Best activity books for kids starting at just $3

Kate Mendonca
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Now that many parents have found themselves at home with their kids for an indefinite period of time, it can be a challenge to keep them occupied while remaining inside the house. 

Just because they’re at home for an extended period of time, though, doesn’t mean that learning goes out the window. In addition to activities like cooking, building forts and performing science experiments at home, books that are both fun and educational are a great way for kids to stay busy. 

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Amazon has tons of options for activity workbooks available, ranging from subjects like math to spelling to languages. They also cover a wide age range, so no matter what skill you’re looking to have your kids brush up on, chances are you’ll find a book for that. 

Ahead, we’ve gathered some of Amazon’s bestselling activity books for kids, which should guarantee you at least a half hour of peace and quiet. 

Preschool

Scissor Skills Preschool Workbook for Kids

Scissor Skills Preschool Workbook for Kids. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “My little one loves to use scissors. This book has been great practice and a lot of fun. If the pages were only perforated it would be perfect.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $8

Trace Numbers Workbook

Trace Numbers Workbook. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “My son loves these books. He has special needs and has difficulty tracing due to hand grasp but thanks to these books he's come a long way!”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $3

I Spy - Everything!

I Spy - Everything!. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “A fun book for my toddler, she thinks it's a game. Colourful, cute pictures. Some items are unfamiliar to her, but plenty she has seen before and knows.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $10

Ages 4-6

Math for Kindergarten

Math for Kindergarten. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “I love this math book! It gives math a fun way to learn and challenging for my 5 year old! When we got this book she didn’t want to stop!

SHOP IT: Amazon, $8

Spelling Weekly Practice

Spelling Weekly Practice. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “Got this for my son to sharpen his skills over the summer. He loved it. It has different style exercises to do that are fun for my son and don't seem like work.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $8

Hidden Pictures Discovery Activity Zone

Hidden Pictures Discovery Activity Zone. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “Bright and colourful pictures. Four and three year old kids love it. Some hidden objects in pictures are hidden quite well and are even difficult for adults to find.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $4

Ages 7-9

Unicorn Coloring Book

Unicorn Coloring Book. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “Nice pictures with no picture on the backside making them wonderful to hang on the wall or give away. Paper is thick as well.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $6

French I, Grades K - 5

French I, Grades K - 5. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “This book has the perfect combination of nice illustrations for young kids and very important for parents who know some French but are not fluent the proper way the words should sound.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $8

Multiplication and Division Math Workbook

Multiplication and Division Math Workbook. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “As a 4th grade teacher, I bought this book for my students to do extra work for extra practice. I considered this book to use as a supplemental workbook for all my students.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $8

Ages 10-12

Blank Comic Book For Kids

Blank Comic Book For Kids. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “My son loves to draw and write comic books. This was perfect because everything is there for him. He just needs to add his story and draw his picture and it's like he made his own comic book.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $6

Spectrum Math Workbook

Spectrum Math Workbook. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “So my kiddo has been struggling with math here recently so I bought this for him. While he hates it and the fact that I am making him do more math than what the school is giving him; I love it. Totally worth the price.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 6

Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 6. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “As a homeschool facilitator, I absolutely enjoyed the format of this series. Great for homeschooling or extra work during summer breaks or school work. Love it!”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $10

Teens

Barron's AP Biology

Barron's AP Biology. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “These books come with practice questions with answers and the explanations, as well as a practice exam. Covers a lot of content, so start early with this book.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $23

Algebra Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers

Algebra Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “Great for revision, just the right level of difficulty, not too hard but difficult enough to get your brain ticking over.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Intro to Chemistry Coloring Workbook

Intro to Chemistry Coloring Workbook. Image via Amazon.

Customer review: “Great resource. Useful for grades 9-12. Lots of good stuff for teaching chemistry.”

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.