It’s summertime and we’re getting outside as much as we can! But some summer days (especially this summer) mean rain and more rain. This doesn’t have to mean staying in (there’s no bad weather, only bad gear, speaketh Outdoor Wisdom), but sometimes it’s nice to cozy up inside when it’s storming outside. For these days, we have rounded up some fantastic activity and craft books for our kids. Check them out!
Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share by Lacy Mucklow and Bethany Robertson
This art journal invites moms and kids to colour and draw together with a view to sharing experiences, fears, and hopes. Filled with creative prompts from licensed art therapist Mucklow, the journal opens communication channels, asking questions that will help generate thoughtful responses from your child while you create together. It’s fun quality time with a purpose!
Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects by Lance Akiyama
From a working cannon to a bridge, this powerful everyday adhesive is perfect for creating incredible things! In Duct Tape Engineer, master tinkerer Lance Akiyama shows readers how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed by Akiyama to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age. I totally want to make the duct tape greenhouse! Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaVHe4HWDkc
The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms by Olivia A Kneibler
Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more.
Stick it to ‘Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies by Bailey Fleming
Stick it to ‘Em is your invitation to create customized stickers with sass! It includes colorful art tools, easy drawing and lettering techniques, and step-by-step tutorials, all designed to get your cheeky creativity flowing. You’ll then be treated to over 35 pages of stickers, including fully designed styles, a variety of stickers to color in, and blank stickers to create your own. Filled with tons of puns, wit, and wisecracks, Stick it to ‘Em is your answer to getting through each day with humor and fun.
Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets by Abbey Sy
Hand Lettering A to Z is a fun, hands-on book in which artist and calligrapher Abbey Sy presents her creative lettering and invites artists from several countries to contribute alphabets of their own – all unique, all hand drawn. Each alphabet is paired with a collection of phrases to show readers different ways to use the lettering and have fun with it in different languages, including French, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Portuguese, and more. Readers can use the phrases when making cards, gifts, or embellishing their journals. And unlike calligraphy, hand lettering does not require disciplined study. Hand-drawn lettering is meant to be personal and original, so even beginners can dive in!