Activity Books + Kits Perfect for Social Distancing

March 26, 2020

The news can be overwhelming and stressful right now, and yes, although you should be aware of what is going on, checking it ten times a day can't be good for your mental health. The next time you reach for your phone, tablet, or TV remote, take a deep breath and… don’t.

If you have the time and mental space, Thunder Bay Press has tons of craft and activity books and kits that you could pick up instead! Try a new hobby like crochet, keep your mind active with puzzle books, and maybe even finally get around to painting that spare bedroom in your house.

We've rounded up some of our favorite activity, craft, and DIY books we thought would be perfect for those of you looking for things to do at home (once you finish that last episode of Tiger King, of course). Take a look below!

For those looking to master your craft...

From embroidery to painting, we've got a craft kit for every artist!

Love Grows Here Embroidery

Super Cute Crochet

Get Up & Gouache

For those trying to stay positive...

These relaxing and uplifting books are sure help calm your mind and lift your spirits. (If that's not your thing, there's even a title for the reluctantly positive...Grrr-atitude.)

Be Happy, Just Add Water

Color 100 Happy Passages


To help you stay calm...

It is scientifically proven that color has an effect on behavior and mood, and the activity of coloring can be meditative.⁠ Coloring is a great way to exercise your brain and your creativity while diminishing stress and anxiety.⁠

Calm Coloring Book

Chill & Unwind Coloring Book

Cozy Coloring Book

To keep your brain occupied...

Your brain will get a fun workout with the more than 200 word search, Sudoku, and dot-to-dot puzzles in these books. Get started now with some downloadable activity pages here.

Large Print Puzzles

Large Print Word Search

Large Print Amazing Dot-to-Dot


For those looking to stay busy around the house...

Whether you've been meaning to paint your walls, install new shelves, or plant a backyard garden, our DIY series will show you how to do it right. Each project includes step-by-step instructions and full-color photos, so you’ll be able to make those renovations you’ve always wanted to do but haven't had the time.

101 Saturday Morning Projects

Best 1-Day Projects

109 Best Weekend Projects

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