With the Easter holidays now seeming like a dim and distant memory, I wanted to reflect on some of the things we got up to. As I work from home, it’s always a tricky time, juggling work with the school holidays. The girls are much older now and more independent thankfully, so are happy to plod around for a few hours whilst I get a bit of work done. Miss R, at 8 years old, does want to play together a lot though (understandably) and so when Asda approached me to check out some of their toys, the timing was perfect.
I do go to our local Asda for toys, particularly for birthday gifts and party presents, but I’ve never really looked online before. I was astounded at the range to be honest, and whilst much of it is focused at younger children, there was plenty in the arts and crafts section for my girls to enjoy. I spent a budget of £80 and got all this above.
First up Miss R has absolutely loved this Sew Cool Sewing Machine. I’d thought about getting her one at Christmas but spent my budget and it dropped off the list. She was ecstatic when it arrived and quickly set to, sewing up some great creations. Miss E has her own proper sewing machine, and whilst Miss R isn’t old enough for one just yet, this was perfect. Adding batteries allows the machine to ‘sew’ special pieces of felt into the right shapes and patterns. Safe and easy to use, yet grown up too. Ideal when you’re an inbetween age. The fabric does run out quickly, but I’ve since found some more and she’s still sewing away.
Sometimes you need a little help from your big sister.
Next up, we made some Beados, a fun, easy to use set that makes some cute little shapes. No need to get the iron out, just spray with water and wait 20 minutes for them to set. Both girls have enjoyed this, showing no matter what you’re age a little creative play is there to be enjoyed.
Play Doh has always been a firm favourite and even when the teenage cousins come to visit, they will all sit happily enjoying the play doh box. This little Cupcake set has been on our radar for a little while, and I knew it would be well received. Miss R has a thing for playing restaurants, she loves taking the orders and making up the plates of ‘food’. The cupcakes are a welcome addition to this game and will be well loved for many years. As a parent, I also think it’s great value at under £10.
Making bath bombs has fed our love of science related toys, and Doh Vinci draws out the creative side of any child. Blingles is great fun; we’ve tried them before, and I’m saving this set to gift at the next party invitation.
Thanks to Asda and #GeorgeTopToys for such a great selection of Arts and Crafts. We’ve still got lots of work and play to do!
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