Get Set, Sew
Jane Bull is my absolute favourite craft author at the moment and I have been swooning over many of her books over the last few months. Get Set, Sew is a perfect primer sewers new to machines and the projects laid out are incredibly simple but at the same time exciting to do. Bull's aesthetic is bright, cheerful, and playful but never cluttered or overwhelming. Her clear instructions with step by step colour photographs help guide you through the process of creating these fun craft projects with ease. She also includes easy to follow templates in the back of this book. Great for novices and experienced sewers alike.
Dazzling Diguises And Clever Costumes
An excellent resource for building affordable costume pieces for school plays, Halloween, or adding staples pieces to your kids dress up box. Most of the costume pieces have cardboard/construction paper bases and would generally be a bit more complicated for anyone under 12 to make on their own, so this is more of a parents reference book. It's quite short and doesn't have a lot of options but there's enough to make it a primer for simple costume builds. Lots of colour progress photos (which I find helpful) and decent instructions. Worth checking out at your local library but I don't think it's a must have for your home collection.
Project Kid: 100 Ingenius Crafts For Family Fun
Amanda Kingloff is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors of family craft books. Though I prefer her "Crafts That Go" title to this one, I still found a number of delightful projects worth checking out. I like that she upcylces old food packaging in a lot of her handmade toys and that most of the materials are easy to find and affordable. Though not every craft is a hit (miss me with that juice box owl, please), there are still plenty of gems to make childhood magic without store bought toys. I loved the custom painted wooden block, tea towel clip on super hero cape, tee-shirt baubles, newspaper pirate ship, and fairy wreath crown.
Favourite Crafts For Kids
With 175 projects for kids ranging from crafts, recipes, and experiements this book is basically a Pinterest board in print form. At times it does edge towards my dreaded "junk craft" category, there is more than enough here to still have lots to do while avoiding those pages. Most projects will require adult assistance but older kids could probably manage a number of them on their own. I love crafts that have a high replay value and my favourites in this book include paper bag puppets, cardboard worlds (these are fold up doll houses made out of cardboard), beach board games, and building your own simple phenakistoscopes. Most materials can be found at home and use simple craft supplies that you either already have or could aquire at the loca dollar store. Lots of bright colour coloured photos along with clear instructions.
Art Lab For Kids
An excellent resource to introduce different art techniques to children in the 8 to teen age bracket, though there are some activities (such as leaf print making) that could be suitable for younger kids. This book is more about techniques and exploring the mediums rather than replicating a project.
Out Of The Box: 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects For Makers
Most of these crafts will require quite a bit of parental help but there are tons of great ideas with lots of replay value. While some of these activities do edge into the zone of the “junk crafts”, there are enough that don’t and thus redeem this book. “Feed The Monsters” and “Ring Toss”, “Cardboard Theatre”, and the dragon puppet. Difficulty level ranges from moderately easy to advanced. I’d consider this a decent middle of the road book that would ideally suit parents that are already well versed in crafting.
Project Kid: Crafts That Go
This wonderful imaginative book is filled with lots of great instructional pictures and wonderful ideas for making your own toys that fly, sail, race, and dive. Most items needed to make these crafts can be found at home or easily purchased inexpensively. What I love about this book besides the bright inspiring photos is that most of these crafts have a great replay value that kids can use many times over. I love the road coasters,under water puppet theatre,DIY Erector set, and basket sailboat. One of my top pics for home made boredom busters.
Crafting Fun For Kids of All Ages
While this book has some great ideas for simple crafts you can do with your family, it’s the type that I generally try to avoid because there are a lot of junk crafts. And by that I mean, they will clutter your house with a bunch of stuff you wont know where to put and can’t easily be recylced or have repeat play value thus creating a bunch of stuff that will just have to be thrown into the garbage when you are done. Personally, those kinds of crafts give me a lot of anxiety so I try to avoid them. While there are a few fun items in there that wont overload the landfill, they aren’t unique standouts that couldn’t be found in another craft book or through a quick Pinterest search. There are lots of colour photos of the end products but no step by step/process photos which can be a challenge for those of us who our visual learners.
Eco Friendly Crafting With Kids
Great recipes for things like homemade play dough, paint, and chalk using natural ingredients. Topics include making art, making music (shakes, guitar, bottle xyliphone), nature play, basic science experiments, and simple sewing. It’s another great book for rainy days, best suited for the preschool to the 8-10 crowd. It doesn’t have a ton of activities for each subject but each project has excellent instructions and full colour step by step process photos. Most things can be made with items you already have in your home.
Crafting Fun: 101 Things To Make & Do With Kids
This book has a vintage aesthestic reminiscent of the 1940s. It is split into seasonal crafts and the holidays associated with them . There are plenty of classic crafts using paper, paint, and other easy to find inexpensive craft supplies, I think my favourite part of this book is the traditional Christmas decorations, they are extremely simple and great for creating holiday memories with your family. The only downside of this book is that it does not include photographs or step by step diagrams for every craft. With so many different ideas and crafts to make I would say this is almost like a simple encylopedia of childhood magic. A great go to worth having on the shelf for rainy day projects.