This is the very best sort of activity book – one which engages the mind and develops concepts as well as developing fine motor skills. The lovely, detailed colouring pages involve lots of activities – spotting the difference, finding the odd one out, classifying objects, counting, matching, observation and lots more. For example, there’s a double page full of ladybirds, all with differing numbers of spots. The instructions ask you to find all the ladybirds with two spots and colour them red, all the ones with six spots and colour them yellow, and so on. Other pages involve finishing off rows of similar faces then colouring them, finding the dogs hiding amongst a double page with lots and lots of cats, filling in the patterns on butterflies and lots more. The book is printed on high-quality paper, so markers won’t bleed through.
This would make a super gift, packaged with a set of markers, and would be ideal to keep a child amused on a long trip, or on a rainy afternoon. There are a couple of other related books aimed at slightly older children – Drawing, Doodling and Colouring, and Christmas Drawing, Doodling and Colouring – I think they’re all wonderful – they make me feel like picking up some pencils and starting colouring myself!