Reported by Julie Tiu
Sometimes (more often than you might think) I run out of crafty ideas. Really. Enter Marie LeBaron, founder and managing editor at Make and Takes. Her book Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year arrived on my doorstep and I devoured it cover-to-cover.
Marie LeBaron uses her background in early childhood development and her creative edge to develop kid-friendly projects. But what sets this book apart is the fact that she outlines learning objectives and skills associated with the projects. The creative process is the focus for the kids, not necessarily the final product. However, if you’re looking for inspiration to make new things to sell, this is not your book – personal use only.
The projects are organized by months with four projects per month, some have five. The colorful book is beautifully layed out.
And, like a good educator, LeBaron gives a nice overview (at the beginning of the book) of basic supplies needed, which you probably have lying around in your house or they’re easily found at a craft supply store. The “simple instructions” for seasonal and holiday creations, edible and decorative, are exactly spot-on.
We tried the Paper Spiral Christmas tree project with some supplies we have in our stockpile.
Not too shabby working on identifying shapes, cutting and fine motor skills. My kids and I can’t wait to try more!
Available in most bookstores and online ($13-$19).
Have you picked up your copy of “Make and Takes for Kids”? What are your kid crafting book picks this season? Let us know in the comments!