The Blurb On The Back:
Being 7 is awesome.
This book is bursting with ideas to make this the best year EVER!
Try out tons of activities and record them all in this book.
There’s even space for doodling, drawing and writing about your favourite music, hobbies, books, and sports.
From hiking to going on a scavenger hunt, making yoghurt pops to planning a sleepover – get stuck in and make this an awesome year!
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Written and illustrated by Kia Marie Hunt, this activity book (part of a series) for children aged 7 has plenty of different things to do, some cheap, some requiring expenditure and encourages the reader to record their experiences in words or pictures. There’s a lot of variety and I think many kids would get a kick out of it doing tasks with their friends, parents and on their own.
The book is part of a series, with others aimed at 6, 8, 9 and 10 year olds and aims to offer a lot of different things to do during their year of being a 7-year-old. Hunt offers up loads of ideas for kids to do from cooking, to hiking to playing crazy gold and there are different activities that can be done with friends (such as sharing ideas for films to see) or family (such as making ice lollies) and also activities that children can do on their own.
There is a bit of a middle class vibe to the book and some of the activities do require spending money (e.g. playing crazy golf and going to a planetarium) although there are equally activities that don’t require cash (such as going on a walk or looking for creepy crawlies). That said, I liked how the book encourages children to express whether they’ve enjoyed the activity whether by drawing a picture or writing it down (great at this age when they’re starting to write more) and helps them to discover new things outside computer games (although there is an activity that cleverly encourages the reader to share their favourite games, which could include computer games). I also liked how it encourages children to try new things like yoga and learning a language, things that I certainly would never have thought of when I was that age.
All in all I think the book offers plenty for kids to do and if you’re keen for your 7 year-old to avoid getting addicted to phones and computer screens, it’s a good way of giving them new ideas that encourage them to socialise but also be independent and how to express themselves.
Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.