Best Activity Books for Children

Mr Fox editor Lydia Gard chooses 9 of the best books to entertain and inform children (and adults)…
Best Activity Books

  1. Animal Kingdom, by Millie Marotta
    The intricate illustrations are other-wordly, offering up hidden creatures from butterflies to reindeer, this is an immersive colouring book for kids serious about keeping within the lines.
  2. Make your own London Landmarks: 5 models to construct, by Keith Finch
    Budding architects and historians will love carefully folding the five, detailed card models. Including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Palace, Tower Bridge, The London Eye and the Shard; the book is informative, fun and hugely consuming.
  1. Birds and Words, by Charley Harper
    Charley Harper’s inimitable birds are here in 32 black and white line drawings to colour in and tear out – each page is perforated so he can stick them up proudly and perhaps even fox people into thinking he drew them.
  2. Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids, by Tom Connell
    Let’s face it, he’s not likely to get stuck in an avalanche, cornered by a bear or need to know how to find water in the wilderness. But just in case, this is a great fun, adventure-filled guide for aspiring explorers.
  3. Let’s Play a Game: All you need to play six board games, by OKIDO
    Ideal to combat travel boredom or extended holiday ennui, the illustrations are colourful and exciting, while the games will help with coordination, matching numbers and counting. Six pop-out coloured counters and a spinner are built in, making this portable, simple and entertaining.
  4. The Stick Book: Loads of things you can make or do with a stick, by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield
    He will race outside immediately on picking up this book. Full of adventures, creative games, woodcraft and conservation, he should learn how to build a den, explore the limits and get seriously crafty (and most probably, get wet and muddy too).
  5. Don’t You Dare, by Sharky & George
    Pranksters unite, this is the best (and worst) book for boys with a rebellious streak. From simple old-school games to party tricks and secret spy ideas, it covers all bases as an almanac of fun.
  6. Star Wars Folded Flyers, by Ben Harper
    Unleash the geek with this compendium of 30 artful flyers. Not for flippant folders, you’ll have to commit to the lines, painstakingly folding and refolding, cutting, tabbing and creasing once more. But wow, they make awesome starfighters.
  7. Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielin
    Presenting the world in its most fascinating form, these intricate drawings cover rivers and mountains, to people, animals and landmarks. The exquisite illustrations are full of fun, facts and humour, which will keep him, and you, enthralled. A companion activity book, with puzzles and drawings is also available.