Kids Stuff

6
Jun

Staycations Vs Vacations!

We’ve seen April 12th roll by, then May 17th came around quicker than we could say ‘dining indoors, and now June is on our doorsteps and we’re awaiting the news from good ol’ Boris come the 21st.

But we’ve noticed a lot of chatter around staying home for the summer holidays (again), or whether individuals will brave the current climate and hop on a plane to somewhere sunnier… Are you in two minds? Same here!

As your local shopping centre, we’re here to inspire readers with whatever decision they make. We’ll be going through activities you can enjoy during June and beyond if you’re not jetting off – plus, ideas on what to prepare if you are planning on having some fun in the sun.

Staying in the UK?

If you’ve opted to stay in the country this summer, there’s still plenty for you and your kiddies to enjoy! All the activities highlighted in the link here are ones hosted in our beloved Chesterfield.

The link above offers a super simple guide to what’s on for children and families over the next few months. From painting pots activities to sports centres and aqua park, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and we know the kids will LOVE spending time with their parents and besties alike.

We particularly like the idea of a day of petting our favourite animals at Matlock Farm Park, finished with a fun evening at Chesterfield bowl! Be sure to scroll through the entire list, there’s so much on offer! #TimeToHaveFun

If we’ve tempted you to stay in the UK for your summer hols, click the link to find out more and book your trips out today! Don’t forget to grab cosy clothes and even comfier shoes to complete these activities from Sports Direct and ShoeZone. Remember, it’s best to be prepared!

And not just this, we think it’s a fabulous idea to pop to Tesco and Poundland to grab fun activities that you can set up to do at home. From water slides to paddling pools and mini-inflatable bouncy castles, the kids will feel like they’re on holiday either way – as long as the UK weather holds up!

Treats at the Centre!

Look, everyone LOVES going on holiday, but the pandemic has put a couple of bumps in the road to say the least!).

So, if you want to save a few pennies, or don’t feel 100% to travel abroad yet, then there’s still LOADS of fun things to do when you next visit the centre. Here are just a few:

  • Enjoy with friends, or family to an evening at the flicks. Be sure to choose a good movie to watch and grab those essential snacks from Tesco or healthier bits from GrapeTree.
  • Enjoy takeaway treats from one of our many cafes. Whether pastries from Pound Bakery, homely comforts from Peacocks Café or sweet treats from Greggs. (Our favourites are their Yum Yums!). A sugary pit-stop, once you’ve finished shopping at the centre, is just what’s needed for a fun evening ahead.
  • For the kiddies, we’ve got activities and toys galore. WHSmith and Poundland have plenty of offers on at the mo, so you’ll be able to find something to take home for them to enjoy!

‘Seas the Day’

If you and your loved ones are going to ‘seize the day’ by swanning off on your holi-bobs, then we’re here to inspire you with all the essentials you’ll need to pack.

Suitcase essentials MUST include:
– The right clothing, from undies to tank tops! We’d recommend popping to Sports Direct and Tesco.
– The toiletries. Get your toothbrush, moisturisers, and makeup at the ready. Here is where you can grab the goods: Has to be Boots for us.
– SUN CREAM. Grab a bottle (or three) from Bodycare or Boots.
– Mini first aid kit, you know, just in case! We’d recommend getting stocked up on allergy medicines from Tesco too.
– And lastly, all your electronics, from chargers to protective cases. We think Top Gift is your best bet. 😊

It’s time for you to tick everything off of your list! *high five*

Now we’ll await for more information on the 21st June and whether or not more holidays abroad become a popular theme for 2021. Whatever you plan on doing this Summer, we hope we’ve helped inspire you! Remember to #ShopSafe when visiting the centre – we look forward to seeing you soon.

10
Feb

Half Term Imagination

Half term is almost here, and we know parents everywhere are probably thinking ‘how are we going to keep the children occupied while there’s no homework or lessons?’. Well, Lockdown, our old friend has restricted us slightly, but despite everything, it’s made us think more creatively with ways we can have fun and spend time with loved ones.

Feel like you need some imaginative ideas on what activities you could do this half term? Keep reading our Style article…

Let’s go on a Scavenger Hunt!

