How-To Books for Young Crafters

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10 How-To Books for Young Crafters

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My sweet girl takes after her momma. She loves all things crafty! Whether she’s finger-knitting or drawing or writing a book, she’s always “doing.” So, I’m always on the hunt for good how-to books for young crafters that we can use to foster her creative side. Here are a few that we’ve used or that we want to use in the near future:

  How-To Books for Young Crafters

Rainbow Looms are all the craze right now with both boys and girls. My daughter has a ginormous collection of bands and bracelets that she’s made. I bought her the Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry book for Christmas, and it was a hit.

From Felt to Fabulous is a wonderful book filled with felt crafts kids can create themselves. From hair clips to ornaments and tags and more, this book contains patterns and step-by-step instructions. Each project requires only felt, embroidery thread, and a needle. All sewing is done by hand. They are all great beginner projects!

One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. That is the next craft my ten-year-old wants to learn. I found a book that looks like it will be a great place to start with her. My First Crochet Book includes easy to follow illustrated “how-to-crochet” instructions. Patterns include granny squares, scarves, toys, and more.

I’ve always wanted to learn to knit. We look at knitting patterns at the craft stores every time we go. When I’m ready to take the plunge to learn a new hobby {possibly over the summer}, I’m going to buy My First Knitting Book. We’re going to learn together. Like the crochet book, it has step-by-step illustrated instructions. It includes patterns for scarves, toys, hats, and more. Maybe if it’s written for kids, I’ll be able to figure it out, as well.

When I read aloud during our homeschool day, Em loves to work with her hands. One of her favorite thing to do is to color. She received a few mosaic or mandala coloring books from her Grandma, and she frequently works on them. I like that they keep her from fidgeting while I read, and she loves the way they turn out when they’re complete.

When we visit our local library, Emma likes to check out the “how to draw” books. She has checked out books to learn to draw animals, fairies, Disney characters, flowers, and so much more over the years. We have piles of drawings in our school room.

When my boys were younger, they were really into Legos! We had TONS! They enjoyed checking out books like The LEGO Ideas Book for instructions on how to build new buildings, vehicles,and figures for their LEGO towns.

Many years ago, we discovered Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Books at our local library. These books are so fun! Using fingerprints and doodles, kids can create all types of critters and fun stuff.

During a geography lesson in early elementary grades, we learned to do some origami while studying Japan. In addition to the origami instructions found in our lesson, we consulted a few books for more ideas. In our house, origami usually requires a little adult help, because some of the creations can be tricky to make.

Besides the basic folded paper airplane, I struggle with making more advanced ones. So, I am no help to my kids when they decide to have a paper airplane contest. It’s a good thing there are books with step-by-step illustrated instructions.

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