Most of you know by now that I live in the rainiest part of the UK. Scotland. And when it rains it more than likely will pour, for days. So i find that preparation for rainy days is key – especially when you have children. To give you a bit of back story, a few months ago, when the Beast from the East descended upon us, we were caught short. Very Short. I had nothing other than toys and TV to entertain Wren and as you can imagine it all wore incredibly thin, incredibly quickly. A complete Mum fail. I decided i never wanted to be in that position again so from then on, i would be prepared to spend hours, days even weeks indoors if i had to. I would be the Summer Crafting Queen and Hobbycraft were going to help me do that!
In this post, i’m going to impart some of the acquired wisdom i gained after my toddler – housebound- hell in the hope that none of you, God forbid, find yourself in the same situation!
The first thing i did was start by making Wren a ‘Rainy Day Box’ This was just a big plastic storage box that could hold all of the crafting supplies we were ever going to need. The Really Useful Clear box is perfect as it is huge, holds everything and the lid is secure enough that it wont open on its own, and Wren can’t get it by herself for a glitter party!
The next thing we did was to fill the box. Now, you might think that this part is going to cost the earth, but that just doesn’t have to be the case. The Giant Craft Box is only £5 and has everything you could possibly need from painting supplies, to necklace making and googley eyed cards. Whether you’ve got a toddler or a tween the box can fit everyones needs and is totally equipped for short attention spans too.
As a little added extra and to encourage Wren to get outside into the garden i picked up a couple of extras as a special treat. First up is the Paint Your Own Flower Pot, right now it’s priced at only £2.25, comes with it’s own paint and a perfectly sized brush. It would make a great gift for a craft mad child but be equally as cool to have at home to paint inside on a rainy day then take into the garden to plant some bulbs when the sun comes out! Secondly is this beyond adorable Plywood Bird Box. Our garden is filled with birds this time of year so we thought it would be a great idea to give them a little home that Wren could decorate herself.
As you can imagine we get the Hobbycraft box out quite frequently and the fact that we have a one stop shop for refilling and getting extra supplies is awesome. I certainly don’t want to be wandering around six different stores looking for everything we need to fill it or have nine different deliveries to the house on different days of the week. Hobby craft sure has thought of everything us Mums and Dads could want for our toddlers, and then some.
Somewhat predictably the perfect sunshine we had last week has disappeared so we decided to take advantage of our new craft supplies and decorate our garden treats. Now, i’m not sure who was enjoying it more, Wren or Dad but it’s safe to say we all had a ball, sat round the table getting messy and sticky and having something brilliant at the end of all the chaos that we could keep.
Calum took the painting of the bird box roof quite seriously and Wren was wearing her best concentration face throughout the plant pot decorating, frown, sticky out tongue – the works. Needless to say, whilst we were sat there it was pouring with rain and we wondered if we’d manage to get outside at all. But, Luckily for us just before lunch time, the rain cleared and we able to get outside to plant our homemade flowers and welcome the garden birds to their new home. The whole morning was so much fun, and with the extra Crafting activities we got, a really positive and fun way to incorporate indoor crafts with the outdoors!
This post is sponsored by Hobbycraft but all views and images of the fun having are entirely true and my own.