Activities For World Book Day That Don’t Involve Reading

Get your brain in gear with something a bit more fun, creative and interactive than just reading your average work of fiction

Today is World Book Day. And that means the occasion will be marked by a nationwide frenzy of book-related activities.

It doesn’t matter whether it's fiction or non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy or thriller, World Book Day is a celebration of the whole damn lot.

And, in true Bubblegum Stuff style, we’ve got just the activity to tickle your fancy. You’re gonna love it – especially as it doesn’t involve too much heavy lifting on the reading front.

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But, before we go any further… What is World Book Day? Glad you asked. It’s the annual charity event that provides every child in education with a voucher to spend on books. The idea is to inspire kids to get into reading. 

So, when is World Book Day? Well, it’s today, and it’s the first Thursday in March every year. It’s been celebrated annually since 1995.

Every World Book Day has a unique theme and message; this year is “You Are A Reader”.

These themes and messages inspire all kinds of reading-related activities, including dressing up as your favourite storybook character, songs and rhymes, and maybe even having a go at writing your own fiction.

(You could get a start on that autobiography you’ve always dreamed of writing. But, let’s be honest, who’s gonna read that?!)

Admittedly, these activities are mainly aimed at children, but if you want to turn up to the office dressed as Frodo Baggins, I’m sure your boss will love it.

As an adult, you could just make a concerted effort to carve out a bit of time to read something that isn’t Twitter, Instagram, Buzzfeed, or the allergy information on a bag of Walkers prawn cocktail crisps.

Or… you could do a different kind of activity for World Book Day. You pick up a different kind of book. One that requires some colourful interaction. We’re of course talking about colouring books. Our kind of books.

Whilst we fully support World Book Day and all the work it does, colouring books are way more our jam.

And here’s a small list featuring 5 of our favourites…

Drag Queen Coloring Book

drag queen coloring book inside

We’ve brought back all the top girls from the Drag Race for your coloring pleasure. We’re talking the sassiest lineup in herstory. That’s 20 iconic queens and their catchphrases – including Latrice Royale, Bianca Del Rio, and of course, Mama Ru herself.

So, whip out your pens and pencils and get creative. Good luck. And don’t f…orget to condragulate yourself for staying within the lines!

Things I Want To Say At Work But Can’t: Adult Coloring Book

This NSFW number features all the phrases you wish you could say at work but can’t (the author has clearly never spent the day at Bubblegum Stuff HQ!). Enjoy shading in such poetic phrases as “Friday is my second favourite F-word” and “You c*nt”.

It’s difficult to imagine a classier way to creatively kick back and calmly let of some steam. It’s got 20 uniquely offensive phrases surrounded by equally unique patterns, allowing you to colour your way to colourful language craft nirvana.

So, what are you waiting for? You might even pick up some brand new bad language.

Karens in the Wild Coloring Book

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The Karens in the Wild Coloring Book for adults is guaranteed to liven up your downtime with 20 iconic Karen scenes featuring speak-to-the-manager hair and anti-vax anger.

There’s supermarket Karen, BBQ Karen, soccer mom Karen, and more. This little boredom buster is jam-packed with entitled, privileged and straight-up prejudiced Karens. 

It’s a great gift for the Karen in your life, or perhaps that person that just loves to hate Karens.

Secret London: Color Your Way To Calm

Pull out your pens, open this puppy up and take a magical mystery tour of London! 

Stroll along the Thames before taking a ride on the London Eye. Make your way through the bustling crowds lined up to see Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Then stop by the shop windows of Harrods before sitting down for a cup of tea or a pint in SoHo. It’s almost as good as being there!

So, if colouring books featuring iconic landmarks get your creative juices flowing, you really can’t go wrong with this crown jewel of a relaxation aid.

The Exotic Coloring Book

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Finally, a fun coloring book for all you cool cats and kittens!

Enjoy shading in these 20 iconic scenes from our screens at the beginning of lockdown. Relive the drama of the big cat community, filled with big characters and bigger egos: Joe, Doc, Jeff and of course that b**** Carole Baskin.

So, dust off those old coloring pencils and relax with The Exotic Coloring Book.

That’s it for our list. We really weren’t lying when we said it was a small. So, whatever you do this World Book Day, we hope you remember: A book is not just for World Book Day… it’s for every day.

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