If you’re looking for fun new activity books or kits to do this summer, here’s what’s new!
New Activity Books, Summer 2021
Richard Scarry’s Super Silly Seek and Find!
Ages 0 – 3
This is a colorful, oversized seek and find board book is perfect for ages zero to three. From the bedroom to the bathroom to outside on a busy street and gas station, your littles will get to look for one or more items such as 3 trash cans, 7 green bugs, and 1 potted plant. Highly recommended to share with the little readers on your lap.
How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo
ages 8 – 12
Do you love Lulu Mayo as much as my kids and me? In this spring-themed how-to-draw book, you’ll learn how to draw so many CUTE animals including a guinea pig, bunny, and duckling, plus a sloth on an Easter egg, a llama bunny, and a unicorn. The directions are easy to follow and the book gives you plenty of space for your own drawings next to the directions.
Bob Ross Activity Book 50+ Activities to Inspire Creativity and Happy Accidents by Robb Pearlman and Jason Kayser
ages 7 – 10
Dot to Dot, drawing, matching, spot the difference, crosswords, and more —there are lots of activities to do in this book that will encourage kids ages 8 to 12 to think about nature, art, and having fun.
Harry Potter Create by Sticker: Hogsmeade
ages 8 – 12
Use the stickers to complete the Hogsmeade-related mosaics starting with a Marauder’s Map and ending with a landscape of Hogsmeade Village. Cute cartoon illustrations and a brief narration take you on an adventurous experience. Harry Potter fans who like to puzzle together mosaics will enjoy these memorable sticker scenes. Also in the series: Create by Sticker: Hogwarts.
Fabulous Flowers (KLUTZ)
ages 8 – 12
Use the ready-to-punch-out paper sheets, the enclosed tools, stems, glitter, and step-by-step directions to create 20 beautiful paper flower blossoms! Then, keep them for your room or give your flower bouquets to a friend or parent to display in a vase. Doesn’t this look like a great craft kit for ages 8 and up?
Kinetic Sand Kalm
Kids or adults will find this sensory experience helpful for stress release and mindfulness. Everything you need is in the Zen Box including a scoop, shifter, rake, ball, and knife. Use the tools to play and create with the soft kinetic sand. (This is a GREAT activity for read-aloud time or as a fidget toy for anxiety and focus!!)
Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries: Ten Interactive Adventures in Mathematical Wonderland illustrated by Aleksandra Artymowska
ages 8 – 12
I love this delightful puzzling adventure for exploration, thinking, and problem-solving! Join Molly on her strange adventure where she does inside-out math, climbs an impossible staircase, learns about tessellations, solves infinite door puzzles, and more! Lift the flaps to read clues and read the information to learn more about Molly’s latest mathematical mysteries like cubes, patterns, Latin Squares, and much more. FANTASTIC!
Harry Potter Ravenclaw Magic: Artifacts from the Wizarding World by Jody Revenson
My husband is obsessed with this — weird, I know because he’s an adult. But it’s so enticing, even to the older generation of fans. LOL. Open up this cool kit/book and you’ll discover photographs and information about the house and its famous members plus artifacts like a notepad, a playing card, a patch, a mini-book, a bookmark, and more like The Quibbler, and a house banner!
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Magic: Artifacts from the Wizarding World by Jody Revenson
Just like the other ephemera kit for Ravenclaw, this cool kit shares artifacts, information about all things Hufflepuff, photos from the film, and more!
Orbeez Water Beads Mega Pack
Kids LOVE the smooth and squishy feel of these water beads — they’re fun to play with and squeeze. Put them in a large container and add measuring cups and bowls. NOTE: I was worried about our dogs but I think because these beads already are at their large, inflated size (unlike the pellets that you add water to inflate), the dogs should be fine. Don’t take my word for it though. I’m actually super paranoid so my kids don’t get to play with these around our dogs.
Ice Dyeing: The Coolest Tie-Dye Hit by Jen Malone
If you need another fun summer activity, this kit gives you almost everything you need to do tie-dying with ice! It does include a cloth to practice on but you’ll need to find a t-shirt or other clothing to use. Instructions teach you how to use ice and powdered die. Sounds clever to me!