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Colour Me In!: An activity book Paperback – 5 Aug 2013
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This book that is one that can keep youngsters busy for hours.
Over 100 pages to color in, plus mazes, puzzles, dot-to-dot, and games, all with a quirky twist.
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OKIDO is an innovative group of London-based designers, illustrators, and authors who create an art-and-science magazine of the same name for young children. In spring 2015, their television show will air on the BBC. Author Sophie Dauvois is a scientist and teacher. Rachel Ortas is an illustrator and artist-in-residence at Central Saint Martins, London. Alex Barrow is the magazine's art director.
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One of the first games she did was draw animal halves and join them together. She made a ramster, a cross between a rabbit and a hamster, a dfrog, a cross between a dog and a frog and some others.
Another game had her drawing the poos of a mole, which she was laughing at.
The pages are all in red and blue. This is where the title is clever "Colour me in!" It suggests another activity to do on top of the ones suggested in the inside.
Another thing in the book is a little flip book at one of the bottom corners, whilst in the other corner it encourages you to create your own.
There is plenty to do in here so you can't really complain, although she skips some parts in preference to others.
From dot-to-dots to copying pictures and completing others (being asked to draw hats, faces etc on shapes already drawn in the book), there's something for everyone here. The tasks range in difficulty, too, so my 7 and 9 year old daughters found that there was something they could each do.
The pictures are really nicely drawn and laid out and the instructions are short but easy to understand. Over-all, a nice activity book with a range of tasks which should keep little minds and fingers busy for quite some time.
When I first saw it, I thought it was a colouring book, but it is actually much more than that. There is plenty of opportunity for colouring, but this book has more than 100 pages of different activities. Every page is different and provides differing tasks. There is plenty of drawing to fill in the gaps - like draw the plant (when the page shows a watering can being poured and a patch of earth below); or drawing the tongue in so that a frog can catch a fly. But there are also mazes, puzzles, dot-to-dots, and all sorts.
The book has a lovely crisp feel to it. It is on good quality page and the designs are clean and easy to comprehend.
Overall it is a terrific little book and much enjoyed by my kids.
Thankfully the Okido 'Colour Me In' Activity Book is much more than a traditional colouring book. This joyful and lighthearted edition is packed full of activities to stimulate the mind. A perfect crossover between science and art. The illustrations are lovely and the activities great fun.
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