5 Easter holiday hacks to keep the kids busy, PLUS win a toy hamper worth R2 500!

Whether you work full time, work from home, or stay at home; if you’re a mom, the common childhood complaint of boredom will haunt you these holidays - unless you plan ahead.

The Easter Holidays have arrived. Children across the country are celebrating no school for two whole weeks. Meanwhile, moms across the country are waking up in a cold sweat – no more school for two whole weeks.

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Blue Horizon Licensing, exclusive representatives of Mattel Consumer Products in South Africa for over 15 years recommends these Easter holiday hacks to help keep the kids entertained.

Host a Barbie picnic

Summer is drawing to a close, so take full advantage of a sunny day by hosting a Barbie-themed Easter picnic. Invite your little girl’s friends over and ask them to bring their favourite Barbie dolls to join in the fun. Spread a blanket on the lawn and bring out the Barbie tea set and the Barbie Food Truck.

Barbie tea set


 Build a Hot Wheels rally track

Nothing entertains children quite like toy cars, so why not host an outdoor Hot Wheels rally championship? This season’s hottest Hot Wheels includes a selection of bikes, monster trucks, drift cars and mini quads – perfect for outdoor terrain.

You can build a traditional track using the Hot Wheels track builder, or you can encourage the kids to expand their play into the garden, using sand and mud to create their own rally courses.

Hot wheels car

Throw a slumber party

Chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs this Easter – dinisaurs do too! So why not throw a Barney-themed slumber party? If the kids are too young to sleep over, suggest a “sleep under” – where they come for early evening dinner and fun, but go home to sleep in their own beds. Get some Barney colouring books and some crayons, or a couple of Barney floor puzzles that they can all do together. End the evening with a selection of Barney DVDs.

Barney slumber party

Ten Pin Bowling

Ten pin bowling is perfect for either indoor or outdoor play. And with the Barney Bowling set and Barbie’s Pinktastic Bowling set, you’re all set for a nail-biting Ten Pin tournament. Purple vs Pink. If you don’t have either of these sets at home, create your own set with plastic bottles.

Take the kids shopping

When all else fails, it’s time to get out of the house! Shopping with toddlers always sounds like a bad idea, but this Easter, Toy Kingdom stores across the country are hosting a series of Easter egg hunts kicking off on 31 March at the East Rand Mall, Gateway, Sandton, Menlyn, V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk. Follow the Toy Kingdom South Africa Facebook Page for more details.

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Win a Barbie, Barney and Hot Wheels Hamper!

We’re giving away a Barbie, Barney and Hot Wheels toy hamper worth R2 500. To enter, simply fill in the form below.  Entries close 12 April 2018.

This competition is now closed.

The hamper includes:

  • Hot wheel cars
  • A Barbie tea set
  • A Barney bowling set
  • A Barbie bowling set

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