In an effort to reduce screentime at home, especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks around the bend, I’ve been stocking up on some arts and crafts-type activity books for kids. Instead of everyone sitting on the couch, looking at their own devices, now we¬†sit around the kitchen table and work on these projects¬†together. And yes, of course, it’s blissfully peaceful and it happens every single night. Heh.

In reality, though, sometimes I just pass an art activity book over to my kid to keep them busy while I’m working on something else. There’s¬†no craft supply shopping or Pinterest-searching required; it’s easy, engaging, and¬†it’s truly been a lot of fun for the whole family.

If you’re looking for some good family time without screens,¬†or just want some craft books that can¬†keep your kids busy¬†on holiday road trips, try these out. They’re our new favorites.

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The best art activity books: We're obsessed with the fillable pages and DIY tutorials in Art Play by Marion Deuchars

The best art activity books: In Art Play by Marion Deuchars, you can learn about art while you make it.

The new book¬†Art Play by Scottish illustrator Marion Deuchars falls somewhere between a craft book with¬†instructions for¬†simple DIY projects (most can be done with stuff you probably already have at home, like paper and paint), and a guided coloring book. You’ll find a tutorial on sgraffito (I didn’t know what it was either) and instructions for making kirigami¬†paper people (aka, paper dolls) alongside pages where you can use your thumbprint to fill in a page of bugs or¬†complete faces on a page full of origami bunny rabbits. This book is best for 1‚Äď2¬†people to do together, since the pages don’t easily tear out, but has so much interesting info in it that I think it will keep the whole family entertained for a while.

The best art activity books: Paint by Sticker Masterpieces lets you recreate famous paintings with stickers.

The best art activity books: Our kids are obsessed with the Paint by Sticker books from Workman Publishing. I mean, how cute is that puppy?

My entire family has¬†found¬†Paint by Sticker: Zoo Animals¬†so addictive that we finished off an¬†entire book in¬†one sitting. When I was a kid I used to save my allowance for paint-by-number¬†kits, and these are the same concept but with stickers. (Less mess, yay!) Each page is perforated, so you can easily tear these out and work on them side-by-side. We can’t decide if we want to move on to their other kids’ edition¬†or¬†their grown-up¬†versions, which feature things like classic paintings and¬†music icons¬†(the Ziggy Stardust page is incredible). But really, who am I kidding? I’ll probably buy them all.

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The best art activity books: Sticker Shape Create by Thereza Rowe shows you how to make cool designs, then gives you open space to make it your own style.

The best art activity books: We love how creative you can get in the new book Sticker Shape Create by Thereza Rowe

If you’re wanting something a little more free-form than the sticker-by-number concept, you’ll love Sticker Shape Create by Thereza Rowe. On each page, she shows how you can create different pictures — galloping horses, castles, peacocks, flowers — with¬†the stickers included at the back of the book and some colored pencils or crayons. Then it’s up to you to create a scene on the designed background using those stickers. It’s very open-ended in your ability to be creative, but still has that helpful tutorial that gets your creative juices kickstarted.

The best art activity books: Whoa, the intricate dot-to-dots in the Doctor Who Dot-to-Doc book have captured the attention of our elementary aged kids. 1000 dots is no joke.

My 10-year-old is the first to roll his eyes at most art projects, but even he got hooked on the massive dot-to-dots we tried in the new Doctor Who Dot-to-Dot. (No, scratch that…it’s Dot-to-Doc, get it?) That said, if¬†Rose, weeping angels and the Daleks aren’t your thing, you can also try¬†Ultimate Dot-to-Dot, Dot-to-Dot Mindfulness Mandalas, or even¬†Dot-to-Dot Cute Cats. There are a ton¬†of these out there, so you can probably find pretty much anything you want. Many are actually¬†geared toward¬†adults, but even my¬†6-year-old could hold his own¬†with us on these.

Thanks to the publishers for sending us samples of these books to try. We love them all!