volcano levels of effort (although we rate those highly too!). The new breed of craft kits are pocket sized, pretty on the eye and can be mastered without too much weeping (parents we’re looking at you). Read on for our top picks of the no mess craft kits you can do anywhere…
Kits for when you’re stuck indoors and need to kill an hour
Superhero Masks, £12.95 Cotton Twist
This bad boy contains everything you need to create five superhero masks including gems, felt and glitter. Just add imagination and an evil genius to bring the scene to life.
Girls Peg Doll Craft Kit, £12.95 Cotton Twist
Fashion sweet little peg doll family of mermaid, princess, fairy and bride with this shiny pretty collection of beads and fancies.
Kits for when you want to eat out and finish that last divine mouthful in peace
Pirate Keyring, £4.50 Cotton Twist
Craft in a tin – double win! Once you’ve enjoyed fashioning a pirate keyring, you can keep all ye pirate treasures in the cute tin. Which let’s face it, is destined to be the element of this kit that most kids will cherish for years to come.
Make Your Own Fairy Bracelet, £4.50 Cotton Twist
Our Make Your Own kits are small and easy to assemble so perfect for confined spaces including restaurants, aeroplanes, trains and automobiles. They come in a range of Make Your Own guises including Model Aeroplane, Skeleton Keyring, Wild West Headdress, Magic Wand and more.
Kits that are not strictly craft but are definitely creative
Hummingbird Travel Pal, £18 Tegu
This small but perfectly formed set of magnetic wooden blocks can be fashioned into more shapes that your tiny adult mind could even imagine! With a handy inspiration guide on the box, they make for a great travel companion whatever your mode of transport.
My First Racing Car, £20 Magformers
Continuing the magnetic theme, we introduce our bestselling brain building kit – the mighty Magformers. More compelling that first meets the eye, they draw kids in like nothing else we’ve experienced. Properly magnetic, sturdy during moments of frustration and they offer limitless construction opportunities. A must for any rainy day kit.
Slippery Slime, £7 Galt Toys
Ok so we promised not to talk messy crafts but slime transcends all the rules as it’s such a thing! This low-commitment kit is both easy on the purse and the work surface and teaches young minds how to make fart noises amongst other life lesson essentials.