Hopinol Skopinol Activity Book Review (and giveaway!)

Guys, the December holidays are around the corner – can you believe it?! And while it’s a lot of pool time, beach visits and ice cream in the garden, it’s also a lot of “I’m booorrrrrreeeed” and parents needing a few minutes to have a cup of coffee in peace, amirite? My girls have been on midterm break the last few days and so Aria and I have been working our way through the brand new Hopinol Skopinol activity book and she’s really been enjoying it!

The HopiSkopi activity book was created by Sipiwe Sikwila, a lawyer with a creative side. She was inspired to create something for foundation phase children (4 – 7 years old) after spending time with her nieces and nephews. Sipiwe has done an incredible job with so many different worksheets covering all the important areas including drawing, sequencing, numeracy, letters, etc.

The illustrations in the book are also really lovely thanks to Cape Town based Andrea du Plessis who is not only an illustrator but also a designer and visual artist. The book is full of colour, inclusive and relavant. The owl mascot for Hopinol Skopinol also makes many appearances too which is sweet.

To ensure that the HopiSkopi activity book ticks all the educational boxes, it was edited and reviewed by a qualified foundation phase teacher which I really appreciate. Something else that is really useful is the fact that the solutions to each worksheet is on the opposite page of the activity which I found helpful if I was battling to explain something to Ari.

There are 60 odd worksheets in the activity book, Aria’s favourite ones (at the moment) are the colouring in and the letter recognition. I’ve found that while working through these worksheets we can sort of build on what Aria is doing. So for example, when we’re practicing writing letters, we incorporate her phonics or when we’re matching colours, we chat about what happens when we mix two different colours together.

There aren’t just “static” worksheets in the HopiSkopi activity book. There’s a lovely little scavanger hunt sheet that you can tear out and take to the garden or your local park. There are also a few cutting out exercises too which I think most kids love – Aria certainly does!


So, do I think this book is worth the buy? Absolutely yes!

For R220 you get a locally produced workbook that will keep your child busy for ages, and the bonus is that it’s educational too! This book is also ideal for travel or to keep in your bag for when you’re at a restaurant or sitting in a waiting room. If there’s a book two at some stage, I would definitley buy it for my girls.

You can shop the book over here and you can use my discount code Sarah10. There are also some really great free printables and worksheets available on the website over here.

Together with Aisha and Life, Hopinol Skopinol and Lizanne du Plessis (an incredible OT), we’re giving away a lovely prize consisting of the Hopinol Skopinol activity book, Raising Happy Children by Lizanne du Plessis as well as a 1 hour consult with Lizanne. Here’s how to enter:

  • Comment on this blog post letting me know what type of worksheet your child would enjoy the most

Terms and Conditions:

Aisha and I will each draw a winner from out platforms and then randomly draw a winner between those two.

Giveaway ends on 4 November 2021

Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash


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  • Reply
    October 24, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Nina loves any activity involving scissors haha! Thanks for sharing, this looks amazing

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    October 24, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    My daughter is rainbow obsessed so she would love the rainbow coloring in page. It’s so cute!

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    Caitlin Sunpath
    October 25, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Colouring in. 😄

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    October 27, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Hannah is all about being little miss independent and learning to write, I know the writing mat would be her absolute fav part. And of course loves a good colouring in session ☺️

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    October 27, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Always on the lookout for educational ‘toys’ for my kids. My 4yo daughter is learning to write her name and recognising letters wherever we go, so definitely worksheets incorporating that 🙂

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    Janine Snyman
    October 27, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Definitely tracing of the alphabet and colour by number 🥰

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    Leigh Smidt-Hart
    October 27, 2021 at 9:32 am

    My son loves numbers, definitely gets that from his dad😉
    I think he’d love the maths activities and of course the colouring in.

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    October 27, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    James would love the letter recognition

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