Anyone with young children will testify that activity books can often prove the saviour of a family meal out or long plane journey. Here are few of the best on the market, from paper-folding wizardry to alternative colouring.
Paper Play by Lydia Crook (RRP Â£9.99, Ivy Press). Make a fortune teller, create a new constellation – endless possibliities with paper – just remember to take the scissors out with you.
Playful Puzzles for Little Hands by Taro Gomi (RRP Â£9.05, Chronicle Books). Over 60 puzzles from one of our favourite illustrators, guaranteed to keep children occupied for ages.
What’s New, What’s Different, What’s Missing? by Arnaud Boutin (RRP Â£9.99, Blue Apple Books) A whole book of spot the differences – great fun.
All Around the World by Geraldine Cosneau (RRP Â£9.99, Tate Kids) Not your average sticker book, this exquisitely illustrated work has panoramic backgrounds of different animal habitats to add the fauna to.
Secret Garden by Joanna Bashford (RRP Â£9.95, Laurence King Publishing) Search for hidden creatures and add colour to the intricate monochrome designs.
The Book with a Hole by HervÃ© Tullet (RRP Â£8.99, Tate Publishing) Good oldÂ HervÃ© – you can’t go wrong with his ingeniously creative books – here with an added hole.
The Colouring Book of Animals by Licorice Trading (RRP Â£5.99) 52 pages packed full of animal illustrations to customise. Spiral-bound and A5, this is ideal for chucking in a handbag on your way out.
Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art by Marion Deuchars (RRP Â£9.95, Laurence King Publishing) OK, so this one might be a little messy for the pub, but it’s brilliant fun, nonetheless. Ink pad (and wet wipes) essential.
My Big Photo Activity Book by Pascale Estellon (RRP Â£9.95, Thames & Hudson) Draw, colour, snip, stick, make a chicken out of a sock… let your imagination run wild!
The Original Anti-Colouring Book by Susan Striker (RRP Â£6.99, Scholastic) Far from an ordinary colouring book, this contains tons of ideas to get your little one thinking creatively.