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!

  • £2.99

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.


2. Usborne Big Picture Book: Outdoors

  • £3.99

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.


3. Pixel Planet

Pixel Planet - Paperback - 9781784455538 - Assorted
  • £2.49


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.


4. Colossal Creature Count

  • £3.99

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.


5. Travel Doodles

Travel Doodles - Paperback - 9781780554280 - Adrian Barclay
  • £2.49

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!


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

  • £4.99

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.

7. Yoga for You

  • £3.99

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.


8. Secret Stuff for Dreamers Journal

  • £2.99


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.


9. Astronaut Academy

  • £3.99

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!


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

  • £3.99


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!