Mar 25

Kids' Activities

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It's lockdown time, so we thought we'd share some activities to keep the kids entertained while we are all at home.

Having a copy of the corresponding book at home is not essential but if you would like to read it, lots of libraries have eBook services and there is always Kindle, Apple Books and Kobo. If you don't have a Kindle, fear not - you don't need to buy one. There is a Kindle app you can download onto your Smartphone or Tablet. Find out more about how to access books during the lockdown. Or of course, make a note and wait for your local bookstore to open up again.

For All Ages

My First Cookbook, Edmonds

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Become the champion-pikelet-maker, an expert-afghan-baker or an award-winning-pizza-creator.

With the iconic illustrated step-by-step layout of the original EDMONDS JUNIOR COOKBOOK, you'll find it super easy to learn to cook these classic New Zealand recipes.
From breakfast through to dessert and all the meals and snacks in between, this collection of over 90 recipes will be the beginning of a life long love of baking and cooking.

Download our Edmonds: My First Cookbook recipe cards here

Llamaste and Friends, Pat-a-Cake

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Llamaste is a llama who likes to practise yoga. Join her in this funny, sweet story as she helps Tiger calm down and Koala be brave by showing them simple, useful yoga poses. The easy-to-use text also encourages children to talk about how the animals are feeling and if they have felt like that too, which helps develop empathy skills and encourages them to talk about emotions.

Download our Llamaste and Friends guided relaxation audio here

For Under 5s

Donovan Bixley

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Donovan Bixley has sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his books in 31 countries and 18 languages, including te reo Maori. He has won awards for both his illustrating and writing and won the Children's Choice award in 2013. With over 100 books published, his unique style of illustration brings delight and joy to readers both young and old. He lives on the crater's edge of the greatest volcanic eruption in human history (also known as Lake Taupo, in New Zealand).

We have a whole page dedicated to Donovan Bixley and his picture books.

Download our Donovan Bixley activity sheets here

A Lion In The Meadow, Margaret Mahy

9781869713904

The little boy said, "Mother, there is a lion in the meadow."

The mother said, "Nonsense, little boy."

Do you think there is a lion in the meadow?

Award-winning author Margaret Mahy tells a delightful story of truth and imagination.

A classic tale for every child, illustrated charmingly by Jenny Williams.

Download the A Lion in the Meadow ears and tail dress-up templates here

This resource is best printed in A3

Giraffes Can't Dance, Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

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Gerald the giraffe longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but how can he join in when he doesn't know how to tango or two-step? Everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant story about being yourself and finding your own tune, GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE has been a family favourite for 20 years.

Download the Giraffes Can't Dance activity pack here

My Monster and Me, Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

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The very first picture book from the winner of The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, beautifully illustrated by Ella Bailey.

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?

Download the My Monster and Me colouring in sheet here

Rabbit Bright, Viola Wang

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Rabbit Bright goes boldly into the night, turning night-time fears to colourful dreams in this glorious, stylish picture book.

Sunless jungle, blackest cavern,
Deepest ocean, starless night:
In amongst these nightmares
There's no glimmer of a light.
But when a certain rabbit
Sets out across night's field,
The wonders of the darkest haunts
Are suddenly revealed...

A stunningly illustrated adventure, perfect for calming bedtime worries.

Download the Rabbit Bright colouring in sheet one here

Download the Rabbit Bright colouring in sheet two here

Charlie and Lola: One Thing, Lauren Child

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Charlie is always teaching his 4-year-old little sister, Lola, all sorts of things. Whether it's trying new foods, getting a haircut or losing a tooth, Charlie's been there and is happy to share his wisdom with little sis.

Download the Charlie and Lola colouring in sheets here

Can I Eat That?, Joshua David Stein and Julia Rotham

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A whimsical yet factual series of questions and answers about the things we eat... and don't eat!

Food critic Joshua David Stein whets the appetite of young readers with a wondrous and informative approach to talking about food. This humorous, stylized and entirely unexpected set of food facts will engage both good eaters and resisters alike. With questions both practical ("Can you eat a sea urchin?") and playful ("Do eggs grow on eggplants?"), this read-aloud text offers young children facts to share and the subtle encouragement to taste something new! Food and textile illustrator Julia Rothman brings an authenticity to the text that Stein has written from the heart, for his own three year-old and for pre-schoolers everywhere.

