Here in Queensland, the independent schools broke up over a week ago and the state schools finished up last Friday. I can guarantee that there are already kids complaining about being bored! Any of these will stop them in their tracks.
The Arty Book – Nikalas Catlow, David Sinden
Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity Books
When this first arrived in my pile of books I thought it would be a ‘how to’ book but in fact, it is a wonderfully interactive activity book for budding artists.
Each page has a minimal start to a new project for the reader. Whether this involves drawing, colouring, painting, applying tape or even leaves, the happy reader will spend hours creating their own take on the suggested idea.
A terrific holiday or rainy day book for anyone, this one is going to a very busy little seven year old.
The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book – Andy Seed
Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens
Now this will really hit a high note with any child who needs something to while waiting for Santa to arrive.
Find out how to say snow in 16 different languages; discover who banned Christmas carols; act out your own wacky routine of the Twelve Days of Christmas… and much much more!
Chock-a-block with many funny and fantastic facts, quizzes, games and other activities, this will guarantee any frazzled parent some quiet time.
Some hilarious artwork [Scott Garrett] adds to the overall festive flavour. Andy Seed has also published some other anti-boredom books which may well be worth adding to your collection for moments of the inevitable “Mum, I’m bored” moments.
My Lovely Christmas Book
Imprint: Bloomsbury Activity
And yet another great book from Bloomsbury Activity, this one is full of colourful pages for the owner to cut and create projects such as frames or pockets, spaces to doodle and diarise, write poems or lists, make Christmas tags and much more.
There are simple activities like ‘spot the difference’ or mazes as well as whole pages for writing ‘what I like to eat at Christmas’ or thank you letters.
A really lovely and pretty book with its scarlet cover and green edged pages not to mention the lovely silvery title and robins on the front cover!