15 ways a £50 gadget can entertain the kids this summer

With summer holidays nearly upon us, parents are seeking ideas on how to keep the kids entertained for six weeks without breaking the bank.  

There are many places to start when thinking of ways to minimise school holiday stress and ensure the time is as enjoyable for you as it is for the kids. For free and cost-effective activities, local councils are a great place to look. Use websites, notice boards and social media platforms such as Twitter to find listings of local events and activities.

While playing outside in the warm and sunny weather is ideal, indoor entertainment is needed as well.  Toys, costumes and accessories to play dress-up and arts and crafts are great, as is a streaming player with fun and educational video such as those available from Roku.

The newest addition to Roku’s family of streaming players is the Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version), which adds the functionality of a Smart TV to a normal TV. The gadget offers over 750 channels including BBC iPlayer, Now TV from Sky, Netflix, ITV Player, 4oD, YouTube and Sky Store and costs just £49.99. With such a large library of channels to choose from, we’re highlighting the top 15 kids are sure to enjoy during the school summer holidays.

1.       Cbeebies and CBBC – Through BBC iPlayer on Roku you can stream both of the network’s children’s channels on-demand. Favourite programmes include Waybuloo, Blue Peter, Everything’s Rosie and Just Kidding.

2.       The Disney Channel – You can access the best from The Disney Channel, including Dog with a Blog, Zapped and Jessie, through Sky’s Now TV channel on Roku. You can even watch it live too!

3.       Netflix – With the new updated Netflix experience on the Roku Streaming Stick you can go straight to the dedicated ‘Kids’ profile. Search by selecting pictures of their favourite characters from Barbie and iCarly to Spongebob Squarepants, or filter by categories such as comedies, pets, sing-along’s, girl power and books. Films available include Tangled, Toy Story 3 and The Muppets.

4.       The Animal Channel features helpful tutorials, homemade clips of pets and interesting facts about animals.

5.       From the same provider comes The Baby Channel, where you can stream videos perfect for younger tots.

6.       Family Fun provides videos for children as well as expert advice for parents.

7.       The Jack and Holly Channel contains episodes of the beloved animated series.

8.       Happy Kids has music, stories and activity guides like nursery rhymes and craft videos for children of all ages. 

9.       Kids Camp offers over 100 animated videos, including songs about the alphabet and numbers that make learning fun.

10.       Fawesome Pets is a must for all animal lovers. This channel provides instructional videos on training and caring for your pet, as well as clips of adorable animal companions.

11.       Tea Time with Tayla is an educational series that teaches kids a range of topics from colours to basic science.

12.       If your child is the crafty type then Simple Kids Crafts is for them, with its wide range of projects for different ages and ability levels.

13.   TeenGals is for teenage girls interested in fashion, beauty, health and celebrities.

14.   Nellie and Ned is a YouTube channel that educates kids on subjects like maths, phonics and more.

15.   Baking is a great activity to do together with your kids on a rainy day. Get inspiration from the Baking channel, which has loads of recipes for sweets like cakes, biscuits and other delicious desserts.  

With all this excellent content to take advantage of, you’ll never be scratching your head about what to do or watch with the kids during the summer holidays!

For more information, please visit www.Roku.com/uk.