Summer Holiday Entertainment for Children With PoundToy (Includes Giveaway)

With the school holidays stretching ahead I am constantly on the look out for ideas to keep my children entertained without spending lots of money. It’s a great idea to have a box of activities that you can pick something from when children complain they are bored or if they deserve a treat. The items don’t need to be big or expensive, just little activities that will engage them long enough to get their imagination and minds going again. When I checked out PoundToy after they asked me to collaborate I realised the website is perfect for buying great value items to entertain children.

a box full of discounted toys as delivered by PoundToy


PoundToy gave me a voucher so I could choose some bits from the site and they are also kindly providing a £25 voucher so I can run a giveaway.  Keep reading to find out how I found buying from PoundToy, what I bought and to enter my giveaway. 

Buying Toys from the PoundToy Website


When I first looked at the site I was a little overwhelmed with the choice so I went through just adding everything I liked the look of to the cart. They handily categorise the toys by age or type if you know what sort of thing you are interested in. I made sure that I got a few treats for both of my daughters, plenty of activities that they could both do over the summer (inside, outside and when travelling) as well as a toy for Baby Boy.

After having a good browse of the site I went to my shopping cart and made a few adjustments before checking out. It was all straight forward to do. I managed to buy 35 items for £50! The items ranged in cost from 14p to £7 and included well know brands such as: Crayola, Grafix and Little Tikes.

I ordered everything Tuesday evening and my big box of goodies arrived Friday. I went through item by item to check everything was there, which they were plus a bonus lollipop! Everything was in good condition too except for the marbles which had escaped their packaging.

My buying experience was great with my only criticism of the site being that the photos and descriptions are limited so it wasn’t always obvious exactly what something was. There were a few items I Googled to find other websites selling them with more info before making a decision, although interestingly PoundToy always came out competitively on price.  When I received the delivery there were a few things I hadn’t Googled that weren’t quite as I was expecting, but isn’t that sometimes the way with online shopping? There was only one item I was disappointed with and it was my fault because I had something else in my head when ordering it. The PoundToy descriptions are all accurate, just not always detailed.

POUNDTOY written in magnetic letters on a fridge
Made with the Superhero Magnetic Letters from PoundToy

What I Bought from PoundToy


Crafts and Activities for Rainy Days


There was a lot of choice for activities to keep my daughters entertained. I bought a few different packets of kinetic style sand and a few packets of Scratch Magic which have black sheets where you scrape away to show coloured designs underneath, these are great for free play and I loved them as a child. I got a magnetic letters set and some number play dough cutters to do activities with my youngest daughter who is starting to recognise numbers and letters. The cutters should work well with the sand as well as playdoh that we already have.

I bought 2 kits to make bouncy balls, a make your own dream catcher kit and a crystal growing kit for my eldest who has an interest in science and the ability to do more complicated crafts. Finally I bought a couple of Doc McStuffins modelling sets, bath crayons and marbles that the girls can play with together.

a flat lay of craft and activity products from PoundToy as described in the above paragraphs

Entertainment for Journeys

This summer we will be going on a few car journeys as well as travelling by aeroplane and train. I like to have small and light things which will keep the girls entertained while not making much noise or mess. I am a big fan of Crayola Mess Free Colouring and we have a few different sets, they come with pens which only work on the included colouring paper so you wont suddenly discover the seat or clothes have been decorated. I thought the dot to dot book would be good for my eldest, but the patterns are too simple and it will be better suited to my youngest daughter although maybe not until next year. The Num Nom set has colouring in to keep my eldest busy and a notepad for her to draw or write in. The Doc McStuffins activity pack should be good for the girls to do together, especially when playing their favourite game of schools. We have a small magnetic drawing board already and it's used a lot so I thought it would be good to get another one, it's great for Little to practice her letters, numbers and shapes.

Items to entertain children on journeys from PoundToy, as described above

Toys for the garden


Bubbles are really popular so I thought the bubble maker with a few different wands would be good to play with in the garden or for taking to the park. The Unicorn ball with keyring was a must buy after M got a similar ball at a fair and her sister was jealous. I just need to find the pump...

A bubble maker and ball for inflating

And Everything Else


Then there were a few other bits which I thought would be fun. Including a party set, confetti balloons, reward stickers, little pegs, temporary tattoos, a flashing ball, a hair bow, play keys and a press n go fire engine. I also bought some sandwich bags with stickers which were the one item I was disappointed with, but I am sure we will use them even if they weren't quite as expected.

an assortment of items from PoundToy as described above


Whether you are looking for bits for party bags, stocking fillers, cheap presents, activity ideas or entertainment for journeys then I recommend checking out PoundToy to see what they have on sale.

