It’s March. Get Crafty!

photo of art supplies by kcjones89 via flickrMarch is National Craft Month! Why not make something with your children? Need some inspiration? The library has lots of great books to get the creative juices flowing!

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity” by Jean Van’t Hul explains how to set up a space for art and encourage creativity in children 1 to 8 years old. It includes instructions for a variety of activities.

Craft Fun” by Kim Solga has clear pictures and instructions for making items out of cardboard, yarn, paper, clay and cloth for kids ages 6 and up.

Eco-Friendly Crafts With Kids” by Kate Lilley includes recipes for play dough and recycled crayons, as well as ways to turn things you find around the house into games and toys. This is a great book for families with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old.

Book cover for Martha Stewart's Crafts for KidsMartha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids” by Martha Stewart is another book I recommend for families. It includes a variety of activities that will appeal to children ages 3 to 12.

If you can sew, you and your child could make something fun from “We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make” by Annabel Wrigley. We also have her newest book on order, “We Love to Sew: Bedrooms.” You can place a hold on it today!

Book cover for Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh My!Why not get creative in the kitchen?  “Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My!” by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson has instructions for a variety of edible creatures, some easy, some challenging. Or try some new foods from “The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World” by Deanna F. Cook.

If the weather is nice you could make a home for a fairy using “Fairy House Handbook” by Liza Gardner Walsh as inspiration.

No matter your skill level, have some fun making something with your kids this month. It doesn’t matter how the finished product looks. It’s all about enjoying the process.

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