Family Fun's Crafts Book
Edited by Deanna F. Cook and the experts at Family Fun Magazine
Published by Hyperion 1997My kids and I had such a lot of fun together with this book. I believe I have owned it for about ten years. Now my youngest is starting Community College so I'm saving the book to use with my grandchildren.
Family Fun Magazine was a good resource to have as a mother to young children. It had a lot of ideas for keeping the children entertained and content. The craft book is a compilation of craft ideas from many issues of the magazine.
What I mainly like about this craft ideas book, is that most of the projects are fairly simple and require mostly supplies that you will probably already have on hand. Also the book is so full of great ideas and color pictures on glossy pages that inspiration is always as near as your bookshelf.
A couple of the projects I especially remember doing are: spiders for Halloween made from the individual cups cut from egg cartons, black paint, pipe cleaners for legs, and "wiggly" eyes. These made great Halloween decorations and were fairly quick to make. In the late summer the kids enjoyed their Sunflower House. We planted sunflower seeds in the Spring in a semicircle so that when the sunflowers grew tall, the kids had a little camp. It was a learning project all along the way as they learned to take care of the growing plants.
Even the design of the book is helpful. It is in loose leaf style, so that whichever page you are working from, the book lies flatly open for ease of following directions. The projects in my book are timeless, but I imagine that by now, Family Fun has probably published an updated version. Check out familyfun.com where you will find more craft projects, birthday cake ideas, and, hopefully, an online store where you can purchase your own treasure trove of easy craft ideas to do with your children or grandchildren. What a great way to make great memories.