Activity books are a great way to keep kids busy on flights, long car journeys, at restaurants and even at home on a rainy day. Packing some activity books for a family holiday can help immensely to keep children occupied and engaged, especially during travel and long waits. In this post, I’ll share our recommendations for the best activity books for toddlers.
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Sticker Books for Toddlers
Stickers are a fun way to keep toddlers entertained and one of the first activities that can keep little ones busy while travelling. There are plenty of sticker books to choose from and in this list, I’ll share our favourite types of sticker books for toddlers that we’ve used through the years.
Tip: Remove the extra sticker backing that goes around the stickers to make it easier for young children to peel the stickers from the page by themselves.
Usborne First Sticker Books
We have purchased quite a few Usborne Sticker Books for our family travels, starting with the Airport First Sticker Book when my son was a toddler. The Usborne sticker books are great quality, with 150 to 200 stickers to use in various scenes and a huge selection of topics available for every age group. Their “First Sticker Book” series is perfect for little ones, with easy to peel stickers and a wide variety of topics to choose from, including Cars, Diggers, Princesses, Animals, Under the Sea, and even location-specific ones, such as London and Paris.
Usborne First Sticker Book Airport
Usborne First Sticker Book Travel
Usborne First Sticker Book Nature
Usborne First Sticker Book London
Galt Reusable Sticker Books
Having gone through many a one-time use sticker book, it’s always great to find a book that comes with reusable stickers. Many of the sticker books by Galt Toys are also a handy size (210 x 210mm) that is easy to fit in most mini backpacks and handbags. Little T enjoyed the Galt Funny Faces Sticker Book on our flight to Granada which kept him occupied picking eyes, ears, noses and mouths for various faces.
Galt Funny Faces Sticker Book
Galt Reusable Sticker Books Maps
Julia Donaldson Sticker Activity Books
Fans of Julia Donaldson will love the many sticker activity books featuring their favourite characters from books such as Room on the Broom, Snail and the Whale and What the Ladybird Heard. We have found these sticker activity books to be great value and the ones we have purchased – What the Ladybird Heard and Room on the Boom – have been used over several days on family holidays. These sticker books are chock full of fun activities and over 400 stickers that will keep toddlers (3+) and pre-schoolers busy on long flights and road trips.
What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Book
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book
Water Magic Books for Toddlers
Water magic books are a fun way to keep toddlers entertained while travelling. Simply fill up the pen with water for your little one to discover hidden images and scenes. Water magic pens are also ideal for travelling since the water is inside the pen and doesn’t leak or spill. Several of these books are also reusable and the ones we bought years ago are still being used over and over again. Galt have a wide selection of water magic books for toddlers, including At the Seaside, Dinosaurs, Safari and Vehicles.
Galt Water Magic Book – Unicorns
Galt Water Magic Book – Who’s Hiding?
Colouring Books for Toddlers
Crayola Mess Free Colouring Books
The Crayola mess free colouring books come with “Color Wonder” markers that only reveal their colour on the special paper, and not on clothing or anywhere else. They are a fun way for children to colour with markers while on the go, and feature characters from Frozen, Toy Story, Peppa Pig, and Unicreatures.
I hope you found this list of activity books for toddlers helpful! I will continue to update this list as we discover more books. Do you have any activity books you’d recommend?
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