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Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids Hardcover-spiral – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008

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“Rae Grant rubber stamps her heart in word and illustration in this soulful book that gives new meaning to ‘time out.’ I’ll blow her a wish from a dandelion globe while wishing Crafting Fun into lucky lives everywhere.”---Marietta McCarty, author of Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids

From Living Crafts magazine

 “This book is for kids who love to crafts and adults who reminisce about the simpler days of their childhoods. Organized by season, over 97 simple projects are explained on one to two pages each, and jam-packed with hours of entertainment.”


From the L.A. Parent Web site:

"Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids by Rae Grant is a hands-on, hands-down winner and the perfect book for National Craft Month. The binding makes holding your place as you prepare to craft a breeze. Projects are simple and straightforward, and will entertain your children for hours. Organized by season, crafts such as a Pumpkin-Seed Necklace, a Snow Globe, Glitter Pinecones, Sponge-Painted Eggs, Mother’s Day Potato Print Cards and a Fourth of July Confetti Blower will keep your kids crafting through the months. The book’s Animal Track Casting craft has me inspired for my next family hike. A lot of these crafts aren’t new, but it’s handy to have them all together with useful step-by-step instructions in one beautifully designed book. If you like the format, check out the companion book, Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids, also by Rae Grant."


About the Author

RAE GRANT is a book designer, collage illustrator, and author. Her background in fine letterpress printing and bookmaking established her reputation for designing high-quality illustrated books. Rae lives in Manhattan with her daughter and husband.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312377800
  • ASIN: B002ZNJW3Q
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,186,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover-spiral
Rainy days or any kind of days for that matter, can be fun days to work on crafts. A book that utilizes many useful throwaway materials makes crafting not only inexpensive, but also environmentally friendly. There is a list of "useful throwaways" in the front that you can gather and set aside for when you want to craft. This list is especially helpful for teachers on a budget who would like their students to craft, but don't have enough money to supply and entire classroom. There is a list of basic equipment that has common items like pencils and scissors to things like a vegetable peeler. Naturally safety is stressed and those needing adult assistance are clearly labeled. Crafts are listed by season and there are some surefire winners in this book!


Waxed Paper Leaves
Apple Print T-Shirts
Paper Bag Book Cover
Apple Candle Holder
Paper Jack-O'-Lantern
Simple Halloween Mask
Tin Can Lanterns
Halloween Silhouette
Spooky Cheesecloth Ghosts
Handkerchief Ghosts
Glitter Pumpkins
Pumpkin Seed Necklace
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
Corn Husk Cornucopia
Pinecone Turkey
Thanksgiving Place Card
The First Thanksgiving
Toss-and-Catch Toy
Autumn Leaf Collecting
Skeleton Leaf Prints
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Morgan J. Scholten on December 29, 2008
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While thumbing through this book for the first time, I breathed a great sigh of relief. Crafting Fun makes me feel warm, happy, and craft-competent, while many of my other craft books make me feel unprepared, incompetent, and often frustrated. Now that I have found this book, I have put away all of my craft books from the Waldorf tradition (The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes (Festivals (Hawthorn Press)), All Year Round (Lifeways), Crafts through the Year, etc.) Never again will I struggle to make a teeny tiny delicate tissue paper angel while my child looks on, uninvolved. Never again will I search for obscure items such as kite paper and split straws.

Crafting Fun is filled with simple, lovely, do-able craft projects, many of which I remember from my own childhood. Your children will be able to do the projects themselves, rather than stand back and watch you do them. Just this December, my 5-1/2-year-old and I have made popcorn and cranberry garlands, tinsel stars with pipe cleaners, construction paper garlands, a lovely ice picture with leaves and berries in a pie pan, and pinecone treats for birds. We didn't have to buy a thing, other than the cranberries; everything else we had on hand. There are many, many more winter projects to choose from, and we are looking forward to all of the wonderful ideas from other seasons, as well.

Some of the projects in this book may have you thinking, "I don't need a book for that!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on June 19, 2009
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Many crafting books for children are complicated - the parent ends up doing the project. Not so with Crafting Fun - each activity requires only a few items, yet produces something functional and beautiful.

And the book is lovely to look at! I often find myself flipping through the colorful pages, daydreaming about something to do next.

I think this book is best used with children ages six and up, although many of the activities could be adapted for younger children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie B. on November 10, 2010
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I really love this book. So many things bring me back to my childhood and it let's me share them with my preschool children very easily. As a new season comes before me, I glance through this book to remind myself of coming projects to do with them.
The book is a work of art in itself. Beautiful illustrations throughout make it a nice gift to give to friends(who are also teachers and parents).
It's a book to keep for a lifetime.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Voss on November 12, 2008
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My daughters, ages 8 and 6 could not put this book down. We loved the way it is organized by seasons and the fact you don't have to raid a crafts store to do many of the projects. One of our favorites had us all in the park gathering Autumn leaves and making waxed leaves at home. The book is also beautifully illustrated and designed so would make a great gift. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
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