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The indie brands helping you entertain the kids

If you’re looking for some fun and crafty ways to entertain the kids over the next few weeks, then look no further.  We’ve rounded up some of the best Indie brands out there so you can help support some small businesses whilst keeping the kids out of trouble. Win Win.

Cotton Twist

Cotton Twist

Nostalgic, chic and inherently satisfying crafts that draw upon a palette of raw materials from lolly sticks to boxes and from twine to felt.  Wave goodbye to all that plastic.  Cotton Twist offers a range of craft activities carefully designed to spark learning & play in a fun and imaginative way.

Fearless Flamingo

FearlessFlamingo LittlePackOfPositivityFlashcards Packshot £18

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Fearless Flamingo’s Little Pack of Positivity Cards are possibly one of the best thing you can buy for your family.  They’ve been designed to stimulate positive conversations and are a great way to open up a conversation and get kids thinking and talking about how they feel – which at the moment can only be a good thing.  On the front of each card is the alphabet letter and emotion along with an animal character.  On the back is a handy description of the emotion and three fun facts about the animal, making them suitable for a range of ages.

Freckles On The Inside

Freckles on the Inside

Offering all sorts of crafty kits for your LittleFolk from a DIY Chore Chart, to Kawaii Foam Clay, DIY garlands and fairy and pirate dens, there’s lots to choose from at The Inside.  Owner Laura has lots of ideas to keep your LittleFolk entertained.  She also has lots of crafty video tutorials including learning how to crochet and perfecting the Pom Pom – great for those looking to teach themselves – and their kids – some new skills.



Lots of Lovely Art (LOLA) provides magical educational art boxes full of great materials for children of all ages, bringing a regular experience of art and artists into their lives through the letterbox.  Each box is filled to the brim with themed projects, process-art ideas and a selection of quality materials to enable children to be independently creative at home.   They are quite low on stock at the moment but we’ve been told that their Easter box is about to drop so keep an eye out – it promises to be a goodie!

Quick Crafts For Parents Who Think They Hate Crafts by Emma Scott-Child

Quick Crafts

This book is pure genius – if you’re firmly in the anti-Play-Do, anti-glitter, mess-makes-me-come-out-in-hives brigade then this book is for you.  It’s jam-packed with genius and ever so simple ideas to make stuff out of things you will probably have lying around the house.  From swashbuckling adventures complete with a pirate hook and sword to hairy baboons and rattling snakes, there’s certainly enough ideas in here to see you through the next few weeks. My son loved this book so much that he went to bed with it for a week.

Toucan Box


Children just want to have fun, to be carefree and happy, but as parents we also want them to develop into curious thinkers, to open their minds to new ideas and to have ways to express themselves! Toucan Box is built to be such an outlet, with every process and project designed to support a philosophy of empowerment both intellectual and emotional for children and for parents. Check our their brilliant Easter themed craft now available.

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