Creating a little bit of calm

Creating a little bit of calm

Having three children under the age of four does make for a rather busy day to day life. Whilst all three of them are good and fairly easy to manage and entertain, they do still require a lot of my time and input which can make juggling their needs hard sometimes.

I am on the go pretty much all the time – even when Mr H is napping I am taking that time to work on something with Mr D and Miss E, or tidy up if they are happily playing alone. Pre pregnancy I was enjoying running a lot – 3/4 times a week and was planning to do a half marathon. Since Mr H arrived, I can feel achey if I do too much so have to be careful before I start running again.

In a bid to create a bit of calm in the day I was excited to receive a bundle of books from Simon Schuster from the creatively calm series. Two colouring books, Creatively Calm: Colour by numbers: Animals and Creatively Calm: Colour, Search and Find: Animals. These are great, quality books. I was also sent two dot to dot books; Creatively Calm: Dot to Dot: Around the World and Creatively Calm: Dot to Dot.

Creatively calm books

The Dot to dot books are superb. In the last couple of weeks pregnancy with Mr H I picked up a dot to dot magazine. It is strangely relaxing and exercises the brain in a different way. I love doing these and it is something I can pick up and dip into now and again as and when I get a moment.


grown up dot to dot

Mr D has recently become interested in dot to dots so it’s nice for him to see me doing them too. The images in the books are mostly on one page, but some spread across two. They go as high as 600+ numbers on some of them and it is a really therapeutic activity. I find I can complete these in 10 – 15 minutes whilst the children are drawing. These would also be great for older children too… if you wanted to share with them!

grown up dot to dot

It’s fun to try and guess what the image will be as the dots begin to bring the page to life – Mr D in particular likes to watch me complete these and guess what the picture will be.

The colouring books are good fun too. The colour by numbers books is good and Mr D has had fun helping me find the correct numbers for the colours. He is keen to try his own colour by numbers so I will find him one to do – these are probably a little too intricate for him at the moment as his pen control isn’t always great but it is something we can do alongside each other.

colour by numbers

I really like the colour and search book. These has a key along the bottom of the page indicating how many of each animal are hiding in the picture. Once found you colour them in to bring the page to life.

search and find colouring

Both the children have loved this – helping me to find the animals and choose the colours for them. It has the added bonus of being a good number recognition activity for Mr D as well as a counting activity for Miss E.

I really like these colouring books. They’ve helped bring some calm moments to my day and I have found the dot to dot books in particular really restful.

I’ll be sharing pictures of these books as we work through them on my Instagram profiles here and here.

I was sent copies of these books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own.



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  1. Pat
    11th August 2016 / 08:45

    They look lovely. I love the colouring books.

  2. 11th August 2016 / 21:07

    I have wondered about the dot to dot books and think I am going to get one. I am needing some calm time at the moment and this sounds ideal.

  3. 7th November 2016 / 09:02

    These look brilliant. I especially like the look of the dot to dot and colour by numbers books 🙂


  4. 7th November 2016 / 09:06

    I love the look of these – especially the dot to dot book and colouring by numbers 🙂


  5. serenityyou
    7th November 2016 / 10:19

    These look really fab!! me and the kids love colouring. I really like the look of the colouring by numbers book and my youngest would love doing the dot to dots #Readwithme

  6. sarahmo3w
    7th November 2016 / 17:34

    The dot to dot does look fun! I think I would find the colouring frustrating though as I wouldn’t have time to finish it! Many years ago I had three kids under 5. They’re now 15, 13 and 10 and they don’t get much less time-consuming!

  7. 9th November 2016 / 22:06

    Ooh these look fab, I have some lovely colouring books. Really must get back into it! #readwithme

    • 10th November 2016 / 14:24

      I really loved the colour by numbers one x

  8. 11th November 2016 / 20:12

    I’ve got some lovely colouring books that I’ve been sent and I can’t wait to have a go, just can’t seem to find the time! They do look so relaxing #readwithme

    • 11th November 2016 / 20:13

      that’s the problem – finding the time but it is a nice thing to dip into as and when you get the chance x

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