These two books recently came into my house at about the same time, and not that long after my Kids’ Crafternoon series came out, it seems too serendipitous not to write about them – they both advance the creative kids cause – so if you have some crafty and creative kids in your life, or you want to get more creative with your kids – read on.
Little things by busy hands is written by Katie Evans and published by Penguin/Puffin Australia. This book is just perfect for primary school aged kids who like to make little things with fabric but don’t yet have the skills or confidence to use a sewing machine. Sweet projects like a hand sewn stuffed toy, and a glue and fabric wall art piece, some simple bunting flags and a plaited rag table mat are just a few of the projects in this book – along with non fabric projects like a paper lantern and a clay brooch. The instructions are simple and appropriate and the accompanying illustrations are cute too! In Katie Evans words: The idea of the book is to get kids to be resourceful – to try new things on their own with minimal supervision and come up with something they are proud of and want to display.
Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl (published by Roost books), is a mighty book full of both practical projects and tested theories on playschool learning. With so much schooling based on tests and sitting at desks, this book is a lovely fresh look at a more hands on playful approach to the early childhood school years. This book is very much after my own heart and feels very real and necessary so we can get back our wonder of childhood and help our children develop a lifelong love of learning.