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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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Martha Stewart Crafts for Kids: Cotton Ball Sheep

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.

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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Project | Using Project Life With Kids

We finish out Kids Crafts Week with the hottest thing to hit scrapbooking for grown-ups in the last few years…Project Life!

My 10 year old daughter, Bridget, recently decided that she wanted to “make a scrapbook too”. Due to her limitations (she has arthritis and autism), I decided to try her out with Project Life as a “shortcut” to enabling her to scrapbook.

I let her browse the new Project Life releases online, and she went straight for the “Blush” kit, full of pink and doodle-y flowers. (A “Honey” kit just “accidentally” fell into Mommy’s cart while the kid was picking out her kit….you’ll hear more about that later!)

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We picked a topic for her first Project Life pages, the day we spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for her 10th birthday last month. Then we sat down at my computer and I opened up my Adobe Lightroom library. Bridget pointed to the pictures that she wanted and I took care of printing them the appropriate sizes.

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