Summer Time Activity Books

Summer Time Activity Books

When we went to Bluestone a few weeks ago we were very lucky to be able to take with us a rather wonderful selection of the latest releases from Buster (the team there really do spoil the children and I!)


puzzle activity book from buster books The Puzzle Activity Book is the first that i looked at. It is absolutely packed page to page with lots of things to do. spot the differences, dot to dots, matching activities and tons more. The drawings are all really lovely and there is lots to colour in too. The RRP for this is just £5 and I think that is a really good price, when you consider the cost of a magazine etc.

It is a good thick and sturdy book and perfect for popping in the bag for taking away on holiday or a long journey. It will be the sort of book we will have to hand when we head away on future holidays as there is plenty to keep both Daniel and Emma (and even me!) entertained. Daniel is a little young for many of the activities in this book but we have looked at some of the spot the differences and used the mazes for early pencil control.


pirate colouring bookThe Pirate Colouring Book is possibly a new favourite here – it is such a fab book with lots of different things to spot and colour in. It has some elements already coloured in which is good as it keeps the book bright and engaging for younger children like Daniel. We used this book when we headed out for a bite to eat to keep Daniel entertained. I am a really big fan of the Buster colouring books as the pictures are so wonderfully engaging for Daniel and Emma and I can use them to help promote early language development and imagination skills. The RRP is £5 and I think that is more than worth it.

Daniel has a book called Goodnight Pirate so this was a nice activity book to use alongside that.

dinosaur colouring book The Dinosaur Colouring Book is brilliant! I’m all for educational input that is fun and engaging for children and this book is great for dinosaurs. There are lots of little facts and figures dotted around the pages and the names of the dinosaurs as well as the phonetic names too. We have had a colour in of this book and I can see us using this time and time again in the future as Daniel and Emma love playing with their dinosaur toys and this will be a lovely natural step into learning more about them in the future.

Like all the Buster activity books I have come across this is well made with good quality paper. It is priced at £5 and there is a wealth of information in here that will keep young and old entertained for hours. The pictures are set in scenes and grouped appropriately, for example water based etc. It really is a great book and it is the sort of book I would have loved as a child during my dinosaur mad phase.

dino colouring
The Amazing Creative Colouring Book is right up my street – and this is one that will be reserved for me. It is full of repeating geometric patterns and motifs which is that sort of thing I love to colour in. I find it really therapeutic to colour in things like this – I guess it’s something about liking order and neatness! Earlier in the week my two nieces came up for the day and after a walk around the local lake we came home and got this, The Tracing Paper Colouring Book and the Fashion Through Time Colouring Book out in the garden. My younger niece went straight for the Amazing creative colouring book, and the older one to the fashion one. They really enjoyed sitting colouring in, and Emma helped too!

amazing creative colouring book

The fashion through time book isn’t really one that will interest me but I can see there is a lot of applications for this book and would be good to prompt discussions about why certain ages wore the clothes they did.

fashion through time colouring book

The tracing paper book is a really interesting idea, and contains lots of different types of drawings, some patterns, some images and a good number of pages of tracing paper. Some of the tracing paper has outline images on for you to colour or doodle on and others are plain. My younger niece was really intrigued by this book as am I. It’s a really nice idea and the effect of colouring in tracing paper is different to normal paper. I have ideas to use some of the blank pages to create sun catchers / stained glass effect crafts at some point soon.

I’m  thrilled that the team at Buster Books are offering one of my readers a chance to win a selection of my favourite books. To be in with a chance of winning, please complete the rafflecopter below.

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27th April






  1. 12th April 2015 / 19:15

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book would be my top favourites as my four little ones all seem fascinated with dinosaurs!

  2. Karen Barrett
    12th April 2015 / 19:15

    The Pirate Colouring Book, thanks

  3. Maria Holden
    12th April 2015 / 19:16

    Love these! Fab for those rainy days

  4. Lisa Parker
    12th April 2015 / 19:21

    The Amazing colouring book

  5. james rowlands
    12th April 2015 / 19:23

    it would have to be the The Puzzle Activity Book

  6. Ashleigh Allan
    12th April 2015 / 19:37

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book !

  7. Lynsey Buchanan
    12th April 2015 / 19:49

    Fashion Through Time Colouring Book

  8. Laura
    12th April 2015 / 19:54

    The Pirate Colouring Book!

  9. Naomi L
    12th April 2015 / 20:03

    The dinosaur colouring book 🙂

  10. Martina Pichova
    12th April 2015 / 20:28

    The dinosaur colouring book – our 4 year old is a big fan of dinosaurs

  11. pamela gossage
    12th April 2015 / 20:30

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book

  12. Lisa Evans
    12th April 2015 / 21:11

    The dinosaur one, my daughter loves them at the mo!

  13. John Taggart
    12th April 2015 / 22:32

    The Dinosaur Puzzle Book

  14. 13th April 2015 / 07:42

    These look fab, I was looking for activity books for my nieces and didn’t find any that I liked.


