3 Fun Crafts To Make At Home

At the end of 2017, the editors at Scholastic issued five predictions about what children’s book trends will be popular and successful in 2018. And no surprise,Activity books made the list! (The others included: books with strong female characters, non-fiction books, iconic series, characters returning with new stories, and fantasy.)

There are many different types of activity books – also known as the “maker’s class of children’s literature” – in which young readers are encouraged to exercise and develop their creativity. Many of these types of books actually come with do-it-yourself kits, sticker activities, word searches, or physical crafts that children can make.

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Photo credit: Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/360/Getty Images

Now that kids are out of school for the summer, they will be looking for ways to fill their days (and swimming, camps, sports, and other outdoor activities can only go so far!) Eventually, they’ll be indoors, pacing the house, looking for something to do. In my day, we didn’t have iPads, video games, and other common-day electronics to rely on. We had to entertain ourselves. And for me, that meant reading books. Lots and lots of them!

While some children have the attention span to read for hours on end, others prefer using their hands, making things, and getting creative. Activity books are made for entertainment, education, or in the case of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! – both.

There are twelve story-poems in the book, and aside from sparking a child’s imagination through words and rhyme, they also guide them to create something they can keep. For now, I will talk about three of these projects.

  • Piggy Banks: The piggy bank project in Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! is a simple, pig-box that children can most likely create from items they already have in their home. The story-poem not only gives them easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, it teaches important life lessons as well. It talks about how to save money, earning money by doing chores, and responsible ways to spend money.
  • Stained Glass: This story-poem not only tells children what materials to use (paper, pencil, tape, permanent marker, water colors, black tape, newspaper, vegetable oil, and a dry rag), it tells them all about stained glass (the different types, where to hang them, and the importance of teaching others to make these beautiful pieces.)
  • The Boxes: Most families have boxes lying around – old shoeboxes, shipping boxes, moving boxes, storage boxes, even small boxes and cereal boxes, etc. – and the story-poem in Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! titled “The Boxes” has some clever ideas of what children can do with them!

I hope you’ll open the book, find a story-poem that sparks your imagination, and get to work with your child! With this book, you’ll have fun and create memories together – two of a child’s favorite things.

Love,

Ruth

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