The FlyingKids Activity Book Reviewed.

Traveling with kids can be very stressful, even when you are taking a trip by aeroplane. Kids get bored very quickly, even when you are just taking a short haul flight, so it is important that you are prepared for this, and take a bag of goodies that will keep them busy and occupied for the journey. If you are traveling to Europe this Summer, the FlyingKids Activity Book Europe could be the perfect way to pass the time away as you travel to your destination.

The FlyingKids Travel Guide series is aimed at children aged 6-12, and offers information about the major countries of the world. It now has a sister companion piece, a colouring activity book full of pictures and quizzes based around some of the most important Countries and Cities in the World. The activities are educational, you learn about flags, culture, food and historical buildings, but also a lot of fun, especially for those who enjoy colouring it.

We have the FlyingKids activity book that is based all around Europe and are going to be taking it on our holiday next week as something for Joe to do on the plane, but I think you could use this book in lots of different scenario’s. This could range from teaching your child a little bit about a new place they are about to visit, building the excitement in the run up to a trip, or using it when you are actually on holiday when you are taking a break from the sun.

The books are lovely quality and are totally child friendly, with Leonardo, your tour guide, taking you from Italy to Germany, France to Spain, and then onto London. You see the Coliseum, the London Eye, the Brandenburg Gate and the Sagrada Familia, and hopefully your child will leave a little bit about the new places you are visiting through their book.

A Squash and a Squeeze at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

For those of you not familiar with children’s literature, ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ was the first book from the now legendary children’s author Julia Donaldson. And now the same title is being used as the name of a fabulous, child friendly exhibition that is taking place at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this Summer, dedicated to the fantastic body of work of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Located in the Gas Hall at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, a gorgeous airy and (thanks to air conditioning) a very cool space, ‘A squash and a Squeeze’ cleverly brings the world of Julia Donaldson’s most famous characters and stories to life. From the house in ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’, both with and without the animal guests, to the lair of The Gruffalo, complete with a rather scary footstep trail to follow to meet the Gruffalo himself, this is a wonderfuly interactive exhibition that will appeal to children of all ages.

The House from 'A Squash and a Squeeze'

Joe meets The Gruffalo

One of the most exciting things about this exhibition is that it is varied and interactive. All Julia Donaldson’s books are featured, from the widely know ‘Room on a broom’ and ‘Monkey Puzzle’ to the lesser know ‘Superworm’. There is a role play stage and dress up area which will definitely appeal to all the young Gruffalo’s out there, and there are also TV screens showing various narratives of the stories on television over the years.

For adults, you can marvel at original artwork from Axel Scheffler, and look at the framed notes which show how Julia’s work progresses from an idea to a completed story.

I loved this exhibition, as did my four year old, who was just enchanted by all the different displays and characters. ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ is at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 3rd November 2013.