If you love to try new things and lots of them, this book would be a great addition to your craft library (we crafters do tend to collect books). This book, previously published as ‘ Best Ever 100 Incredible Things for Kids’,covers a whole variety of crafts and activities.
Written by four experts in their fields, textile artist and designer Petra Boase, artist Marion Elliot, horticulturist Clare Bradley and food writer Judy Williams, there are a wide variety of creative ideas here.
There are toys and games to make, focusing strongly on recycled materials. You could make musical instruments, stilts, fridge magnets or an activity blanket for youngsters. If your children like to sew there is a pattern for a rag doll and ideas for recycling an outgrown pair of tights into a woolly hat.
There is a great section on dressing-up fun. This if packed with ideas for costumes, great if you have a lot of parties or a school that encourages the kids to dress up for events. In particular there are loads of great ideas for Halloween – Witches, Ghosts, Zombies, a Pumpkin costume and a skeleton. Alongside the costumes are instructions for face painting to compliment each of the outfits.
There are gardening suggestions for all seasons, with things to grow indoors and out, a scarecrow to make, how to press flowers and make your own wormery.
The cookery section has lots of simple and tasty makes that children can make, although most will require supervision. They range from healthy to really rather naughty, so there is something for every one here.
There are complete instructions for each make and the section begins with an explanation of the basic techniques required, and safety is at the forefront with warnings where a technique requires extra care.
This book is great fun for kids and parents, and a boon for rainy days.