Get a few of the kids’ favourite treats lined up (could be choccy coins or wrapped sweets) and create a hunt in the home, or even your garden or local park/forest if the weather permits!

To make things extra fun, you could offer a small prize to the winner, add in a few challenges or riddles to get their imagination flowing too.

A few tips to become a hiding master:

  • Hide under plant pots
  • Cover with leaves
  • Riddles to get them from one part of the house to the other – for a little inspiration, you could use the below:

I am hiding here and there
Near the tree or under your toy bear
Up and down you must look
Whether under the sofa or between toys & books.

Now that you’ve found a few
We’ll give you one last clue – look under daddy’s shoe!
Once you find the final one
You can raise your hands and scream ‘I WON!’

Need treat buckets or small prizes for the day of the hunt? You could pop to Poundland, or Boots when you’re next at the centre.

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

Quarantine Time Capsule

A bit of an understatement, but we are truly living through history right now! In years to come, when COVID-19 is discussed the way the plague is mentioned in history books, you might want a unique way to remember the smaller details of living through it all… You could have your child find items around the house that are unique to lockdown habits you’ve formed as a family and put them into a time capsule – whether it’s a book, journal or kitchen towel that you’ve overbaked banana bread with. Then set a date, 5, 10 or 15 years down the line, when you can re-open it together and reminisce.

You could bury it in the garden or even keep it in the loft – it’s totally up to you!

Keep it Crafty!

Arts and crafts can never go a miss – it’s probably the messiest pass-time possible, but the children will love engaging their creative ideas through drawing, glitter sprinkling and even painting (if you allow it!).

You could get them to draw their best friends playing in the park or a new family portrait that you can hang proudly on the fridge!

Need the basics to get the day started? You could pick bits up from Tesco or WHSmith. Plus, a few drawing pads, stickers (and more) from Poundland would be handy when you’re next picking up the essentials from the centre.

Walk in the Woods!

Seeing as you have a little time off as a family, why not make the most of your local surroundings and take a walk through the woods. Even if it’s super chilly out, wrap up warm and let the kids count the falling leaves – whoever gets to 100 first is the winner!

Don’t forget to take snacks on your walk, we know how ‘hangry’ the littluns’ can get, right? We think a few of their favourite sandwiches, crisps and fruity flapjacks would be great. If you want to get prepared for your walk, be sure to buy sandwich bags or mini food boxes from Poundland or Tesco.

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

Board Game Bonanza

That’s right, get Monopoly, Cluedo, Operation and Snakes & Ladders out of the loft and splayed out on the dining table… It’s time to get your #BoardGame faces on!

The kids’ will need their thinking caps on for Monopoly and Cluedo, whereas Operation and Snakes & Ladders will have the house full of laughter from noon to night.

Be sure to have yummy snacks and drinks to hand… grab a few homely comforts from Pound Bakery or pick up a click & collect from Greggs when you’re passing through. We know the kids will love chomping on a glazed Yum-Yum after a few tense gaming rounds.

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

Now that we’ve given you a few ideas, we hope you’ll put them to good use once half term begins. The most important thing to remember is to #ShopSafe if you’re visiting the centre and to ensure you have a great time while you’re home with family. We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements soon. #LotsOfLove

18
Jan

Health, Happiness & Mindfulness for 2021!

Let’s not get stuck in a rut! Whether we’re in lockdown or free to do as we please, we need to remember that self-preservation is super important. Not to mention exciting ideas on how to keep the whole family entertained through good books, home workouts, meditation, and TV programmes to binge…

Need inspiration to get you through January and beyond? Keep reading…

This is our Top 5 Books for Kids to Read

Seeing as many kids are being home schooled, regular reading could be slotted into their daily routine easily. Even if it means them reading a few pages or chapter in the morning, during lunchtime breaks or before bed with mum or dad.

The Centre have created a list of top 5 books to get kids interested, with a variety of subjects from kindness, love and dreaming big.

