Summer Holiday Life Savers

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With (UK) summer holidays just around the corner I’ve started thinking about how we’re going to make the most my extra time with my two young girls, having lots of fun AND staying sane. One magic resource I have prepared in my box of tricks is a stack of “activity books” for the girls.

To find out what I mean by activity books and why I think they can be so great, do head on over to Tasha’s blog, WAHM-BAM, where I’m reviewing a wide range of said books today, and explaining why they are indeed Summer Holiday Life Savers for me, M and J.

My post at WAHM-BAM is part of a week long celebration of books which Tasha is hosting – do be sure to check out all her great posts and guest posts that are part of her Book Week.

But before you go, leave me a comment about what you think of activity books. Doing so will give you a chance to win a fantastic Summer Holiday Life Saver Pack worth over £45…

Thanks to the incredibly generous folk at Derwent Pencils I have a gorgeous set of art materials to give away to one lucky reader. The set is made up of an Inktense Pencils 12 tin, an Inktense Block 12 tin, a small waterbrush and a pack of Grippers.

In addition to these fab materials, I’m throwing in a copy of Everybody’s Activity Book (which features in my article at WAHM-BAM).

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this bundle of goodies simply leave a comment on this post 🙂

If you want extra chances to win this Summer Holiday Life Saver set set you can:

  • Tweet about this giveaway. Please use this text or something similar: @playbythebook is giving away a fantastic set of @derwentpencils art materials & an activity book over at

  • Mention this giveaway on your blog

  • Link to this giveaway from your Facebook page

  • For any of the extra entries to count you must leave a separate comment here on this post saying what extra chance you’ve gone for (eg tweeted about the giveaway etc).

    This giveaway:

  • is open worldwide
  • is open until 6am (UK time) 12th July 2011

  • The winners will be selected randomly with the help of, and announced here on Playing by the book sometime during the day on 12th July. Good Luck!

    ***This giveaway is now closed***

    114 Responses

    1. Raghav Modi

      Hi, great article and a lovely giveaway. My daughter who is almost 4 has just started making drawings and paintings and it’s so much fun working with her on those. Cheers!

    2. Fayre

      What a fabulous giveaway!

      I love activity books, especially in the summer. My favourite are books where there are a variety of activities – some colouring, some wordsearches, number puzzles – that way they really do help to keep youngsters engaged for plenty of time!

      Best summer use for activity books: after a long walk, we all enjoy a picnic, and afterwards we all relax quietly in the shade of a tree with the children occupied with their activity books (and some of the adults too!)

      Thanks for the article and giveaway!

    3. Fayre

      Have tweeted (stormfayre) about this article and giveaway:

      “You should know @playbythebook is giving away a fantastic set of @derwentpencils art materials& an activity book over at “

    4. Sara Anderson

      I love activity books and coloring. XD I’ll never completely grow up and I think they help me find islands of sanity in the chaos of life.
      Thank you for the chance ^^
      Sara Anderson recently posted..My first pen show

    5. Melanie

      We love the doodle activity books, great for the imagination! Love any craft projects like this. Thanks

    6. Veronike

      Activity books are an excellent occupation of one’s time. It reaches out to ones playful side, while maintaining the artist inside of you. So, in one word, activity books are whimsical. Please pick me.

    7. Bek

      I think activity books are great, so much to do packed into something compact and tidy, a great way to entertain kids on the move.

      I tweeted @BekKitandCake

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