While children are at home for their summer holidays, they’ll need lots of activities and fun things to do. We hope these resources and activities will keep children busy and entertained!

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge website enables children to keep track of the books they are reading, find reading recommendations and take part in fun activities. 

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge.

Join The Reading Agency in the Reading Club for special videos from top authors and illustrators. Dive in to the wonderful world of poetry with the Poetry Reading Club; get inspired by our interviews with authors and illustrators including Adam Stower and Pamela Butchart, or go on adventure with the BBC’s Bringing Books to Life series.

Digital events for the whole family

Have you seen our fantastic FREE summer events programme? All of our events are digital this year, but what a lot we've got!

Authors, illustrators, storytellers, creative challenges, we have them all and they're all available from the privacy and convenience of your own home.

All you need to do is book your place for each event and save the date. We'll send you all the information you need to join us online.

Perfect to support your Summer Reading Challenge and Arts Award Discover.

Online activities and events.

Libraries from home

Find additional resources offered by library services across the UK

Online resources for families

Online resources for families

Arts Award

With so much creative activity going on in our communities and online, why not take part in Arts Award Discover?

Arts Award is a set of qualifications for children age 5+ and young people that gets them involved in and excited about the arts and culture.

Arts Award Discover is the first step and children: look for examples of the arts in everyday life; take part in arts activities; find out about people who make art and the art works they've made; share what they've discovered with other people.

Your children will receive a certificate from Trinity College London when they complete Arts Award Discover.

We'll be posting suggestions for activities on our Facebook page every Monday morning.

For further information and to register email DLSLibrarians@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Lego Challenge

Join our Lego Challenge. Look out for the weekly theme on our Facebook page, Use your imagination to create a fabulous model and show us a picture of your creations. 

Nursery rhymes

BookTrust have created playlists and downloads to create your own rhyme time fun for little ones. Sing along to favourites like Old MacDonald and get to know some brilliant new rhymes, too. There’s lots of story books and games to listen to as well.

Bussongs – nursery rhymes and kid’s songs with music, lyrics, and videos for you to enjoy.

Cbeebies nursery rhymes – sing along to your favourites with CBeebies.

Story time

StoryLine Online - an award winning American website which streams online videos featuring actor’s reading children’s story books alongside the books illustrations.

CBeebies Jackanory Junior - sound clips of some wonderful children’s stories.

Free online books, games, puzzles and quizzes

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story time with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters with BookTrust HomeTime.

Visit the Chatterbooks resources page to download free packs full of reading related activities for children aged 4-12. Resources include colouring sheets, puzzles, games, author videos, and plenty of reading recommendations!

Authorfy – gives a daily dose of creativity and fun. Check out the ’10 Minute Challenges’, which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators – they add a new challenge to the page every single day.

Change4Life – get children active with these Disney inspired 10 minute indoor shake up activities.

British Library - Get creative with activities for children of all ages. Invent your own superhero, make a pop-up book and much more.

World Book Day – Book Ideas Hub- with fun ideas, crafty activities, and free book resources that everyone can enjoy together, this site is all about sharing stories and enjoying the magic of books: Lots of authors have their own web pages where you can find out more about them and their books, play games and have fun – here’s a few to get you started – Roald Dahl , David Walliams , J K Rowling.

Lots of Children’s book publishers have activity pages with games, word searches, puzzles, and book extracts – here’s a few to get you started - Usborne , Walker , Andersen Press , Puffin.

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