6 Crafty and Creative Books For Kids

Keen to lure the kids away from screens? These six books – a mixture of beautifully illustrated stories and activity books for kids aged 3+ – will have them trampling over the iPad in seconds. Yes, really… 

Books for kids #1

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OKIDO bridge the gap between art and science in their beautifully designed and informative books for kids. How Things Work encourages children to ask questions: what’s it made from; how is it made – covering subjects like saving water, how to build a bike, electricity and creating shadows. Each page offers a different activity: it’s all fun and games.

Age: 4+

Books for kids #2

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An innovative and interactive art book, Paper Zoo offers children an introduction to collage with an envelope full of paper – different colours and patterns – that they can tear up and stick onto the cut out animal shapes that have been left blank. Each page has a fully-collaged animal to take inspiration from: a colourful toucan, a cheeky monkey and more.

Age: 4+

Books for kids #3

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We all know ‘colouring-in’ is having its zeitgeist moment, with claims it can ease anxiety, so you’ll be fighting your kids for a go on this one. Dinosaurs: My Beastly Activity Book is packed-full of great facts and stories, as well as outlined illustrations for you… err – your kids – to colour in.

Age: 3+

Books for kids #4

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Award-winning children’s book illustrator Beatrice Alemagna’s latest creation, The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty, is every bit as mystical and magical as its predecessors. Combining a touching and humorous tale with her enchanting artwork, Alemagna really does have a winning formula.

Age: 4+

Books for kids #5

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Any business person will say the same thing: ‘start small’. So if there’s a budding fashion designer living under your roof, this might be just the book for them. I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes offers an array of clothing patterns to fit – you guessed it – dolls. With simple instructions and illustrations, learn how to make an A-line skirt, fringed bag or party dress.

Age: 7+

Books for kids #6

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And if their outfit-designing urge persists, Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker offers a slightly advanced book – with outlines of models on tracing paper, and templates for different tights/shoes/garments. Wannabe designers can make up outfit combos from scratch. Kaftan teamed with baseball boots and heart-shaped specs, anyone?

Age: 8+

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