Tag Archives: activity books

The Painting-In Book

28 Feb

The Painting-In Book by Anna Rumsby (Laurence King Publishing) is a thing of beauty. Part activity book, part painting workshop, each page teaches an easy to follow painting technique and provides a picture to complete. Whether it’s mixing and blending colours, finger painting, splatter painting, or experimenting with texture and movement, each picture will inspire children to experiment and be creative.

My 4 year old Chief Book Tester had a wonderful time mixing colours, experimenting with different painting tools and techniques and creating her own masterpieces.

The book has been thoughtfully designed and produced to make it easy to use. I particularly like the oversized (A3) pages, allowing little hands lots of space to experiment. The pages are made from thick paper which is lovely to paint on and can withstand a lot of water and paintbrush action. They are easy to pull out and only printed on one side so masterpieces can be easily dried and displayed.

Stylish, fun and easy to follow, The Painting-In Book is a wonderful way to introduce children to new painting techniques and to encourage them to explore their creativity.

Ideal for 3-7 year olds, you can get your copy here.

Source – kindly sent for review by Laurence King Publishing.


Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon

8 May

Flying Eye books have put together a cracking book by Liam Barrett. They refer to it as a story-activity book. I think of it as an adventure in book format.


Lil’ Merl is a young wizard called upon to help rescue the king’s treasure from the claws of a Dastardly Dragon. The reader is whipped along for the ride and tasked with guiding Merl through the story by completing activities along the way.

There’s much to love here. The range of activities is impressive. Word games, mazes, number puzzles, dot to dots, spot the differences, colouring pages and mental challenges, as well as pages that encourage children to let their imagination loose.



I love the mix of story and activity and the imaginative way the puzzles are incorporated into the story. The art work is bright and bold with a contemporary feel and lots to draw children in. The book even feels good! It is big with thick tactile matt pages and raised cover design. Yes, it smells great too – important factors!

Although Liam Barrett has chosen to go down the stereotypical gender role route with his characters, this book oozes kid appeal and will steal the hearts of girls and boys from a wide age range. The puzzles range in difficulty so there’s something here for everyone.

Bright, colourful, packed full of fun, strokeable, and good to sniff. What’s not to love? Beautiful and well-produced, this book would make a stonkingly good present for primary school aged children. But make sure you buy two copies – you’ll want to keep one for yourself!

Source- kindly sent for review by Flying Eye Books/Bounce Marketing.

Merry Christmas, Pip!

15 Dec

I do love a well thought out and designed activity book. When done well they can be an absolute joy – boredom-busting, educational, inspiring and above all, FUN!


The Merry Christmas, Pip! Sticker Activity Book was the perfect surprise for Mollie to pull out of her artist’s explorer satchel during the drive to Grandma and Grandad’s house this weekend. It kept her happily sticking and spotting and colouring as well as building the Christmas excitement nicely.

Pip is, as always, beautifully gender-free and dressed in a range of wintry outfits of all colours, including elf and fairy. I love how accessible this makes the book – it genuinely is for *children* and is the perfect antidote to the ‘activity book for girls’ and ‘activity book for boys’ madness that drives me bonkers.

Including puzzle favourites like sticker pages, mazes, word searches and spot the differences, Merry Christmas, Pip! also includes some wonderfully festive and inspiring drawing ideas. Draw Pip’s Christmas costume, decorate a Christmas card or design a poster for a Christmas film.

Brilliant fun, lots to do, and not a gender-stereotype in sight! Hurrah for Pip!

Source: kindly sent for review by the Secret Santas at Hodder Children’s books.