Weekends are precious for family time, and more so now that the children are back in school. It is important to make time for your family, so why not arrange a weekly family game night or set aside an afternoon for play when you can?
Here are some fun family games and activities that would make great gifts for birthdays, celebrations and even, dare I say it, Christmas!
Cheatwell Games Top It £18 from Zatu Games
In this edge-of-your-seat party game you race to place your cones on letter discs whilst calling out examples to teasing topics. But beware, any other player can Top It with another answer and place their cone on top of yours! Only the last cone counts and bags all the points!
Hornit Airo Balance Bike £139 from Hornit.com
Available in 6 stunning colours are made from a super lightweight, ultra-hard-wearing magnesium alloy, at 2.95kg this balance bike is levitating light, helping reduce injuries, falls, and accidents. The super-strong balance bike helps children concentrate on balancing and therefore helps them learn to ride much quicker than starting on stabilizers. With a lifetime guarantee.
Kikkerland On-The-Go Games £10 from The RNLI Shop
A compact tin of games for the whole family, ideal for on the go and travels. Comes with 6 dice, pencil, score cards and instructions.
Geomag Glitter (535) 35 Piece Magnetic Construction Set £26 from The Entertainer
100% Recycled and full of colour. This set delights even the most demanding of creative spirits. The super stylish Glitter line is dedicated to fans of sparkly colours! What’s more, the practical storage boxes to keep the rods and spheres in neatly, as well as always with you.
Thumbs Up! Bubble Gun Extreme £39.99 from Firebox.com
Spice up your outdoor party with the Bubble Gun. This absolute weapon does not mess around with 60 holes shooting out hundreds of bubbles per minute. The fact that it comes with a shoulder strap tells you all you need to know about this bubble-shooting beast. The rocket launcher-style bubble gun is fully rechargeable so no need to worry about finding batteries when it’s out of juice. It’s the perfect accessory for kids parties, BBQs, or just a good old back garden caper.
Dantoy (5602) BIOplastic Bio Baking Gift Set £10 from Smyths
Learn to make beautiful cakes and cookies from dough, modelling clay or sand with the Dantoy BIOplastic Baking Set for kids. This eco- friendly toy set includes a rolling pin, a whisk, 2 bowls and dough cutters for real baking or role play fun.
Whisking, rolling and cutting out fun shapes helps to support fine motor skills, learning play and imaginative fun. The Dantoy BIOplastic Baking Set for kids is a wonderful toy for indoor and outdoor play. Eco-Friendly Toys Made with renewable plant-based materials, BIOplastic toys offer a greener way to play. Produced in Denmark and made from 90% sugarcane, these eco-friendly toys are 100% recyclable. It’s a sustainable way to support early learning and child development.
Kikkerland Kidoki On-The-Go Magnetic Shapes £13 from Kikkerlandeu.com
The Kikkerland Kidoki range is ideal for on-the-go, use the magnetic shapes on the inside of the tin to build the images on the cards and much more.
Cheatwell Games Kids Charades £12.49 from Amazon
This classic game of actions needs no introduction… for a century or more it has been a family favourite where players race to mime and communicate words and phrases to their team-mates. This classic game of act and guess is specially tailored to suit kids of all ages, with simple yet humorous mimes; played in 2 – 6 teams (making it a great Birthday party game) players take it in turns to act out what is on the card. The first team to guess a mime in all 6 categories wins.
The Thumbs Up! Orb Retro Dance Mat £29.99 from Prezzybox.com
Get the party well and truly started with this awesome Retro Dance Mat. Perfect for a night in with your family or besties, this super fun gift will have everyone bursting out their best moves on the dance floor. The mat can be easily connected to your TV and comes with nine energetic games and a whopping 110 songs to choose from. There are also three difficulty levels to choose from.
The Geomag (202) Magicube Magnetic Blocks & Wheels Set £29.99 from Elc.co.uk
Invite plenty of construction fun with this 13-Piece Magnetic Blocks & Wheels set from the Geomag Magicube range that is made from 100% recycled plastic. Children will love creating different shapes and structures with this easy-to-handle block building set. With magnetic connections on all sides, there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Plus, this set includes a set of wheels to get their creations on the move. Grown-ups will appreciate that this block‐building set helps children develop their hand-eye coordination and cause and effect thinking. Plus, imagining new designs supports their creativity.
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