If you haven’t visited Heidi Kennedy’s blog My Paper Crane then you are missing out. The blog is named after her first project ever, a paper crane – and she has kicked some big time crafting butt since then. Can I say “butt” on Craft Critique? Ha! [editor’s note: watch yourself, Anderson ;-)]
Since all the kiddos are home from school, I thought it would be a perfect time to review Heidi’s book, Every Day’s a Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids. It’s published by Chronicle Books, and there is literally a project for every occasion, including some of the lesser known ones. Who knew there was a Watermelon Day? Every Day’s a Holiday is a great read, and I can’t believe how many awesome crafts that Heidi came up with for children. As far as I’m concerned, coming up with kids’ craft ideas is no easy feat. Here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. Some of the projects don’t need adults, and Heidi has indicated those. A kid not needing you for every. single. step? I’m guessing many of you parents won’t have a problem with that.
2. The sheer number of projects and holidays in this book. I know I said it before, but you won’t believe when you flip through the text how many great ideas are included. Many can be modified with items you already have, or already use those type of supplies.
3. These are actually fun projects for kids, and they aren’t all potholders. Remember those string potholders? While I loved making them, I didn’t love stringing them 17 times a year. New ideas are always appreciated. This book delivers.
4. The crafts are amazingly gender neutral. I see A LOT of children’s craft projects that are girly, but not as many for boys. And I know young boys love to craft because I grew up with four brothers, and they all liked making things. I guess they get to that point where crafts are for chicks, but I’m pretty sure a book like this would keep their interest a little longer. Check out the robots.
5. The woodland gnomes. I’ve always had a thing for pine cones. Heidi, shut up – these are way too cute!
You’re going to enjoy this book. If you are a parent, you may one day rely upon this book to save you. A little dramatic maybe, but I can only imagine what it’s like to have children and get stuck on a rainy day with nothing to do.
Have you picked up Every Day’s a Holiday? What’s your favorite project? Leave us a comment and let us know!