  15. Leanne moore
    13th April 2015 / 08:16

    The dinosaur book

  16. Sue McCarthy
    13th April 2015 / 08:22

    The Dinosaur colouring book

  17. laura stewart
    13th April 2015 / 08:24

    The Pirate Colouring Book xx

  18. Sara JaneG
    13th April 2015 / 08:54

    Both Dinosaur and pirate books

  19. Elizabeth Hinds
    13th April 2015 / 09:16

    The Puzzle Activity Book looks fab!

  20. ann clements
    13th April 2015 / 09:57

    The Dinosaur

  21. Hazel Hulson
    13th April 2015 / 10:38

    The dinosaur all boys love dinosaurs love these for my little nephews would love them

  22. Susan Sargent
    13th April 2015 / 12:47

    They all look great but the Dinosaur book would be my grandson’s favourite

  23. Amanda Norwood
    13th April 2015 / 13:21

    My nephews would love the pirate and dinosaur colouring books

  24. Karen Laing
    13th April 2015 / 13:57

    The puzzle activity book is the one I prefer,the colouring in books look better for my youngest grand-daughter,and the puzzle one for my eldest x

  25. 13th April 2015 / 15:02

    The dinosaur colouring book would be Daisy’s favourite 🙂

  26. laura jayne bates
    13th April 2015 / 16:23

    dinosaur colouring books

  27. Rachel Craig
    13th April 2015 / 17:05

    Fashion through Time Colouring Book.

  28. Kali filsell
    13th April 2015 / 18:33

    The tracing paper book x

  29. 13th April 2015 / 18:51

    My son would love The Dinosaur Colouring Book

  30. 13th April 2015 / 19:24

    The Tracing Paper Colouring book as it sounds so unique!

  31. lynn heath
    13th April 2015 / 19:45

    My son would love the dinosaur colouring book

  32. samantha price
    13th April 2015 / 21:27

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book looks good

  33. charlotte qualter
    14th April 2015 / 10:20

    They all look brilliant! my son would love the pirate and dinosaur books my eldest daughter would love the amazin creative colour ing book and my twin girls would like the tracing book xxx

  34. 14th April 2015 / 11:50

    The dinosaur colouring book looks the most fun 🙂

  35. Stacey Tripconey
    14th April 2015 / 12:41

    The puzzle activity book

  36. 14th April 2015 / 19:54

    my 2 little boys would love the dinosaur one 🙂 x

  37. Lea
    14th April 2015 / 20:08

    The pirate colouring book as my little boy loves pirates!

  38. Kirsten Barthy
    14th April 2015 / 21:14

    The dinosaurs one

  39. Kristiina Kajaste
    14th April 2015 / 22:05

    Dino colouring book

  40. Emma
    15th April 2015 / 05:09

    The Amazing Creative colouring book

  41. Sarah Lee
    15th April 2015 / 08:46

    I love them all but i think my son’s favourite would be the pirate colouring book

  42. Tracy Newton
    15th April 2015 / 12:31

    My son would love the Pirates book. I did visit but Facebook won’t let me like the pages.

  43. 15th April 2015 / 12:35

    The Pirate colouring book.

  44. Jayne T
    15th April 2015 / 13:11

    The Amazing Creative Colouring Book

  45. 15th April 2015 / 19:55

    These all look good but my boys would enjoy the Puzzle Activity Book best #readwithme

  46. Rachel Ray
    15th April 2015 / 20:38

    The amazing creative colouring book for me. The puzzle activity book for my daughter and the pirate colouring book for my son

  47. Karen Martin
    16th April 2015 / 22:09

    The dinosaur colouring book

  48. Ruth Harwood
    17th April 2015 / 07:31

    Pirate colouring book xx

  49. 17th April 2015 / 20:08

    The Amazing colouring book

  50. Linda McGarrigle
    18th April 2015 / 11:31

    The Puzzle Activity Book x

  51. Philip oneill
    19th April 2015 / 06:32

    The Puzzle Activity Book

    19th April 2015 / 19:23

    The pirate one

  53. leanne weir
    22nd April 2015 / 08:12

    The Pirate Colouring Book, thanks

  54. MichelleD
    22nd April 2015 / 09:15

    The pirate colouring book!

