There are way too many exciting things out there for kids these days from books and toys to technology and adventure with everything else in between.
We’ve put together a little list of some of our faves for this Easter, that mum’s and dad’s may just approve of too as there’s no chocolate involved.
Number Peg Puzzle by Hape, £11.99 (www.amazon.co.uk)
Offering so many different avenues to explore with Hape’s Number Peg Puzzle, the possibilities are endless. Using garden critters, fruit and vegetable designs, children can identify the different animals, fit the number pegs into their rightful space or add up the shapes hidden under each number for an alternative way to understand basic maths. Ages 3+.
Talk Back Unicorn from ThumbsUp, £14.99 (www.thumbsup.com)
Did you know unicorns can talk? Well now you do thanks to the creators at ThumbsUp for this super chatty model, which will repeat everything you say to him.
As you converse with this friendly little unicorn watch as his head bobs up and down to make the experience even more realistic. Flaunting white and neon pink tufts of fur, mane and fetlocks, with a rather majestic unicorn horn, this fella is truly splendid from head to toe!
Where you go he goes, an adorable plushie companion for your little one’s bedroom or playroom. All you need is just 3xAAA batteries to watch this unicorn in action. Ages 3+.
Pusheen Surprise Mini Figurines from ThumbsUp, £4.99 (www.thumbsup.com)
Remember when swapping and trading cards was all the rage? Children now can’t get enough of a mystery box. Combining a child’s excitement of unboxing with the thrill of collectable toys, introducing the Pusheen Surprise Mini Figurines from Thumbs Up.
Pusheen brings brightness and chuckles to millions of followers in her rapidly growing online fan base. This iconic super cute tabby cat is a star of her very own series of merchandise, one seriously popular internet sensation.
Available in adorably themed presentation boxes of pastel shades, each Pusheen adorns a different outfit or style, from mermaids, to unicorns to a dinosaur dress up. Unwrap, discover and collect all 10 styles to complete the whole set, a cute little addition to any children’s bedroom desktop or bookshelf.
Family Holiday’s in the UK (www.loco2.com)
Okay, so this one is more for the whole family, definitely not just for the kids.
As families prepare for the Easter break, we’d like to share with you some of the most affordable holidays by train, courtesy of Loco2 – the booking platform for the UK.
Whether you are looking for destinations on your doorstep or further afield with a family-friendly train trip across the UK, the team at Loco2 have compiled a list of cheap Easter breaks, all accessible by train.
From hostels to hiking, glamping to cycling, you can explore places as varied as the Lake District, London, Scotland or the East Coast this Easter by rail. Travelling by train within the UK means that families can celebrate this springtime sojourn in a way that is all about keeping things cheap.
Hostels are not what many of us remember them to be. They have spruced things up a lot with family rooms as well as dorms, cool cafes and are often in top locations. They are also really worth supporting because they work to preserve important buildings and the Youth Hostel Association, for example, is a charity that has supported family breaks for people from all backgrounds for over eighty years. Find out more about them at the YHA website, or via Hostelling Scotland or Independent Hostels online.
Top hostels accessible by train include Loch Ossian in Corrour, the UK’s most remote hostel, a converted water mill in Scarborough or Lee Valley in Cheshunt, Greater London for some white water adventures at the former Olympic Park white water centre. Another favourite is at Southease in Sussex for walking cycle straight out onto the South Downs.
Visit www.loco2.com for more info about trains.