You can win a £25 voucher to spend at PoundToy. Giveaway closes 11.59pm 4th August. UK entry only. Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget and I really appreciate it if you let others know about the giveaway too. Full T&Cs in the widget.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
***Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with PoundToy who provided a voucher for me to spend on the website and the giveaway prize***

64 comments

  1. I'd start shopping for Christmas! These would make great stocking fillers!

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  2. I would buy the Star Wars Stormtrooper Interactive Room Guard.

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  3. I'd spend the voucher on yoys for the garden,especially BubbLe Maker.

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  4. If I was your lucky winner, I think I would treat my great-nieces and great-nephew to some crafty items as they love to draw and paint. But the NODDY 4 COLOUR CHANGING PENS and SNOWMAN DOT-TO-DOT BOOK looks good fun too.

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  5. i would get some stocking gifts for my boys all ready for xmas x

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  6. Hello! If I was lucky enough to win then I would ask a local charity that helps families in need what they most need toys wise and buy that.

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  7. The mess free colouring books are a great idea, I would get them first, for our summer holidays.

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  8. I will have to look on my next payday sounds good i do wish description was better though

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  9. I would treat the children to some arts and craft stuff

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  10. Mess free colouring and garden stuff

    Ready for rain and sunshine days

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  11. I would buy some stocking fillers for my little Grandson

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  12. I would buy toys for goody bags for my childrens parties and of course some bits for them, I bought off poundtoy when the sale was on could not believe the amount I received and the quality was great

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  13. start shopping for Christmas!

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  14. I love doing arts & crafts with my granddaughter so I would probably get crayons, paint and other art materials.

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  15. I would buy some of your crafty activities to entertain the kids

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  16. my grand kids are all budding artists and love crafts, so crayons, pens, drawing pads ect xx

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  17. Party bag toys for my granddaughters birthday

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  18. I would buy some goodies for my niece and nephew x

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  19. this would be handy to save for Christmas, get a few bits for my daughter

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  20. id buy loads off different toy cars, bikes, trucks etc and get them all put away ready for christmas x

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  21. Id get lots of arts and crafts bits and also puzzles for my little girl xx

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  22. something to keep 7 children entertained over the holidays! Crafty bits are always a huge hit!

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  23. I'd buy some bits and bobs for my son to put away for Christmas and his birthday

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  24. I would spend it on christmas bits for my two boys.

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  25. Christmas bits for my Niece and Nephew, very cool!

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  26. i would buy toys for my daughter to put away for christmas

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  27. Id definetely get arts and crafts bits! My kids favourite thing to do!

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  28. We are going camping in a few weeks so I would spend it on some bits and pieces to take with us to keep the kids entertained when we are relaxing at the tent! Thanks for the chance to win! xx

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  29. I would love to spend the voucher on the Hot Wheels Surprise Box for my nephew for Christmas, he would absolutely love it because I know he loves surprises that involve anything Hot Wheels!

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  30. I would put the money towards the fun INTEX SWIM CENTRE FAMILY LOUNGE PADDLING POOL.

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  31. Some Jigsaws and some colouring materials for my little girl xx

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  32. I would love some garden toys for the summer holidays

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  33. There would probably be lots of Unicorns involved for my Granddaughter such as the Jigsaw, Htachling baby unicorn egg, make your own unicorn & maybe some trolls & little miss items thrown in for variety!

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  34. Stocking fillers for my son and daughter. I did have a browse through the website but so much to pick from it will take me a good while to decide.

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  35. I would be super organised and spend the vouchers on some stocking fillers for my little girls :)

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  36. With my youngest daughters birthday being on Christmas day (eek), it means having to make it that bit more special. I'd love to start buying her/my other daughter gifts to put away!

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  37. This is a really wonderful giveaway - thank you so much for the opportunity to take part. If I won, I'd be picking up on stocking fillers for my son!

    Hayley | https://www.thriceuponadream.com

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  38. I love this site, they have a good selection of outdoor toys so I'd get them. Sandpit accessories and bubbles x

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  39. I would buy things to keep the kids amused as we regularly travel in the car to our relatives

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  40. On birthday toys for my little boy who will be 3 in September

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  41. Party Bag fillers for my boys birthday party x

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  42. I think I would get some surprise bits for my son to entertain him on our flight to Houston in December

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  43. I would get arts and crafts bits and pieces for the children

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  44. Margaret Clarkson
    Presents for my Godsson.

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  45. a bubble machine for my daughter

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  46. Anything to do with water, bubbles etc for grandson

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  47. Some summer activites and treats for my little man

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  48. Lots of summer toys for our children

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  49. Peppa Pig placemat, stacking blocks, Paw Patrol mealtime set amongst other things for my granddaughters

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  50. Blind Bags and some Cards.

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  51. Some stocking fillers for my grandchildren

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  52. I would choose some party fillers for my son's birthday

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  53. get crafts for my son

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  54. I would choose some colouring and drawing supplies for my grandchildren!

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  55. presents for my daughters 4th birthday next month x

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  56. id buy stocking fillers for christmas

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