Playtime: 10 best arts and crafts for children

Keep little minds busy and creative this Easter holiday with one of these kits for making and doing

The Easter holidays are nearly upon us and while that can mean running around the garden in the spring sun searching for chocolate eggs, it can also mean rainy and/or cold days when you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to pass all the hours until the kids are back at school.

Fear not as we have the solution – arts and crafts. From the ever popular Badge It! to the comprehensive Magic Maize Bumper Pack from the Early Learning Centre, we have asked child testers of various ages to let us know which ones they rated most highly.

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Seedling has nailed it when it comes to encouraging creativity in kids and the Design Your Own Sock Toy is no exception. If you want something kinder on the purse strings, it’s got to be Poundland’s Make Your Own Felt Bunny, which is great value and seasonal too.

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1. Badge It!, £20

2. Make a Bird Box Kit, £17

3. Elsie & Fleur Needle Felting Kit – Owl, £12

4. Tomy Jake and the Neverland Pirates Aquadoodle, £19.99

5. Seedling Design Your Own Sock Toy, £33.99

6. Paul Lamond Brain Noodles, £10.75

7. Hama Beads in a Tub, £10

8. Early Learning Centre Magic Maize Bumper Pack, £15

9. Poundland Make Your Own Felt Bunny, £1

10. Tap A Shape, £8

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