The best bargains to create a soft play area for your kids at home ­as centres remain closed due to coronavirus


LOOKING for ways to keep the kids busy on a rainy day?

Heading to your local soft play centre may be out of the question right now.

The best bargains to create a soft play area at home ­as centres remain closed

But you can recreate the same experience at home ­— without forking out a fortune . . . 

Have a ball pit: To keep it simple, you need a container and some balls.

I love the mint pop-up play tent with 100 balls from for £28.90.

It’s a lot cheaper than the Shemar ball pit with plastic balls, £77.99, at

Plus, you can save an additional £5 on your first order when you sign up to the Kiddymoon newsletter.

 SAVING: At least £49.09

Floor it: Protect your floor and your kids by using foam floor coverings. 

Chad Valley foam protector tumbler mats, £10 at Argos, are great for children to play around on at home and provide a soft area for indoor or outdoor activities. 

Plus, you can currently buy two lots for £15, instead of £20, so little ones can enjoy an even bigger play area.

 SAVING: £5 on two sets

Pen-ny saving: Create the perfect play area with a kids’ plastic play pen.

I like the colourful panelled option that is currently available at for £45.

The handy pen features a shooting hoop and a mini abacus and comes with a safe lock.

Plus, it’s cheaper than the similar alternatives which are sold at for £119.99.

 SAVING: £74.99

Tunnel vision: If your kids love messing about in soft play tunnels, head to Ikea where the Busa play tunnel is only £10 and is perfect for setting up at home.

Similar items cost £18.99 at

Plus, Ikea sells an attachable Busa tent, £8 — so you can make the most of your at-home set-up.

SAVING: £8.99 on the tunnel

Deal of day

Pick up Morrisons’ new meal deal for two for £12

MORRISONS has launched a new meal deal for two for £12.

Pick up two luxury main meals, two sides, a dessert and a bottle of wine. That’s a right bargain.

Cheap treat

A six-pack of Wotsits is now just £1 at Tesco

YOU can buy a six-pack of Wotsits for £1, down from £1.50, at Tesco.

SAVE: 50p

Top swap

A pot of Olay Regenerist is £21.49 at Boots
Swap it for this awesome find from Lacura and save £20

A POT of Olay regenerating night cream is £21.49 at Boots.

But, if you head to Aldi you can bag a pot of Lacura Q10 Renew night cream for just £1.45. I love it.

SAVE: £20.04

Shop & save

Get this vintage pink pendant lightshade for a fiver at Wilko

THIS vintage pink pendant lightshade is super-stylish, and it is on sale for £5, down from £10, at Wilko.

SAVE: £5

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