Waterstones has a huge selection of great ideas for keeping your kids entertained as well as excellent options for you to brush up on your skills while killing time. We've got some inspiration to get you started.

Dishoom books

Dishoom: From Bombay with Love

If you’ve been missing dinners out at your favourite restaurant, From Bombay with Love is a brilliant way to recreate the Dishoom magic at home. Not only will it make a beautiful addition to your living room but it contains easy-to-follow recipes that’ll allow you to cook your Dishoom favourites, including the very delicious Black Daal, Jackfruit Biriyani and the Bacon Naan Roll. It’s £26 for a 400-page hardback but worth it for the Daal recipe alone.

The Little Book of Lists

The Little Book of Lists

Are you a Hincher? If you’re a fan of the Instagrammer's very, very organised house and budget-friendly cleaning tips, you can pre-order The Little Book of Lists and be one of the very first to get your copy. It’s released on 2nd April.

Mrs Hinch organises her life with to-do lists, and her latest book will help you to do the same. It’s an ideal accessory for a spring clean and home overhaul. It’s on sale at half price, for only £6.49.

Slime novel


David Walliams’ latest children’s novel, Slime, is also available to pre-order. It comes out on 2nd April in hardback and is available at half price, for £6.49.

A spiritual successor to the work of Roald Dahl, Walliams’ books are a favourite with kids for their gross-out humour and cheeky wit. Slime tells the story of a little boy who gets revenge on the horrible adults around him with an extraordinary and unsurprisingly messy power (which may or may not be directly related to the book’s title).

The Mirror and The Light novel

The Mirror and the Light

Who doesn't enjoy a bit of Tudor intrigue? The Mirror and the Light is the final instalment in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy of the life and times of Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell has ascended to immense power advising Henry VIII but how much longer can he last before the king turns on him? These novels are simply the best of historical fiction. Get the last one to complete your collection in hardback, for £18. 

Joe Wicks' Cooking for Family and Friends

Joe Wicks: Cooking for Family and Friends

If you’ve been inspired by PE with Joe, but you fear that one more morning jumping around the living room will do you in completely, you can get his know-how in the kitchen instead.

Cooking for Friends and Family has inspiration for healthy but tasty meals that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. It's a hardback and it'll cost you £20. 

Mary Berry's Baking Bible

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Anyone who is anyone (or at least anyone who’s not allowed to leave the house) is getting into baking at the moment. Rather than finding iffy instructions online, why not invest in a huge book of foolproof recipes? And what better than one crammed with the expertise of the queen of all things baked and cakey?

Mary Berry's Baking Bible features 250 recipes that Mary Berry has put together over the course of her career, covering cakes, breads, desserts, muffins, scones and more. Each one has step-by-step instructions and lovely illustrations.


If you’re looking for other ways to keep your kids occupied, there are plenty of games and puzzles. How about Jenga, Bananagrams or a Gin Lover’s jigsaw? On second thoughts, perhaps save the last one to have with a real gin after their bedtime.