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The school holidays can be a challenge. With two children close in age, the bickering can become uncontrollable at times. For us what works best is to keep them entertained. If they are busy enough, then the desire to maim each other seems to diminish somewhat.

Lucky for us, Spin Master had us covered this holiday with a little something for him and for her.


This is a classic toy that is not only hours of fun for kids but is also educational. Always a win in our house! We were sent the Dinosaur 10 Model Construction Set which Henry was incredibly excited about as soon as he saw it.

Containing 179 pieces and both tools you need to build your dinosaurs, this kit contains everything that you need. With a recommended age of 8+, this was obviously beyond Henry’s ability to make on his own. Luckily for him though, he has a Daddy who is more than happy to sit with him for hours as they make it together.

This first he demanded was the pterodactyl which lasted an entire day before he then demanded a t-rex. He was utterly captivated throughout the entire process and loved seeing it all come together.

Meccano really is the ultimate STEM toy, and big and little kids alike will love getting immersed in building and rebuilding the 10 dinosaur options from this set.

Available from Amazon, Argos and Smyths, there are a massive amount of options to choose all with varying complexity.

KumiKreator Necklace and Friendship Bracelet Maker

This necklace and bracelet maker from Cool Maker is every little girls perfect afternoon. I still remember making friendship bracelets as a child and I know that this is something that the Bear will love too. I wasn’t wrong.

This may look complicated, but it was actually incredibly simple to use. Choose your design, load the threads and then spin the handle to watch it all weave together in an intricate pattern. The Bear stared at it like it was working magic and was thrilled with the end results.

Although recommended for 8+ years, she still had a great time making bracelets with me. Each pack comes with designs for 5 bracelets and 2 necklaces, the perfect amount for the four of us with one left over to post through the door of her best friend from school.

I will say that parts of this process were fiddly, so the Bear did need some help from me to finish each bracelet but with a recommended age of 8+ that was expected. We also had a few issues with the tassels from the necklace popping out, but that was nothing that a quick dab of glue didn’t fix.

I also loved the fact there were also refills and add on packs available which means that when you have used the 60 spools of string from this kit, it is easy to replenish your stocks for more bracelet fun.

You can pick up the KumiKreator from Amazon, Argos, Smyths and The Entertainer.

And that’s it. What tools have been keeping your kids entertained this week? We’re always looking for more recommendations!

DISCLOSURE: we were sent these items in return for this review. As always though, all opinions are my own.

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