Ah, the summer holidays. Balmy, sun-soaked days spent picnicking on the beach and exploring the great outdoors, Famous Five stylee. Or, possibly, a lot of journeys in the car or on a plane and events where little people need to be kept entertained. Quietly. Do not fear, our pick of fabulous activity books to the rescue!
Creaturepedia Activity Book by Adrienne Barman (Wide Eyed Editions, RRP £8.99). Wannabe Steve Backshall in the family? They will love this companion to the amazing Creaturepedia, which has loads of drawing and colouring activities, plus 50 stickers and a fold-out poster.
Make Buildings by Charlotte Farmer (Ivy Kids, RRP £9.99). One for budding architects – over 45 activities for your little Norman Fosters to get stuck into, including designing and doodling their own castle, pyramids and skyscrapers.
Pictura Puzzles: Space Explorer by Pedro Correa (Templar, RRP £8.99). Who doesn’t love a bit of space exploration? Go to infinity and beyond with colouring and drawing activities that explore the Solar System, the first moon landings and what it’s like to be an astronaut.
Lonely Planet Kids: Spot the Lot by Christina Webb and Thomas Flintham (Lonely Planet, RRP £7.99). A classic travel I Spy book for all ages, this is definitely coming on holiday with us. Search and find items, then draw and colour them. You can score points for each item, so it could easily become a family competition.
Activity Book by Alain Grée (Button Books, RRP £9.99). One for the younger members of the family, this gorgeous book is illustrated by the fabulous Alain Grée and contains over 50 makes, including a scrolling TV screen and paper house. The pages are also easily removable for display, so you can create your own holiday art gallery – just don’t Blu Tac on those hotel walls…