Thanksgiving has come and gone, so that means it’s time to turn our attention to the end-of-year holidays! If you’re looking for some ideas for young crafters that you know that are always on the hunt to learn something new, holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah are great times to build their DIY libraries. This week’s craft book roundup showcases some newer books and kits that they may dive into this season and beyond.
For the coloring fan on your holiday list, have them put their artistic skills to work coloring in greeting cards that they can use all year long. Created by illustrator Caitlin Keegan, a former staffer at Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop, this book is packed with 30 ready-to-color 5-by-7″ cards that can be removed from the book and is complete with corresponding envelopes.
For crafters looking to try a little bit of everything, Three-Dimensional Art Adventures is a book to add to your shopping list. Written by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw, the book offers 36 projects that range from weaving, learning to create patterns, and even working with clay. Created in mind for children ages 6-10 years of age, it’s perfect elementary school-age kids.
Creative Origami and Beyond pulls together a collection of talented origami experts to offer many new skill sets for children who are building their origami know-how. Each chapter, taught by one of the book’s artists, offers new skills to learn and projects to try. There’s even some colorful paper included to get you started.
Practice paper sculpting skills with “Vintage Sparkle,” a paper-folding kit that allows you to create 15 festive ornaments. But the boxes don’t have to be used for just the holidays; have a child put their imagination to work and turn the sturdy boxes into colorful building blocks for an afternoon of quiet play.