Best Children's Activity Books for Summer

Ordered by target age, these brilliant activity books are sure to bring some sunshine to kids' free time this summer, whatever the weather! Featuring lots of fun activities, including puzzles, games and colouring, see below for the best children's activity books for summer.

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1. Quack-a-doodle-moo!

Make Believe Ideas | 3+

This wipe-clean book is sure to keep kids captivated for hours! They can create their very own crazy characters by flipping the three horizontal sections together in a variety of funny ways. Featuring a pen alongside 60 amazing stickers, the book features lots of animals and silly sentences that can be mixed up and traced time and time again, helping to improve children's handwriting skills. This wonderfully weird activity book will delight little ones.

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2. Usborne Big Picture Book: Outdoors

Minna Lacey | 5+

From parks to ponds, fields to woodlands, children will be enthralled by this stunning picture book, which will take them to all sorts of fun-filled outdoor locations. It features birds, butterflies, wildflowers and more, providing children with perfect examples of the wonders of nature to look out for on their travels. This is a brilliant book for young nature-spotters, whether they're taking a trip down the park or a stroll in the city, great for the warmer weather.

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3. Pixel Planet

5+

If your child is a fan of computer games, they'll love the pixelated patterns in this cool colouring book. It brings back memories of retro games and encourages children to colour in the fun designs, square by square. From adorable animals to awesome dinosaurs and plenty of other crazy characters, this epic book will appeal to anyone who loves computer games and colouring, a perfect project for summer.

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4. Colossal Creature Count

Daniel Limon | 5+

Dr Taxonomy and Dr Ecology have embarked on an adventure to count all the different animals around the world, but disaster has struck! Their sums have been soaked and kids will need to help them tally all the creatures they've seen, from the Arctic tundra to the Amazon rainforest and deep beneath the sea. Each scene in the book provides a wonderful variety of animals to spot - even rare breeds you may never have heard of! This huge, vibrant book is sure to inspire a love of nature in children, and will take them around the world from the comfort of their own home.

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5. Travel Doodles

Adrian Barclay | 6+

Ideal for the holidays, kids can complete a selection of travel-based scenes in this vibrant doodle book. Travel to a range of exciting locations around the globe, from an icy arctic landscape to a cosy campsite; from the captivating rainforest to the treetops, where kids can design an epic tree-house!

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6. The Usborne Big Book of Drawing, Doodling and Colouring

Fiona Watt | 6+

Children will be kept busy for hours with this gorgeous and inspiring bumper book. Bursting with drawing, doodling and colouring activities, kids can colour in a range of unique and stunning scenes, finish lots of fun drawings, add unique details to doodles and infuse their pictures with their own special style. With endless ideas and opportunities to create modern, trendy and thoughtful pieces, children will be engrossed for hours.

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7. Yoga for You

Rebecca Rissman | 7+

The calming and health-boosting art of yoga has been embraced by millions of adults worldwide - so why not encourage your kids to take part, too? With this appealing and friendly guide, specially designed for kids and teens, children can explore a wide range of yoga poses as well as build up their confidence and self-esteem. Both calming and energising, kids will love this beautifully-illustrated book.

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8. Secret Stuff for Dreamers Journal

8+

Unlock the secrets of your dreams with this spellbinding journal. It explains what dreams can mean and provides tips and tricks for making the most of the things children experience in dreams. Kids can record their night-time reveries the moment they wake up and then investigate them with this beautiful book. They can also figure out the reasons for nightmares and discover how other events occurring in their lives may affect what they dream about.

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9. Astronaut Academy

Steve Martin | 8+

Kids can test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in space with this out-of-this-world book. They'll face a variety of challenges and missions, and many of the activities are based around science and maths, great for learning and developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle!

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10. Zip It Up! The Best Friends Book About Us!

9+

This vibrant, interactive book allows children to compare themselves with their closest friends and discover why they get on so well! Full of activities that will show them lots about themselves - such as who will first arrive in Hollywood, who's the most outrageous and if they could be roommates - this is a wonderful book for friends to share and complete together. The book includes questions to get kids thinking, talking, debating and rating. Best of all, it can be zipped up so everything inside remains a secret!

