Teach Yourself Visually: Crafting with Kids, and it is beyond terrific. The book features 75(yup, 75) fun, doable, educational crafts that you can do with your kids or, in my case, your neighbor's kids. Each project, most of which use items you already have even if you're not a crafty person, are simply explained and then each step is illustrated with a photo. The projects are divided up thematically such as seasons or holidays or educational, so you can easily flip to the type of craft you'd like to do. Best of all, these are projects that kids can really do themselves, not something so elaborate that they'll just stand by as you make the project.
To test the kid-friendliness of these projects and because I'm not one to make wildly audacious claims without rigorous field testing and because I live next door to three of the cutest kids on the planet, I invited Isabella, Francesca, and John over to my house the other day for a bit of crafting.
And, when they weren't looking, I took pictures of them. Like this one:
Anyway, we made two projects from Jennifer's book, Marbled Paper and Salvaged Scribblers.
We also made the Salvaged Scribblers which are shaped crayons made out of stubs of old crayons.
Raise your hand if you want to ditch the kids and make these projects yourself. Well, no need to do that. We can all work together. And to facilitate that the generous folks at Wiley Publishing are giving away a signed copy of Teach Yourself Visually: Crafting with Kids to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me about a favorite craft you remember doing as a child or one you've shared with your kids or neighbor's kids. I'll leave the comments open until Friday morning and announce a winner then.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for more info about the book and more opportunities to win a copy.
Wednesday, April 13
A Stitch in Dye - http://stitchindye.blogspot.
Friday, April 15
Smile and Wave - http://racheldenbow.blogspot.
Monday, April 18
Elsie Marley - http://www.elsiemarley.com/
Wednesday, April 20
Maya*Made - http://mayamade.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 22
Stitches in Play - http://stitchesinplay.
Tuesday, April 26
Aesthetic Outburst - http://aestheticoutburst.
Thursday, April 28
Artsy Crafty Babe - http://artsycraftybabe.