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Children’s Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

The summer holidays are only a few short weeks away and I’m starting to think about how we can fill those (hopefully) long summer days. One thing is for sure, we will need things to entertain the boy during long journeys and when we’re out an about. We have an activity bag which we can grab when we go out; there’s usually a packet of Top Trumps, some activity books and some pens. That bag is a real life saver and contains enough for a few hours of fun.

We try not to stick him in front of a screen for too long. For two reasons; we’re out as a family so all of our screens are off and we’re trying to be social. He also turns into a real grumpy so and so if he watches too much stuff on the iPad. With summer fast approaching, the activity bag needs some new activity books, so here is our pick of five awesome activity books.

Five Awesome Activity Books

My Brilliant Big Activity Book by Andrea Pinnington covers a wide range of topics, including dragons, pirates, space adventures and holiday fun! It’s the ultimate activity book to keep kids busy and entertained; full of clever colouring pages, drawing tips and tricks, puzzles and mazes, make-and-do activities and games. From solving mazes, connecting the dots, colouring in pictures or spotting the difference, this book guarantees hours of fun! Read our full review of it here.

Children's Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

Little Children’s Travel Activity Book by James Maclaine is a brilliant collection of activities to keep children busy while they’re traveling. The book includes puzzles, word searches, dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, mazes and more. It’s such a fun book, I want my own copy!

Orchard Toys Things To Do Sticker Activity Colouring BookColour in the pictures, match stickers, complete the fun activities and much more with this range of six colouring books featuring fun and familiar Orchard Toys Characters. Each book includes clear, age-appropriate pictures plus fun activities to help reinforce early learning skills in true Orchard Toys style! You can read our review of the full range of these books here.

Pencil & Paper Games from Usborne is a classic activity book for kids. Pencil and Paper Games is a tear-off pad featuring over one hundred games to play. The book is mostly games for two people to play together;  noughts and crosses, or hangman, that kind of thing which is just the kind of game we enjoy playing together. It’s brilliant fun for kids to play together in the back of the car, or to play against a parent on a plane!

The Anti-Boredom Colouring Book by Chris Dickason. You can’t beat the simple joy of a good colouring book. The Anti-Boredom Colouring Book is packed with weird and wonderful pictures to colour like pet sharks, mutant hamsters, household robots and doughnuts that rain from the sky, there’s something for everyone in this fun and funny colouring book.

What’s your go to activity book this summer? I’d love to hear your recommendations. 

Children's Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

Children’s Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Reading together is something we do every night before bed. It’s a wonderful habit to get into, more so if you’re reading books which you both enjoy. This month, with Father’s Day fast approaching, we’ve been looking at books about Dads. There are some really lovely books about Fathers in our selection, we hope you enjoy them too.

Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Peppa Pig: My Daddy by Peppa Pig. The world’s favourite pig, Peppa lists all of the things she loves the most about Daddy Pig in this really sweet picture book. It’s a lovely Father’s Day read for pre-schoolers, Peppa Pig fans and their parents and it a good place to start thinking of all the reasons little ones love their Daddy.

Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp is the perfect picture book for little dinosaur fans to read together with their own Papasaurus. Babysaurus and Papasaurus love playing hide and seek, but one day, no matter where he looks, he can’t find him. With the help of his pre-historic friends he finds that his Papasaurus has been there all along. Colourfully illustrated, this is a real treat of a book for little ones to read with their Papa.

My Father Is a Polar Bear by Michael Morpurgo. My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers who rediscover their birth father in the most unlikely of places. The boys have a loving mother and step-father at home, but are curious to find out more about their birth father. They go to see him in a play at the theatre where he is playing as a polar bear. This warm and charming story is beautifully illustrated and sensitively told.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is an absolutely gorgeous book which perfectly sums up how much a parent loves a child. Featuring Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare; they take it in turns to try to measure how much love they have for each other. It’s lovely, it’s heartwarming and it’s about the most famous book about love you could think of, for good reason too!

Bad Dad by David Walliams. Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure. Together they embark on a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison. Suitable for ages 9+ this book is funny, heart-warming and full of action. The perfect page turner this Father’s Day!

