If this lockdown had hit 15 years ago? We’d have been straight down Toys 'R' Us stocking up on magic sand kits, slime-making sets and DIY tie-dye (and anything else Chad Valley quite frankly). Sadly, Toys 'R' Us no longer exists and spending your days busying yourself with activities designed for seven-year-olds is somewhat frowned upon. Luckily, these activities are strictly adult only (no, not like that). From pottery painting to at-home beer brewing and clay delivered to your door, we’re bringing you the very best activity kits on the internet right now (with not a magic bead in sight... sorry).
Coming from the same team that created the world’s very first alcoholic gummy cocktail, Smith & Sinclair’s at-home offering is anything but boring. This virtual masterclass comes complete with your own personal delivery, jam-packed with edible delights to pimp up your tipple - we’re talking effervescent tablets, glitter dust and cocktail candies, as well as a shaker to dance around the kitchen with. And when you’ve finished your tutorial? You’ll be able to slurp away on your very own unique libations. That’s our kind of Friday night.
Shape Up With Kana Clay Deliveries
Whether you’re a ceramics newbie or an old hand, Kana's Stay At Home Clay Moulding Kit is bringing the studio straight to your door. The ideal night in... Ghost-style, their ‘Inspiration Set’ includes a block of their signature clay blend, as well as 8 basic tools and a specially selected bottle of Tutto wine. Create your very own bowl, plate or mug - which you can have professionally fired and glazed at their Hackney Studio once lockdown measures end. And if you wanna play Unchained Melody as you go? Well that’s your prerogative...
Burn The Midnight Oil With This Candle Workshop
The ultimate self care treat, Earl of East has recently taken its candle making courses online. Led by experts, these Zoom classes last 45 minutes and take you through the full production process, from infusing your wax to setting your wick. Sign up a week ahead and you’ll receive a neat package containing all the essentials you’ll need for your own unique creation - the perfect addition to your at-home spa days.
Go Potty With a Paintbrush
Emma Bridgewater who? Arty Club's nifty pottery painting kits contain everything you’ll need to create your very own mug-shaped masterpiece. Priced at £75, the adult's kit includes two mugs, and a large plate, bowl or jug along with hire of all the brushes, sponges and equipment you could dream of. Once the team are back in the studio, you’ll be able to (very carefully) post your new masterpieces to be fired and glazed.
The only thing better than a cold and frothy pint? A cold and frothy pint that you've brewed yourself. Brooklyn Brew Shop's BrewDog at-home kits include the yeast, grains and hops - with enough of each to make 7 pints, seriously elevating your DIY pub game. And for those of you not so keen on all things crisp and golden? There is also a sparkling rosé kit on offer, with enough ingredients to create 6 bottles over a time span of 6 weeks.
Elevate Your Typography Game
Whether it’s a birthday, christening or wedding that you’ve had to postpone due to the ongoing crisis, Imogen Owens' Beginners Modern Calligraphy Course is the perfect way to make the most of that extra planning time. Save yourself some pennies by learning the art of typography with this handy bundle. Along with the basic tools needed, you’ll also gain access to a Facebook page where you can seek help and advice, along with sharing your shiny new creations and styles.
Fancy yourself a Picasso in the making? Paintvine's online course is inviting you to unleash your inner creativity and let loose on a canvas. Along with a kit (packed full of art supplies and canvas boards), you’ll receive full access to a library of on-demand paintings - which you can access whenever inspiration strikes.
Get Elbow Deep In Some Stinky Cheese
Fan of the fromage? Why not dairy to be different with this at-home activity? The Big Cheese Making Kit includes a handy recipe book along with moulds, spices and everything else you could need to create four varieties of the stinky stuff. Alternatively, opt for the vegan package, which is jam-packed with plant-based alternatives, perfect for cooking with.
Melt Hearts With Homemade Truffles
MyChocolate is another brand that has pivoted its services to offer at-home alternatives to its usual roster of workshops and classes. Their Isolation Sensation Truffle Kit includes all the ingredients and equipment needed to tune into their live webinar workshops, with enough sweet treats to satisfy two. Learn how to make three velvety truffles, flavoured with honeycomb, raspberry and white chocolate.
Take Ginspiration From This Homemade Kit
Calling all wannabe-bootleggers, Kitchen Provisioners' DIY gin kit is giving you the chance to get hands-on with Britain’s best-loved spirit. Containing 18 different botanicals and three pre-mixed blends, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to push their palate to experience new complex flavour combinations. All you’ll need to add is 750ml of vodka to create your very own unique spirit - the perfect gift (to yourself, naturally).
On the hunt for more at-home inspo? Check out our guide to all things deliveries and virtual fun here.