Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 26, 2012

It’s starting to get a little colder, rainy weather might be keeping you inside — and the holidays are coming! It’s a great time to make crafts, for yourself and to give as gifts.

Easy Cloth Crafts in Five Steps by Anna Llimos

“Provides instructions for craft projects that can be made with fabric in five steps, including a purse, necklace, bracelet, and doll.” Has instructions for 14 projects; a materials list is provided for each item, with general supplies and recyclables sufficient for most crafts.      [J746 LLIMOS]

Hanukkah Crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

“Provides information about the origin and customs of Hanukkah, ideas for celebrating this holiday, and directions for making such crafts as a dreidel mobile, holiday cards, and candle candy holders.”               [J296.435 BLEDSOE]

Kids’ Winter Fun Book: Homespun Adventures for Family Fun       by Claire Gillman & Sam Martin

“A cold weather-themed activity treasury for kids and caregivers features a wide variety of indoor and outdoor suggestions from ice skating and snowball fights to making toffee apples and snowshoes,and an array of rainy-day options including puppet shows, origami crafts and seasonal greeting cards.”                                [J790.1 GILLMAN]

Make and Takes for Kids [electronic resource] : 50 Crafts Throughout the Year     by Marie LeBaron

“Highlighting the best of each month of the year, Make and Takes for Kids offers 50 projects to make with kids, each centered around an upcoming holiday or season. The ideas are unique and simple to produce, and each project is thoughtfully constructed and designed to create an ideal environment and setting for crafting. Each craft requires little preparation, few supplies, and almost everything can be readily found at home or at a local craft supply store.

“Crafting isn’t just playtime; there’s a purpose to all the gluing, cutting, and coloring. Children are learning hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving, math, teamwork, and individual expression. They are exercising creativity and building their imaginations. Make and Takes for Kids highlights the learning objectives and skills that children will attain as they complete each craft. Parents learn the benefits of spending time to create and craft with their children, and see the growth and creativity that children can experience while crafting.

  • 50 projects to make crafts and food with kids, from a Marshmallow Graham Cracker Snowman and Flower Garden Cupcakes to an Egg Carton Octopus and Rainbow Ring Bottle Toss
  • Ten activities are included that can be crafted with recycled materials, making the crafts easy to produce as well as budget-friendly
  • Projects demonstrate that you don’t have to buy expensive supplies or make elaborate activities to have fun crafting and creating

“If you’re a mom, teacher, or caregiver looking to enhance the time and quality spent with young children, Make and Takes For Kids makes it easy to have fun crafting with kids.” This is an eBook which can be downloaded to a Kindle, computer, or other eBook compatible device. At our Library website click on eBooks & eAudiobooks then choose Overdrive and click GO! Type in the title of the book, and you can check it out or place a hold on it if someone else already has it.

And be sure to take a look at a new database made available through the Alameda County Library! On the Library website move your mouse cursor over Research and click on A-Z Resources. Click on the H tab, and you will find the link for Hobbies and Crafts. You will need a Library card to access it, but it is great! Find articles on everything from knitting and origami to fishing and camping!

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