Christmas Craft Book: 30 Fun & Festive Projects to Make With Kids (Laura Minter & Tia Williams)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Christmas Craft Book: 30 Fun & Festive Projects to Make With Kids by Laura Minter and Tia Williams, a holly jolly compendium of easy crafting activities to celebrate the Christmas season.

What better way to get in the Yuletide mood than to create some hand-made masterpieces with family and friends? This collection of thirty seasonally-themed crafts, all detailed in step-by-step instructions and color photos, walks prospective crafters through projects like handmade wreaths, artful ornaments, winter wearables, and holiday decorations.

Delightful! We’ve reviewed a few of Minter and Williams’s instructional books before, and we’re glad to see that this one carried through the elements we’ve enjoyed in the past – colorful yet informative visuals, age-appropriate crafts with replicable results, and a focus on both safety and fun. The Christmas-themed crafts in this book were nicely varied, mixing traditional favorites like popsicle stick ornaments and potato stamp wrapping paper with some truly inventive ones, like family photo advent calendars and “Santa-spotter” cardboard binoculars. American readers may have trouble sourcing materials for a cracker snap craft, but otherwise the crafts can easily be completed in an afternoon. Overall, this is a great collection, especially for parents hoping to keep their kiddos busy over the winter holiday. We like it a lot – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Show-How Guides: Egg Decorating & Paper Airplanes (Renée Kurilla & Keith Zoo)

Hello, friends! Our books today are two titles from Odd Dot books’ and Keith Zoo’s Show-How Guides series: Egg Decorating, written by Renée Kurilla and illustrated by Zoo, and Paper Airplanes, written and illustrated by Zoo.

Using simple, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and with occasional interjections by two adorable “dot” characters, young crafters can learn the basic techniques of and unique applications for each guidebook’s subject. In Egg Decorating, readers can learn how to hard-boil eggs, as well as dye, paint, and decorate them, and even how to use the eggs once they’ve been spiffed up. In Paper Airplanes, readers can learn how to make eighteen different types of paper gliders, each ranked by qualities like speed, airtime, and distance.

Neat! These pocket-sized guides do a great job of introducing the bare bones of each craft, then expanding on that information to include ways for each young maker to express their own creative flair. Safety and cleanliness notes in Egg Decorating will be especially appreciated by adult readers, like asking for help with boiling eggs or reminding kiddos to put down newspaper before working with paint and dye. The visual design of the instructions, line drawings laid out in numbered panels, makes instructions very easy to follow. Only two small complaints: one, the design of the books themselves make them VERY hard to lay or prop open, sort of a necessity when using as reference while one’s hands are full. And two, the tricolor scheme within the books limits their ability to express variation in design. Otherwise, these are neat little guidebooks, and would be great gifts for creative young bookworms. Overall, we liked them, and they’re baby bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of these books were provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)