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Free activity sheets from Viviane Schwarz and Walker Books

Posted on | August 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

Today’s first lot of free activities from children’s book authors and illustrators come from the fantastically talented Viviane Schwarz, author of There are Cats in this Book, one of J’s all time favourite books.

On Viv’s blog you can download knitting patterns to create the cats in There are Cats in this Book. Not a beginners’ crafty activity, but my goodness, the end results look fantastic!

Viv has an enthusiastic tutorial for making a sock monkey – with tips on how to make the process especially child-friendly. Viv’s book Timothy and the Strong Pyjamas, and her upcoming graphic novel both include sock monkeys!

Images used with permission. Copyright: Viviane Schwarz

If you’ve a colour printer Viv has created a fab sheet of cats to cut out and hide in books – they’re eager to get up to adventures with you so what are you waiting for?

Several of Viviane’s books have been published by Walker Books, and the Walker Books website has a wealth of activity sheets from other authors and illustrators on their books. Some of my favourite include:

  • The Maisy Party Kit
  • Ideas for play inspired by We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • Where’s Wally activity sheets including word searches and crosswords

  • But there are many, many more over at Walker Books so do go over and find some that are just right for you and your kids.

    If you’ve downloaded and used any of the activity sheets I’ve linked to so far this summer do let me know what you and your kids thought of them!

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    One Response to “Free activity sheets from Viviane Schwarz and Walker Books”

    1. Damyanti
      August 4th, 2011 @ 9:13 am

      Have printed the cat sheet, am looking forward to hiding them in son’s books on Fri night with the hope he will spend Sat morn hunting for them while I have a lie in (well at least until the baby wakes)

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