Book Review of 20-Minute Crafts
Book Review by Sylvia Cochran, Parenting by the Book
20- Minute Crafts
by Hands-On Crafts for Kids
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Published in 2001
For ages 7 to 12
Do you remember watching Hands on Crafts for Kids on public television? Did you marvel at the ease with which creator Kathie Stull could take seemingly simple supplies and turn them into attractive designs and projects?
The book is excellent for parents who may have lost their creative touches a long time ago. Instructions cover how to read dimensions, choose a paintbrush or dry-brush with paint.
Each project features exhaustive step-by-step instruction as well as a list of required items. Best of all, there are properly sized patterns included alongside the instructions. A photo of the finished project helps you stay on track and ensures that you are doing it right.
Unless you have a well-stocked arts and crafts cabinet that includes wooden beads or natural jute, it is a good idea to plan ahead for these projects and buy the items you need. In addition, please note that some crafts – particularly the ones that call for the use of power tools – take a bit longer than 20 minutes to complete.
Do not let the supposed simplicity of some projects make you decide to tackle the more difficult ones with younger kids. Although you can adapt the projects to suit a younger audience, you may find that you have to redo quite a few of the steps.
This is a great book for the parent who wants to get crafting with the kids. If you are not artistically inclined or do not enjoy these types of projects, you will find it challenging. In addition, the need to plan ahead can turn away some folks who are looking for something to do on the fly.
In the alternative, if you do not mind the planning and delight in the idea of having a fun afternoon project with the kids, this is the book to pick. In fact, you may like these projects so much that you may consider them as the blueprint for art projects that you can later on give away to friends and family members.
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