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 ยฃ45…

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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  • For any of the extra entries to count you must leave a separate comment here on this post saying what extra chance youโ€™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. Laura

      brilliant giveaway, my fingers are itching for those lovely pencils! please enter me in your draw – and thanks for all those great activity book ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
      Laura recently posted..Portrait gallery

    2. Diandra Mae

      This is a fab post! I agree about activity books, they are a dream for a slow summer day and a curious 4 year old. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve tweeted and linked on FB for this contest.

    3. Janette DeVois

      I love Derwent Inktense pencils! This is a wonderful giveaway!

    4. Rita A.

      I love activity books. I use them in my writing group as fun prompts for writing. Even though the group is all adults the kids activities gets them to thinking in a “new’ way.
      I have some Inktense pencils which I love and didn’ tknow they had the blocks and such. What a wonderful prize.
      Rita A. recently posted..Tuesdays With Rita

    5. Cath H

      I run a chatterbooks reading group for children and these resources would be great! Love the site, I will be visiting again.

    6. Emma Davis

      I would love to win this set please. My children would be over the moon and it would provide many happy hours for all of us ๐Ÿ™‚

    7. Emily

      OMG my sister and I love activity books! We have gone through a few ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to win the Derwent as I am a mega mini DERWENT fan and have been for 4 years ๐Ÿ™‚

    8. Tracy W

      Lovely set of goodies, perfect for dabbling with over the summer.

    9. Mary Christensen

      I just read about this on Facebook! My artistic children would spend hours away from their computer games with these great art supplies!

    10. Mary Beth Kerr

      I teach at Head Start …… we could sure use these …….my spare dollars for supplies are scant …..I will be buying one book for my kids I teach at Smile. Peace . MB

    11. Wendy M

      I love Activity Books! They are great to use on long trips, or to just provide some variety to our summer days. I have a little boy who would love this. I love your blog, and all the wonderful books and places that you highlight.

    12. deborah

      my kids would live these – perfect for all the holiday drawing time!!

    13. Vlad


      Fabulous post. Thanks for the effort, I’m off to read your detailed review on Tashaโ€™s blog.


    14. Alice

      My son would love this, especially as his little sister is just started to take an interest in drawing and is forever trying to “borrow” his pencils to chew on!!

    15. Diane Buck

      These would be a great addition to my art supplies. Love learning how to use new products.

    16. Florence Gillespie

      I am just starting to do a little summer ‘doodling’….

      The art materials would be lovely to have, but I would really like to see the book!

      Happy Summer!

      I LOVE this site – especially the visuals (particularly the pic of the sunflower garden).

    17. Theresa N

      We’re always using activity books they’re great for the kids and grandmother likes them too.

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