Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Nook - Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids

Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids written by Jessica Strand:

Unbelievably, the end-of-the-year holidays are upon us.  Every year, I try to do some fun activities with the Bachsters to celebrate the holidays and keep them busy while they have a break from school.  This book is packed full of great crafts for kids - decorations, gifts and fun stuff to do.

The projects start with Thanksgiving and include things like making a leaf wreath, decorating a cornucopia and making place cards for the Thanksgiving table.  Other holidays included in the book are Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Boxing Day and New Year's.  There are also a couple of snow-themed projects just for Winter.  So there's something for everyone here!

I think the Bachsters would love to try the magic ice on page 49.  Here, you submerge a snowflake-shaped pipe cleaner ornament into a jar of water and borax.  Overnight, crystals form and make a really cool snowflake.  I also really want to try "wrap it up" on page 61, in which you take plain paper and paint holiday-themed shapes on it to create your own wrapping paper.  I think the soft felt ornaments on page 73 would be lots of fun, and would make great gifts to the grandparents from the Bachsters.  Of course, I'll need to check with them to see which projects they would like to do (I'm guessing the ones with the sweet treats)!

One thing I really liked about this book is that all of the projects are very kid-do-able.  And all of the photographs show projects that look like a kid actually did them.  They're not perfect, but as anyone who has done crafty projects with kids knows, perfection is not the goal.  It's all about having fun!  Let the crafting begin!


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