Review: The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids

The New Zealand Art Activity Book is packed full of activities to encourage children to see, think and draw like an artist.

Hunt for a shadow, draw a sound, imagine pictures in the clouds and take a line for a walk…

The New Zealand Art Activity Book was created by Helen Lloyd, a Senior Education Programmer at Te Papa. She’s one clever lady, let me tell you!

The New Zealand Art Activity BookIt is, quite simply, the most magnificent activity book I have seen in a long time. When it first arrived, I snuck away into the kitchen so I could have a flick through out of range of my children, so enthralling did I find it.

It is aimed at children aged 5-8 years, but I think it holds a massive amount of appeal for anyone with even the slightest twinge of creativity in their bones.

On one page is an image of Michael Smither’s Toys’ Tea Party, and the reader is asked “What toys are at their party?” On the following page is a table set with two tea cups and a teapot, and we are invited to draw our own toys’ tea party. How appealing to a child…how fun and individualised does that make the book? Drawing and colouring their own favourite toys, immortalising them in the pages of a book….amazing.

Other activities include drawing a picture blindfolded, going to an art exhibition and drawing your favourite artwork, making a double-handed drawing and drawing your favourite food on a plate. There’s an empty frame to be filled with a drawing of a family, postcards to be coloured and sent….so many fun and wondrous activities to ignite the imagination of anyone.

The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids is a beautiful book that will appeal to any child, and any adult who has ever found themselves doodling in a meeting or on the ‘phone. We love it, and it will be a book we pull from the craft shelves again and again and again.

Thanks to Te Papa Press for providing a copy of The New Zealand Art Activity Book: 100+ Ideas for Creative Kids for us to review. You can buy your own copy here.

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