It’s always fun to learn a new skill, and it’s even better when you can make something useful, for yourself or to give as a gift.
Learning to Knit by Dana Meachen Rau
“Do you love to create things? Knitting is a hobby for all kinds of people. If you are the kind of person who likes to sit and be quiet, knitting can be relaxing. If you are always on the go, knitting is a good project to toss in a bag and bring along.” [J677.02824 RAU]
The Kids’ Guide to Duct Tape Projects by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
“Duct tape isn’t just for fixing things anymore! Wallets, phone covers, board games if you can imagine it, you can make it with duct tape. Get step by step instructions on how to make these projects and many more!” [J745.5 BELL-REHWOLDT]
Made by Me by Jane Bull
“Contains more than 30 homespun craft projects for young crafters. The book is divided into three sections, on knitting, sewing, and embroidery, and each one begins with a primer on basic techniques and stitches. Then lots of simple and sweet projects help children master needle skills while making bags, dolls, bracelets, hats, and more.” [J746.4 BULL]
Another way to give is to share with others. Do you have toys you don’t play with, or clothes that don’t fit any more? If they are still in good shape, they can be given to others. Go through your things, find outgrown clothes, books, and toys, and donate them. You will not only be cleaning your room – and possibly making space for some new stuff – you will be making things available to others. Buy new toys and donate to Toys for Tots, or take unwrapped gifts to your local fire station. Bring a bag of canned food and leave it in the Alameda County Food Bank bin at the Library!
- Helping Family and Friends by Vic Parker
- The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara A.Lewis