18 Must Have Activity Books For Creative Families

18 Must Have Activity Books For Creative Families

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Check out this list of fabulous family activity books. They are perfect for families who want to make the most of the time they spend with their kids. They include art, craft, Lego and STEM activities. You don’t need to spend hours on Pinterest. Add a couple of these books to your resource library and you’ll be good to go anytime.Family Activity Books| Steam Activities |Art |Lego

There are times when the business of life can leave you feeling disconnected as a family. You know that you need to spend time with your kids, but what to do? How can you make the best of the time you have together.

I know that Pinterest is a wonderful source of activities and ideas, but it can also be a huge distraction.

Going down the Pinterest rabbit hole

I log into Pinterest with the intention of finding one good family activity. Then all those lovely pins hit my eyeballs and all reason leaves me. Two hours later I’ve pinned everything from amazing storage solutions, to 10 awesome campfire recipes, to a tutorial to make minion bananas!

I still don’t have a decent activity, all that time has slipped away and I have nothing to show for it.

And sadly is that even though I’ve spent all that time pinning all these amazing ideas, I don’t actually use many of them.

Tell me I’m not the only one!

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Here’s the problem

What we are looking for are family activities that are fun, easy to do and use stuff you already have around the house right?

If you are like me spending time with your kids is not the problem.

It’s making the most of that time together.

You just need a ready source of ideas that won’t suck you into digital rabbit hole like Pinterest.

I found two amazing tools

The first was my ready to go list of no prep activities. These are great when you have 15 minutes and want something fast and fun.

But when we had a little more time together I want something else. That’s when I turn to my activity books. There is nothing like having a couple of really great activity books on hand for inspiration and help.

Pinterest is great, but when you need an activity RIGHT NOW a good book crammed full of ideas is way better.

  • For starters it’s a lot faster to flip through a book with your kids.
  • It’s good for everyone to get away from the screens for a while.
  • A book works even when the Internet or power goes down.
  • As a general rule most of the things printed in books have been kid tested. That is NOT the always the case with the ideas on Pinterest. I’ve had my share of Pinterest fails!

There are loads of great activity books out there, so I’ve rounded up a wonderful collection that provides great value for money. One or two of these will give you ample ideas for fun family activities.

This list of activity books have been approved by families. And if it makes any difference this mom, educator and former children’s librarian has also approved them. I’d love to add to this list, so before you go, please leave a comment with your favorite activity book for families

You’ll be saving parents everywhere from Pinterest oblivion!

As the festive season is coming up why not put a few on your wish list? Or on your kid’s wish list?

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The Ultimate List of Family Activity Books

Science Activities

Steam Kids 

Steam Kids has 50+ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities that will wow your kids!  This book will inspire a year’s worth of family activities and sneak in whole lot of learning at the same time. It includes loads of fun stuff like color changing playdough, bottle rockets, and rainbow reactions.

101 coolest simple Science

Impress your kids with 101 Coolest Science Experiments.  You’ll have so much fun conducting these incredible, wacky and fun experiments with your kids. As an added bonus you’ll also investigate, answer your questions and expand your knowledge using everyday household items. As a parent I love the handy mess meter, preparation times and notes about the level of supervision required.

Lego Books

Awesome Lego Adventures and Epic Lego Creations

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Awesome Lego Creations


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Epic Lego Adventures

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Are there LEGO® lovers in your house? I’ve got two amazing books for you! Pull out the Lego and get playing. Spark your children’s imagination with new ideas for that collection of LEGO® you already have. I love that these books encourage children to make good use of the bricks they already have! There is no need to keep buying endless new sets!

Epic Kid’s Activities

101 Kids Activities

101 Kids Activities is a gold mine of fun family activities. Packed with time-tested, exciting activities this book will keep your family laughing and learning together. As a parent I really appreciate that each activity can be adapted to suit younger and older kids.


This one is mine!Unplug is packed with activities you can enjoy with your kids. Activities that don’t require much preparation, in fact many of them require NONE at all. Some require a few materials and a little planning, although not too much I promise. They will all help you build memories, spark imagination, and encourage creativity.

Tinkerlab: A hands on guide for little inventors

Tinkerlab has 55 playful activities that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking. It includes hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more.  I love that the all activities are all open invitations to be creative. This book also includes suggestions to help you adapt each project for different age levels.

Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Activity Plans

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These activity plans provides a super quick way to be have fun with your kids. The best part about them is that they are super simple and use supplies that you probably have on hand. Yes you could spend hours on Pinterest finding similar activities, but these are ready to go immediately.

Art and Craft Books

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the world of Harry Potter 

Where was this book when my kids were growing up? I love these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Transfigure simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn.

Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids: A Silly Book for Creative and Visual Thinking

Tangle Art and Drawing Games is perfect for families who want to introduce a little more creativity into their lives and have fun doing it. It’s about exploring, experimenting, and getting lost in creativity. I love that these projects are not focused on the end result, but on enjoying the process.

Bonus: Doing art together creates amazing family connections. Somehow making art creates a relaxed atmosphere that allows families to enjoy each other’s company and perhaps talk a little deeper than they usually do. Try it and see!

Art Lab for Kids 

Art Lab gives you 52 amazing process art projects. That’s one for every week in the year! Got smaller kids?  There’s an Art Lab for Preschoolers, too.

Art Lab

Bonus! 4 More Science Activity Books For Families

These activity books are written by fellow bloggers.I haven’t checked them out personally, but they come highly recommended by those that bought them on Amazon. If nothing on the above list caught your fancy, try these books.

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Kitchen Science Lab

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Gardening Lab

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Exploring Kitchen Science

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Outdoor Science Lab

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Your Turn

What are your favorite family activity books? Share in a comment below!

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