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Make and Takes for Kids

Most often the greatest ideas are the simplest; especially when it comes to crafting with kids. This fun, creative and colorful book is full of projects for parents and kids to make together all year long.

Highlighting the best of each month of the year, MAKE AND TAKES FOR KIDS (Wiley; November 7, 2011, $18.99) offers 50 projects to make with kids; each one is centered on an upcoming holiday or season: a sunshine-filled May with Clothespin Butterflies, and Foam Flower Crowns, or Back to School September with a Teacher's "Pet Rock" Paperweight and Apple Stamp Paper Bouquet.  The ideas are unique, simple to produce, and thoughtfully constructed.  Little preparation is required; the crafts use few supplies, and almost everything can be readily found at home or at a local craft supply store.

Crafting isn't just playtime; there is a purpose to all the gluing, cutting, and coloring.  Marie LeBaron, a former elementary teacher, emphasizes the benefits of creating through crafts.  Children are learning hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving, math, teamwork, and individual expression.  They are exercising creativity and building their imaginations.  MAKE AND TAKES FOR KIDS highlights the learning objectives and skills that children will attain as they complete each captivating project.  Parents learn the benefits of spending time to create and craft with their kids, and see the growth and ingenuity that children can experience while crafting.

MAKE AND TAKES FOR KIDS includes:

  • Fifty projects to make crafts and food with kids, from a Meatball Golf Club, to an Egg Carton Octopus and Rainbow Ring Bottle Toss
  • Ten activities that are crafted with recycled materials, making the crafts easy to produce, as well as friendly to both budgets and the environment
  • Projects demonstrate that you don't have to buy expensive supplies or make elaborate projects to have fun crafting and creating

If you're a parent, teacher, or caregiver looking to enhance the time and quality spent with young children, MAKE AND TAKES FOR KIDS will give your projects and inspiration to do just that.