07 March 2016

Book Themed Days Out and Activities

The Mini Mes have always had a large collection of books and although they have recently given a lot of their stories to younger relatives, friends and charities to enjoy, they still have their all time favourites tucked away and a selection of new reads ready to delve into. 

Jamster is really into Tom Gates at the moment whereas Minxy is working her way through the Dork Diaries. I think having reading as part of their bedtime routine ever since they were babies has really helped as they often pick up a paperback without being prompted. Something which I love to see.


The Mini Mes in 2008

If you're looking for a book related family day out then Britain is packed full of literary connections. The book worms at holiday company www.cottages.com have created a map of the best places to visit to immerse yourself in the worlds of your child’s favourite authors and stories.

If you’ve always wanted to explore the places that inspired your favourite authors why not use this handy guide to plan your next outing?





If you prefer staying a little closer to home then these book related activities may be just the thing for you to try:


We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Take a trip to your local woodland or park with some teddies and enjoy the various terrain or alternatively hide some bears in your garden for the kids to search for. If the weather isn't on your side then opt for an indoor picnic instead with your soft toys as company.


What the Ladybird Heard
Dress up as your favourite farmyard animals or make your very own ladybird costume like we did recently for World Book Day. You could also have a game of Chinese whispers where everyone sits in a circle and takes it in turns to say something quietly to the person next to them. See if the original phrase makes it back round to the end or if the words have been misconstrued along the way. It's likely there will be lots of giggles!




The Very Hungry Caterpillar
It's fairly easy to create themed bento style lunches and by cutting out a few holes into different foods it will look as though a caterpillar has been having a sneaky nibble! You could also try a food tasting taste which helps to encourage little ones to try new and exciting foods. Use a blindfold and see if they can identify the foods that they are fed.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If you have a sweet tooth then a day at Cadbury World might satisfy your needs but if an afternoon in the kitchen is preferred you could try baking your own triple chocolate brownies or making some truffles. My Mars Bar Cheesecake is always popular too.





For your chance to WIN a collection of 10 children's books 
you can enter via the Gleam entry form below. Perhaps these will inspire you to take a look at the Gruffalo or Stick Man trails around the country?

The giveaway ends at 11.59pm GMT on 31st March 2016.

Leaving a comment is compulsory but there are additional entry methods available also.

Good luck!

WIN a Collection of Children's Books


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152 comments :

  1. My favourite childrens book character is the BFG x

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  2. has to be the gruffalo or mog

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  3. At the moment harry potter for my daughter and peter rabbit for my son.

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  4. george(ina) from the famous five

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  5. My favourite character is Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. :)

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  6. My Little girl, loves the story 'Whatever Next' we go on an adventure with little bear to the moon.

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  7. My favourite book character is Ron Weasley from the harry Potter books!

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  8. Tom sawyer love those books

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  9. Red Riding Hood. Prettily dressed in her red cloak, begin kind and considerate by visiting her GrandMother.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter because of her Glad Game.

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  11. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

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  12. Aslan from the lion the witch & the wardroble

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  13. The hungry caterpiller - what a guy

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  14. Lucy from the lion the witch an the wardrobe

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  15. George the mouse in the book "George and the Dragon

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  16. george from georges marvellous medicine

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  17. moonface from the faraway tree

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  18. Charlie from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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  19. I like Harry Potter and the Gruffalo...

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  20. Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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  21. For the kids: Balloo
    For the adults: Jack Reacher

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  22. The Gruffalo and he is my son's favourite too

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  23. Zog the dragon

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  24. My favourite childrens book character is willy wonka - leanne w

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  25. Claire Elizabeth Noke8 March 2016 at 20:01

    Aslan from "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"!

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  26. Claire Elizabeth Noke8 March 2016 at 20:11

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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  27. The little mouse in 'The Gruffalo' for being so brave ;)

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  28. Alice in the wonderland stories

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  29. i cant choose between harry potter and the bfg :)

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  30. I love Matilda from the Roald Dahl book. Xxx

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  31. Charlie from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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  32. Lyra Belacqua aka Lyra Silvertongue is definitely one of my favourite characters

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  33. Danny from Danny the champion of the world

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  34. Matilda from the Roald Dahl book.

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  35. We love The Stick Man in our house! x

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  36. Plop from The Owl who was afraid of the dark

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  37. Just remembered the dragon in Green Smoke. I loved him!

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  38. Toad from Wind in the Willows

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  39. The caterpillar in the Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favourite non-human book character but Beatrix Potter's hapless Mr McGregor is my favourite human character.

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  40. George from the Famous Five :)

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  41. mine is Vera by Ann Cleaves

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  42. The Twits by Roahld Dahl, wonderful characters

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  43. Arthur Dent

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  44. Georges marvellous medicine. 😀

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  45. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

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  46. moon face from the magic faraway tree

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  47. My favourite character is the witch in room on the broom

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  48. My favourite character has to be Mrs Frisby from the Rats of Nimh

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  49. I love Eeyore, when I read any Winnie the Pooh books I always have to put on his Disney voice!

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  50. Gandalf from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

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  51. The Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit

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  52. My daughter changes her mind regularly but at the moment her favourite is the wolf from both Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs!

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  53. Enid Blyton's Moonface is my all time favourite and I am now 40!

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  54. george from georges marvellous medicine

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  56. Matilda for me also, I always used to relate - she was my first escapism :)

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  57. Mog from the Mog books by Judith Kerr

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  58. The giant from the smartest giant in town

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  59. thomas the tank engine i have a boy who is autistic and he loves thomas so much

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  60. Where's Wally- he has loads of fun!

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  61. My favourite children's book character is Paddington bear.

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  62. The Gruffalo is such a good book and character :)

    @jamiecomps

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  63. The little mouse from Gruffalo

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  64. My favourite book character is matilda, reading to my 4 year old age the moment.

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