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The activity and puzzle books that will help keep children occupied during the school summer holidays




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. If you're wondering how to keep the kids occupied over the summer, there are some great activity books out there. Here are some you will find on the shelves that will keep them super-busy...

Draw with Rob: Monster Madness by Rob Biddulph

At home and wondering what to do? Pick up your pencils and join thousands of children around the world and #DrawWithRob. This edition is filled with marvellous monsters for you to draw and enjoy.

Draw with Rob: Monster Madness by Rob Biddulph (49680794)
Draw with Rob: Monster Madness by Rob Biddulph (49680794)

Where's Wally? The Holiday Handbook by Martin Handford

Wally and the gang are heading off on their holidays. Wally wants to clown around, Woof heads off on a safari adventure, Wenda explores the sights, Wizard Whitebeard travels through magical lands and Odlaw sneaks around spying.

This book includes instructions for travel games to play with your friends and family at the end of each character-led section, plus game cards and an awesome poster.

Where’s Wally? The Holiday Handbook by Martin Handford (49680798)
Where’s Wally? The Holiday Handbook by Martin Handford (49680798)

Whether you're adventuring near or far, this is the ultimate holiday companion.

The Great British Staycation Activity Book by Rachel Dixon and Claire Saunders

Get ready for a journey around the UK like no other.

Just like at Hampton Court, get lost in a seemingly never-ending maze. Spot the difference between some of the UK's coolest castles. Complete a ferocious crossword full of famous figures from British history. Say hello to furry and feathered friends in a wonderful British wildlife wordsearch, design your very own dream staycation hotel and so much more!

The Great British Staycation Activity Book by Rachel Dixon and Claire Saunders (49680800)
The Great British Staycation Activity Book by Rachel Dixon and Claire Saunders (49680800)

Little Children's Holiday Activity Book by Rebecca Gilpin

This colourful activity book is packed with holiday-themed puzzles, things to spot, drawing and colouring activities.

Fill an aquarium with fish, spot the differences between hotels, complete a motorhome maze and much more. Answers to all of the puzzles are at the back of the book.

Little Children’s Holiday Activity Book by Rebecca Gilpin (49680802)
Little Children’s Holiday Activity Book by Rebecca Gilpin (49680802)

Claude's Ever-So-Summery Sticker Book by Alex T Smith

It's a sunshiny summer scorcher in Pawhaven. Join in the seaside fun with Claude, Sir Bobblysock and all their friends from the comfort of your own home.

Packed full of fun games, amazing activities and sunny stickers galore.

Claude’s Ever-So-Summery Sticker book by Alex T Smith (49680792)
Claude’s Ever-So-Summery Sticker book by Alex T Smith (49680792)

The Ordnance Survey Kids' Adventure Book by Dr Gareth Moore

Want to become an expert map reader? Want to explore the great outdoors armed with hints and tips from the map creators themselves? Want to test your new-found skills with a host of challenging map puzzles?

If so, this is the book for you. Created by Ordnance Survey, who make all the iconic maps for the whole of Great Britain, this book will teach you how to read a map like an expert and confidently and safely explore the incredible outdoors. You'll also have the chance to test your skills with map-reading puzzles that'll keep you entertained for hours.

So strap on your boots, pack up your walking essentials and start your map-reading adventure! Perfect for ages 7 and up.

The Ordnance Survey Kids’ Adventure Book by Dr Gareth Moore (49680804)
The Ordnance Survey Kids’ Adventure Book by Dr Gareth Moore (49680804)

Draw Here by Herve Tullet

Experiment, play and draw – but, most of all, have fun, inside and outside the box, with best-selling author Hervé Tullet's new activity book.

Tullet's signature bold dots bounce, spin and splatter across spread after spread, brilliantly communicating the foundations of whimsical imagination.

More than 135 pages brimming with activities invite readers to fill in, connect, decorate and, above all, reimagine the dots, opening up eyes and minds to see things differently, playfully and creatively.

Draw Here by Herve Tullet (49680790)
Draw Here by Herve Tullet (49680790)

Summer Puzzle Pad by Kirsteen Robson

This fun-packed pad contains over 100 picture, word and number puzzles that children can enjoy at home, in the park or on long journeys.

Activities include a beach wordsearch, a maze leading to a secret den, spotting identical fish at an aquarium and much more. All of the answers are at the back of the book.

Summer Puzzle Pad by Kirsteen Robson (49680784)
Summer Puzzle Pad by Kirsteen Robson (49680784)

Creative Writing with the Twits by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Get stuck in with the Twits and find your own remarkable reason to write.

The super fun activities will help you to improve language and vocabulary skills, develop the tools you need to write your own stories and learn how to use persuasive language, entertain your reader and add sparkle to non-fiction.

This series of books will spark your creativity, build your confidence and inspire you through the wonderful worlds of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories.

Filled with top tips and ideas boxes, each book introduces techniques and methods to help you plan and write a phizz-whizzing story of your own.

Creative Writing with the Twits by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (49680788)
Creative Writing with the Twits by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (49680788)


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