Age Range: 8 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft (June 18, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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I was so excited to see that Martha Stweart had published a book filled with craft ideas for kids! I had been collecting her magazines that had ideas for children, but I was pretty sure that I had missed some of the issues, so I was thrilled to find that this book had them all in one place! My favorite book as a child was the "Childcraft Things to Make and Do" and I have never found anything that comes close to it over the years. This book definitely does and even exceeds it and I love all of the great ideas for kids, whether it is making button bracelets or beach blanket board games! My kids have already picked out their favorite ideas and since it is Summer, we're going to try to do them all. I think that it is a treasure trove of fun, engaging and creative activities for kids!
I ordered this book to get ideas for things to make with my 8-year old niece. Well, lo and behold, she came to visit, loved the book, and asked if she could take it home! What could I say? So I am ordering my second book, as I got such a kick out of all the cute ideas. Perfect for making homemade things to sell at your Christmas bazaar, or just to have for your own inspiration. Clear, concise photos and directions. Original ideas that make you think "now why didn't I think of that"?
Ok, it's summertime. School is out. Or it's a rainy day, a day home from school, something where boredom threatens to break out and create havoc. What to do with your kids to keep them busy and engaged instead of parked in front of a DVD? Here are 175 different craft projects that work for even some of the youngest pre-schoolers.A lot of these crafts are things I used to do to amuse my younger siblings or teach kids at church or when babysitting. For example, one project uses potatoes to print a design. The twist on this classic way to block-print on fabric or paper is to use a COOKIE CUTTER to make a shape out of a potato slice! Now, I never thought of that. I used to cut shapes into my potato using linoleum cutter tools but this is easier and safer. If you use your imagination, you'll realize that the cut end of a bunch of celery, which you probably toss out into the compost heap, makes a rose-like print when used in this way.Other projects: growing Epsom salt crystals, making a toy service station out of cardboard sheets, construction paper and boxes (I used to do this for boys when I baby-sat), cooking Rice Krispie treats and shaping them into critters, and much more.You can see most of these won't require much more in the way of supplies than you probably have at home (maybe some fabric paint and other craft supplies, and you can even find these at yard sales.)There is of course, a macaroni-art project. Just one, but it's practically a requirement for Crafts 101!Recommended!
I made up craft boxes for each set of my children and their families. I included this book and also kept one for myself. All 16 of us (myself, my 3 children and their spouses, and my 9 grandchildren) have already put the book to good use. The grandchildren range in age 4 to 14, and there is something in the book for each of them to enjoy. Even the adults are enjoying the book. Now when I visit, I don't have to haul so much crafting stuff with me, and they have a source of things to do when I am not there.
Wonderful beautiful guide. This is a nice compilation of all the projects one sees on Pinterest - but b/c it is all there in one source it is much faster to find what you need. My kid also can just leaf through it and find what he wants to do himself. The pictorial explanation is also amazing.
I work with school age kids, 6-11 years old, and this book is a terrific aid for me. Thanks Martha!!!
We just recently bought this book and have already had a lot of fun painting rocks, making pipe-cleaner animals, etc. Most of the projects are really cute and fun, my only hang-up from a 5-star rating is that many of the projects require special craft supplies or things that aren't readily available at even your local HoLo. Now I have to buy a pom-pom maker, among other things. But with that said, it still has a lot of great projects for kids of all ages. I have two girls, but I was really impressed with how this was not one of those craft books that leans heavily towards the girly glitter and fairies. ALL kids will find plenty of fun things to make. Oh, and start saving TP rolls and cereal boxes now...
I got this for my 5yo for Christmas as she has just discovered the world of crafts. She LOVED it and wants to make everything in it. I was pleased that the projects mostly require things we already have around the house (I was worried that it would feature really complicated projects, or would require purchasing a lot of supplies). Some are a little beyond her age or interest level right now, but she enjoys reading it and discovering new projects.
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