10 of the Best Kids Books for Activities that are Guaranteed to Amuse

Activity books are ideal for rainy days, car journeys or for just whipping out of the cupboard when you hear “I’m bored”! Here are 10 of the Best Kids Books for Activities that are guaranteed to amuse and entertain for hours!

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how to draw#1. How to Draw 101 Animals

This 48-page How To Draw 101 Animals book is great for any young child wanting to learn how to draw.

It includes simple step-by-step black and white illustrations to follow to make the learning process easy and fun.

Ideal for the budding young artist in the house.

#2. Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book!

don't let this pigeonFun and games in this blockbuster “Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish This Activity Book” from multi-award-winning Mo Willems starring the Pigeon, Duckling, the Bus Driver, a brand-new character (the Mad Cow) and…YOU!

From the acclaimed creator of the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” series comes a whole new level of Pigeon hilarity! Will the Pigeon ever get to finish this activity book? Will he spend his time running away from The Mad Cow? Will Duckling finish it for him?

The nice thing about this activity book is there are perforated pages throughout this book for tearing out easily, as well as pockets on the front and back inside cover to store your favourite pictures.

scribbles#3. Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Coloring Book

It’s safe to say that Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Colouring Book is no ordinary coloring book.

With playful drawings, funny scenarios and fun-to-follow instructions, this book is not just for coloring, but for doodling, drawing, imagining and thinking!

“We have had this book for ages in our house because there’s so much for my son to do in it” – Amy

#4. Fashion Angels Fashion Design Portfolio

fashion angelsThe Fashion Angels Fashion Design Portfolio includes: 40 fashion design sketch pages, 7 stencil sheets and instructions to design fashion and accessories.

Accentuate the models with different clothes, shoes, handbags and more.

Removable stencil sheets make it easy to create new designs on each page. Spiral bound for portability. For Ages 6+

“My daughter loves her portfolio because she likes making new designs all the time” – Jill

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bug drawing book#5. Bug Drawing Book

Who better to teach kids to draw creepy crawlies than the Icky Bug Man himself, Ralph Masiello?

With simple, step-by-step instructions this how-to Bug Drawing Book will have kids on their way to drawing bug masterpieces.

It also has extra challenges for more experienced artists making it good for different ages.

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#6. Holiday Sticker Book (Usborne)

holiday sticker bookThe Holiday Sticker Book (Usborne Sticker Books) is a great book to take on plane or car journeys as it has loads of different summer themed pages and hundreds of stickers guaranteed to keep little fingers and minds busy for a while.

It includes such tropical scenes as a watery visit to Sea World, Snorkeling on a coral reef, and on safari and a log cabin camp.

“I like the beach page the best with the crab stickers” – Ellie, age 5

#7. Nature Detectives Handbook

nature detectives handbookAn ideal resource for the budding David Attenborough, Nature Detectives Handbook encourages kids to explore and understand the world around them from their own garden to woods and nature trails.

It includes fifty wildlife species of trees, birds and amphibians. Each factfile not only gives vital identification tips with a wealth of detailed artwork, but also phenological data to help track the changing natural environment.

Findings can be recorded online at, which contribute to actual scientific research.

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usborne space book#8. Astronomy and Space Sticker Book (Usborne)

The Usborne Space and Astronomy Sticker Book helps kids to discover the wonders of space.

This introduction to astronomy includes over 130 stickers of stars, rockets, planets and more, with which to complete the pages.

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#9. My 1st Hugless Douglas Activity Book

hugless douglasWith puzzles to solve, games to play and pictures to colour, the adorable 1st Hugless Douglas Activity Book also comes with over 100 stickers.

Featuring Hugless Douglas and all the characters from the successful series, this great value activity book is packed with things to do.

You can draw Douglas, play snap, hunt for hugs and add to Douglas’s world with the colourful stickers.

“One of our favourite activity books, entertains for hours” – Erin

#10. Create Your Own Zoo Sticker Book

create your own zooThe Create Your Own Zoo Sticker Book contains over 20 pages of beautiful illustrations for children to decorate using the stickers provided.

It includes 6 large pages of reusable stickers with exotic animals such as lions, tigers, flamingos & visitors to the zoo.

Creative activity which encourages kids to create their own scenes & stories.

Perfect for aspiring zoo keepers. N.B. Not suitable for children under 3.

Over to you now! Let us know your child’s favourite activity book in the comment below.



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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls