Summer Holiday Activity Books

The summer holidays… have you or your kids run out of steam yet? Thinking of things to keep children entertained during these long holidays can be tiring but thankfully we have lots of inspiration for you in the shape of these excellent activity books.

Summer Holiday Activity Books to keep kids entertained

The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do by Andy Seed and Scott Garrett, published by Bloomsbury

The Anti Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do by Andy Seed and Scott Garrett Bloomsbury kids non fiction

Andy Seed takes his boredom busting series of books outside with this one and provides all manner of things to keep everyone occupied and entertained. From simple word games and jokes to den building and experiments. Many of the activities are easy to set up and you’ll find most of what you need in your house already. And, there’s even a section of activities to do indoors if you find yourselves stuck inside on a rainy day. Take a look at some of the activities we tried in our full review here.

Buy The Anti-Boredome Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do from Wordery.

If your children are taking part in The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge this year then they will already be familiar with Dennis the Menace. The gang at Beano have published some suitably mischievous books to keep your little terrors busy this summer, in between all the reading of course.

Beano Book of Mischief, Mayhem and Fun published by Templar Publishing.

Beano Book of Mischief Mayhen and Fun Templar Publishing

Packed full of ideas of things to do this book is sure to please with over 100 fun activities. There are the mischievous ones you would hope to see in a Beano book such as making a catapult or a pea shooter, tricks and jokes. But there are also tons of projects to encourage creativity; comics, flip books, bug hotels and bird baths not to mention brilliantly silly games.

Buy Beano Book of Mischief, Mayhem and Fun from Wordery.

Beano Builds: Secret Den and Beano Builds Go Kart published by Templar Publishing.

Beano Builds - Secret Den and Go Kart cardboard box modelling Templar Publishing

Know a child who loves building models out of junk? Then these Beano Builds books are made for them. Each book is dedicated to using cardboard boxes to making your own epic creations; a secret den and a go-kart. With 4 projects to complete your build and accessories as well as stickers to help you decorate and personalise them these books will keep kids busy and spark their creativity. There are even some bonus games and puzzles to add to the adventure.

Junk modelling is really popular in schools at the moment, and while it seems like a great way for the teachers to offload all their recycling it’s also a brilliant way to develop imagination, fine motor skills and communication.

Buy the Beano Builds books from Wordery.

Painting Rocks by Laura Baker, published by Studio Press.

Painting Rocks Laura Baker Templar Publishing

A new craze is sweeping the country and it’s both creative and a great way to encourage kids to get adventuring outdoors – hide and find painted rocks. The idea is beautifully simple, you paint a rock with any design you like and hide it somewhere outdoors for anyone else to find. If you find a rock, pick it up and hide it somewhere else to keep the game going. Here are some ladybird ones we made.


This book will give you plenty of creative ideas as well as tips and tricks to designing and painting your rocks. From animals and food to colourful patterns and positive messages you are sure to be inspired. There’s also a couple of pages of templates at the back to help get you started.

There has been a rock hunt like this happening near to us for the past few months and its popularity has grown and grown, my two boys get so excited when they spot a rock and love to see what design is on it. Search on Facebook to see if there is a rock hunt already happening where you live and if not, why not start one yourself?

Buy Painting Rocks from Wordery.

Next-Level DIY Slime by Karina Garcia, published by Studio Press.

Next Level DIY Slime by Karina Garcia Templar Publishing

Another craze that you can’t possibly have avoided if you know any small people is slime. Glue, bicarbonate of soda and contact lens solution (who knew!?) is all you need for a basic slime recipe which you can then add colours, glitter or anything to. But this book from Queen of Slime and YouTuber Karina Garcia will definitely take your slime creations to the next level; slushie slime, jelly slime, cloud slime, peanut butter slime, the list goes on! Karina can show you how to modify your slime to have different textures and even change colour, pretty impressive.

The summer holidays are the perfect time to perfect these new slime recipes and Karina also shares some tips on how to store and clean up slime as well as reminding us all that no matter how tempting the slime looks or smells, don’t eat it!

Buy Next-Level DIY Slime from Wordery.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending a copy of The Anti-Boredom Book and to Templar Publishing for sending copies of the Beano books, Painting Rocks and Next-Level DIY Slime for review.

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Summer holiday activity books to keep kids busy and entertained

13 thoughts on “Summer Holiday Activity Books

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  1. Ella and KayCee would love the slime book but we’ve banned slime making in our house because they don’t seem able to clean up after themselves!


  2. These look great books to keep primary age kids busy. Unfortunately teenagers just need a phone to keep them ‘busy’. My daughter is already brilliant at making slime (and even sells it), but there are definitely some varieties here she hasn’t tried. I think she’d enjoy the book.


  3. Apart from the slime book (as I hate slime ever since it got stuck on the carpet), these look fab. My son was delighted when he found a decorated stone last week. We took a photo before rehiding it somewhere else


  4. My girls are involved in the Summer Reading Challenge at our local library which has a Dennis The Mennace theme. Also they are obsessed with the local ‘hide and find the rocks’ thing. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time


  5. What a great collection of activity books, we have been enjoying the Julia Donaldson sticker/activity books this summer. #kltr


  6. I love the look of the boredome-buster book, and the Beano books look really great as well! Rocks have been a bit of an obsession with me since childhood, but ironically we haven’t joined this latest round of rock-painting craziness 🙂 It’s just a matter of time though! x #KCACOLS


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