What are your favourite books about Fathers? Have I missed any good ones?

If you enjoyed this, you might also like our selection of five books about love.

Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

I am never more than six metres away from an activity book. As the Mum of a 7 year old, activity books have been an essential part of my life for many years. We always have a stack of them in rotation for when we go out. They’re great if we’re traveling somewhere, or for doing while in the Doctor’s waiting room. They’re in my bag, in the car and there’s a stack of them by the front door ready to grab before we go out. This week the boy has been busy with a new activity book; My Brilliant Big Activity Book from Carlton Kids Books.

My Brilliant Big Activity Book covers a wide range of topics, including dragons, pirates, space and holiday fun! It’s the ultimate activity book to keep kids busy and entertained; full of clever colouring pages, drawing tips and tricks, puzzles and mazes, make-and-do activities and games. From solving mazes, connecting the dots, colouring in pictures or spotting the difference, this book guarantees hours of fun!

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

In short, it’s been the perfect book to keep him entertained over half term. We’ve dipped in and out of it, but he’s solidly worked his way through it this week. He’s designed pizzas, drawn castles, done dot-to-dots and planned a range of gruesome recipes for Halloween.

It’s aimed at children aged 6+ and is bang on the money for my son. It’s really engaging; he can sit and entertain himself with it, or join us for a chat about what he’s doing and what our dream pizza toppings might be. At 176 pages, there are plenty of activities to keep him interested. It’s the kind of activity book you might take on holiday, because there’s so much in there to keep him busy doing a few pages a day for a fortnight.

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

It’s colourful, really well thought out and has pages and pages of engaging content. This book is a winner for me; I hope they bring out a few more activity books like this because I know they will be great additions to our collection.

My Brilliant Big Activity Book by Andrea Pinnington is available now in paperback for £9.99.

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Children’s Books: Five Terrific Books about Turtles

Today (23rd May) is World Turtle Day, and a day of celebration of the turtle. For World Turtle Day we are asked to think about what we can do to help turtles and tortoises survive and thrive. What can we do to keep their habitat healthy? Of course, one of the biggest answers is reduce the amount of throw away plastics we use. I’ve picked out five books about turtles where you can find out more about these remarkable and quirky creatures.

Children's Books: Five Terrific Books about Turtles

Five Terrific Books about Turtles

National Geographic Kids – Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them by Karen Romano Young is a brilliant book to start exploring the world of sea turtles. This introduction to sea turtles is packed full of in-depth information about their habitats, challenges, and conservation successes. Plus ideas for what kids can do to help save these amazing endangered creatures. 

Turtles and Tortoises – What’s the Difference? by Lisa M Herrington explores the difference between turtles and tortoises. They’re both reptiles. They both have shells and move fairly slowly. So how do you tell the difference between turtles and tortoises? This is a lovely book for pre-schoolers and is filled with handy  identification clues to help you learn the difference between turtles and tortoises.

The Coral Kingdom by Laura Knowles and Jenny Webber celebrates the beauty, diversity and fragile ecosystem of the coral reef. This visually stunning picture book has a strong ecological message about the need to protect this most precious environment. Follow and explore the life cycle, diversity and colour of the coral reef ecosystem; learn about the threats the reef faces and what we can do to save it. Each beautifully illustrated page is packed full of delightful sea creatures to discover and enjoy. A beautiful book with a powerful message.

The Sandman and the Turtles by Michael Morpurgo. The Sandman and the Turtles is a fantastic summer read for children from acclaimed children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. The story tells the tale of Dadci and his tall stories about the Sandman, the old Russian sea captain and blood-red dragon in his lair. His little cousin Polly believes every word of the magical tales and she’s determined to make it all come true. It’s a lovely story for children ages 7-11 and a real page turner!

Aesop’s Fables the Hare and the Tortoise by Miles Kelly. No round up of books about turtles and tortoises is complete without a mention of this classic story. The Hare and the Tortoise is the tale of a too speedy hare who takes on the slow but steady tortoise in a race, a story which showcases the benefits of persistence, resilience and just getting on with the job. More haste, less speed!

