23 Jul

Written by Kristin on July 23, 2014

If you’re not one of those mums with a massive arsenal of Pinterest-worthy projects at the ready this summer, you might be wondering how to keep the kids entertained and out of your hair until school starts. Crafts are a great way to give children a creative outlet, learn new skills and most importantly … it keeps them quiet!

Personally, I’d rather just buy a ready-made kit to keep the kids busy. There are loads of options out there, and you’ll probably spend much less than if you created a project yourself and shopped for all of the supplies.

Baker Ross are one of my go-to sources for craft ideas, and they’ve got a huge selection of everything from craft kits to stickers to specialty papers, markers and more. Shop the summer sale and you’ll save up to 50 percent off at Baker Ross! Check out my top craft kit picks from the sale, all under £2:

Union Jack windmill kit (£1.99 for a pack of 8): Show some patriotic spirit with this easy windmill kit and the kids can use them to decorate the garden, or just take them outdoors and watch them spin in the summer breeze!

Transport foam bookmark kits (£1.99 for a pack of 4): These bookmarks are a perfect way to teach children about different modes of transport, especially useful if you’re off on a holiday this summer. The kit includes boat, car, train and plane designs.

USA weaving magnet kits (.99 for a pack of 4): Why not sneak a bit of a history and geography lesson into the summer and have fun, too? Bright shapes like an American flag, Statue of Liberty, apple and eagle will entertain the kids whilst you can teach them about America.

Rosette award badge kits (£1.49 for a pack of 5): Making these badges will be a nice crafty activity, but you also can use them as rewards for a job well done over the summer, like helping with household tasks. Or, hold a race in the garden and award badges to the winners!

Over at Yellow Moon, you’ll save £5 off if you spend £35 with our code, so why not stock up on some projects to last through the autumn and winter, too? They’ve got a brilliant variety of craft ideas to keep children engaged and interested, and their summer sale includes savings of up to half off! My favourites:

British insect hanging felt decorations (£1.99 for a pack of 5): Help your children learn about British bugs whilst they construct these cool felt decorations. Templates, self-adhesive pieces and ribbon are contained in each kit with shapes like spiders, bees, and ladybirds.

Landmarks of the world scratch art magnets (£1.99 for a pack of 12): The specially coated surface of these magnets reveal brilliant colours when scratched! The Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Big Ben and other landmarks are included, and when your kids are done, go online to show them photos and teach them about the real places.

Polystyrene photo frames (£1.99 for a pack of 5): Print out your favourite summer memories and give your kids a place to showcase them with these simple white frames, ready to decorate with paints, sequins or glitter. I like the Giotto metallic décor pens (£3.99 for a pack of 5) since they’re relatively mess free and don’t require a brush!

Tropical fish suncatcher decorations (£2.99 for a pack of 6): Even if you can’t make it to the sea this year, your kids can decorate the house with these colourful stained glass-effect tropical fish. Use the Giotto pens to colour them in or use glass paint.

Share your ideas for kids’ crafts in the comments below!

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