Activities and rhymes

Brilliant things to make and do this National Bookstart Week... and beyond.

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National Bookstart Week is all about sharing books, stories and rhymes and we've got everything you need to bring everyone together to celebrate.

There’s an owl headband to make and decorate, a penguin, flamingo and owl to colour in, and eight bird rhymes to say or sing.

Listen to the Bookstart Bird Boogie Rhymes

We've recorded this year's National Bookstart Week rhymes for you and your family to enjoy together. It doesn't matter if you say or sing the rhymes - younger children just love to hear the sound of your voice and older ones will want to join in. All you need to do is print out your Bookstart Bird Boogie rhyme sheets, play the recordings below and you'll be rhyming and singing along with your little ones in no time at all.

A huge thank you to Tina Fellows, Lambeth Early Years Literacy Officer, and winner of our Bookstart 25th Anniversary Rhymetime Award, for giving up her time to record the rhymes.

 A Busy Day for Birds illustrations © 2017 Lucy Cousins

Join in the fun

Make an awesome owl


You'll have a hoot making this amazing owl headband together. Just cut out, colour in and stick together using our simple, step-by-step guide on two A4 sheets.

Colouring fun

Get creative

Grab some pens and pencils and get these busy birds ready for their Bookstart Bird Boogie. There are three A4 sheets just waiting for a splash of colour.

Time for a rhyme

Rhymes to say and sing

Lots of brilliant bird-themed rhymes to get you and your little ones in the mood for a Bookstart Bird Boogie - you can even practise your moves!

More books about birds

Bird books we love

From a book full of birdsong to a penguin who wants to fly, explore more brilliant bird-themed stories with our illustrated booklist.

Listen to the Bird Boogie rhymes