Running low on activities? Check Out VERTICAL’s Boredom Busters! (+ Free Coloring Pages)
Activities to do at any age!
With more time at home we know it’s probably felt like you’ve exhausted all your options – TV binged, video games played, household cleaned – what is there left to do?! Well we at Kodansha USA Publishing want to let you know that there’s plenty!
Whether you want to take a culinary journey and venture like in Effortless Bento & Deco Cakes! : Swiss Rolls for Every Occasion, want to try your hand at easy to make felt craft like in The Cute Book, create beautiful & useful paper artwork like in Practical Origami, or just want to relax your mind with coloring cute cats like in Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book, let us help you break the monotony with these outstanding boredom busters!
And to get you started on that journey we wanted to give you a special preview of Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book and even give you a chance at getting some of these great boredom busters, on us! Look below and you’ll see print-ready coloring pages from Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book, for you and the whole family to color. What’s more be sure to show us your colorful creations by posting them to twitter, facebook, or instagram using the hashtag #ColorMeChi, and we’ll randomly pull a winner to send one of each of the titles featured below! It’s that easy! Contest ends 5/1.
Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
By Konami Kanata
Chi returns to the U.S. in a coloring book featuring dozens of cute and furry illustrations from award winning cartoonist Konami Kanata.
Click on the art below to download print-read versions of each page! Or click here for a PDF of all pages!
Effortless Bento : 300 Japanese Box Lunch Recipes
Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, andEffortless Bentois essentially the bento encyclopedia. Filled with hundreds of full-color photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book.
Deco Cakes! : Swiss Rolls for Every Occasion
Nothing says a good time than a cake. So with budgets being tight, when you cannot hire a cake boss why not become your own ace of cakes by crafting a fun and stylish Deco Cake! In her English language debut Japanese Internet sensation JUNKO complies thirty-two of her most festival and stylish cake rolls for a global market.
JUNKO starts off with a well-known cake recipe for the traditional roll cake, often found in dessert shops across Eastern Europe. She then revitalizes this classic with a modern flair by going into great detail to distinguish each of the 32 cakes in this book for every special occasion. JUNKO’s cakes are part crafting, as her baked on decorations are essentially simple candy-making projects, and part baking and all fun!
Included in this 90 page book are 16 design stencils to use to make patterns on your Deco Cakes.
The Cute Book
By Aranzi Aronzo
Translated by Anne Ishii
The world of craftsters is full of things Japanese Cute – kawaii, and the look created by Aranzi Aronzo is familiar to many but not until now has a single one of the hundreds of bootleg American copies they’ve sold been in English. Finally these priceless books of mascots, accessories, clothing and well, just about everything, come in ready-to-read English!
Edited by Shufu-no-Tomo
With Practical Origami a world of simple useful designs await. With little more than some paper and your hands colorful sheets are transformed into everyday necessities such as stationary, packaging, toys and even kitchen utensils. You can impress your friends with origami-inspired wallets, table settings, and envelopes that pop up, fan out, and even hold hidden goodies. With a few basic techniques under your belt and the endless opportunities that paper offers, Practical Origami’s projects will teach you the fundamentals of origami as you create playful animals and other designs perfect for greeting cards, jewelry, and more.
These books are all in print and can be purchased online from our print retail partners including: Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Bookshop.org, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, Walmart, Amazon.
Need more inspiration for things to do? Check out this list of other VERTICAL boredom busters to try out!
Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
Simply Precious Pop Ups
The Cute Book
The Cuter Book
All Purpose Origami
The Worry Free Kitchen
The Worry Free Bakery