  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hishe: A heartfelt reminder to always treat others with kindness.
  • A Little Book About 123’ by Leo Lionni: A new board book for babies & toddlers alike. They’ll get children to love counting along with the adorable little mice features in the read.
  • Just Like Me by Vanessa Newton: A collection of mini stories that celebrate different girls from all sorts of backgrounds with various goals – girls who feel powerful, who give back to other and who love. They share their thoughts & dreams throughout.
  • The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder: Cuteness overload coming your way! A little turtle, born without a shell, so his parents gave him a cardboard box instead – just so he felt the same.
    Terrance the turtle learns lessons in loving yourself, embracing weirdness and forming friendships.
  • Grandma’s Garden by Hillary & Chelsea Clinton: Grandma Dorothy passes on her love of nature to her granddaughter. An uplifting story of their time together, celebrating a unique bond that forms across generations when sharing things, we love.

Need new books to keep the kiddies entertained? Grab them from the centre when you’re next picking up the essentials – we’d recommend a trip to Poundland or WHSmith. Chesterfield Library is also open and operating a Click & Collect system, so you can pick up everything from fun to educational.

PS: If you’re struggling to get your children to pick up a book, you could always try the following educational sites for your kids to read through and review instead!

BBC Bitezise | Planet Science | I Study | Education Quizzes | Languages Online & Flash Maths

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

Home Workout for the Win

Let’s get moving! Home workouts burst onto the scene during the first Lockdown and ever since have become a part of most people’s daily routine.

Whether you want to get fit while furloughed or enjoy time with your kids after a long day of home schooling, we suggest looking into the below coaches:

Be inspired by Joe Wicks: Great workout for parents & children alike! Don’t forget to check out his social channels so you don’t miss out on those live PE workouts.

Courtney Black: A young talent with one goal in mind – to get people healthy, happy, and confident in themselves. She provides great workouts for women and men all around the world. We particularly love the sound of her Warrior Wednesday’s – so, if you’re up for the challenge, sign up with your partner, mum or friend and kickstart your workout journey.

If you’re in need of new gym accessories like water bottles, be sure to pop to Poundland and Tesco at the centre. Don’t forget that once all stores re-open, you could grab extra gym wear from Sports Direct.

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all of our stores are open at the moment.

TV Winners: The 2021 TV Guide

Seeing as home will be our best friend for the foreseeable, you may as well enjoy a little ‘you time’ by binge watching the greats of 2021.

Top on our list is:

The Pembrokeshire Murders on Channel 4

Wanda Vision: Disney +

Conversations with Friends: BBC 3

Line of Duty: BBC 1

Landscapers: Sky Atlantic

The Serpent: BBC 1

The Pursuit of Love: BBC 1/Amazon Prime

In need of snacks (popcorn, wine & choccies)? Head to the centre and pick out a few of your favourites from Poundland, Tesco or even Pound Bakery & Greggs for a takeaway treat!

Self-Help: How to Unwind

You can’t let the pandemic get you down, so we need to make time for SELF-LOVE. We’ve got a few tips & tricks on how to unwind while you’re at home alone, with flat mates or family.

Mani Pedi Time! Pop to Boots and pick-up new nail polishes to get creative with. We’d HIGHLY recommend a cheeky facemask here or conditional hair mask there… Why not go all out and treat yourself to an evening of TLC? Men can also get involved by trialling out charcoal facemasks and new beard oils or cleansing moisturisers!

Meditation & Yoga: Find your ‘zen’ by meditating in the morning or before bed. We’ve heard that meditation (and yoga) has been a significant way to reduce stress… We’d suggest that if you’re new to the yoga scene, to pop YouTube on and start with a beginner’s class & build up your stretching strength. When you’re next at the centre picking up your essentials, you could grab a new yoga book from WHSmith for a little inspo.

Engaging with Others: It’s so significant that we talk to friends & family during these hard times. Even reaching out to those we may not know well, but who seem to be struggling just to see how they are could make an impactful difference to one’s life. Many people find that opening up about their struggles have helped them tremendously – so taking a couple minutes out of your day to ask or chat can make the world of difference.

So, be sure to check in on the ones you love from time to time. FYI, you could do this over the phone, text, social media, video calls or sending letters.

