Top tips for budget fun with the kids in the wintry weather


ARE bored children getting on your back now the weather has taken a turn for the worse?

We are used to a downpour, or two, but sometimes our little’uns are less understanding when the weather doesn’t play ball.

You can still have fun with the kids now the weather has taken a turn for the worse – here’s how

But, don’t fret, you needn’t fork out a fortune to keep your tots happy (and dry) with these savvy, socially distanced activities…

Not a lot of dough: If your kids fancy a bit of DIY, you can make playtime last even longer by tasking them with making their own playdough.

You can easily whip this up with a few kitchen essentials.

Get eight tablespoons of plain flour, two tablespoons of salt, 60ml warm water, one tablespoon of vegetable oil and a drop or two of food colouring makes one ball of playdough. Easy!

Mix the flour and salt in one bowl, and in a separate bowl mix the rest of the ingredients.

Then, pour the coloured water into the flour mix and stir together before kneading together for a few minutes.

It will keep fresh in a sandwich bag or air-tight container too.

Home sweet home: If you can’t face heading out on a dreary day, don’t worry — you can keep the kids entertained indoors on the cheap too.

If you’re keen to get your children off the iPad and to socialise as a family a little more I love the Professor PUZZLE The Boredom Box, down to £19 at, usually £25.

It features over 250 challenges and is perfect for a family games night.

SAVING: £5.01 

Have a Super(dry)day: Sun Superdays is back again and you can currently get TWO FREE tickets to Madame Tussauds, worth £70 — perfect for an indoor family day out on the cheap, just make sure you’re banking those codes.

One to vouch for: Websites such as Wowcher, Groupon and Vouchercloud have family friendly activities, perfect for wet days, at a discount.

There are plenty of options to choose from across the country, including cinema tickets, bowling and afternoon tea.

Deal of day

Save £50 on the DeWalt 18V XR brushless compact combi drill driver

DOING a bit of home DIY? The DeWalt 18V XR brushless compact combi drill driver is on offer at for £128.98, down from £179.98. 

SAVE: £50

Cheap treat

Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with this Cadbury’s offer from Asda

A TUB of Cadbury drinking chocolate (500g) is on offer for £2, down from £2.99 at Asda.

I’ll be enjoying a mug this evening.

SAVE: 99p

Top swap

You’d need to fork out £52 for this Kiehl’s vitamin C serum
A similar vitamin C serum from The Body Shop is just £17

THE Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing concentrate from is £52 a bottle.

But you can keep your glow for less with the £17 vitamin C skin reviver from The Body Shop.

SAVE: £35

Shop & save

Save a fiver on the Air Wick Freshmatic kit in cherry blossom at Morrisons

THE Air Wick Freshmatic kit in cherry blossom is on offer for £5, down from £10 at Morrisons.

That will keep your home smelling fresh.

SAVE: £5