COOL THINGS FOR KIDS

Our latest round-up of super-cool things for kiddos

Amara Kids

Top interiors retailer Amara has launched a new section of their website dedicated to decorating children’s rooms. With a vast selection of toys, ben linen, furniture, gifts it’s a one-stop-shop for creating the a fabulous kids’ playroom or bedroom.

Aspiring adventurers will love creating their very own outdoor dens with kits from The Den Kit Co., and children will love Snurk’s fun bed linen that’s bursting with ballerinas, mermaids and astronauts.

Amara have been around since 2005, evolving from a small boutique to a huge interiors platform that stocks over 250 leading brands. Check it out for some serious style inspo.

Spotify Kids

Spotify have just launched a new app designed specifically for younger music fans.  Spotify Kids is exclusive to Spotify Premium Family subscribers and intended for kids aged three and older.

The app is packed with singalongs, soundtracks and stories that children can explore, on their own or with their family. All of the content is handpicked by Spotify’s experienced editors who are focused on ensuring that the content available is appropriate for kids and there are no adverts allowed.

The app is designed to protect kids’ privacy and give parents peace of mind with parental controls. Parents can select the “Audio for Younger Kids” or “Audio for Older Kids” experience based on what’s best for their children.

Artists are selected especially for their resonance with UK youngsters and include CBeebies, Little Mix, Rastamouse, George Ezra, Hey Duggee, McFly, Adele, Craig David, Calvin Harris, Spice Girls, Take That and Busted.

Kids can listen to audio they love with their own account, hear playlists made just for kids and play their favourite tracks offline starting with iOS devices.

For more info check out spotify.com

Frugi’s new collection

Sustainability has never been more fashionable and Frugi, the leading organic children’s wear company in the UK, has created a collection made entirely from recycled plastic.

In a selection of various colours and fun styles for toddlers and kids, Frugi’s outerwear is made from 100% recycled polyester and a waterproof rating of 3000 HH. The range is Flurocarbon free and is made without any harmful chemicals or dyes.

Plastic bottles are shredded and processed into flakes which are then cleaned and transformed into chips that are melted and whizzed around in a spinneret to make strings of yarn. This is then woven into fabric -it takes 36 bottles to make one jacket! Hats off to Frugi for turning waste into such lovely clothing.

Available at John Lewis, select retailers, and welovefrugi.com.

101 Things For Kids To Do Screen-Free

If like most parents you would love to tear your kids away from screens more often without them complaining then check out this amazing new book. 101 Things For Kids To Do Screen-Free, £11.99, by bestselling author Dawn Isaac is packed with creative and fun ideas that will provide hours of entertainment.

From creating a mini golf course to mastering hands-free eating, from squirt gun painting to microwave mug cakes, every single activity is fun, easy and 100 per cent screen free. With exciting makes including no-sew sock creatures and stress balls, and wacky games such as outdoor noughts and crosses and thumb wrestling tournaments, Dawn’s engaging and entertaining ideas are sure to provide hours of fun.

So put away your tablets and mobile phones, switch off the TV and leave the computer alone – it’s time to get screen free!