Normally our recommendations are book and reading focussed, but in honour of the school holidays I thought we would focus on some of the great craft and activity sets and activity and travel books that are in stock. Usborne have a fantastic range of stickerbooks, activity books and we always have lots in stock, but did you know they also have jigsaw puzzles? A great one for the younger members of the family are the Book & Jigsaw Puzzle set of Fairy Tales such as Little Red Riding Hood. Only 30 pieces it is the perfect starter set. Back into more traditional Usborne territory is the always popular 200 Paper Planes to fold and fly. Learn all about paper plane theory to fold the beautifully illustrated papers contained within. The book has 200 tear-out sheets and then you can choose to make it into a dart, coaster, bug, mantis, jet, shuttle or glider for hours of fun family competition. Another fun game for all the family are the various Bingo Games we have in store – dog, bird, monkey or cat. All are beautifully illustrated. The bird version has found a happy home at my house and we’ve had a great time learning about everything from a splendid fairywren to a puffin.
Lonely Planet are world famous for their travel books, but they also have a great range of kids activity books related to travel. My Holiday Scrapbook is a great one for your kids to collect and keep their own memories of the trips they go on and Boredom Buster – Games for the Road have plenty of activities to distract from the inevitable ‘Are We There Yet?’ from the backseat of the car.
And last one is for the budding artists out there – How To Draw Almost Everything For Kids – An Illustrated Sourcebook by wellknown Japanese illustrator Nao Sakamoto. Full of tips and gorgeous illustrations, this book has instructions to draw people, places, clothes, animals, borders and almost everything you can think of. A really lovely book.