We think we’ve given you plenty of ideas when it comes to health, happiness and self-help during 2021 and beyond. And even though some shops are currently closed, be sure to make the most of your time at home, because once we’re summoned to work, there’s no going back! We’re hoping for the rest of the year to be as positive as we believe it can be, and we look forward to seeing you at the centre soon. #KindnessIsKey #PositiveVibesOnly

19
Aug

Five top hacks for the new school term

Ahh, the new term. Whether it’s their first foray into school, or their last year at primary, the same still applies. They’ll need new kit including school bags, shoes and the rest. But what are the essentials and which bits suit your little (or large) learner? Yep, it can be a pretty confusing time. That’s why we’ve packed up everything you need to know in some handy hacks.

Their first ever day

OK, so before we even go into what they’ll need. Let’s have a chat about the parents. We know that this can be an emosh time for you guys too, so our advice: Bring the tissues and wear that waterproof mascara! Now that’s you all prepped, let’s talk about those mini learners. Pre-school and reception can be a confusing time for them, so get them all excited. Buy them a new teddy that they can take in for comfort – everyone loves a school buddy – and build up the excitement by buying a book that tells them all about what to expect on their big day. Chances are that these things combined, will have them running in without even a second glance at you. *Sob

Bagging the right one

Bags. Small ones, big ones, ones with straps, others that hold water bottles, satchels and backpacks. And let’s not forget those lunchboxes too! Yup, bagging the right one can be a minefield! But, there’s an easy way to get it spot on. Got an older kid? They’re going to have heavy books, so make sure you go for a large backpack that’s padded on the shoulders. And one that fits an A4 folder… we know it sounds silly, but trust us, it’ll save them lugging this around. Got a smaller schooler? If your school doesn’t supply a book bag, then invest in something similar. We’re huge fans of on-trend satchels, and, because they have compartments, they’re a lot easier for little ones to find stuff. Looking to pack a punch with a cool lunchbox? You can’t go wrong with a soft, insulated sort with compartments. As many come with straps, they’re great for slinging over the shoulder too.

School run fun

Ahhh, the school run – traffic and tantrums (mainly from us!). But there is another way. And that’s to walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it also means that you won’t be late because you’ve been driving around looking for that gold dust parking space. And there’s a good few things you can do to make this go as smoothly as possible. If you’re walking with little ones, then speed up the pace with a scooter. It’s a great way to get them all enthusiastic about the journey. Just don’t forget that helmet! Worried about rainy days? There’s stuff for that too. From kids’ sized umbrellas to wellies and raincoats for you all, there’s no excuse not to take on that walk. Unless it’s snowing – we draw the line at snow!

Dress code

Yes, we know, nearly every kid has to wear a uniform. But there are some pieces that can make your life easier. Don’t have time in the mornings? Invest in non or easy iron shirts that can be put straight on, or very quickly skimmed over. And, while we’re on the topic of making life easy, don’t forget to stock up on doubles of everything too! You never know when they’re going to lose something – if they’re anything like ours, it’ll be every. Single. Day. #Facepalm

Accessories Darling

Nothing marks the start of a new term more than a shiny new pencil case filled with pencils and pens. And when it comes to this, let them go wild and pick their own. Something they love may not go missing quite so easily! And finally. Let’s not forget that water bottle. Whether it’s a rubber version that can be slipped into a side pocket of a backpack, or, a stainless-steel sustainable number, this is a must for every little learner’s kit.

So, there it is, a list on getting prepped for the new term. We think we deserve an A star for this one guys!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Tesco

Trousers – 2 pack from £7

Shoezone

Lilley Girls Black Patent T-Bar Shoe – £12.99

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe

Shoezone

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe – £12.99

 

SoulCal Denim Backpack

Sports Direct

SoulCal Denim Backpack – £10.00

 

 

3
Aug

Superpowered Schoolwear

The competition between high street retailers for the best school uniform offers is well and truly on, and the cheapest price points don’t mean the poorest quality either. New quality updates from all retailers allow for every lunchtime spill, playground scuffle and every inch they grow, and if you’re unsatisfied, many retailers offer a no quibble guarantee for anything between 60 to 200 days.

Girl's school uniform

Trawl the high street and supermarkets and you’ll find that you can stock up on unisex polo shirts from as little as £1.00 to £1.25 for a single pack or between £2.00 to £2.50 for a pack of two. A pair of trousers or a woven pleated skirt can be purchased for the bargain price of £3.00 and school shoes for boys and girls can be scooped up for as little as £8.00, while sports shoes are available for £2.50.

School uniformYour A-Z of superpower terminology

ACTIVE SPORT
PE kit that keeps them cool and fresh thanks to special technology that safely repels bacteria, so gym kit remains reassuringly smell-free.

ADJUSTABLE WAIST
Almost all trousers and skirts come with an elastic inside the waistband to adjust the waist, perfect for growth spurts and extra comfortable for active kids; and since all children are different shapes and sizes, you can now buy slim fit and plus fit trousers for girls and boys.

BIONIC FINISH®
A breathable, stain resistant and water repellent finish.

CREASE RESISTANT
Clever uniform that doesn’t crumple so they’ll look smart all school-day long – whatever they get up to.

EASY DRESSING
Retailers have made dressing for school quicker, easier and more comfortable offering trousers and skirts with no buttons or zips, pinafores with longer zips and shirts that are buttonless and fastened with Velcro.

EXPANDICUFF™
Brilliantly clever, this shirt technology mean children up the age of 8 don’t have to mess around with fiddly sleeve buttons.

FRESHFEET™
Say hello to clever technology that combats that eliminates odours and prevents bacterial and fungal growth.

GUARANTEE
More retailers will guarantee their school uniforms for anything from 60 days to 200 days if you are unsatisfied and your proof of purchase will allow for an exchange or refund.

NON-IRON
The iron can stay in the cupboard with this brilliant time-saving innovation. Simply tumble-dry and hang up immediately. Job done.

PERFECT CREASE
Trousers and shorts with the added benefit of a permanent crease, held in place throughout washing and wearing.

PERFECT COLOUR
Coloured garments are treated with a Hunstman IQ® lasting colour wash, which provides improved colour retention properties.

PERMANENT PLEATS
Woven skirts and pinafores with the added benefit of permanent pleats, this means little or no ironing at all!

REINFORCED KNEES
Trousers have a reinforced inner patch at the knee for added resilience against wear and tear.

SCUFF RESISTANT
Durable, coated-leather shoes are made scuff resistant, to withstand any mishaps. Plus, look out for real leather ones. They’ll go on and on. And on.

STAIN AWAY™
Stain Away™ technology allows stains and spills to be washed out easily. Available on shirts, polos, blazers, trousers, shorts, skirts and pinafores, it is an invisible fabric protector that helps protect clothing from spills, stains, blemishes and everyday messy mishaps.

StayNEW™
This clever technology helps jumpers keep their colour, retain their shape and stay bobble-free, keeping kids looking super-smart.

SUPERCREASE™
Supercrease™ technology on skirts and trousers offers a unique, permanent crease for their uniform, withstanding washing, dry cleaning and normal wear and tear.

TEFLON ECOELITE™
A renewably sourced, plant-based fabric treatment for durable water repellency, to help remove ground in stains more easily after washing,

WASH RESISTANT
Uniforms will stay brighter for longer thanks to specialist perfect colour technology – guaranteed to stay colourful, wash after wash.

WEATHERPROOF
This water-repellent (and stain- resistant) finish means spills roll right off the fabric and kids stay dry in sudden downpours. Available on trousers, shorts, skirts, pinafores, blazers and coats.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe

Shoe Zone

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe – £12.99

Mix + Match 2 pairs for £20

 

school uniform

Tesco

Two polo shirts, one jumper and either a skirt or a pair of trousers for £10.50.

  • A two-pack of polo shirts are available from £2.50,
  • a jumper from £4.00
  • a shirt from £4.00
  • a pair of trousers from £4.00.
  • All uniform has a 100-day guarantee. A 2-pack of trousers is £7.

