Whether you’re going off on holiday this Summer or just staying around home, kids need lots of things to do to keep them entertained. If the weather is great they can get outside and enjoy the sun, but Christmas weather isn’t always so reliable so it’s good to have something up your sleeve. There are lots of different activity books around, but here are a few great ones with a Kiwi flavour.
The Great Kiwi Swimming Puzzle Book by Annette Barry and John Bennett
44 puzzles to keep kids entertained for hours: crosswords, dot-to-dot, drawing activities, code breakers and more! PLUS tips from Water Safety New Zealand about how to stay safe in the water.
The Little Yellow Digger Activity Book
Full of fun and charm, this activity book will keep kids amused for hours with puzzles, things to make and colouring pages, including:
- Spot the difference
- Join the dots
- Make your own diggers’ chains
- Colouring in
- Mud pie cookies recipe
New Zealand Garden Wildlife to Read, Colour and Keep by Dave Gunson
The natural world of our backyards includes many fascinating native and introduced species, from fungi, butterflies and moths, spiders and weta to reptiles and beautiful birds. Just as children enjoy encounters with garden wildlife, they’ll love learning about it as they colour in the simple, bold illustrations in this book, the latest in the ‘read, colour and keep’ series from Dave Gunson.
Read: Each page carries a sentence or two of introductory text alongside a traceable black-and-white line illustration ready to be coloured in.
Colour: An A4 double-page colour insert will guide children on realistic colour and markings.
Keep: Every illustration page is perforated to enable the completed drawing to be taken out of the book for display.
The Looky Book by Donovan Bixley
The Looky Book is a puzzle book with 11 different puzzles, all with colourful New Zealand landscapes, birds and animals. There are heaps of things to find in each picture, like find the numbers with the crazy All Black lambs, spot the difference with the mischievous keas, find the animals hidden deep in the bush, and match the farmers to their animals. There are hours of fun for kids and adults, and when you’ve solved all the puzzles, you can go back and find the tui and the grumpy garden gnome on each page.
All of these books are available throughout the country, so wherever you go these holidays, grab one for the Kiwi kids in your life. These books are great for the whole family so you can join in and help too.