Free school holiday activities: the best download sheets

The six-week summer holiday is here and friends with school age children are fretting about how to a) keep them entertained, b) not have to take out a second mortgage to do so.

One mum I know has invested in a rather spectacular swimming pool and sand pit combo, to allow for lots of back garden playdates this year (I’ve told her she should be charging).

But the good old British weather isn’t very reliable and indoor entertainment is inevitable at some point.

Luckily, loads of children’s authors, illustrators and publishers provide free colouring and activity sheets that you can download and print off.

Here are 10 of the best ones:

1. Emily Brown and How To Train Your Dragon colouring and crafts from Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell. Click here

2. Puzzles, colouring pages, World Book Day resources and how to guides featuring Penguin Blue, Fred Bear and Odd Dog Out from Rob Biddulph. Click here 

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3. The Tiger Who Came To Tea colouring sheets, join-the-dots and word searches to liven up your very own tea party. Click here

4. Party games, masks and hats courtesy of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Click here

5. Learn how to make an Eric Carle style collage and get a Very Hungry Caterpillar colouring sheet. Click here

6. That’s Not My… Colouring Sheet! Free downloads featuring different animals from the popular Usborne board book series. Click here

7. Much loved illustrator Axel Scheffler has six detailed colouring sheets on offer, as well as tips on how he creates characters like The Gruffalo. Click here

8. Head to Quentin Blake‘s website for some charming colouring in options. Click here 

9. Puffin Books has age-appropriate activity packs for kids aged 0-5 years old, 6-9 years old and 9-12 years old. The youngest one features Ed Vere’s How To Be A Lion and Roald Dahl’s Enormous Crocodile. Click here

10. The wonderful Chris Haughton has a range of posters, colouring sheets and craft activities on his website, featuring Oh No, George!, the owl from A Bit Lost and the characters from Shh! We Have A Plan. Click here

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