Perfect for long journeys, rainy days or simply as a relaxing hobby, colouring in has never been so popular, providing therapeutic fun for children of all ages. Featuring exciting themes, including pirates, pixels and plenty of animals, see below for the best colouring books for children, ordered by target age.
This activity pad features dinner plate-sized sheets, packed with drawing and colouring fun, as well as puzzles, mazes, doodles, wordsearches and dot-to-dots. Kids can enjoy over 50 pages of wonderfully-illustrated fun, with plenty of room for them to get creative! Based around the letters of the alphabet, children will learn in an engaging, interactive way. This book is perfect for keeping children busy in restaurants or whilst dinner is being prepared.
Fiona Watt | 5+
This engrossing colouring book is packed with picture puzzles and busy scenes for children to colour in as little or as much as they like. The activities encourage children to find hidden animals and objects in busy, bustling scenes and colour them in, developing their discriminatory and dexterity skills. Children will also have heaps of fun matching pairs, spotting the difference, counting, copying and more.
If your child is a fan of computer games, they'll love the pixelated patterns in this cool colouring book. It will bring 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.
Pokemon | 5+
Gotta colour 'em all! Pokemon has never been more exciting since the release of the hugely popular Pokemon Go and now appeals to children (and grown-ups!) of all ages. In this awesome colouring book, kids will have the chance to colour in all their favourite Pokemon. With 64 pages featuring 100 Pokemon for aspiring Pokemon trainers to colour in and embellish however they like, kids won't be able to put this book down.
Kirsteen Rogers | 6+
This book features a cackling crew of rogues and ruffians to colour, from the cabin boy, the cook and the carpenter to the captain himself! Find out about life on a pirate ship - dine at the captain's table; slumber in a swinging hammock; endure mutinies and shipwreck; and take your share of the pirates' treasure. Kids can also design a pirate flag, draw pirates step-by-step, write a treacherous tale of pirate plundering, navigate a maritime maze and so much more, as well as discover lots of pirate trivia along the way.
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.
Angela Rizza | 7+
This magical book not only divulges everything you'd want to know about fantastical creatures and mythical beasts, but also gives you the chance to colour them in and embellish them however you like! Discover lots of fascinating facts on over 90 beasts, from snake-haired Gorgons to wicked werewolves and deadly dragons. The book comes with a mesmerising, gold-foiled cover.
Warner Brothers | 9+
If your young witch or wizard has finished reading J. K. Rowling's magical novels and been left with horrendous Harry Potter cravings (we know the feeling), fear not - this spellbinding colouring book will whisk them back to the magical world in no time. They can complete wonderful drawings of all their favourite characters, including Harry, Dobby, Lord Voldemort and more, in whatever way they choose; all they need is a bit of colour!
This extraordinarily intricate and stunning colouring book takes budding artists on a magical adventure, based on the spellbinding story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It brings the tale to life in a unique and captivating way, depicting iconic scenes from Wonderland and its cast of curious characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. With delicate patterns and space for individual design and embellishment, this original and exquisite colouring book is perfect for older children.
Rudyard Kipling | 11+
Immerse yourself in the Indian jungle with this sumptuous colouring book, filled with designs based on the famous characters from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Forget about your worries and your strife as you colour in the likes of Baloo the bear, Mowgli the man cub and the sinister Shere Khan. The pictures are complemented by passages from the original story.