 

 

 

diary

WHSmith

2018-19 A5 Tropical Pineapples Academic Mid Year Diary Week to View – £8.99

 

 

 

ringbinder

WHSmith

Pastel Lilac 25mm Rollbound A4 Ringbinder – £2.99

 

 

 

Assorted Pens

WHSmith

BiC 4 Colours Assorted Ballpoint Pens, Medium Nib, Assorted Ink (Pack of 6) – £5.99

 

 

 

11
Dec

Santa’s Top Toys for 2017

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas… so get your Christmas shopping sorted! To help ease the burden of sifting through all the new toys on the market and the abundance of choice available to you, we have found the toys tipped to be the most popular this Christmas.

TOYS FOR THE VERY YOUNG

For little kids, there are several popular fun and interactive toys to choose from this Christmas. You can’t go wrong with Paw Patrol and this Christmas the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Vehicle is one of this year’s must-have toys, so put it on your list along with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower.


Paw Patrol Sea Patroller available at Argos, Asda, Wilko, and Tesco
Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower available at Argos, Asda, and Tesco

If your kids aren’t into Paw Patrol, there are other playsets that are predicted to be popular this year and may prove more enticing to your children. There is the Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set, where your children’s imagines can run wild in the magical and enchanted world of Enchantimals. For those looking for more action and adventure fighting bad guys, look out for the PJ Masks Headquarters Playset.


Enchantimals Playhouse Panda Set available at Tesco and Argos
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset available at Tesco, Argos, Asda and Wilko

READY, STEADY, GO

For active children, this year the Laser X and Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash are sure to be on the top of their Christmas wish list. Why not treat a little one to one of these? You’ll be encouraging excursions outdoors and away from the television, and help them release some of their energy too.

For the Star Wars lovers out there, the Star Wars: BB-8 for LEGO will not only be a firm favourite among their gifts, but will also encourage creativity and imagination as they build BB-8 with their own two hands. And it might tempt some of the adults to get involved in the fun too.


Laser X – 2 Player Pack available at Argos, Tesco, Asda and Wilko
Star Wars: BB-8 LEGO available at Argos, Tesco and Asda
Nerf Nitro Longshot Smash available at Argos and Tesco

FUN AND SURPRISES

Make this year’s gifts double surprises with the Hatchimals Surprise and LOL Surprise Series 2. Unwrap the gift, and enjoy the further surprise of hatching your own Hatchimal or discovering the surprise inside the LOL Surprise series 2 ball.

The fingerlings are another toy craze that kids are currently itching to get their hands on. There are several characters to choose from, as well as add-ons like playsets to hang them on.


Fingerlings available at Argos and Tesco
Hatchimals Surprise available at Argos, Tesco, Asda and Wilko
L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 available at Argos and Tesco

If your kids have been asking for a pet, but your budget or home situation won’t allow it, the FurReal Roarin’ Tyler could be their animal companion. An animated toy, it moves and makes animal noises, just make sure you have the batteries to power it on Christmas Day, or you may face some disappointed kids when their tiger won’t roar.

And for fun that the whole family can get involved in, Toilet Trouble and The Original Stretch Armstrong are tipped to be popular buys this festive season.


FurReal Roarin’ Tyler available at Argos and Asda
Toilet Trouble available at Argos and Tesco
The Original Stretch Armstrong available at Argos and Tesco

DON’T FORGET THE WRAPPING

You have the gifts, but don’t forget the wrapping! Give your presents a little extra flair with ribbons and bows. Card Factory, Ryman, The Works and WH Smith have wide selections of Christmas wrapping to choose from, and there are some great deals on offer on Christmas wrapping paper and giftbags.


Traditional Kraft Christmas gift wrap 5 metres £2.99 at Ryman
Luxury Christmas gift wrap assorted £2.00 at The Works
White Character Trail Christmas wrapping paper 3 metres (pack of 2 rolls) £3.99 at WHSmith


Gingerbread House Christmas gift bag large £1.99 at Ryman
Repeat Santa Giant Square Christmas gift bag £1.99 at Card Factory
Handmade Christmas gift bag £1.00 at The Works


Festive Ribbon gift set pack of four assorted £1.99 at Ryman
Red Christmas Gift Wrap accessory set £1.99 at Card Factory
Handcrafted Holly gift tags (pack of 8) £1.00 at The Works
Festive 30 piece Luxury Christmas accessories pack £4.49 at WHSmith

22
Aug

Love is a new lunchbox

As the new school year approaches at a slightly alarming rate, uniform and backpack-buying duty looms. If your kids’ lunchboxes have seen better days, or you’re giving into their demands for new kit, read on to discover our new-term favourites. These boxes and bags are suitable for pre-school, primary and secondary school students, combine clever, leak-free compartments, wipe-clean interiors and some serious insulation.