If you enjoyed this book selection, you might also like these five books about the environment.

Children's Books: Five Terrific Books about Turtles

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Children’s Books: Five brilliant books about dragons

Dragons are one of our favourite mythical beasts. Some are scary, some are friendly, some are just plain misunderstood. From George and the Dragon to Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback from Harry Potter, dragons have long been a feature in songs, stories and fairy tales. A few weeks ago we made our own egg box dragon, and it’s had us reading more about dragons at bedtime.

We’ve picked out five brilliant books about dragons which we enjoy and you might too.

Five brilliant books about dragons

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by the wonderful Helen Oxenbury. King Jack and the Dragon is a magical, rhyming bedtime picture book featuring the heroic King Jack and his band of faithful knights. It’s  a great story of camaraderie, den building and fighting dragons, the perfect dragon story for the under 5’s.

Children's Books: Five brilliant books about dragons

Zog by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler is the story of Zog, the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone. Thankfully, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises and helps him along the way. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test yet – capturing a real princess?

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is a book for slightly older primary aged children. It’s the story of a young girl named Minli who lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. Her father tells her the story of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man in the Moon. Inspired by these stories, Minli spends one of her precious copper pennies on a beautiful goldfish, which brings about a change in the fortune of the owner. Minli is eventually joined by a dragon who can’t fly; together they set out to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him to fulfill their dreams. It’s a wonderful story for 9-12 year olds.

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame is the classic retelling of the St George and the Dragon story from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame. Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply doesn’t want to fight St George? A lovely story for dragon fans aged 8 and over.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell is the hilarious books which inspired the film – How to Train Your Dragon. Suitable for readers aged 9+; How to train Your Dragon is the  story of Hiccup, a fairly ordinary boy who must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be banished from the tribe forever! Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?

There are dragon stories for all ages here and lots to spark little imaginations. Who is your favourite dragon? Have I missed any seriously special dragon stories?

If you enjoyed this, you might also like our five books about dinosaurs or five books about bears.

Children's Books: Five brilliant books about dragons

Giveaway & Review: Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World

My son loves maps, he can study them for hours. He has maps on his bedroom wall and he loves an atlas. His love of geography and geology come from his Dad’s side of the family and it’s something I am very happy to encourage. He has a couple of atlases already; but I knew he would love The Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World by Jen Green.

The Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World is for children aged 7+. It includes three big gatefold maps showing the major continents in detail, with facts about people, places, cultures, cities, landmarks and wildlife. It’s fact-packed and features lots of landmarks. We think it’s a really good atlas for provoking interesting conversations about the world, its people and the environment.

Review: Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World

The atlas is illustrated by Christiane Engel and the illustrations are colourful and informative. There is lots of detail on the maps, with enough to pique the interest of a child, but not too much that they get bogged down in it. There is even a flags of the world section at the back.

Since giving my son The Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World he has been engrossed in it. One of his favourite things to do is to spend 20 minutes or so each night looking at the atlas while he winds down for sleep. Sometimes we will look at it together and he is brimming with questions. I love this part of our day; exploring a map together and talking about all the things to see and do in that country or continent. It’s also very handy for planning our holiday later this year.

Review: Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World

The atlas is divided by continent. There are maps that show biomes and terrains as well as wildlife; and other maps that show people, places and political boundaries. Discover more about our diverse and wonderful planet and find out how every part of our planet is important and connected.

If you’ve got a child who like mine loves maps, or if you want to explore more about geography and geology at home, then The Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World would be a brilliant resource to start exploring with. Up to date and perfectly pitched at 7+ year olds; I know we will be enjoying this book for a long time to come.

The Totally Amazing, Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World is available in paperback from all good bookshops and online for £9.99.

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Children’s Books: Five Wonderful Books about Weddings

Weddings are a time for celebration and an excuse for family and friends to get together and have a party. Weddings are the joining of two families and two hearts forever. This month we are celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and as ever, we let current affairs guide us in our reading. We’ve picked out five wonderful books about weddings to help us find out more about this important event.

