Here is a collection of reviews of activity books for your Pagan child. These books are generally for kids from pre-school up to Middle School age. Most of these books are intended to teach children about magic or about spiritual concepts.
The Earth Child's Handbook, Book 1 and the Earth Child's Handbook Book 2 are loaded with activities including coloring and papercraft activities. One cool feature of these books is that if you order the electronic (Kindle) version, you also get a PDF so that you can print out whatever you need and I think this is the best option for people looking to entertain/educate more than one child. These books are written for the parent and it's up to you to make the activities happen. They cover a broad age group and activities are adaptable as needed.
My First Little Workbook of Wicca by Velvet Rieth is, obviously, a strictly Wiccan book, but if you're Wiccan, it's just the thing. It's an activity book for Wiccan kids through kindergarten age complete with alphabet and number concepts. It's designed to be a fun, semi-independant activity. It was designed by a Grandma for her grandkids!
Pagan Kids Activity Book by Amber K is for Pagan children up through Middle School. Despite it's name, it is very much another book geared toward specifically Wiccan kids. Even so, it's got lots of general concepts everyone will like. It's entertaining and educational and a favorite among Pagan and Wiccan parents alike. And your purchase will help support Spiral Scouts International.
Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children by Maura D Shaw is full of Earth-honoring crafts and activities for families engaged in any Earth-based spiritual path. There's a some focus on the Celtic-aligned worldview, but not so much that everyone else can't get some use out of it. There doesn't seem to be the Wicca assumption here that exists in most. In short, one of the more path-neutral options out there.
A Kid's Herb Book, For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra is a neat herbal primer for kids. To tell the truth, it's probably the book I'm most excited about out of all of them on this list. There are not a lot of herbs in this book (16, I think) but each one has accompanying stories and activities and songs! Adults will like it too.
Walking the World in Wonder: A Children's Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman has many more herbs and a more Wiccan focus, specifically discussing the Wheel of the Year, which sets up the organization system, by season. I am personally very fond of herbals that organize by season, especially when those focused on wildcrafting (as this book seems to) as it helps identify plants that are most prominent during that season. It's probably not very helpful for living in areas without clearly defined seasons. Lots of craft activities and recipes are included for you to do with your child and for your child to learn to do on his own.
A Witches Primer: Grade One by Lorin Manderly is another book geared specifically toward Wiccans, though it doesn't claim to be. This is a more structured look at Wicca for young children with review questions at the end. A Witches Primer: Grade Two and A Witches Primer:Grade Three are now also available but apparently only on Kindle.
The Book of Wizardry: The Apprentice's Guide to the Secrets of the Wizard's Guild by Cornelius Rumstuckle is a book you will either love or hate. It is a fun story book which contains magical principles. Most of the principles are sound and are generally path-neutral, but the combination of fiction with non-fiction is somewhat confusing and sprinkled with fabricated history. You will want to guide your children on this particular magical adventure as the "lessons" are very Harry Potter - ish, and some may feel that we simply should not go there. That being said, your upper elementary to middle school aged Pagan child will likely have fun with this book- especially if he or she is into the Choose-your-own-adventure style stories.
Witch and Wizard Training Guide by Sirona Knight is another Harry Potter themed magical book for young Pagans, or rather Wiccans. It has a lot of sound magical advice and.. it's got a lot of just plain silliness. You'll want to review this before handing it over to your children. This book is suitable for Pagan upper elementary and Middle School aged kids.
The Wandmaker's Guidebook by Ed Masessa, illustrated by Dan Jankowski is one of those fun -ology books with great illustrations, inserts and fun artifacts that enhance the experience of reading and really submerge your child in make believe. Yes, this is a make-believe book. But it also contains information about constellations, totems and magic associated with the sacred trees. I love all the -Ology books (Dragonology is my favorite- we have it as a coffee table book at our house) and I highly recommend them parents of Pagan children. They really get the imagination juices flowing.
Growing Up Pagan: A Workbook for Wiccan Families by Raine Hill. This is a visually attractive book with illustrations by Gillian Pearce. There is not a lot of instruction here, but that's for you to do. It is well laid out and a great deal of thought and love obviously went into it. It's not a book to give a kid and leave alone though. We are, after all, Pagan and there are things in this book that caused me to raise my eyebrows and I know some Wiccans that would heartily disagree. But it wasn't meant to be used alone but as a learning and discussion tool for families. An extra nifty feature is that if you visit Ms Hill's website, you'll find more stuff to play with there.
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