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Ideas by age

Stumped for ideas? Here are some toys and activities grouped by age.

Entertain the kids with arts and crafts

Set your kids up to create, make and display. Whether it's painting or colouring, modelling or stickers - this is a wonderful way to inspire their creativity.

A mum and son enjoying drawing on a pad.

Mess-free creativity

Getting creative doesn't have to mean getting messy. Let them show off their arty side. There are lots of sofa-safe art kits that are designed to stay tidy, from magnetic doodle pads to water doodle mats. No mess, only fun.

A top angle view of a kid's art and craft table.

Ready, set, create!

Pick one of their favourite activities and get your young artists creating. Painting, sewing, modelling, or perhaps Aquabeads - they may take a little patience but they're great for focusing kids' attention.

10 more fun indoor activities for rainy days

Make the most of rainy or cold days. Pick a new hobby, perfect a skill or simply sit back and play some games.

A father and daughter playing with LEGO Classic 4+ Around the World Building Bricks Set 11015.

1. Construction toys

Construction toys spark creativity as your child builds, stacks, and explores possibilities of what could be.

A father and daughter using the Gravitrax starter set STEM toy.

2. Explore STEM

Science, Tech, Engineering, and Maths - pick from a choice of STEM toys and boost skills such as counting, coding, programming, or experimenting.

Shop play tables and desks.

3. Set up a study station

Create a pocket of productivity. Pick a kids' play table or a more grown-up desk for teens.

Monopoly Classic board game from Hasbro Gaming.

4. Play games

Set up a race track or simply make up games to keep them busy. Short on ideas? Crack open a new board game for hours of family fun.

A toddler playing with a Liberty House kids dollhouse for books and toys.

5. Explore doll houses

Go on endless adventures acting out stories with your doll besties in their own house. Playtime just got more fun.

Disney Frozen 2 Elsa blue costume.

6. Get dressed up

From Rapunzel to Batman to Elsa - let your kid be their favourite character for a day. Add face paints and accessories. Your kids will love it.

A toddler holding a teddy bear and exploring a story book.

7. Get out the toy box

Don't get bored if your week off is a wash-out! Check out our great range of indoor toys for younger children.

Habitat Sienna Jungle Play Tent.

8. Have an indoor picnic

Indoor picnics can be just as fun. Spread out a comfy rug or build a den using sheets, blankets or a teepee. A cosy hideout, this also doubles as a great reading nook.

A family of 4 enjoying a dance themed active video game together in a living room.

9. Active video games

Got a games console? Video games are not just for sitting down. From dancing to tennis, there are loads of active video games for some full on family fitness.

A kid's art and paintings pegged on a rope for display.

10. Create an art gallery

Peg up paintings and display in mini exhibits around the home. Make tickets and invite the family to take a tour.

Get outside

Need some fresh air? There are lots of fun activities to encourage kids to keep fit and burn off that energy. 

8 fun outdoor activities for the whole family

Children running and playing in the park.

1. Garden Olympics

Get the whole family involved. Pick easy yet fun games such as running races, long jump, and shot putt. Oh, and don't forget the tin foil medals.

A father and son playing football using a PVC goal.

2. Football tournament

Kick off a penalty shoot-out or play a mini-match. Hold activities like 'Best goal celebration' or “Best mascots” for the non-footie fans.

Kids playing tug of war.

3. School-style sports day

Bring the fun of the school sports day to your back garden. Set up a circuit of activities such as sack sprints, egg and spoon races, or tug of war.

Kids looking at map, preparing for a scavenger hunt outdoors.

4. Scavenger hunt

Set up a backyard treasure trail or send them off on a scavenger hunt. Create clues and prizes for hours of fun.

Siblings playing snooker pool at home.

5. Space-savvy games

Short on space? Snooker, pool, basketball and swingball are big on fun but don't need much room. For younger kids try space hoppers or mini trampolines.

A teen playing with his water gun.

6. Water fights

Ready for a blast? Water fights and water slides are a great way for children (and adults!) to have loads of fun, and burn off lots of energy.

EVO 8 inch wheel size kids balance learning bike in pink.

7. Go for a ride

Ride, scoot or zip around. A kids' bikescooter or electric ride-on is the perfect way to get kids moving and out and about.

A father and son reading a book while camping in the garden.

8. Build a den

Set up camp and go on an adventure. Pick a cosy tent or gazebo, fill it with blankets and cushions - it's mini-break time!

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