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How to Amuse the Kids This Summer Holiday

It’s the Summer Holidays, and it’s actually sunny. Birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering and peace and harmony reigns. And then the kids wake up…

Of course, it’s great that the children are having some well earned rest from school, and have some time for fun. But the reality is that at times it can be hard to keep them amused, and when they get bored, then that’s when the bickering starts.

We have put together some fun activities and games that are guaranteed to get them interested this Summer holiday. Some of the ideas are free, because we’re kind and giving and imaginative that way. Some of them you can find at Wicked Uncle, by happy coincidence, because the Elves have got to eat.

1.Arts and Crafts

A few paints and a stack of paper is all you need for hours of arty fun. You could also get crafty with things you have around the house. Pasta necklaces, potato printing, and finger paints are inexpensive and fun ways for children to show their arty side.

At Wicked Uncle we have zillions of art and craft ideas, many of which you will not find anywhere else. 

Clockwise from top left: How to Draw Animals, £16.95  Magic Picture Maker £16.95  Mr Men Nutty Putty £19.95  Woolly Pets £16.95 Doodle Tablecloth £29.95 Dangly Charms Set £9.95

2. Have a Movie Day

Whether it’s the latest release or an old favourite, there’s something exciting about shutting the curtains and settling down to watch a film. Why not choose a musical to sing along to, or a fast paced adventure that will have everyone on the edge of their seats? Cushions and beanbags will provide added comfort, and cinema snacks are a must as well.

We have some really unusual snacks to enhance your cinema experience – who could possibly refuse Strawberry Cheesecake Popcorn?! And if you don’t fancy any recent blockbusters, we have super Stikbot kits so that you can make you own – move over Spielberg. 

L-R Marmite Popcorn £3.95, My Pick N Mix £14.95 Stikbot Studio £16.95 Strawberry Cheesecake Popcorn £3.95

3. Slime is Super!

Kids LOVE slime. It’s the latest trend. Glittery, colourful, scented or glow in the dark, it’s quite simply the most fun you can buy in a small tub. There are lots of recipes for slime on the internet. If you want to have a go yourself, have a look at this one, from The Imagination Tree.

However, if you want an easy and mess free way to make your own slime, you need this DIY Slime Case which has been our number one selling product since we first put it on our shelves. It costs £17.95 and includes slime powders, glitter and handy shakers for good clean fun. It’s easy to see why people love it so much.

4. Get in the Kitchen!

Cooking with kids is really great fun, with the added bonus of something tasty to eat at the end. It might require a thorough kitchen clean after the event, but it will be worth it for some quality time spent making gourmet delights. UK Blogger and Food Artist, Grace, at Eats Amazing, has some really great recipes you can make with the children. Our favourite is her yoghurt fruit pizza, yum!

The Wicked Uncle Elves are keen chefs and have a lot of fun sampling the culinary products we have on offer. Our tasty cake kits and chocolate lollies have been sampled multiple times, just to make extra sure that you will enjoy them. You’re welcome.

L-R Chocolate Lollipop Kit £12.95 Mug Cake Set £14.95 Rainbow Cake Kit £16.95

5. Go go Gadgets!

Ok, we will admit it; gadgets don’t come for free, unless you enter some kind of TV competition, and then there’s a danger you might come into contact with Piers Morgan, so best not. Instead try Storynory which is a free audio story site for children, and Smash Hit, a mesmerising glass smashing game aimed at age 8+.

On the Wicked Uncle shelves are loads of brilliant gadgety gifts, from robots to walkie talkies. We think that anyone who likes tech will love our fabulous selection, and find loads of fun to while away the school holidays. 

Clockwise from top left: T4 Transforming Solar Robot £15.95 Motion Controlled Done £29.95 Pokibot- £16.95 Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set £49.95

This is just the first instalment of our boredom-busting summer holiday ideas. If you enjoyed it, tell your friends, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the next edition. If you didn’t enjoy it, move on with your life in silence, please. No one likes a moaner.*

In the meantime, here are some of our favourite jokes for summer:

Why did the robot go on holiday? To recharge his batteries. 

Why do bananas wear sunscreen? Because they peel.

Where do sharks go on holiday? Finland. 

*This is just a joke. Of course we want to hear from you if you have some constructive criticism for us. Drop us a line on if you have any other cool ideas for amusing the small people during the summer. Or any jokes. Or any free ice cream.
















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