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Book Review | Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids

Martha Stewart is definitely one of a reigning queens in the crafting world. Since I have always enjoyed her cook books and crafting projects, I was excited to receive her new book “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share“.

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I took a quick look through the book before deciding on a project that my almost 3-year-old daughter and I could do together.

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Although this craft (gluing cotton balls to a pre-cut shape) was just the right speed for my daughter, she lost interest before we got to the second side of the sheep. I was envisioning making a few of these and then turning them into a mobile to hang from the ceiling.Martha Stewart Crafts for Kids: Cotton Ball Sheep

I also want to be sure to mention that there are many crafts in here that are not specifically for kids.  In fact, I went through the entire book and made a list of all the projects that I want to do for myself or make as gifts for Christmas this year.

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I especially love the list of supplies at the end of the book.  If a project calls for a supply that you are not familiar with you can look it up for a better description as well as helpful hints on where to buy the supplies.  Although most of the projects on my list will use up the supplies I already have, which is great!

PROS:

  • Well thought-out instructions and diagrams/templates included for every project
  • Lots of pictures of the projects and kids using the projects – which my daughter loves to see
  • The crafts in this book use common supplies that you will likely already have, and can be made for a variety of occasions

CONS:

  • Lacking any kind of indication for age groups that can work on each project (an index with age groups or a range listed on each project would have been very helpful)
  • I would like to see more projects for the “under age 5” crowd

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share” is available online and in store with an MSRP of $24.99 (Buy it on Amazon.com for $17.48).  It features 175 projects for kids and adults.  Have you seen it or tried any of the projects?

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Cassandra has been scrapbooking and stamping for more than 15 years. Paper is her passion, and she says that she grew up wanting to own a stationery shop. She describes herself as "crafty" and enjoys projects ranging from card making and photography to quilting and crafts for kids. She was previously in corporate marketing but now spends her days at home with her young daughter. You can read more about Cassandra's adventures in crafting at the fresh crafts blog.

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One Response to Book Review | Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids

  1. Kayla R. September 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for the great review. I am always on the lookout for fun crafts to do with my five children.