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Activity books are a great way to keep kids entertained. Pack one of these activity or puzzle books for your next long journey. To help you choose, download an extract and you can order the book too!
Striking illustrations and an empowering story combine to introduce young readers to the world of maths, creative thinking and problem-solving. Setting off on a camping adventure with her cousin, Aliyah soon discovers that numbers are everywhere, whether it's counting out money at the shops, planning trips on the train or even stargazing in a forest. As Aliyah solves some sums of her own, she learns about the brilliant mathematicians who have helped us understand our world. Soon she can't wait to become a maths whizz too! With pages encouraging kids to play maths games with their friends, this brilliant picture book written by engineer and TV presenter Dr Shini Somara unlocks a love of numbers and creative thinking, and celebrates women in STEM. Also available in the series: - A Scientist Like Me - A Coder Like Me - An Engineer Like Me
June 2022 Debut of the Month | Propa Happy sees pillars of primetime TV, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, deliver a lively, inclusive guide to emotional health and happiness. Written with guidance from the NSPCC, and in consultation with a child psychology expert, this smartly-designed, visually engaging handbook is packed with jokes, challenges and quizzes, with activities designed to help kids find their way to happiness alongside tonnes of invaluable advice. Lending itself nicely to being used at home and in the classroom, Propa Happy kicks off in exuberant style by inviting readers to “Be PROUD to let others see how AMAZING you are!” before explaining that happiness comes from within, and means something different to us all. The first chapter focuses on the individual, and includes exercises to help readers explore who they are, and what makes them happy The book goes on to explore everything from friendship, the power of kindness, and how to be a good friend, to how to boost your mood. Practical and inspirational, with the authors’ proceeds going to the NSPCC, it’s a terrific toolkit for mindfulness and positive thinking.
Peppered with brain-flexing puzzles - mazes, spot the difference, code-cracking, numeracy challenges and logic games - that neatly complement the story, Tim Collins’ Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Crown Jewels kicks off a new sleuthing series in engaging style. It’s a terrific trio of story, activity, and artwork, with John Bigwood’s detailed, dandy illustrations adding to the fun. After musing, “I need a case that will challenge me…Something I can really puzzle over,” Sherlock Bones gets exactly what he wished for when the crown jewels are stolen from Kennel Palace. With the story narrated by Sherlock’s devoted sidekick Dr Catson, the detective duo must unravel numerous tangled leads, with tonnes of suspects to investigate and eliminate in their pursuit of the real criminal. Along the way, readers are invited to get into detective mode through solving puzzles, with the story driven by lively dialogue and plenty of whodunnit intrigue.
What a brilliant book. I have never taught forest school myself but have often worked in schools where outdoor learning is valued and enjoyed. Having read this book, I have to say I am quite inspired to join in! As Sarah Seaman says in her introduction, outdoors, a child will talk more, laugh more, socialize more and be creative and imaginative. Just what we want for our little people. The importance and benefits of outdoor learning has been recognised and practiced for some time. This book would certainly give anyone the confidence to proceed. It is cleverly set out, packed with new and creative ideas for those who already enjoy outdoor learning with early years children. The concept of Muddy Puddle teaching is set out in 13 clear chapters, laid out to cover the varying experiences a teacher might have, different budgets and resources, and the difference type of outdoor space available. The chapters are punctuated with lots of facts, useful links, books and websites and ways to access free resources. There are fantastic ideas for how to use basic equipment imaginatively and lots of cross curricular activities. There are ideas throughout to develop both a child’s gross motor and fine motor skills. Many of the activities are differentiated. There are lots of ideas that could lead to related and extended topics, project starters and helpful illustrations. It is clear from reading this book that Sarah Seaman is an extremely experienced and passionate teacher who delivers her ideas in a thoughtful and helpful way. I think she should now write a 2nd book for KS 1&2. We should all be outside a lot more!
With this art journal for kids aged 7+ from Xavier Leopold, AKA Xavi Art, young readers can use art to brighten their day, find calmness and confidence, and show how they really feel. Xavi uses his unique story to show readers how to use art for self-expression and wellbeing. When city trader Xavi picked up a brush during lockdown in 2020, he found a whole new world of communication for feelings. Throughout this journal, he explains how anyone can put their thoughts and dreams on paper, no matter what training they have. Themed around key wellness topics like healthy living, positive thinking and expressing emotions, each chapter contains lots of inspiration for art from the heart. Plus, there's ample room for readers to make the journal their own by filling the pages with their art - and there's even a free online art club to join.
Packed with stunning artwork from the bestselling Heartstopper series, this unique colouring book allows you to relax with Nick, Charlie and friends - and also includes several exclusive never-before-seen images. Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. This beautiful colouring book contains all the fan favourite characters and scenes such as Nick and Charlie's first kiss and their trip to Paris, plus guest appearances from Nellie, Tao and Ellie, Tara and Darcy and many more! Featuring some empty speech bubbles to fill in with your own creative thoughts, and the entire Tara/Darcy mini-comic to colour at the end, this book has something for everyone. Celebrate the power of love and friendship, while becoming involved in the Heartstopper world in a truly interactive way.
Select outfits for the dolls as they indulge in their passion for horses and ponies. Choose their clothes for grooming, feeding and cleaning out at the stables, going for a trek in the countryside and taking part in pony games and show jumping events
Dress the dolls for dog walking, a trip to the vet, a puppy training session and lots more in this adorable activity book. Perfect for young animal lovers, there are over 250 reusable stickers of dogs and puppies, and delightful outfits and accessories for their owners, so the book can be enjoyed time and again.
Dress the dolls and choose accessories for a variety of occasions. Join the dolls at their pony club, have a summer picnic, spend a day on the beach and go roller skating in the park. The stickers include their clothes as well as stylish accessories including bags, shoes and hats.
Frozen Mountain is an interactive adventure game book that teaches essential survival skills to up-and-coming explorers. The story unfolds following an emergency landing high in a remote mountain region and from there the reader has to make a series of life and death decisions to make it home. Every possible danger comes your way as you deal with frostbite, bear attacks, blizzards, raging torrents and more. Not to mention the basic techniques for finding food, water and not getting even more lost than you already are! Frozen Mountain is absolutely packed with expert advice and tips for surviving in the wilderness. My favourite was finding out how to make a snow hole to stay warm and safe during a storm - you never know when that might come in handy! Apart from the cool tips, what this book really teaches is the relationship between risk and luck, and how making good decisions is the most important thing when out in the mountains. Page after page there’s a threat to your life. You're provided with information to make a decision and then your decision is tested by the spinner which comes with the book - a reminder that in the end there is always an element of luck in any dangerous situation. Frozen Mountain is great fun and beautifully illustrated in the style of a classic adventure book, and it even includes snippets from terrifying real-life survival stories to fire the imagination! After all, an adventure wouldn’t be an adventure without the possibility you may not return…
This picture book tells the tale of a prince and a kidnapped princess, of a cheeky bird catcher, a warring king and queen, and of a magic flute. It is of course the story of perhaps the most famous opera of all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and not only does the book cleverly condense the action into picture book form, but it allows readers to experience snatches of the music too. There are buttons on each page which, when pressed, play excerpts of the score, performed by orchestra and singers. There’s a short biography of Mozart on the final page to spark more interest in him and his music, a glossary and more information on the music, and what to listen out for. The illustrations are lively and full of detail, and this is a thoroughly charming first introduction to opera.