Five Wonderful Books about Weddings

The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a fabulous love story, full of drama, humour and originality. It tells the story of two scarecrows as they plan the best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, the wedding that no one will ever forget. But things don’t quite go to plan and the scarecrows’ special day is almost ruined by a wicked scarecrow!

Children's Books: Five Wonderful Books about Weddings

Celebrating Weddings Around the World by Anita Ganeri. Learn all about wedding celebrations from around the world. With weddings from the world’s main religions as well as some little-known ceremonies and festivals, this book takes an intriguing and colourful look at how getting married and weddings are celebrated in many different places. It’s a wonderful book for learning more about cultures and customs outside of your own.

Katie Morag and the Wedding by Mairi Hedderwick. Another one of the popular Katie Morag series of stories set on the Scottish Island of Struay. Romance has been brewing on the island between Neilly Beag and Granma Mainland. Everyone is thrilled when they announce that they are to be married. Everyone, that is, except Grannie Island. Will there be a happy ever after?

My Uncle’s Wedding by Eric Ross is the story of a same-sex wedding between Andy’s Uncle Mike and his partner, Steve. Follow Andy on this enjoyable journey as he talks about his uncle’s wedding, how it affects him, and the things he gets to do in preparation for the ceremony.

No wedding books round-up would be complete about the classic story of Cinderella by Max Eilenberg. There are so many Cinderella stories and this classic has been told and retold a thousand times. Enjoy this wonderful tale of Cinderella; thrown into drudgery by her stepmother and two nasty sisters, she makes her way to the ball and a dreamy prince captures Cinderella’s heart on the dance floor. Re-told with a humour, this Cinderella gets her happy ending and her handsome prince.

What are your favourite books about weddings to read to your children? Is there always a happy ending?

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy our pick of five lovely books about love.

Children's Books: Five Wonderful Books about Weddings

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Book Review: The Children’s Meditations In My Heart

When I was pregnant I really got into yoga and meditation; although I no longer attend sessions, I do some stretches at home and I meditate when I can. Recently I’ve been reading the heart meditations from The Children’s Meditations In My Heart book to my son before bed; both of us have benefited from sharing these lovely meditations.

The Children’s Meditations In My Heart is a book by Gitte Winter Graugaard, a Danish writer and mindfulness instructor. The book has four heart meditations for you to read to your child, or children, as well as advice on how to make the most out of the meditations in the book. The meditations are designed to help your child unwind and drift happily off to sleep.

Book Review: The Children's Meditations In My Heart

My son has always struggled to fall asleep and he’s recently started taking part in a stretch and relaxation class after school. After the classes he is very relaxed and happy, which can only be encouraged. As part of the sessions, the children take part in a meditation and because of this, I knew he would respond well to the heart meditations in the book.

Before you read the meditations to your child, it’s worth sitting down and reading the introductions so you know the idea behind them. There are also instructions on how to read it and what you can do to encourage mindfulness at home. Nothing is more calming for your child before bed than listening to your familiar voice reading a story about your great love for your family.

The first meditation guides your child into their heart to teach them to fill their heart with love. In the following meditations, you teach your child to send and receive love at a distance, to catch love from a little love cloud, and to send love into the universe. It’s a special feeling sending your child to sleep with their heart full of love. 

What we do is snuggle down at bedtime and he closes his eyes. Then using a calm voice, I read the meditation to him; pausing when indicated and using his name when there is a space in the text for his name.

Book Review: The Children's Meditations In My Heart

Each meditation is completely lovely. As well as filling him up with love, they fill me up with love too. This book is a wonderful way to verbalise your feelings for your child and to encourage them to love themselves; which in turn helps to grow in confidence and resilience. The meditations take them off into a calm faraway land and helps them to visualise their heart and see and feel it being filled by love. It really is a special book and an equally special thing to do with your child.

The book and the meditations within it are suitable for all ages of child and adults too. The Children’s Meditations In My Heart by Gitte Winter Graugaard was an immediate hit in Denmark. Graugaard’s book has since been translated into English and is now available in the UK.

