Do you remember learning to sew or knit when you were little? With homes overflowing with plastic chunky things and electronic gizmos, it's easy to overlook the simple things in life like sitting down, switching everything off, and making something.
Now there are no excuses with a small tidal wave of handmade kits available for adults and children to make together. You can even pretend it's for the children's benefit, let's say they're developing their hand-eye co-ordination or something.
Here's a round-up of some favourites available to order online from the UK.
Sparrowkids Kits have been going a good few years now and have a lovely range of animals and accessories with big holes and fat threads to make sewing easy for even the smallest of not-so-nimble fingers.
Snowfish is a felt and button delight who built up a small crafting empire as a result of having a child and rediscovering her own love of making to keep the little one occupied. She's taken the hard work out of it all for you by making gingerbread men for you to sew your own decorations on.
Go Eco Store is an environmentally friendly online store who currently have a rather fine range of animal puppet-kits on special offer, made from recycled card and paper. Some great options for boys and girls.
Tracey Cartledge (see image) has created some fantastic mosaic kits, perfect for sunny summer days to get you out in the garden and get those hands messy. Another good range for boys as well as girls.
And finally treat yourself to a hand stitched cake kit from Sophie Stansfield. These looks a bit fiddlier than some of the others but they're on special offer so you can whip up a full batch
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