5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own

These kids activities books are some of the very best to inspire lots of playtime fun! The titles listed below have a proven track record with my family, as they are some of the books we most often refer to for creative inspiration again and again. My kids love them, and so do I!

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5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own

Here are 5 Kids Activities Book Every Parent Should Own:

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5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own - Red Ted Art

1. Red Ted Art by Maggy Woodley

Full of cute and easy crafts for kids. The projects featured in Red Ted Art require very basic materials, and I love how Maggy uses mostly recyclables for her crafty creations! I find myself referring to her book for crafty inspiration over and over again. You will also love her YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe!

Red Ted Art on Amazon
Red Ted Art on Let’s Play Books

5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own - The Artful Year

2. The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul

Celebrate seasons and holidays with crafts and recipes. Jean’s book features more than 175 family-friendly activities. My kids enjoy this one so much that almost every page has been bookmarked with sticky tabs and notes. This book is a gem!

The Artful Year on Amazon
The Artful Year on Let’s Play Books

5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own - 100 Backyard Activities

3. 100 Backyard Activities by Colleen Kessler

This is the book that should have existed when my husband was a kid – he would have LOVED it! When the weather is nice outside, 100 Backyard Activities is the book my kids turn to for inspiring nature play ideas. They’ve enjoyed dissecting flowers, making homes for worms, building bird feeders from recyclables, and so much more! They especially love the Backyard Botany section.

100 Backyard Activities on Amazon
100 Backyard Activities on Let’s Play Books

5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own - Superkids Activity Guide

4. The Superkids Activity Guide by Dayna Abraham

Here’s a book filled with awesome games and crafts to master moods, boost focus, hack mealtimes, and help grown-ups get a better understanding of kids. A great mix of activities, recipes, and there are handy templates in the back of the book for creating chore charts, a conflict resolution spinner, a comic book kit, and more! The Superkids Activity Guide belongs on every parents’ bookshelf.

Superkids Activity Guide on Amazon
Superkids Activity Guide on Let’s Play Books

5 Kids Activities Books Every Parent Should Own - Tinkerlab

5. Tinkerlab for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley

Rachelle’s book features playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking. This is another one that has been filled with sticky note tab bookmarks again and again! If you have a child who has any interest in engineering or enjoys solving problems, Tinkerlab belongs in your home library! In addition to all the inspiring project ideas, you’ll also find ways for setting up an at-home discovery area, and tips for keeping the clutter clear.

Tinkerlab on Amazon
Tinkerlab on Let’s Play Books

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  1. I recommend ScrapKins Junk ReThunk and Build it. Lots of fun to be had with repurposed materials.