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    A fun, wipe-clean book that children will spend hours poring over, Quack-a-Doodle-Moo! lets them create their own crazy characters by flipping the three horizontal sections together in a variety of ways.

    With a pen also included alongside over 60 cool stickers, the book has plenty of animals and simple sentences that can be mixed up and traced time and time again - helping enhance a child's handwriting skills.

    A wonderfully weird mix-and-match activity book that can be returned to over and over again.
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    Children aged 6 plus who love expressing their imagination and creativity will be entertained for months with this super-big book bursting with drawing, doodling and colouring activities and pictures to complete.

    Colour in a range of appealing scenes, finish plenty of fun drawings, add unique detail to doodles and add your very own personal touch to the endless ideas and chances to create modern, stylish and thoughtfully designed pieces in this entertaining book from the experts at Usborne.
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    Fun, simple and very creative, this doodle book asks children to use their imagination to complete a number of travel-based scenes. It's great for keeping them entertained while on long journeys or holidays.

    Bright and appealing, among the amazing scenes to complete are an arctic adventure, the reflection of the water and one of a bunch of city cyclists. Children can also fill a campsite with tents, create an amazing rainforest and design a super tree house.
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    If your children can't get enough of Minecraft, than they'll love to sit back and relax as they fill in the pixellated patterns featured in this colouring book, Pixel Planet.

    Coming in a bumper size, this book brings back memories of 1980s computer games and encourages children to colour the designs in, square by square.

    From cute animals to awesome dinosaurs and many other crazy characters including aliens, this is a cool book for anyone who loves colouring in and computer games.
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    Zip it Up! is an interactive book that lets children compare themselves with their closest friends and discover why they get on so well.

    With activities that will show them who will be the first to arrive in Hollywood, who's the most outrageous and if they could be room-mates, this is a brilliant write-in book for friends to complete together.

    There are questions that encourage children to think, talk, debate and rate and, best of all, the book can be zipped up to keep all of these important matters secret!
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    From fields and woodlands to parks, gardens, rivers and ponds, this huge picture book from Usborne will inspire your children to get outdoors and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds us.

    Featuring birds, butterflies and wild flowers, the hand-drawn artwork is quite simply stunning and will give children perfect examples of some of the wonders of nature they can look out for on their travels.

    Whether you're planning a walk by the river, a trip down the park or a ramble in the city, this is the perfect book for little nature spotters - whatever the weather.
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
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    Coming with a lock so children can keep them all secret, this journal can help them unlock the mysteries of their dreams.

    It explains what dreams mean and even provides tips and tricks for making the most of the things children's minds thinks about while they're fast asleep.

    Children can jot down their dreams the moment they wake up and discover all sorts of things with this beautiful book. It gives children the chance to analyse their dreams, figure out the reasons for bad dreams and think about how the things happening in their life could affect what they were dreaming about.
  • Yoga for You - Hardback - 9781784938154 - Rebecca Rissman
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    So many adults are embracing the health- and fitness-giving benefits of yoga, so why not encourage your children to master the exercise, too?

    This book has been written especially for children and teenagers and has a very appealing visual style. It will help them build up their confidence and self-esteem and explains all about two sequences and 35 poses.

    Fully illustrated, one sequence will get children pumped up and energised while the other will help them de-stress and relax.
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    Dr Taxonomy and Dr Ecology have embarked on an adventure to count all the different animals around the world, but disaster has struck... their sums have been soaked and they'll need your children's help to find and correctly tally all the creatures they've seen.

    From the Arctic tundra to the Amazon rainforest and deep under the sea, each scene in this book provides a huge variety of animals to spot and count. There are even some rare breeds scattered amongst the scenes to keep an eye out for.

    As children count up the amount of animals featured on each spread, they'll be inspired to learn more about the natural world. With its huge size, vibrant artwork and appealing activities, this book provides children with a fun and exciting way of practising their counting skills.