10 of the best arts and crafts for May

Whether it's a party, play date or just a rainy afternoon, these creative craft ideas are bound to keep your little one entertained

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  • Knit Your Own Royal Baby, free

    As the Duchess's dute date looms closer, royal baby fever is kicking in, and this has to be our favourite bit of memorabilia so far. 

    Celebrate Wills and Kate's upcoming arrival by, err, knitting your very own royal baby!

    Simply log on, download the pattern for free, and create the little cherub you dream they'll have.

    Available for a limited time only. 

    Available from Ivy Press

  • Pushy Cats Gel Pen Set, £5

    Budding artists will love doodling a picture to hang on the fridge with this collection of brightly coloured gel pens.

    Available from Paperchase

  • Tintin Reporters Notebook, £7.95

    If your toddler is a fan of Tintin and loves a good mystery, then this is the treat for him.

    With rustic looking pages, corner motifs and a special pencil to hand, your mini Sherlock Holmes will be ready to jot down clues and ponder possible suspects wherever he goes.  

    Available from Wild & Wolf

  • My First Smart Phone in Blue, £12.50

    Tech-savvy toddlers (and dads!) will be dying to get their hands on this funky gadget.

    Simply write funky messgaes on the iPhone screen using chalk and then when you want to remove the message, wipe it clean with the eraser headphones. Cool huh?

    Also comes in pink. 

    Only available at Paperchase stores or call 020 7467 6200 to order.  

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  • Press Out Penguin, £4

    Encourage her creative flair by working together to press out and assemble the pieces for this unique looking 3D penguin. 

    They'll make the top spot on any family mantlepiece. 

    Available from MUJI

  • Purse, £9.95

    Make crafting extra special with a cute purse for your little one to store her first pennies in.

    Made from cute dotty material, this kitty treat is the purr-fect pouch to store any odds and ends in.

    Available from Craftholic

  • First Elephant Sewing Kit, £12

    Sewing is on trend and a great skill to teach your child from a young age.

    This easy-peasy elephant design has big holes around the outside of his shape for little fingers to thread a needle through and comes in its own bag that your little one can write her name on.

    Suitable for children from four years. Adult supervision required. 

    Available from Buttonbag

  • Eddingtons Coloured Metal Cookie Cutter, £1.99

    Dinosaur lovers can create a feast that'll be a roaring sucess with this Tyrannosaurus Rex cutter.

    Cookies have never looked cooler!

    Available from Hobbycraft.

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  • Town Stamp Set, £7.95

    Your child can build his own town, city or village with this stamp and coloured ink pad set - for hours of rainy day fun.

    With a vast array of stamps, it's the perfect toy to whip out when hosting a play date. 

    Available from MUJI.

  • Build A Rocket Activity Set, £7.50

    Build and decorate your own rocket ship then climb aboard for a mini adventure. The only limit is your imagination!

    Available from Not On The Highstreet