3 4 Friday - gifts for children that are more than a book

At this time of year we try to make Mostly Books a haven of tranquility, inspiration and helpful advice (try and guess which one of those three doesn't always come off) but sometimes when choosing a gift for children, a book isn't quite enough. So for today's '3 4 Friday' #fridayreads - here's three gifts that are a bit more than a book.

Playbook Farm’ is a delightful gift for all pre-school children – six pop-up storybooks unfold and transform into a 3D farmyard landscape play-mat with cut-out cardboard animals and farm vehicles.

You often hear people talking about a book being an opening to another world. This is the definitely the case with this really imaginative offering from Nosy Crow (they are doing a pirate playbook for next year - can't wait!)

This is great for sharing at playtime, and at the moment you can see the folded out farm in our Christmas window. Alternatively, watch this fantastic video put together by those shrewd dudes at Nosy Crow:

A Julia Donaldson animation on the telly is fast becoming a Christmas Day tradition, and this year the animation is ‘Room on the Broom’.

After the Gruffalo, this story of a motley crew of animals hitching an increasingly shaky ride with a Witch is a firm favourite amongst fans, and - newly arrived this week - we have some *gorgeous* plush figures of the stars of 'Room on the Broom': the Witch, the Cat and the utterly adorable (in our opinion!) Dragon – come and fall in love with them in our children’s room...

(Come on, admit it. Aren't they GREAT?)

Finally – any budding artists and illustrators to buy for? ‘Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is a great activity idea by the doyens of kids crafty books, Klutz.

The book comes with all you need to get drawing popular characters from 'The Clone Wars' including drawing tips and tricks from the pros, trace and sketch picture of characters and even comes with the pens and pencils you need to get started.

"Take a look, you must."

(As always, please, please ask us if you need any advice buying for children (of all ages)...and why not take a look at another idea for children: getting them a books throughout the year subscription?)

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