The best puzzle and activity books

    Illustration: ‘Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection’ by Martin Handford

    Emma O’Donovan pieces together the best puzzle and activity books for inquisitive minds



    Age 2-4: Where’s the Baby? A Spotting Book by Britta Teckentrup
    On each beautifully designed spread there’s a baby animal to find, from sleepy sloths to stripy zebras. £10.99, Big Picture Press

    Age 2-4: Mr Tweed and the Band in Need by Jim Stoten
    Embark on a trip around the zoo with Mr Tweed, helping him find his missing bandmates along the way. £12.99, Flying Eye Books

    Age 2-4: Fingerprint Activities: Garden by Fiona Watt and Candice Whatmore
    Encourage learning with this fabulous finger-painting kit. This book will promote a love of nature, all the while providing hours of fun for all ages. £4.99, Usborne



    Age 5-7: Where’s Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection by Martin Handford 
    As Wally continues to blend into the crowd like a human chameleon, join the search with this travel-sized set.  £9.99, Walker Books



    Age 5-7: Animazes by Katie Haworth and Melissa Castrillión
    Stunning illustrations encourage little readers to follow the migration patterns of animals from around the world through a series of beautiful mazes. £12.99, Templar Publishing



    Age 5-7: Treasure Hunt by Alice Melvin 
    Create a keepsake book of memories, solving clues along the way. Only when all the pages are complete will the location of the treasure be revealed. £11.99, Tate Publishing 



    Age 8-10: Cool Coding by Robert Hansen
    A fun introduction to the world of computer coding, this book helps kids discover how to create games and apps, and control robots and vehicles. £9.99, Pavilion Books



    Age 8-10: Hang Man Puzzles for Clever Kids by Jack Ketch
    With ingenious scratch panels, this book brings a whole new level of enjoyment to the game. Ideal for day trips! £5.99, Stirling


    Age 8-10: This Book Thinks You’re a Maths Genius by Dr Mike Goldsmith and Harriet Russell
    Making maths fun in the most engaging way, this fill-in book will help children to think like a mathematician. £8.95, Thames and Hudson



    App: TotemUp by Minilab Studios
    With over 200,000 combinations to explore, this cool puzzle block game is both mesmerising and entertaining. £1.49, App Store and Google Play



    App: Artie’s World by Minilab Studios
    Use maps to navigate your way around the world with artistic hero Artie and his magic pencil. Connect the dots and bring your creations to life. Free to download, App Store and Google Play


    App: Toca Blocks by Toca Boca
    Construct and explore worlds while filling them with adventure, including obstacle courses, racetracks and islands. This is one for all the family. £2.49, App Store and Google Play