  55. mummyfever
    22nd April 2015 / 09:46

    I am thinking the dinosaurs would go down well 🙂

  56. Harley
    23rd April 2015 / 07:11

    The puzzle activity book looks fun x

  57. aj
    23rd April 2015 / 10:37

    the amazing colouring book

  58. Sarah Franks
    23rd April 2015 / 21:32

    The puzzle activity book would be fabulous for my nieces 🙂

  59. Emma Wolski
    24th April 2015 / 11:34

    The Puzzle Activity Book

  60. Elizabeth Briggs
    24th April 2015 / 18:56

    The Amazing Creative Colouring Book looks great – and I would love to sit and colour with my children x

  61. Jennifer Toal
    24th April 2015 / 20:06

    The puzzle activity book

    24th April 2015 / 21:34

    The Pirate Colouring Book

  63. 25th April 2015 / 11:37

    dinosaur book would be loved by my son x x

  64. Andrea Morton
    25th April 2015 / 11:52

    Fashion through time colouring book

  65. Alison Barker
    25th April 2015 / 14:55

    The Pirate Colouring Book

  66. Diana
    25th April 2015 / 15:19

    The Pirate Colouring Book! 🙂

  67. Katherine Coldicott
    25th April 2015 / 17:33

    The Tracing Paper Colouring Book.

  68. Sarah Parker
    26th April 2015 / 06:34

    My son would love the Dinosaur Colouring Book

  69. Claire Barker
    26th April 2015 / 07:33

    The Puzzle Activity Book looks great fun.

  70. Joanna Butler-Savage
    26th April 2015 / 08:11

    pirate colouring book

  71. Stephen Little
    26th April 2015 / 10:44

    Puzzle Activity Book

  72. Minnie15
    26th April 2015 / 11:02

    The tracing paper colour book looks amazing! 🙂 x

  73. Julie hayes
    26th April 2015 / 11:21

    Fashion Through Time Book looks very interesting.

  74. Cheryl Irvine
    26th April 2015 / 11:32

    The puzzle activity book

  75. steph lovatt
    26th April 2015 / 13:22

    The dinosaur colouring book

  76. jo liddement
    26th April 2015 / 13:34

    I love the look of The Amazing Creative Colouring Book which I would love to sit and help my son colour in

  77. Jade
    26th April 2015 / 15:00

    The dinosaur book

  78. James Donovan
    26th April 2015 / 15:07

    The Puzzle Activity Book

  79. Deborah Bird
    26th April 2015 / 16:08

    The Puzzle Activity Book!

  80. Rebecca Powell
    26th April 2015 / 16:15

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book

  81. Lisa Everaert
    26th April 2015 / 16:53

    The Dinosaur Colouring Book, my youngest loves everything to do with dinosaurs x

  82. Patricia Avery
    26th April 2015 / 17:39

    The Pirate book would be my favourite to share with my grandson Pirate Captain John 🙂

  83. 26th April 2015 / 18:25

    The dinosaur colouring book – I have a dino mad grandson

  84. 26th April 2015 / 18:48

    My daughter Amber would love The Pirate Colouring Book as she is obsessed with pirates.

  85. LucyB
    26th April 2015 / 20:00

    The dinosaur one

  86. Karen Usher
    26th April 2015 / 20:24

    I think my little boy and I would like the Puzzle Activity Book

  87. Jane Middleton
    26th April 2015 / 20:26

    Dinosaur book – they love dinosuars

  88. olivia280177
    26th April 2015 / 20:52

    Probably the pirate one

  89. louise long
    26th April 2015 / 21:59

    the dinosaur book <3

  90. Alexandra McGahey
    26th April 2015 / 23:27

    The Puzzle Activity Book sounds like great fun with lots to do so I think that would be my favourite 🙂

  91. angela edmonds
    27th April 2015 / 06:38

    the dinosaur colouring book

  92. Karen Laing
    27th April 2015 / 08:06

    My little grand-daughter loves dinosaurs so it would have to that one x

  93. Holli
    27th April 2015 / 08:50

    The puzzle activity book most definitely, as much as colouring is fun, we all love a good puzzle!

  94. 27th April 2015 / 08:55

    The pirate colouring book 🙂

  95. Susan B
    27th April 2015 / 09:01

    The tracing paper book.

  96. Claire Reavy
    27th April 2015 / 09:23

    the tracing paper book

  97. samantha ramos
    27th April 2015 / 10:08

    the amazing creative color book!

  98. Chantelle Kemp
    27th April 2015 / 11:14

    The tracing paper book 🙂

  99. Val Pownall
    27th April 2015 / 12:19

    The Puzzle Activity Book – lots to do! They all look amazing though.

  100. Becci Cleary
    27th April 2015 / 13:27

    The Puzzle Activity Book

  101. Karis
    27th April 2015 / 15:05

    The dinosaur one

  102. Paula Barker
    27th April 2015 / 16:27

    The Amazing Creative Colouring Book, I find colouring so therapeutic

  103. 27th April 2015 / 17:49

    Amazing Creative Colouring Book, I find colouring so relaxing

  104. jessica newman
    27th April 2015 / 19:49

    The pirate book

  105. Caroline Buckley
    27th April 2015 / 20:32

    The pirate colouring book

  106. Aimee Morrison
    27th April 2015 / 21:44

    The colouring books

  107. 27th April 2015 / 22:25

    The Amazing Creative Colouring book – we all enjoy colouring and I think it woud have somethign for us all to do with it

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