The genius solution for entertaining on-the-go kids
These ace activity books for creative littlies, from Devon-based brand Pipity are the cutest.
Have you heard of Pipity? If you’re a parent of a little person, you should absolutely know about this brilliant Devon brand. Because this range, my friends, is about to transform your holidays/lunch dates/agonising car journeys for the better. Ready to make the words ‘I’M BORED’ extinct? Thank me later. In wine.
Pipity is the creation of mum to three sproglets, Kate. A professional juggler, she was despairing (like the rest of us) at the amount of ‘screen time negotiation’ happening at home and basically wanted to come up with a way of inspiring creativity in her kids, while at the same time keeping them entertained. Inspired by her own childhood (when the closest thing to an iPad was an Etch a Sketch), full of cutting, sticking, making and playing let’s pretend, the Pipity activity set was born in all its starry, wipe-clean (huzzah!) glory.
Isn’t it great? This cute, portable A5 set does several very important things, I’ve discovered. First, it encourages kids to feel and be independent, having their own cool kit to cart about. The result being that, slowly, you can start the process of reclaiming the inside of your own handbag. And no more rooting around for felt tips, at really awkward moments, either. The small people are in charge.
Next, it keeps kids happy for ages, using more than their index finger and the swipe right motion. While the tablet can, frankly, do one, the activity case is full of fun stuff to excite and inspire, along with all the kit needed to draw, colour and stick. (The scissors included even comply with rules and regs for taking on-board planes in hand luggage, they’ve thought of everything).
And, when they’ve worked their way through the pages of the activity book, you can restock, with one or two more of the themed books in the range. Brand new and beautifully done are the Animals, Games & Puzzles and Travel-themed books that’ll take you right through the year, basically.
Plus, if your kids aren’t quite old enough to grasp some of the activities (the recommended age is around 5 or 6+), there’s a simple pad available for scribbles and scrawls (sorry, Picasso-esque works of art, obvs).
And, and, and, (this bit is particularly cool), Pipity realises that it’s nigh on impossible to wrench kids away from the iPad completely. But if they’re going to go online, then why not tie it in with the crafty business? These are the only activity books out there that come with special YouTube videos, showing kids how to create some of the masterpieces within the pages.
So, all in all a pretty natty little gift, wouldn’t you say? Very reasonably priced too, with activity books priced at £4.99 (a couple would make a great stocking filler).
So off you Pipity pop! x