School's out for Summer

School's out for Summer

There is nothing more exciting than being a child and watching the school year come to an end and the summer holidays begin, it’s not always quite as exciting for the adults! Do you ever ask yourself, ‘How can I entertain the children for so many weeks?’. Some people love to plan an extravagant holiday around the globe, others enjoy a quaint family camping trip, and then there is, of course, those days out at busy overcrowded UK attractions. Here are a few summer holidays essentials…


Toys for Travelling


When you find yourself packing the children’s holiday bags, it easy to buckle and throw in an iPad, but if you really want to get their creative minds to work then it is time to think outside of the box. There are so many wonderful hands-on activities, including colouring books, puzzle books and reading books. Now you can include these playful craft activities to your kid’s luggage too!


This wonderful ‘Gruffalo Playset’ is based on the infamous Julia Donaldson book, ‘The Gruffalo’. The playsets made by ‘Playpress Toys’ are packed into brilliantly convenient flat boxes, making them the perfect travel companion for children. There are many themes for playsets from Shaun the Sheep and Zog to Farm animals and Doctors and Nurses.


Whether you are planning a long flight with children or hoping to pack light for a camping trip, the colour and play sets by ‘Carddies Limited’ are just the thing. This ‘My Family - Card People Colour and Play Set’ is the perfect toy for involving creativity, imagination, and role play.


Life is a Picnic


Brits love a bit of sunshine, as soon as the sun appears we seem to pop on our finest shorts, fish out a huge pair of sunglasses and insist on eating outside. During the summer break, why not treat your kids to some fun, colourful picnic meals. Here are a few sustainable, British made must haves for your outdoor dining.


If you are planning a few days out this summer holidays you may be considering a picnic. These ‘Re-usable Sandwich Wraps’ are the perfect answer to reducing single use plastic waste. The wraps are available in six different fabric designs which bring an element of colour to your picnic basket, shop the range by ‘Tag Togs’.


When you head out into the British sunshine, it is important to stay hydrated. As you lay out your picnic blanket and start settling down, why not woo your family and friends with some fun, colourful straws. This ‘Pack of Straws’ is BPA free, vegan friendly, child friendly and has 100% plastic free packaging. ‘The Silicone Straw Company’ also offer single straws in tins, these can be popped into your bag and carried around discreetly.


Kitting the Kids Out


When children reach a certain age, it can be difficult to keep both your parental opinions and your child’s fashion sense happy. Hope and Story have an array of premium children’s clothing, from quirky seaside prints to pretty florals and even some athleisure wear! Keep everyone happy this summer.


The beautiful premium children’s clothing by ‘Elizabeth Evadney’ is appropriate for ages 6 months to 6 years. This ‘Mustard Gauze Dress’ is a loose and slightly oversized fit which is suitable to wear during the hot summer months.  


The ‘Boy Wonder Fish and Chips Organic T Shirt’ is such a playful designs for children. If you are planning on hitting up a seaside town this summer break then be sure to check out the amazing, colourful clothes by ‘Boy Wonder’.


The beautiful unisex ‘Be Kind(er) T-shirt’ spreads such a positive message! 'Lola Starr' creates clothing for both adults and children with the environment and functionality in mind. The athleisure wear is made from ENCONYL regenerated nylon made entirely from waste that would otherwise pollute the world.

For more playful, colourful, magical products to engage your little ones during the summer break, head over to the toys, puzzles and games collection at Hope and Story.