Yesterday was a snow day and the kids were home from school...fighting. Well, that's not entirely true. There was some complaining too and a bit of TV watching mixed in. Demands for food. You know, the usual.
It got me thinking about March Break and how we are going to occupy them for an entire week. If you are facing the same scenario or you have little ones at home every day, I have a suggestion for you. That is, unless you are headed off to sunnier climes this March Break. This post is for those who are "staycationing" like my family.
Recently, I received three amazing, colourful, beautiful craft books to review. Enough adjectives ya think? I just really like these books. A lot.
DK Canada sent me three wonderful craft books, all by Jane Bull, a British author and crafter extraordinaire.
"Stitch-by-Stitch: A Beginner's Guide to Needlecraft" has more than 50 inspiring and easy-to-make projects to get you stitching, making and designing. The projects are simple enough for my 8- and 10-year-old kids and yet challenging enough for me (not that I require much of a challenge).
Right away my daughter and I were drawn to a fun felt doughnut project. The doughnuts are just so cute! I went out and bought felt, embroidery thread and embroidery needles. We already had some stuffing, and the templates for the doughnut shapes are right on the page. This simple project really was a lot of fun.
I made one by myself at first just so I could get used to the steps before working with the kids. Once I showed them my doughnut, they were hooked. My son pronounced it "very cool." We each made our own doughnuts soon after.
Yesterday, my daughter used the doughnuts to serve tea to her dolly friends. I admit I enjoyed setting up for the tea party too.
I am looking forward to making some other crafts from "Stitch-by-Stitch," like this cupcake tote bag.
And these embroidered bags, perfect for giving small gifts in.
And these felt flowers, which can be made into brooches.
The kids are enthusiastic about learning to knit, so I thought I would get my son started on one of these "Dude dolls."
I would like to make a bunch of these knitted roses.
"Made by Me" is another lovely book, containing more than 30 homespun craft projects for young crafters. The book is divided into three sections: knitting, sewing and embroidery. Each one begins with a primer on basic techniques and stitches. The simple, sweet projects help children master needle skills while making bags, dolls, bracelets, hats and more. Here are some of the projects we're hoping to make:
"Make It!" has many suggestions for a very different type of crafts. It really gets you thinking about all the stuff you throw out every day. The book has crafty step-by-step projects that even a toddler can help with. Turn your household rubbish into fun treasures by creating jewellery from paper, flower pots from plastic bottles and purses from old jeans.
My daughter is looking forward to making this frog bowl from paper scraps.
I wouldn't mind using some of the old kids' clothes in our basement to make a pretty rag mat.
Finally, I want to make these attractive but simple picture weave cards to give to family and friends.
Basically, any of these books would really help a desperate mom to fill up her March Break agenda! I'm going to give it a shot. How about you? How will you occupy the kids...or yourself?
Time to PlayFor the month of March, these books and a whole selection of other wonderful books for kids are 30% off on DK's website. I'd like to try the "Mom and Me Cookbook." I'm not getting a commission, I just think they are great books for families!
*I was provided with books for review purposes. I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own.
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