Download the Can I Eat That activity pack here

Brick, Joshua David Stein and Julia Rotham

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When Brick was just a baby, tall buildings amazed her. Her mother said, "Great things begin with small bricks. Look around and you'll see."

Brick's observations begin at home and then extend globally as she travels to a diverse list of brick structures - Malbork Castle in Poland, Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple in India, Grosvenor Estate apartments in England, and more - all the while pondering where she may end up. With a tender and timeless text by Joshua David Stein and architectural line art by Julia Rothman, this tribute to becoming part of something greater serves children and adults alike.

Download the Brick colouring in sheet here

Pancakes, Lotta Nieminen

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Cook pancakes from scratch inside this interactive recipe book readers whisk the eggs, flip the pancakes, and more!

Step one: mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

Step two: whisk the eggs, milk, and butter.

Step three: stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to make the batter.

Simple, straightforward recipe text brings readers through each step of cooking pancakes, while the interactive novelty features, such as pull-tabs, wheels, and a punch-out piece, invite them to participate in the process. Cooking pancakes has never been so satisfying nor so clean! Perfect for young chefs-to-be, or any kid who prefers to do it myself . This is the first title in a series of interactive recipe books.

Download the Pancakes activity pack here

Age 5-8

My Monster and Me, Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

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The very first picture book from the winner of The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, beautifully illustrated by Ella Bailey.

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?

Download the My Monster and Me activity sheet here

The Way Home For Wolf, Rachel Bright and Jim Field

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Stubborn wolf cub Wilf doesn't want help from anyone. Not from his friends or his family. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend.

This positive rhyming story is perfect for stubbornly independent little cubs everywhere!

Download the activity sheets for The Way Home For Wolf here

Scribble Witch, Inky Willis

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Welcome to the new magical series about a girl and her secret scribble witch, guaranteed to make 7-9s laugh out loud.

When Molly's best friend announces that she's moving to a new school, a blue Wednesday becomes the Worst Wednesday Ever.

That is until some unexpected magic brightens up Molly's day. Notes, a tiny paper witch who has been lurking in a pen pot, springs to life - and into action! Some of the things Notes does are absolutely NOT helpful and get Molly into trouble with her grouchbag teacher. But it's surprising what one tiny witch, armed with nothing more than a pencil, can achieve before the bell for home time rings.

With a vibrant, unique voice, and amazing illustrations to match, Inky Willis conjures up magic for every reader!

Download the Scribble Witch activity sheet here

Oi! Series, Kes Gray and Jim Field

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Jam-packed with the silliest of animals, this rhyming story will have the youngest of readers in fits of laughter.

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.

Download the Oi! Series activity sheets here

Download the Oi! Series colour in cat here

Download the Oi! Series word find here

Download the Oi! Series origami template here

Download the Oi! Series matching game here

Download the Oi! Series spot the difference here

Boot, Shane Hegarty and Ben Mantle

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When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn't with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved, which means something important to humans.

Boot soon realises its emotions make it different to other robots, who just function and don't think. Boot is scared but tries to be brave, which is hard when its screen keeps showing a wobbly, worried face. Luckily Boot meets Noke and Red - other 'advanced' robots who have learned to survive in secret.

With its new friends by its side, Boot is determined to find Beth and the gang set off on a dangerous adventure. Everything Boot thought it knew about the world is changing and things aren't as simple as it remembers.

Download the Boot activity booklet here

Book of Bones, Gabrielle Balkan and Sam Brewster

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Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood - and humorous - explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Download the Book of Bones activity pack here

Age 9+

Where The River Runs Gold, Sita Brahmachari

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Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields - the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won't survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are - their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts - to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it.

Download the Where The River Runs Gold origami instructions here

The Wizards of Once, Cressida Cowell

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This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came.

Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring.

Download the Wizards of Once wordsearch here

Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend

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Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Download the Nevermoor activity sheets here

Stories For Kids Who Dare To Be Different, Ben Brooks

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Boys will be boys and girls will be girls - or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you're a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you're a boy and you love ballet? And what if you've always dreamed of being a scientist but you can't see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy - in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners - for you to follow?

This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.

Download our Stories For Kids Who Dare To Be Different activity pack here

Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different, Ben Brooks

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Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity.

But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

Download our Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different activity packs for parents here

Download our Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different audio story here

For even more resources check out our Teacher's Resources section!

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