With winter and the Christmas break from school fast approaching, you may be thinking of some screen-free ways to keep the kids busy on those days when it’s a little too cold to spend much time outside.
Why not encourage your son or daughter’s creativity by encouraging them to get crafty? While some tweens may think they’re too old for crafts, it’s often just a matter of providing the right tools and inspiration to get their creative juices flowing again.
DK Canada has a great selection of educational and fun books for tweens, including quite a few craft books. I recently had the chance to check out a few of their kids’ crafts books and found there was a great range of project ideas for various ages and skill levels.
In addition to providing a creative outlet and preventing boredom, many of the craft projects in these books would make great homemade gifts for tweens to give to their relatives, friends or teachers.
Containing “52 year-round presents all wrapped up” this book is full of ingenious crafty ideas that are inexpensive to make and beautifully personalized, and even includes ideas for making your own gift bags and wrapping paper. Beautifully illustrated, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, tweens are sure to find lots of ideas for gifts to make for relatives, teachers and friends. Projects are grouped into the following categories: Paper Craft Projects, Stitched and Beaded Goodies, Molded and Sculpted Treasures and Make, Bake and Creative Treats.
Some of my tween daughter’s favourite project ideas were the paper-mache polar bear bank, the beaded purse charms, the pom-pom scarf and beaded candle jars.
Made By Me by Jane Bull
This is a craft book for the “girlie girl” with a range of pretty projects to make, including dolls, felt flower headbands, lavender bags, purses, and fancy t-shirts. This book teaches basic sewing, embroidery and knitting, with simple patterns for beginners.
Crafty Creatures by Jane Bull
This book offers some fantastic ideas on how to create over 30 cute and cuddly creatures, using a variety of materials, including yarn, old gloves and socks, fabric and felt. The finished projects from this book would definitely be gift worthy for any younger children on your list. Some basic sewing or knitting skills are required for most projects, so this may be a good book for the more advanced crafter or for parents who want to craft with their kids.
Make it! by Jane Bull
This book is all about ideas for turning trash into treasure by making crafts with materials that would otherwise be destined for the garbage can or recycling bin. The book is divided into four categories, based on the materials being used: paper, plastic, metal and fabric. Some of the tween-friendly craft ideas in this book include bowls made from scrap paper (great for holding trinkets), purses made from old jeans and cushions made from bubble wrap and candy wrappers. It would make a great gift for an environmentally conscious tween.
You can find these and many other books perfect for gift-giving in DK Canada’s Gift Boutique, on sale for 30% off for a limited time.
Make Your Own Gifts Book Giveaway
We have one copy of the Make Your Own Gifts book to give away to a lucky Tweenhood reader, courtesy of DK Canada.
Open to Canadian residents 18+ only, excluding Quebec. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen. Winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question. No purchase required. Odds of winning depends on the number of entries received. As prize fulfillment will be managed through our giveaway sponsors, Tweenhood cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
Giveaway starts November 28th, 2013 at 12:01 am EST and ends December 5th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
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