Half term is just around the corner, and if you’re struggling for ideas to keep your kids from complaining about being bored, you might want to check out our selection of affordable boredom breakers below.
Whether you’re looking for toys that are purely fun, crafts to spark their creativity or educational games to strengthen skills, Amazon has a fantastic range of products to suit every taste and budget.
From the incredibly popular Dobble Card Game and spellbinding magic tricks to a cool science kit and mesmerising Kinetic Sand, here are our favourite toys, games and craft kits to keep your kids happy during half term.
With over 10,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, Dobble is sure to keep children entertained. It is a card game of speed, observation and reflexes.
The aim of the game is to race to find the identical image between two cards, although it’s not as easy as it sounds! Asmodee’s Dobble Card Game can be taken anywhere, making it ideal for travel and fun for the whole family.
One Amazon shopper commented: ‘It’s a simple game but even adults could like it. I play it with my two girls (aged six and nine), and for a quick game for a few minutes it’s great. There are five mildly different variants of the game. Some where you must finish with few cards, other where you have more cards.
‘I was worried that my younger one would struggle to keep up with more developed brains but she’s just as quick as us all. I would buy this game as a present for anyone with kids or who just likes games. Would be great for travelling as it comes in a smart tin.’
Based on the bestselling books written by Nick Arnold and illustrated by Tony De Saulles, this Horrible Science Explosive Experiments set is packed with 14 fun and wacky science kits and a 32-page lab notebook.
You little ones will be able to experiment with everything from making a volcano erupt to launching a rocket. The kit does contain chemicals that could be hazardous so parents are advised to supervise and it should be kept out of reach for kids under eight years old.
One Amazon shopper left this five-star review: ‘Best thing ever. Kids and I loved every experiment we did. Easy to understand and to do.’
Let kids’ artistic imaginations run wild with a pack of 24 Crayola SuperTips markers. Safe and non-toxic, the felt tip colouring pens are washable and can wash off skin, clothing and most fabrics.
They’re ideal for everyday use, from doodling in sketch books to colouring and other arts and crafts. One Amazon customer wrote: ‘Crayola are the best felt tips in my opinion. Easy for my child to hold and when colouring they flow wonderfully.
‘Cheap felt tips normally scratch. I always buy crayola as they last very well, do not dry out very quick when lids are not clicked on properly.
‘They are easy to wash out of clothes and when my child decides to draw tattoos on her body, it is easy to get off unlike sharpies!’
Enjoy making pretty sparkly jewellery with this kit from Galt Toys. Combine glitter and pearlescent beads on a silky or stretchy cord to make cool and pretty necklaces and bracelets.
For just £6, this Sparkle Jewellery Kit includes 25 colourful picture beads (round, heart and flower), holographic stickers, 20 heart beads, 20 star beads, 120 round beads, silky cord, elastic and a set of instructions.
If your kid is a whizz at cracking your wifi password or unlocking your phone, they’ll love The Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set.
It is packed with more than 50 activities giving children the chance to crack codes, find hidden clues and decipher hidden messages.
Fun and educational, this activity set is designed to promote critical thinking and problem solving. Inside the box you’ll find a Secret Decoder Game Book, Seek & Find Game Book, Secret Message Activity Pad, and magic-reveal sticker sheets.
Fire in the Hole! The TOMY Pop-Up Pirate is a retro family board game for up to four people. Participating sea dogs and scallywags take it in turn to slide their coloured swords into a barrel containing Pirate Pete.
If your sword sends Pete flying, you’re out of the game! The last surviving person wins. The sword slot that makes Pirate Pete pop up changes each time, making it unpredictable fun from start to finish.
One happy customer who purchased Pop-up Pirate on Amazon said: ‘Great fun for all the family. Easy for everyone to use. Our sons are 3 and 7 and both love this game.’
Super satisfying fun for all ages, this Kinetic Sand kit lets you mix, shape and squish the mesmerising sand. It includes ten easy-to-use tools to mould the sand into different shapes and patterns as well as scoop and grate it.
One pleased customer wrote on Amazon: ‘Bought for a four-year old and nine-year old. Both loved this. Enough sand and tools for them to sit and play together. They have had this type of sand before but decided to buy this as had different tools that come with it to cut and shape.
‘Kept kids busy for ages. Easy to clean up. Obviously some does get [on the] floor but it’s easy enough to sweep up or hoover.’
Create wonder and impress friends and family with a mesmerising selection of 225 easy-to-perform magic tricks and illusions – perfect for a budding stage magician.
Marvin’s Magic 225 Amazing Tricks set comes complete with an easy-to-understand and illustrated booklet, revealing tons of magician’s wisdom and secrets. All props are included for the tricks, including a magic wand, cards and much more.
One five-star review left on Amazon said: ‘Brilliant set! My six year old could understand and perform most of the tricks with a bit of help…and now does them on his own. Combined with a white glove, hat and cape set it was a real winner!’
Orchard Toy’s Match and Spell is a fun educational game which helps to develop kids’ reading and spelling and encourages memory-skills.
Using letter cards and a word board, the aim of the game is to match pictures with words to teach basic phonetic word building.
You can play this skill-developing game in two different ways – a basic version which matches letter cards to the ones on the word board, and a more challenging game where players collect the letters to spell the picture on their board.
Fun for all ages and the whole family, this Colour Addict Game from Cartamundi is a brainteasing card game where you must try to quickly match the words or colours on each card. It’s tricky as the word red is written in the colour blue, and the word pink is written in the colour yellow.
Perfect for two to six players, this highly addictive game has been praised by many Amazon shoppers. One customer wrote: ‘Good game for the card gaming family. Makes you think and concentrate, whilst being fun at the same time.’
For the aspiring young writers in your life. This Write Your Own Storybook is a fun activity book packed full of writing tips, techniques and methods to make every child’s story a masterpiece.
Filled with helpful hints, inspirational tips and fun activities for writing their own stories, the book encourages children to come up with story ideas, write from different points of view and create unique characters, settings and storylines.
It also comes with exciting story themes to write about and lots of lined space to fill with helpful ideas to prompt imagination.
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