Monday, October 26, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015- Book review: Holiday Crafts

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

I come from a long line of women who are fabulous at doing craft projects. Knitting, quilting, crocheting, making random things out of wallpaper scraps... you name it, they do it. Except me. I have no talent in this area and no desire to develop talent in this area. However, the genetic love for crafting is strong in the next generation and I ended up with a 6-year-old daughter who LOVES crafting. She's constantly drawing on something or cutting something or coloring something or building something out of clay. She definitely belongs to my family. So she was so very excited to get a new book called Holiday Crafts- 50 Projects for Year-Round Family Fun. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

The sweet and simple projects in Holiday Crafts will be sure to make lasting memories, not to mention priceless mementos. Author Linda Reece, mommy blogger and crafter, believes that no one likes to be plopped in front of the TV during family gatherings and celebrations. Spending time with your little ones doing simple crafts and actives is a perfect way to bring cheer to every holiday. Filled with fifty year-round holiday-themed crafts for ages 3-10, hours of enjoyment are guaranteed for children and parents alike. The easy-to-follow instructions, cheerful design, full-color-photographs, and simple supply lists will ensure the success of any little crafter. The book contains five crafts for ten different holidays, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Halloween, Back to School, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.

The crafts in this book are definitely geared towards younger kids and are very simple. I love that they don't require fancy supplies. Even a non-crafter like me has most of the things we need in the house already, or I know where to pick them up for not much money. The craft directions are divided up by holiday/season, so it's easy to find the perfect project for whatever you're getting ready to celebrate. Vivian has already gone through and picked out all the projects she's ready to make (almost all of them!), so we have lots of crafting in our future! Thankfully the book supplies great pictures and easy step-by-step instructions for carrying out the crafts. This book is a great one for any family with young kids who love creating fun things!