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From spa days to treasure hunts – keep the kids entertained at home for less with these top tips

BATTLING to entertain the kids at home?

There are easy, cheap ways.

I spoke to busy mum-of-three, photographer and parenting blogger Rachel Murphy who came up with some great ideas . . . 

SPA DAY: Rachel says: “In other words, a bath. Kids love having a splash and making bubble beards.”

Make a bath far more fun with cheap and cheerful additions such as Kids’ Wacky Watermelon Bath Time Paint, just £1.50 at — it’s a sweet-scented wash on/wash off finger-paint suitable for ages three and over.

Plus, if you order via, you can get up to ten per cent off your order.

ROCK ART: Great for a thrifty fix.

Rachel says: “Most pens or paints can be used on rocks, then finish with a spray varnish — Amazon will be your friend for this.

“Later, when next out and about exploring, you can hide the rocks for people to find.”

I like Plasti-kote varnish, £4.98 from

TREASURE HUNT: You can make a treasure hunt out of pretty much anything.

Rachel says: “Find something you have plenty of — Lego, toy figures, even teabags if you’re really desperate.

“Hide them around the home, then let the kids wear themselves out trying to find them.”

TALENT SHOW: Rachel says: “My lot are fans of Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice, so we do our own versions at home.

“Have fun by videoing and sending to grandparents.”

CARD GAMES: These are simple and cheap.

Rachel says: “Two favourites are Uno and Dobble, easy to play for different age groups.”

Get an Uno pack from for £2.69 with free delivery, down from £6.99.

THE George Home summer sale is in full swing at Asda.

Some items are half-price, like this Slumberdown duvet, now £10, down from £20.

SAVE: £10

ZOFLORA disinfectant users should head to Aldi, quick.

Both Twilight Garden and Summer Breeze are in stock for a limited time, at just £1.99.

THIS soft leather clutch bag is £150 at, but if you head to Primark you can bag a similar one for £10.

SAVE: £140

SAVE more than 50 per cent on the Venus Editions Strawberry razor at, tomorrow only.

It’s £5.68, down from £11.99.

SAVE: £6.31

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