Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 9 and over!

When children get to the age of 9, half-term is always an exciting time but if they’re stuck indoors or can’t get to meet up with their friends for any reason, you may end up hearing the two words every parent dreads: ‘I’m bored’.

Tracy Beaker

The Book People is here to help ensure that you won’t hear that said at any time over the week ahead… We’ve put together some activity sheets – starring Tracy Beaker and My Sister the Vampire – that will keep young minds happily ticking over and engaged before they have to head back to school.

Just download the PDFs below and your children can get started right away…

My Sister the Vampire Activity Sheet

Tracy Beaker Activity Sheet

Tracy Beaker Bookmarks

Tracy Beaker Pencil Top


Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 7 and over!

Although we’re all holding out for good weather this weekend, we’ve come to learn we always need to be prepared for the worst and that some days might be rainy stay-indoors days… This is where the Book People comes in with this terrific set of activity sheets that are sure to keep any child aged 7 or over entertained.

womble

With favourite characters including the Wombles, LEGO Star Wars and Winnie-the-Pooh, all you need to do is print off the following PDFs.

Astrosaurs Recipes

The Wombles – Colouring Sheet

The Wombles – Create a Story

Winnie-the-Pooh Colouring Sheet

LEGO Star Wars Activity Sheet

What Kind of Womble Would You Be?

Winnie-the-Pooh recipe

 

With thanks to Egmont, Bloomsbury and DK.


Half-term ideas and activities for children aged 5 and over!

Although we all have fond memories of half-term, we know here at the Book People that sometimes children can get bored… Do not worry though, we’ve put together this delightful set of activity sheets that are sure to keep them happily entertained – whether they like colouring in, word searches or even finding Wally!

Elmer

Just click on the links below, download the PDF and print the sheets out for hours of half-term fun.

Alfie Colouring Sheet

Alfie Fairy Cakes

Elmer Word Search

Zoe and Beans Dominoes Picture Dominoes

Wolf Won’t Bite Dot-to-Dot

 

With thanks to Random House Children’s Books, Andersen Press and MacMillan Children’s Books.


Half-term activities for children aged 3+!

We know children aged 3 will not be enjoying half-term as much as their older brothers or sisters, but they’ll still be at home and looking for things to do. To avoid boredom and keep their minds active over the week (and possibly sibling fallouts!), here at the Book People we’ve put together an exciting selection of activity sheets we just know they will love.

Gruffalo activities

From mazes to spot-the-differences and colouring-in fun, the likes of the Gruffalo, the Snail and the Whale and the animals from Dear Zoo all feature. Simply download the PDFs and print them off to have your little ones having hours of fun this half-term.

Dear Zoo Activity sheet

Zoe and Beans Door Plate

Five Minutes Peace Activity Sheet

Gruffalo Finger Puppets

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sheet

Maisy Dot to Dot

Room on the Broom Colouring Sheet

The Snail and the Whale Maze

Zoe and Beans Colouring Fun

With thanks to Campbell Books, MacMillan Children’s Books, Walker Books and Puffin Books.


Jurassic World arriving in cinemas soon – find the best dinosaur books for children!

The long-awaited fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise – Jurassic World – is released on 11 June and here at the Book People we couldn’t be more excited. From Michael Crichton’s novel to both its sequel The Lost World and the classic book of the same name, dinosaurs have long been a favourite topic for books! From reference books to prehistoric picture books and even origami dinosaurs, we have all the books you need to delight any dino fan.

Of course, the best place to start with is the novel that inspired the greatest film of all time and some of cinema’s most enigmatic lines: ‘Welcome to Jurassic Park’; ‘Life finds a way’; ‘Clever girl’. The book of Jurassic Park is far more adult-orientated and focused on science than the 1993 blockbuster, but no less thrilling. You know the story by now – scientists create a theme park with the main attraction being living, breathing dinosaurs and then things go wrong – but it’s the perfect time to rediscover the classic action scenes and characters before watching the new film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and the only surviving original cast member B.D. Wong, who plays Dr. Henry Wu (a very important character in the novel).

 

If you want something a little lighter and even messier than the Triceratops in the original film, you need to meet Danny and his dinosaur – the stars of McFly boys Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter’s Dinosaur that Pooped series. From making a mess at the most festive time of the year to a more space-based adventure, the books feature bouncy and rhyming text, bold illustrations from Garry Parsons and plenty of poop! Another one full of mucky stuff is Dinosaur Poo, a lift-the-flap picture book! If these are a little too poo-heavy for you, then what can be better than dinosaurs riding vehicles like cars and diggers? Our Dinosaur Story Collection features Penny Dale’s classic Dinosaur Rescue along with other tales that will have kids and parents roaring with delight come bedtime. Henrietta Strickland’s Dinosaur Roar recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and our special edition is a must for any young dino ranger. It tells the difference between opposites in fun rhyming text.

For children aged 5 and over who want to start reading story books with a prehistoric edge, Dinosaur Cove is the book collection for them. Throughout them, they’ll meet a terrifying T-rex, a violent Velociraptor and even more dangerous dinosaurs! Finally, what could be better than building your own Jurassic Park in the comfort of your own home? Dinogami can help you do this with 23 paper-folding projects based around magnificent prehistoric creatures, meaning anyone can become a paper palaeontologist!


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