5 great toys for Easter
Keep the kids egg-cited this Easter with these crafty, cute and quirky toys…
Easter’s a great excuse to get all the family together, but what if rain puts a soggy dampener on the Egg Hunt? Enter the hopping-mad Bunny Jump – a fast and furious board game, which offers edge-of-your-seat thrills and some catching practice, too. Simply spin the arrow and take it in turns to pull out the carrots. But watch out – if you see Bunny Jump, you’ll have to catch him to win extra carrots. It's sure to have everyone from the little ’uns to Aunty Ethel waiting in anticipation to catch the bunny when he randomly jumps from his burrow to protect the carrots growing in his garden. The player who’s collected the most carrots wins – but don’t be a hot cross bunny if you’re not the winner.
University Game’s Bunny Jump (ages 5+): £14.99. argos.co.uk
Don’t spend your hard-earned dosh on shop-bought Easter cards and gifts – invest in a quality craft set instead. After all, one of the beauties of being a dad is that you have willing and able helpers on hand who love nothing more than getting elbow deep in glitter, glue and fluffy balls to create something totally unique (if not always recognisable). The Oglee Poglee’s Craft Boxes go a step further than most creative sets. Not only are they are bursting with the tools of the trade – from colourful papers, cards, PVA glue and pom-poms to lollipop sticks, corrugated card and stickers – but they welcome kids into a fun made-up world starring a yellow chap, Oglee Pip, who encourages children to bring their own ideas to life. There’s a number of boxes in the Oglee Poglee range, but perfect for Easter is the Bugs & Butterflies kit, where your pint-sized adventurers can join Pip on a hunt to find spring-time insects, and then get busy making a bug garland or slimy snail. What kid could resist?!
Oglee Poglee Craft Boxes (ages 3+): from £9.99 to £17.99. ogleepoglee.co.uk
Tick, tock… SPLAT!
Remember Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Also remember the classic game Hot Potato? Well put them together and you’ve got the egg-dictive Don't Scramble the Egg Game. Rowley’s egg is tossed from player to player as they call out items that fit the category on the card – scary movies, breakfast cereals, boys’ names (there are 50 categories to pick from). It may sound easy, but when that electronic egg timer randomly kicks in, the pressure’s on as your mind goes blank and there’s only seconds until the egg S-P-L-A-T-S! The player holding it when that happens collects the card and the last player standing, wins. It might be a good idea to get in a sneaky bit of practice so you don’t end up with scrambled egg on your face when beaten by your cool-as-cucumber kids.
Paul Lamond Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – Don’t Scramble The Egg Game (ages 6+): £11.38. amazon.co.uk
Keep little digits busy and away from the stash of Easter eggs with this easy-to-knit bunny kit. Seriously, the colourful chap can be knocked up using only knit and purl stitches, making it perfect for kids and even the most nervous of knitters to attempt. The kit contains everything needed to make one big-eared bunny: a ball of soft and chunky wool, bamboo knitting needles, heart button, safe darning needle, cotton, felt, stuffing, and easy-to-follow instructions with full-colour step-by-step images. There’s also a painted wooden button tail, which lets the floppy-eared fella stand up on his own, and you can even personalise your bunny with an initial – just let the sellers know which letter you'd like when ordering and they’ll include a wee personalising pack (no extra cost).
Personalised Easter Bunny Knit Kit By Gift Horse Knit Kits (ages 5+): £14.50. gifthorsekits.co.uk
Shaun the Sheep is an enduring kids favourite, especially at Easter and fans will be made up to receive one of these Shaun toys with a twist. First up is Baahing Shaun – squeeze the eyebrowless ram’s tummy to hear his six phrases (some quite surprising!). Next up is Catapult Shaun – just stretch out those extending arms, and this daredevil ram turns into a flying catapult. Wheeee!