10 free printable summer activities for children

Get creative and have fun together this summer with these fun printable activity sheets for children.

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a close up of a child painting, a rainbow on paper beneath their hands, dipping a brush in a pot

Looking for fun activities to keep the kids busy over the summer holidays? Featuring some of their favourite characters, including The Gruffalo and Dear Zoo, these free printable colouring in sheets, puzzles and craft activities for children will keep them (and you!) entertained for a while. 

Get messy with fingerpaints

Children of all ages can get creative with fingerpaints. Download and print these free fingerpainting sheets and put the forest back together with Emily Gravett's Tidy.

A badger carrying a wheelbarrow with a tree in it - the tree has no leaves, ready for finger painting
Emily Gravett finger painting
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A badger looking up at a very tall tree with bare branches ready for finger painting leaves
Emily Gravett finger painting
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Colour in The Gruffalo

Download and print these free colouring sheets and colour in The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. Listen along to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's story with The Gruffalo book and CD edition.

Black and white drawing for colouring in of The Gruffalo, snake, fox, owl and mouse in the deep dark woods
Gruffalo in the woods colouring in sheet
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Black and white drawing of The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's child sitting on his knee for colouring in
The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child colouring in sheet
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Make a library with The Detective Dog

Talk about your child's favourite books and draw their library with this downloadable activity sheet. Buy The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sarah Ogilvie here.

Activity Sheet - Favourite Books colouring - Detective Dog
Activity Sheet - Favourite Books colouring - The Detective Dog - Julia Donaldson - Sarah Ogilvie
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Help the princess escape from the wizard

Download this puzzle sheet which features characters from The Princess and The Wizard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

A maze that asks kids to help the Princess navigate to safely home and  escape the wizard
The Princess and the Wizard Maze
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Draw the animals with Dear Zoo

Draw the animals from Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo with this printable activity sheet. Visit the Dear Zoo & Friends website for more free activities for kids, to download and print. 

a drawing and colouring sheet showing several crates, for kids to draw the animals that have been sent from the zoo
Activity Sheet - Colouring Sheet - Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
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Learn colours with WOW! Said the Owl

Get creative together and improve your child's knowledge of colours with this WOW! Said the Owl rainbow colouring sheet.

A rainbow without colour - ready to be coloured in, on a blue background with a tree in front
Wow! Said the Owl Colouring Sheet
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Get creative with Princess Mirror-Belle

Draw, sketch or paint self-portraits and play spot the difference with these downloadable activity sheets inspired by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' Princess Mirror-Belle.

spot the difference activity - illustration of Ellen looking in the mirror
Spot the difference
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Get crafty with The Paper Dolls

Colour in, cut out and decorate a line of Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb's The Paper Dolls with this downloadable template. You could even use wool, string or tissue paper to make hair and clothes for your paper dolls.

the outline of three paper dolls holding hands, ready to be cut out and coloured in
Make your own paper dolls
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Do a wordsearch with What the Ladybird Heard

Doing word puzzles can help children to improve their reading skills and build on their vocabulary. Download this free printable word search which features characters from What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. 

Activity Sheet  - Wordsearch - What The Ladybird Heard at the Seaside - Julia Donaldson
What The Ladybird Heard at the Seaside Wordsearch
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Looking for more inspiration? Discover our list of the best indoor activities for kids here.