At home, in the car, or on vacation, give your kids entertaining activity books that will keep them busy for hours of brainy fun! These are the best activity books for kids ages 6 – 12. Happy traveling!
Activity Books for Kids
Easy Mazes by Shinobu Akaishi, Eno Sarris
This book of mazes should be just right for your younger kids who aren’t ready for the more challenging book of mazes.
Brain Games for Kids: Mazes
Harder mazes for kids 8 and older.
Brain Games for Kids #1
Crossword puzzles, word searches, mazes, picture puzzles and more.
Mad Libs Junior Animals
Make up super silly stories with your friends and family. No need to remember parts of speech because the junior book uses pictures instead. Best for kids in first, second, and third grades, or ages 6 – 9.
Tear Up This Book! by Keri Smith
A very popular American Girl book for fun, creativity, and crafts. My kids love this book.
The Pointless Book: Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by You by Alfie Deyes
Games, activities, and other wacky content by YouTube star, Alfie Deyes.
Letters to My Future Self by Lea Redmond
12 letter keepsakes with interesting prompts to inspire self-reflection.
The Brainiest Insaniest Ultimate Puzzle Book! by Amy Goldstein, Robert Leighton, Mike Shenk
Colorful word games, mazes, puzzles and more for kids ages 8 and up.
Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz) by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy
Scribble-starters, ideas, and places for inspiration from the talented picture book illustrator, Quentin Blake.
Bored No More: Quiz Book by Aubre Andrus
Girls will love these quizzes and activities from American Girl.
Dot to Dot Count to 100
Practice counting up to 10, 20, 30 and 100 with this fun dot-to-dot puzzle book.
The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World by David Kalvitis
Want a challenge? Be warned — these are HARD dot to dot puzzles so it’s best for kids 8 and up. Also, they are fantastic for coloring in after you complete the puzzle.
Mad-Libs Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook Travel by
How do you cross piranha-infested waters? This is a hilarious way to pass the time and practice your parts of speech. Plus, I love the Worst-Case Scenario books, don’t you?
Sticker Dolly Dressing on Vacation by Lucy Bowman, Vici Leyhane, Stella Baggott
24 pages and stickers of girls on vacation — my own kids adore these sticker books and save them forever. (Much to my dismay.)
LEGO Star Wars: These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For by Ameet Studio
If your kids like LEGO and Star Wars, they’ll love this activity book!
Highlights Hidden Pictures Sticker Book
Younger learners can the stickers to find the hidden objects. So fun! My kids always preferred the sticker hidden picture books to the color books.
Highlights Hidden Pictures in the Wild
100 more difficult puzzles for kids to seek and find in this big activity book.
The Monster Book of Sudoku for Kids by Will Shortz
Easy (number-based) sudoku puzzles for kids starting with 4 x 4 grids. These will keep your kids brains working hard — and maybe you, too if you want!
Design By Me: Treats by Carrie Anton, Paula Riley
Hours of coloring fun – my girls love their Design By Me coloring books and often color while I read them bedtime stories.
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