Experts Pick Best Children's Toys for the Summer

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When the family summer holiday is over, the rest of the kid's school holidays can seem to go on forever. For parents who are struggling to keep their kids amused, experts at shopping website The Handpicked Collection have come up with some wonderful ideas and classic children's toys to keep them interested.

When it comes to the end of the school holidays, kids can start getting restless, and finding different ways to keep the little ones entertained and happy at home can turn into an exhausting task. Luckily for parents, experts at The Handpicked Collection have provided some much-needed assistance in keeping kids occupied with fresh ideas and children's toys until the new term begins.

Whatever their favourite hobby might be, shopping website The Handpicked Collection's team of journalists, experts and entrepreneurs have found children's toys to keep all kids amused, from budding artists to wannabe Jamie Olivers. Here are their top picks for classic toys to keep children entertained right through the summer. All products can be found on The Handpicked Collection website (http://www.handpickedcollection.com).

Idea # 1: Gardening

Kids will love getting busy in the garden with a Complete Children's Gardening Kit (£14.95) with a mini watering can, tools, gloves and pocket-filled carrier. Artistic children will also relish the opportunity to transform the humblest of daisies or dandelions into a work of art with a beautiful little Wooden Flower Press (£5.50). Meanwhile, bird-loving children can encourage new feathered friends to the garden with the Build It Birdcafe (£14.95).

Idea # 2: Cookery

These classic toys will encourage any budding chef. The Cheep-cheep cooker (£59.95) and Cheep-cheep saucepan (£14.95) are cute, durable and allow children to cook in safety whilst sitting at a table, whilst the Hungry Little Caterpillar Children's Baking Set (£34.95) allows them to cook up a storm with their very own kit.

Idea # 3: Croquet

The Children's Croquet Set (£14.95) is a good value version of the classic toy, and once their energy has been spent, they can lounge in the Classic Children's Deckchair (£24.95) and flop on the giant Padded Oil Cloth Lounging Blanket (£59.95) - large enough for the kids and all their friends.

Other ways to spark a child's imagination:

The Handpicked Collection has sourced some of the best children's toys for imaginative play. Kids can explore the world with a Giant Cloth Map (£229.95) or enjoy a traditional game of Cowboys & Indians (£74.95) in their very own Wigwam - a classic toy which is perfect for keeping Braves and Squaws happy for hours.

About the company:

The Handpicked Collection (http://www.handpickedcollection.com) is a website and catalogue featuring a selection of classic children's gifts. It differs from other websites in that everything in it has been vetted by an independent, expert panel of journalists, entrepreneurs and trendsetters aimed at giving customers the confidence to shop knowing that they're getting something special. Each panel member brings their creativity to the collection, and every gift is endorsed with helpful editorial explaining what makes it special, and who it might be most appropriate to give it to.

For more information, please call The Handpicked Collection on 0845 602 3578 or visit the website at http://www.handpickedcollection.com

For press enquiries, please contact Katie Buik katie @ kpr.uk.com 07796 176 037 or Kaya Rozwadowska kaya @ kpr.uk.com 07813 111 423.

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