Making Books with Kids -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

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Disclosure: I was sent this book to review free of charge from Quarto Books USA. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I am including links to each item for your convenience but do not receive anything if you purchase them.

This summer I am running a Summertime Fun Series and today's book has a great activities for this series. The book is Making Books with Kids by Esther H. Smith and illustrated by Jane Sanders and type-o-graphics by Dikko Faust. 

This book has five chapters: Basics, Folding Books, Making Pop-Ups, Decorating Papers, and Sewing Books. I decided to try to make the Jungle Book Peak-a-Boo. It is in the Folding Books chapter. Mine did not come out as nice as theirs (it is on the bottom left corner of the cover), but i used some of Hazel's jungle stickers to add some animals to it.
They have you decorate both the back and the front.

I also recently got a patriotic pack of cardstock at Staples on clearance for fifty cents and this inspired me to try to make a patriotic version instead of a jungle version. I am rather happy with this one.
I think it is perfect for the Fourth of July. What do you think?

We attempted the Spinning Flower Pop-Up, but we need some more practice with this difficult one. The instructions let the reader know it will be tricky and require practice. They even have some print-outs available to let the crafter practice before using the pages that come with the book. Sorry I did not take a picture of ours since it didn't look very good. 

However I love the idea of making various books with kids. I also love some of the paper decorating ideas. We just have not tried them yet. There are many resources in this book that help with the twenty five projects provided but also inspire crafters and kids to try things on their own and let their minds go and create something wonderful. We are really enjoying it and Hazel wants to try several more of the projects in it.  

Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was full of creations and inspiring ideas!! Below are some features from the party, but this is just a small sample of great ideas shared! Our features this week in one group.

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Creative Blog Hop.


1) From The Real Thing with the Coake Family: Simple, Bright and Fun Summer Decorative Pillows

2) From Hello Nature: Easy Summer Grab N Go Bag

3) From Simply {Darr}ling: DIY Wooden Slice Dishwasher Clean-Dirty Magnet

4) From  Busy Being Jennifer: All the Hearts Quilt

5) From Living La Vida Holoka: DIY Party Cake Candle

6) From The Perfect Storm: Purrfect Ombre Cat Scratch Post DIY

7) From Comic Con Family: DIY Hanging Snack Tower

8) From Creating Really Awesome Fun Things: Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Kids

9From Nap Time Creations: Convertible Purse/Backpack Free Sewing Pattern

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!

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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!