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Complete Colouring And Sketch Studio With Field Sketch Book

Crafts have long been my thing, but as my kids are getting older, it is becoming harder to find the type of crafts which they want to get involved in too. Perhaps it’s because they are boys, and many of the crafts I enjoy don’t appeal to them anymore. We therefore have to choose our joint activities carefully in order to motivate them!

Enter The Works! Are you familiar with this store? I absolutely love it! It has long been one of my go-to places for the things I love, creative crafts, and books. My kids love it too, as many of the things it offers are so instantly gratifying, and the way they are displayed in store is so accessible to children. The prices are also really inexpensive, which means that you don’t mind them choosing something as an experiment, just to ‘have a go’.

My kids have a day off school tomorrow, and of course we have the Bank Holiday on Monday, so I thought I’d pull together a wish list of things we might like to try over this long weekend from The Works.

Firstly, I’m looking at art – I once bought my kids beautiful drawing kits from The Works, and they were so motivated by them. They also respected them and kept them neat and tidy in a way they had never done before with more ‘childish’ sets. This one has caught my son’s eye, and I’m sure he would make the effort to use it a lot:

Complete Colouring And Sketch Studio With Field Sketch Book
Complete Colouring And Sketch Studio With Field Sketch Book £12

You can also get it with a large A3 sketch book, or just on its own.

Next, I’ve chosen this book about how to draw. Again, we’ve had a similar sketch guide from The Works before, and it really motivated my son and helped him with hs drawing. He even took it into school and helped some of his friends with it. At the moment it has 83% off too – bargain!

You Can Draw - Over 100 Things To Draw Format: Hardback Author: Parragon Books
You Can Draw – Over 100 Things To Draw
Format: Hardback Author: Parragon Books RRP £12, now only £2

I’ve also selected some Dreamcatcher kits. We’ve made our own before, and read about the history of them and how they are meant to work. This was really interesting for the boys, and they are keen to try making their own again after the last ones got damaged in the house move.

Make Your Own Dreamcatcher - Pack of 5
Make Your Own Dreamcatcher – Pack of 5 £3.99
Make Your Own Deluxe Dream Catcher - Assorted
Make Your Own Deluxe Dream Catcher – Assorted £3

I also came across this great colouring book which also has lots of facts about Edinburgh. It may be a bit young for my boys, but Edinburgh is quite close to us now we’ve moved house, so we’re hoping to spend much more time there. I therefore thought the kids might find it interesting. I’m sure there are other places in the series. You can also buy it with an Edinburgh teddy bear and set of colouring pencils for £7

Edinburgh Colouring Book
Edinburgh Colouring Book £1

Or for a slightly more grown-up colouring book, I’d love to get the Harry Potter Magical Beasts, or the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them colouring books. We are huge Potter/Beasts fans here!

Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book
Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book £7
Fantasic Beasts Colouring and Creativity Book
Fantasic Beasts Colouring and Creativity Book £6

Finally, I’m going for these lovely memory box frames. They are plain wood and can be personalised with decoupage, paint or stickers. As the boys have just left their old school, they were given some lovely notes and photos from their friends. These would be ideal to keep those precious memories in, along with any other things that boys tend to collect!

Memory Box Frame
Memory Box Frame £3

They would look great embellished with some of the lovely paper packs and stickers available. I’d go for these

Tales From Willson Wood Craft Supplies Set
Tales From Willson Wood Craft Supplies Set £4

This should keep us busy over the long weekend!

What do you have planned? Will you be doing anything creative?

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post, but these choices and opinions are genuine and our own

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  1. I love The Works – whenever I go into town I pop in! That memory box looks great too….a bit of chalk paint on that and it would be right on trend! 😉
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    1. Oh chalk paint – you’re talking my language!! Great idea!

  2. Sue Stoddart says: Reply

    I love The Works.. it’s one of my favourite shops for buying arts and crafts! Love that memory box frame.. I think I will buy one for Ruby’s birthday this year! x x

    1. That’s a great idea Sue. I love The Works too, as you can probably tell!

  3. The Works is SUCH a fantastic shop, not just for books but so much more!
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I’ve just placed another order, after tempting myself too much!!

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