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With some of the crafts, I won't be waiting until my son gets older for as I can already envisage my own home made wrapping paper and gift tags this year. I am also planning to bake the brownies sooner rather than later because, after all, brownies are for life, not just for Christmas!


every mess tolerance level).


The book is split into three sections, decorations, gifts and cards & wrapping. With a good range of projects in each, there is plenty to occupy the kids during the Christmas holidays. By having a few of these projects on the go, your tree will be festooned with handmade lovelies that will be used again and again.


Each project is covered in 2-4 pages of simple instructions. There's not a great deal on technique here but as long as you have basic sewing and baking skills then you shouldn't find anything difficult. The recipes are easy to follow and have good step-by-step pictures


101 | ukhandmade | Winter 2011 to help you through. Perhaps the


most complicated item in the whole book is a Gingerbread House which would be a fantastic (and delicious) Christmas centrepiece.


The book is written in a way that addresses kids rather than adults, although the book is styled in a very grown up way; there are no gaudy colours and fonts that are hard to read. This is a nice grown up craft book that


is written for children.


There are no directions in the book that state what age a project is suitable for but, with a wide range of projects, you should be able to pick a project that is suitable for your child. I would imagine that the projects are suitable from aged 2 and up.


Ironically, the hard part about crafting when there are kids about is that there is rarely any time to craft when there are kids around. Hopefully, this should provide some activities that would allow the kids to do what Mum does too.


I would recommend this book to anyone with children who likes to make things. It's full of ideas to keep small hands occupied for anything from a few minutes to a few hours.


Published by Ryland Peters & Small ISBN-10: 1849751382 ISBN-13: 978-1849751384


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