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Inspiration: The Best Toys and Activities for a Rainy Day

Winter can bring its fair share of chilly, wet weather, when staying indoors seems much more appealing.

But, entertaining busy little ones that are bursting with boundless energy can sometimes seem, well, a little bit of a challenge. Particularly when a rainy day or changeable weather stops them from venturing too far outdoors.

Rather than turn to the tech, take a look at our top picks, featuring the best traditional toys and activities to inspire young imaginations. Perfect for some good old fashioned indoor fun! 

Wacky Races

Get ready for some wheelie good fun and have a go at setting up your own race track! These ever popular Whizzy Pullback Racers in a handy set of four, bring all the fun.  They are crafted from chunky, sustainable rubberwood and hand painted in eye-catching bright colours. Pick your favourite, take to the start line, pull them back and watch them go! For little sweet tooth's, these Sweet and Treats Pullbacks make a cute twist on a classic. 

A Whole New World

Create an indoor play paradise using these timeless playmats, an excellent base for dreaming up mini adventures. Crafted from felt with a non-slip backing, they are ideal to roll out for when indoor play beckons.  Choose from rural farmyards to cityscapes. And, there’s even a beautiful garden scene to complement our range of award winning traditional Dolls Houses. 

Add some miniature vehicles such as this smart London Car set. Comprising no less than 7 iconic vehicles commonly found in the big city, including a London Bus to the infamous Black Taxi Cab. 

Or how about these Construction Cars. They are ready and raring to build a miniature universe that can be added to over time. Guaranteed to hold their attention for hours of play, day after day. 

Take a peek at our wonderful wooden garages too. These timeless favourites make the ultimate addition for interactive fun.  Choose from Dino’s Toy Garage or Le Grand Garage.  With a host of exciting features to discover, little mechanics will certainly love exploring these plastic free toys.  

Cafe Culture 

For the ultimate in role play fun, how about getting super creative and setting up an indoor café or restaurant in the kids room. Transport them straight to the pavements of Paris with our stunning collection of role play toys that take imaginative play to a whole new level of fun.

For starters, how about this stunning Shop and Cafe. Painted in the prettiest pale blue hues with an adorable traditional striped canopy, it’s a real showstopper. Entice customers with tempting treats and delicacies such as these dainty looking Petit Four Cupcakes. With their pretty hand drawn decorations they look good enough to eat. Or for realistic play,  how about serving up a slice of this dreamy cuttable Chocolate Gateaux, complete with cake slice. With its swirls of cream all topped off with a wooden strawberry,  It’s bound to pull in the customers.

This cute Card Machine with credit card and accessories makes a sweet addition too. For further inspiration, you can shop the whole collection of delicious play foods sets. Yummy.

Our striking Tea and Treats Trolley is another sure-fire winner for inspired themed play and looks a picture on display in the playroom or nursery. This heirloom piece is a toy to truly treasure and makes an ideal extra special gift. This barrow style trolley with beautiful, vintage design and candy striped canopy, is made for magical adventures. 

Education Station

How about setting up a mini school scene where little ones will love playing the different roles of teacher and student. Great for immersive play with an educational twist, all you need are a few props and the classroom awaits! 

Set up a table and chair or improvise by using cushions and an upturned cardboard box. The only limit here is your imagination.  Add a selection of learning toys such as these ABC Wooden Blocks, just the ticket for teaching them the alphabet.  Each chunky wooden piece features a  hand printed design to each face, including a letter and numbered illustrations in pretty colourful shades. 

Browse our delightful collection of eco-friendly educational toys, perfect for babies, toddlers and beyond.

For more fun activities, why not download and print off one of our free fun colouring sheets. Or, follow our tutorial on learning to draw for little ones and inspire the next mini Monet or Van Gough in the making. 

For even more ideas, you can shop our full range of gorgeous timeless wooden treasures online. If you need further inspiration, why not get in touch with us and we’ll happily help you on your quest. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram too @letoyvantoys..

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