Three little boredom-busters
Sometimes the best things come in small packages. Here are three dinky treats to keep your little ones amused...
Pirate Adventure Dice
Pirates. Kids never tire of pirates. Adults neither. But whilst we all wait patiently for the next Captain Jack Sparrow adventure, there's this: the Pirate Adventure Dice set. Several beautifully illustrated die help create an old-school interactive tale of buried treasure, shipwrecks and other buccaneering shenanigans that twist and turn with each roll, and change dramatically with each game that's played. There's no telling where the story will lead, but it's sure to stimulate senses and inflame imaginations. Heave ho, me hearties!
Pirate Adventure Dice (ages 3+), £9.95. laurenceking.com
The Sticker Club
Kinda cute, The Sticker Club is a subscription service. You sign your kids up and then each week through the post, they'll receive a bright-yellow envelope stuffed full of stickers. They've hand-picked some top-notch illustrators and graphic designers, and feature up-and-coming artists, as well as more established talent, each creating a themed, bespoke sticker set. Although The Sticker Cub uses the Internet, having a package arrive through the letterbox sort of makes it old school too. And which kid doesn't love getting stuff sent to them through the post? Prepare for a sticker frenzy.
The Sticker Club, £1.99 per week. thestickerclub.com
Who doesn't remember these? Fuzzy Felts have been firing the imaginations of children since their invention in 1950 (thank you, Lois Allan). Still going strong today, and with 24 versions to choose from, popular sets include Farm Animals (for both boys and girls), Busy Builders and On Safari (for boys) and Disney Princess and Pet Parlour (for girls). Not that we're pandering to any gender stereotypes here, so feel free to mix and match at will. Oh, the joys of plonking furry felt shapes onto a fuzzy flocked board. That's our afternoon sorted...
Fuzzy Felt Farm Animals (ages 3+), £14.99. johnadams.co.uk
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