I love this book. It’s beautifully illustrated and easy to read and understand. It really helps my son wind down after a busy and energetic day at school. I really enjoy reading them to him and reminding him gently how loved he is. It’s a wonderful book and a great introduction to meditation for children.

The Children’s Meditations In My Heart is available from Room For Reflection for £14.95 for an illustrated hard-back copy.

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Learning: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Alphabet Game

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has always been a firm favourite of ours. It’s the classic story of a hungry caterpillar who munches its way through all kinds of healthy and unhealthy foods. He then gets a tummy ache and eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly. With it being such a favourite, it is the perfect base for a bit of educational play. I put together a little game to help to really cement the alphabet into the heads of little ones, so here’s my The Very Hungry Caterpillar Alphabet Game.

Learning: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Alphabet Game

The alphabet game is really simple to play. Just print out the two sheets which you can download for free here. If you can, print the game onto card, it’ll last longer that way.  Once it’s printed out, take the card with the letters on and cut them all out. There’s a little card with instructions on there too if you need them.

You can either work with your little one to put them in the right order on the board, or you could put some of the letter cards in the right places and get them to fill in the gaps. It’s a really good way of helping to get the alphabet fixed in their heads.

Learning: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Alphabet Game

It’s ideal for younger children, but my 7 year old couldn’t resist having a play with the alphabet game too. It was a good confidence builder for him. He knew what he was doing and where the cards needed to be. Like many children, he sometimes just needs to do something fairly basic every so often to build confidence in his own ability.

It wasn’t part of my original plan for the game, but once he’d completed the board he moved on to spelling out words with the letters. This can only really be encouraged, it’s all good learning and reinforcement of what he knows already.

Not only was he practicing his alphabet, he was also exercising his hand eye coordination and his fine motor skills. We also had a good chat about The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talked about how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, it’s all good learning and pretty fun too!

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Five Books about the Environment for Earth Day

Taking care of our environment and doing our bit to look after our planet is something we’ve always talked about with our son. We’ve always been keen recyclers and I’m known for being a bit frugal with the gas and electricity. Over the last few months the boy has been learning more about the environment both at school and at Beavers. It doesn’t hurt to reinforce the message at home too, so we’ve been doing some reading about the subject. We’ve got lots of great books about he environment and with Earth Day just around the corner, here are our five favourites.

Five Books about the Environment for Earth Day

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. Like all of Oliver Jeffers’ books Here We Are is a beautiful, heartfelt story, it’s about the wonder of our planet and about how we should love it and care for it. It’s a simple story with a big message and one which children will enjoy reading and sharing with you. It’s a book about kindness and respect and care.

Five Books about the Environment for Earth Day

Compost Stew: An A-Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals. Composting is one of the first environmentally friendly things I learned to do as a child. It’s a really easy introduction to learning more about the environment and climate change. How do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? This book is perfect for Earth Day reading and provides answers for children and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

The Coral Kingdom by Laura Knowles and Jenny Webber celebrates the beauty, diversity and fragile ecosystem of the coral reef. This visually stunning picture book has a strong ecological message about the need to protect this most precious environment. Follow and explore the life cycle, diversity and colour of the coral reef ecosystem; learn about the threats the reef faces and what we can do to save it. Each beautifully illustrated page is packed full of delightful sea creatures to discover and enjoy. A beautiful book with a powerful message.

Look out for Litter by Lisa Bullard is part of the “Planet Protector” series. This Look out for Litter book shows how little pieces of litter and rubbish can become a big problem. Find out how to deal with litter responsibly and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

This is Our World by Emily Sollinge. This lovely board book for smaller children is printed on recycled board and uses vegetable ink! Take little ones on a fun interactive journey learning to clean the air, reduce pollution, recycle, and much more. It’s never too early to learn to care for the environment!

Do you have any favourite books about the environment you like to read with your children? 

If you enjoyed this, you might also like my Five Superb Books About Science.

Five Books about the Environment for Earth Day

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