If there’s one thing that Martha does well, it’s craft books. I believe I have the entire Martha collection, and I love every single book. They are always so well done. And as you can imagine, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts For Kids is no exception. Right when I saw the cover, I knew I was going to have a good time looking through the pages, and I was right. I have to say, and I’m not exaggerating – this is my favorite Martha craft book so far. I loved more projects in Favorite Crafts For Kids than I have in any other book. So let’s get to it . . . here are the five things I love about this book.
1. The number of projects is amazing. You can see that right on the cover – there are 175 projects in this book. That is an unbelievable value when you consider the $18 price tag on Amazon. It’s packed full, and you could craft out of this for months and not run out of ideas.
2. The crafts are for children of all ages. You might be wondering what age range of children this book is appropriate for – and the answer is “all of them.” I like how many of the crafts can be adapted to children of all ages. What I mean is that I feel like a lot of the ideas can be altered (materials, difficulty level) depending on the age range of children you are targeting. You can use this book for years.
3. There is a huge variety in the craft ideas. Do you want to use yarn? Fabric paint? Paper? Felt? Food? Recycled surfaces? If you can imagine the surface or the medium, it’s in this book. If your child likes a particular theme in particular, you’ll be able to find it. It’s also great if you want to try something new with the kids that you’ve never done before.
4. A lot of the projects serve a practical purpose. Sometimes when you craft with your children, let’s be honest – it goes into a box, or it might even go into the garbage. So many of these projects can be used again and again (painted umbrellas, jewelry) given as gifts (cards, decorated shirts) or played with (bingo games, race cars). It’s fun for kids to make something and then get to use it or give it to a loved one.
5. Martha didn’t forget about the holidays – this is a year round book. She’s got all of the holidays represented, but also the seasons. I promise that you’ll continually refer to this book, again and again, all through the year.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Favorite Crafts For Kids. Though I can say that I’d love to try a lot of these crafts myself. This book is amazing!