Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book Week 2009: Perfect Hump Day Helper Assistants

Hump day needs all the help it can get. I must say I don't own a lot of these types of books, but the few I do have I cherish. For some reason I'm drawn to the activities that seem so obvious, if I'd only thought about it for a while. This usually means that they fall in to my appropriate skill level also :) Here are my Top 5...

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination & Nurture Family Connections
This I consider my craft bible for hump day's at home. It's part arty and craft guide and part parenting guide. Loads of easy to do crafty things using regular things found around the house and the back yard. The author Amanda Soule is the voice behind the delightful blog SouleMama

See and Sew: A Sewing Book for Children
I have only just recently acquired a copy of this little treasure for myself. The tasks are probably a few years off my little ones, but I've learnt so much about sewing myself it's fantastic. It's an easy intro to sewing that doesn't require a machine and has simple step by step directions for 16 tasks. Author Tina Davis is also behind other gems Look and Cook: A Cookbook for Children and Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children

Art and Crafts for Kids ("Australian Women's Weekly")
These may have been around for donkeys years, but that's for valid reasons. An Aussie bible for mums, teachers and child care workers with projects on drawing and painting, printing, collage, weaving, puppets and more

Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals [With Patterns]
There is no doubt that the Japanese are the masters of the cute softie genre, only problem is it's near impossible to find any of their awesome craft books in English. Author Therese Laskey has combined patterns from 25 plush artists around the world.

Super Duper Art & Craft Activity Book
This book has over 75 projects for kids from quilted placemats and bark rubbings to feet puppets. Never more a dull moment

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