Review: We were sent a copy of The Magical Underwater Activity Book for the purposes of this review. See full disclosure statement at the end of this article.
My ability to find time to actually read books seems to have taken a bit of a hit in the run up to Christmas. As usual at this time of year, there is so much to do that I’m not quite sure what to turn my attention to next. Trying to keep my head above water in the festive rush means that there are times when I need to occupy the kids, and rather than just using technology to help I’ve found that deploying an activity book at the right moment can be the solution.
The Magical Underwater Activity Book is probably one of the most beautifully illustrated activity books I’ve seen. As I said when we reviewed Mia Underwood’s first book (The Secret Woodland Activity Book), her Scandi-Style of artwork is just gorgeous.
This time around she is taking children on a magical underwater adventure where they get to meet a variety of real life and fictitious aquatic characters.
The book provides children with a huge range of activities. Everything from pictures to colour in to learning more code. From learning about map grid references to a template to make a deep-sea submarine. There’s also an opportunity for them to really get creative by using a “roll a story” grid to come up with characters and a plot for their own underwater story.
What I also really liked about this particular book is that it doesn’t just focus on the good side of things. There is a nice dose of realism by taking about the environmental impact of humans on marine ecosystems, and in particular the effect of plastic rubbish and micro-plastics. By making children understand this whilst they learn about marine life will surely help them to be conscious consumers of plastic and to think carefully about how they dispose of it.
It’s so refreshing to see an activity book that is not only fun and educational, but also one that carries such an important environmental message too.
The Magical Underwater Activity Book was published by Button Books in November 2019. RRP £9.99 and for ages 4 – 8 years. It is available to buy online *here.
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