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The 10 Best children's activity books

Keep boredom at bay on long journeys or dull afternoons this summer with pages and pages of interactive entertainment

1. London 2012 Games Activity Handbook

£6.99, johnlewis.com

The perfect children's companion to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with puzzles and stickers.

2. Doodlepedia

£8.99, dk.co.uk

Get ready to doodle yourself clever. This pad gets children fact-finding on all sorts of subjects, getting them to draw with confidence.

3. The Usborne Holiday Activity Book

£7.99, usborne.com

Some 96 pages of puzzles to solve, stickers to stick, doodles to draw, recipes to make and games to play.

4. Doll's House Sticker Book

£4.13 waterstones.com

Beautifully illustrated by Ina Hattenhauer, this book is a slice of heaven for girls who love doll houses.

5. Peppa Pig: Amazing Adventures Sticker Book

£4.01, amazon.co.uk

This activity book sees pre-schoolers' favourite TV character going to a castle, funfair and jungle.

6. 100 Things to Make & Do

£7.99, usborne.com

This resourceful, pocket-sized book is packed with oodles of creative, fun projects, ranging from drawing to crafts.

7. JCB Activity and Colouring Pack

£3.50, farmtoysonline.co.uk

Perfect for children who love diggers and is one of a collection of products for children by JCB.

8. This Book is Totally Rubbish

£4.49, walker.co.uk

A fun book that contains plenty of things to make and do – all based on the topics of art and recycling.

9. Are we there yet?

£6, marksandspencer.com

Say goodbye to boring journeys with this exciting activity pad that's packed with games, puzzles, crayons and stickers all specially designed for being on the move.

10. Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Colouring Pad

£7.45, amazon.co.uk

See exciting wildlife pictures come glowing to life when you put them in a sunny window. Use markers to add colours of your choice.