Easy Painters £4.00 @ ELC
I promise I'm not being paid off by the Early Learning Centre; it's just that there's so much good stuff in their sale right now. These easy painters are an absolute bargain, and guaranteed to buy you at least long enough to put your feet up and have a cup of tea.
You get 5 of these fab paint pens for £4 and even with budding Picassos in the house, they seem to last for ages.
I love these paints; is it obvious? I first encountered them at a Mums and Toddlers group where the kids went wild at little art easels without much need for adult supervision. That's what's so great about them - it's practically impossible to make a huge mess with them. There's no gloopy paintbrushes to clean up, no little pot of water to knock flying over someone's priceless work of art, and no splats of paint on the floor or up the walls. They work like felt-tip pens but with paint inside, and of course it's completely washable, which is a bonus. Kids can let their creative streaks out, and Mums don't have to worry about the mess.
I don't know about your kids but mine are definitely suffering from cabin fever thanks to all these Arctic temperatures and endless rainy days, so these Easy Painters are just the thing to keep the little darlings amused while we count down the days till Spring.