Holiday Time with the Children

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Do the summer holidays sometimes feel like the longest six weeks on earth? Are you planning ways to entertain the kids this year with the minimum of fuss and bother so you can lounge in the sun, sipping something iced? Look no further, forward2me is here with ideas for killing those long, summer hours without tantrums and those dreaded words, 'I'm bored...'.

Kids love bubbles...

Bubbles come in all shapes and sizes...and so does bubble blowing equipment. If you have plenty of space and want to blow the biggest bubble you've ever seen, check out Dr Zig's bubble dragon on Amazon. If you've run out of puff to blow your own bubbles, check out this bubble blowing machine at toysRus.

Kids love swimming and paddling...

Paddling pools are a summer essential. There are some amazing paddling pools available, from swimming pool-sized fun pools to foot-cooling inflatables for tots. We can ship anything you like the look of, just use our secure international shipping and we'll cool you down. Argos has many pools to choose from and John Lewis also has some tempting ones. Dolphin Leisure has pools for the more serious connoisseur...

Kids love outdoor games...

Anyone for a spot of croquet? Apparently this game is on the 'endangered' list because no-one plays it anymore. If you are feeling luxurious, try the Sandringham set from Jaques of London, it's only £4,999.99! There are other, more affordable sets too. Ever played boules? A great game for all ages, I particularly like the sets with the shiny steel balls from Decathlon. Large garden games like connect 4 are still popular too. Take a look at biggamehunters (love the name) for a fantastic range of games like dominoes, chess, pick-up-sticks and garden darts.

And if the rain comes...

Kids love computer games and consoles...

Nothing keeps the little darlings quiet like a games console, a cheap tablet or new game. Take a look at the Hudl from Tescos as a great value tablet, an X-box One (if you're in it for the long haul) or a new Wii for all the family. Games out at the moment include Lego Jurassic World and Batman Arkham Knight.

Kids love puzzles...

If your little ones are teched out, a puzzle book or game might be just the trick, especially if you're travelling. The Works has a selection at very affordable prices.

Kids love colouring...

Did you know that colouring is the new mindfulness? There are beautiful colouring books out at the moment, try these from Rymans - it's good for you and has a calming, therapeutic effect according to the Huffington Post. There are also colouring books for children...

Kids love messy stuff arts and crafts materials...

If you have creative, busy little ones who need to be covered in glue, glitter and fluff to be happy, take a look at Baker Ross or Hobbycraft for inspiration.

We love kids' clothing for summer...

Once they are covered in glue, they might need some new clothes. Pumpkin Patch or Boden have lovely things, but if you just want something they can wear without worrying, Asda and Sainsburys both do excellent ranges.

Have a happy summer holiday with the children!

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