Poking around Muji the other day, I came across two fun-looking activity books. It’s a shame the pictures on the Muji website aren’t a) bigger and b) more exciting, because these did look like potentially excellent gifts. They’re also just the kind of thing I like to snap up so we have activities ready for long train journeys.Â Above is the Funny Faces book. Each page has a blank ‘face’ (including some quirky ones like this slice of toast) and you stick on your choice from pages and pages of eyes, noses and mouths.
Potentially more difficult, and therefore best when adult help is available, is the Animal Alphabet book, where each letter cunningly becomes an origami animal.Â It’s Â£10.95 for the faces book and Â£8.95 for the animals (sliiiightly on the steep side for what they are, if you ask me, which is why I’m holding out for the next Muji sale – but maybe I was just feeling cheap that day), plus Â£2.95 shipping if you can’t make it to the store.
While you’re there, you may also want to check out their line in silicon ice trays: shapes include alphabet letters, spoons (for making ice or chocolate stirrers) and marbles, all of which Tabitha, 6, was utterly enchanted by.