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1st set of free activity sheets from authors and illustrators – Summer 2012

Posted on | August 3, 2012 | 8 Comments

It’s always handy to have a few activity sheets up one’s metaphorical sleeve when it comes to the summer holidays and so once again I’ve sought out some great free resources created by children’s authors and illustrators for us all to enjoy.

Click on the relevant image or coloured link to be taken to activity sheets you can download.

Debi Gliori has created an entire fun pack you can download. It includes a wordsearch, a mask to make, colouring in and more.

On Neal Layton’s site you can find Emily B activity sheets and an Oscar and Arabella colouring Sheet

Illustrator Claire Sells has two colouring-in sheets (a fairy, and some dinosaurs) for a quick and easy 5-minute activity.

If you loved Maudie Smith’s Opal Moonbaby, you won’t want to miss out on her Mingle Maker

Clara Vulliamy has enough crafty goodness on her website to keep you out of mischief the whole summer. Although of it was created for an advent calendar, not all of it is wintery themed (and those bits which are may be just right for friends in the Southern Hemisphere right now). I particularly like the Bunny Rocket and the bear thaumatrope.

Finally for today, on the Puffin website there are oodles and doodles of activities for you to print off and play with. Eric Carle, Cathy Cassidy, Charlie and Lola, Roald Dahl, Jeremy Strong and The Worst Witch all feature.

I hope you have fun with some of these! And should you want even more activity sheets do take a look through those I’ve linked to in the past.

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8 Responses to “1st set of free activity sheets from authors and illustrators – Summer 2012”

  1. Mrs Brown
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Thanks for these! We’re home from our American travels and the novelty of old toys seeming new is going to wear off very soon. I should get some activity sheets ready in advance.
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  2. Zoe
    August 4th, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Welcome back Mrs Brown! This is the first of 3 round ups of activities sheets I have planned for the summer hols, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. I’ve found my kids have enjoyed the sheets even if they don’t know the illustrator.

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  4. Yvonne Keen
    August 7th, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    These are great, thank you Zoe. Have you discovered This site has some truly wonderful craft and making activities. Have a lovely summer with the girls. Best wishes, Yvonne
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  5. Zoe
    August 8th, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Yep, thanks Yvonne, I have Joel’s blog in my feed, definitely some lovely projects there.
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  6. Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook
    August 10th, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    Wintry sounds just right at the moment! Love these links, Zoe.
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  7. Zoe
    August 10th, 2012 @ 6:53 am
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