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Kid-Friendly Crafting

By Hannah at the Library Station

Enjoy this booklist our librarians have assembled for you as part of our Holiday Hacks: Library Edition...How you can use the Library to ease holiday stress. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more tips!

With the holidays coming up, kids will be out of school and possibly visiting family. Here are some great crafting books to keep the whole family occupied!

Art Sparks: Draw, Paint, Make, and Get Creative With 53 Amazing Projects! by Marion Abrams
From Doodlemonsters and Painted Animal Rocks to Paper Bead Jewelry and Nature Weaving, projects vary in difficulty to engage a wide range of ages and abilities, and many can be made in under an hour. Every project featured in the book has been kid-made (and kid-approved!), and photos of the finished pieces inspire kids everywhere to use art to express their imagination, humor, creativity, and individuality. Projects for children ages six and up.

Awesome Edible Kids Crafts: 75 Super-Fun All-Natural Projects for Kids to Make and Eat by Arena Blake
Arena Blake, founder of the blog The Nerd's Wife and a contributor to the popular Kids Activities Blog, will have you eager to set aside traditional art supplies like crayons and playdough in favor of marshmallows and chocolate chips. And each project is ranked on a skill scale, so you can find an activity to suit everyone in your bunch, from young toddlers to budding elementary school students. These tasty and unique crafts are sure to provide hours of lip-smacking fun.

Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super-Easy Projects for Kids by Jamie Dorobek
100 kid-friendly projects from the creator of C.R.A.F.T.! Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child's creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills--all while using household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. You and your children will love recreating one-of-a-kind crafts like Memory Game, Egg Carton Flowers, Key Wind Chime, Ring Toss and Lion Mask. Complete with photographs for every project, Creating Really Awesome Free Things promotes hours of playtime fun with the entire family!

Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids: 50 Fun Projects to Make, Wear, and Share by Jennifer Perkins
This book contains a collection of 50 craft projects requiring little supervision and made with materials you can find at home.

Fun and Easy Crafting With Recycled Materials: 60 Cool Projects That Reimagine Paper Rolls, Egg Cartons, Jars and More! by Kimberly McLeod
Presents craft projects that can be made out of recycled materials, including a homemade kaleidoscope, a dinosaur terrarium and a cardboard castle.

Kids Create: Art & Craft Experiences for Kids by Laurie Carson
Projects range from easy to complicated. A clock illustration lets you know if a project will take a long time to create. Most can be made from basic craft supplies.

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts For Kids: 175 Projects For Kids Of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share by The Editors of Martha Stewart Living
A guide for crafty kids and their parents mixes a family friendly design with a treasure trove of creative and educational projects that parents and their kids, aged three to twelve, can create together.

Origami: Japanese Paper Folding Made Easy by Florence Sakade
This comprehensive book shows you how to fold 50 different models, including: A Japanese Kimono-A cute and satisfying model that will sharpen your folding skills. A Jumping Frog-An action model that looks just like the real thing! Tap its hindquarters to get it to hop! Spaceship and Jet Airplane-Give them a toss and watch them soar through the air! A Whale-Make a splash with a charming model that only requires eight steps to complete and many, many more! First published in 1958, this book has guided generations of origami folders.

ProjectKid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff
Perfect for crafty parents eager to get their kids excited about D.I.Y., ProjectKid is everything you could want in a craft book: 100 stylish, inventive projects; step-by-step photographs; tips for the novice crafter; easy-to-follow instructions; and a fresh, modern look. What really sets these projects apart are the unexpected, ingenious ways Kingloff uses everyday objects and materials.

Recycle and Remake by Hélène Hilton
Discusses the importance of recycling and reusing materials while providing instructions for craft projects, including a party piñata, a bee hotel and a cardboard castle.

The Big Book of Kids Activities: 500 Projects That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever by Holly Homer
Never again will you hear the all-too-common call of, I'm bored! Whether you are making glow-in-the-dark slime, launching rocket ships, conducting backyard science experiments or playing Family Four Square, there are super fun activities for children aged 3 to 12. This incredible compilation of bestselling kids' activities books is perfect for parents, grandparents and babysitters looking for new ways to entertain kids for hours on-end. Not only are there great group games and crafts, but there are also dozens of learning games to help kids brush up on reading, writing and math in a fun and engaging way. With outdoor and indoor activities plus tips for adjusting each one according to your child's age, you'll have an almost never-ending supply of activities that will keep your children laughing and learning--no television needed.

The Easiest Kids Crafts Ever: Cute & Colorful Quick-Prep Projects for Busy Families by Jacinta Sagona
Turn your bin of ordinary crafting supplies into a day of happy, colorful fun! Jacinta Sagona's 60 charming crafts use simple materials you already have at home in new ways to captivate your little ones' imaginations for hours. These craft ideas will help children of all ages tap into their creative tendencies by encouraging experimentation, spontaneity and mindfulness. Your kids will love the helpful step-by-step photos and projects, ranging from sweet animals and decorative wall hangings to handmade toys and games, and you will love how easy the projects are to set up (with minimal cleanup!)