BEST FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Sistema Triple Split Lunchbox £10.95 Tesco

This multi compartmental BPA-free plastic lunch box is simple, durable and comes in a range of bold and bright colours. Split into three compartments, a large section for a sandwich or roll and two smaller compartments for snack or fruit and a 150ml screw top yoghurt pot that fits neatly into one of the smaller compartment, it is sealed tight with sturdy clips.

Images: Tesco

Polar Gear Lunch Bag and Bottle £11.99 Argos

The Polar Gear lunch set comes complete with a spacious 2 compartment cool bag and 650ml tritan bottle. It is great for everyday use at work, school or just out for the day and can be wiped clean easily.

My Little Lunch Urban Camouflage Lunch Bag and Bottle £17.99 Argos
This urban style rucksack lunchbag comes complete with a water bottle. The My Little Lunch fun camouflage style lunch bag is fully insulated with an easy wipe, food safe lining, keeping food fresh and cool and has a matching sports bottle. Well worth the price tag!

Images: Argos

 

Playpiece Lunch Bag £6.99 (reduced from £11.99) Trespass

The Playpiece kid’s lunch bag keeps food cool and safe. It’s also ideal for picnics at the park or a day out exploring. Designed with a clip on carry strap that can be easily removed and a carry handle on top, the Playpiece bag has a full zip and comes in a cool helicopter design or funky flower pattern to suit your kid’s tastes.

Images: Trespass

 

Smash Heart Bag & Bottle £7.00 George at Asda

Bring fashion and design to lunchtime with this bright and colourful heart bag from Smash! Smash Insulated Cases are made from durable Polyester with an extra thick foam insulation to keep contents colder longer. Food Safe and BPA, PVC with a lead free lining, the leak proof bottle is also included.

Images: George at Asda

 

BEST FOR OLDER KIDS

Polar Gear Bento Lunchbox £6 Wilko

Available in pink or black this versatile bento style lunch chiller helps keep your lunch cool and fresh. It comes with a fill at home ice pack and a fork and spoon included, and boasts 3 separate food compartments ideal for storing salads, sandwiches, sushi as well as snacks.

Images: Wilko

Bergner Black Cube Lunch Bag £22.99 Argos

The stylish and most compact of all lunchbags, this set includes two lunch boxes of different sizes, one all-purpose tray, two cotton napkins and one cooler bag. It has a wide padded shoulder strap and carrying handle and the case features an aluminium and foam layer for heat insulation.

Images: Argos

BEST FOR LITTLE ONES

Polar Gear Kids Insulated Lunch Bag 9.99 Shoe Zone

The fabulous Polar Gear Kids 3D Insulated Lunch Bags pack a healthy lunch. The 3D is insulated which will keep their food cool and fresh for longer and food safe, plus it also has a wipe clean PVC free lining, Choose from a colourful Owl, Cupcake or a Football design.

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Disney Frozen Elsa Lunch Bag £12.00 Claire’s

We love this pretty Disney Frozen lunch bag. With glitter detailing, a zip fastening all the way around and 2 grab handles, your little girl’s friends could mistake it for a super trendy handbag. Currently when you buy one item at Claire’s you’ll get a second free.

Paw Patrol ‘Chase’ 3D Lunch Bag £9.99 Deichmann

Entice your active little boy to sit still long enough to eat lunch with this 3D insulated lunch bag that feature’s Paw Patrol’s Chase. It’s a must-have for Paw Patrol fans.

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Sistema 1.5L Slimline Quaddie Pink £4.00 Asda

The Slimline Quaddie is part of the Sistema Lunch range and has been specifically designed for packed lunches – ideal for school, picnics and days out. There is a large lower section for sandwiches and other lunch items. In addition there are two smaller sections in the top for snacks and smaller items of fruit. A further top section contains a small water bottle.

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