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As you can see, the kids were super excited when C.R.A.F.T. Creating Really Awesome Free Things (don’t you just love that acronym?) by Jamie Dorobek came in the mail.
C.R.A.F.T. Creating Really Awesome Free Things

Everyone wanted to choose the first craft. So, we compromised. Everyone chose their own craft and we just passed the book around the table.

Here’s what I loved about C.R.A.F.T. Creating Really Awesome Free Things:

  1. Beautiful, simple layout--Each C.R.A.F.T. project is presented in a two-page spread with photos, description, supply list, and simple, step-by-step instructions. The book is organised by parts of the house (kitchen, office, bathroom, garage, nature), so you can enjoy one of these simple projects with supplies you’ll find wherever you might be.
  2. Truly free crafts–Maybe I’m the only one who does this, but I tend to start projects only to realize I don’t have all the supplies. This won’t happen with C.R.A.F.T. You probably have just about every supply listed already in your house. Just open to a page, round up your items (or, better yet, send the kids for them), and begin!
  3. Simple enough to do with minimal help–All of the projects I looked at were super simple. Just set your kids up at the table and set them loose! Preschoolers will require more help, but I think most of these projects could be completed by an elementary schooler with little or no help. To me, that’s a huge win!

Here’s a glimpse at the crafts we enjoyed.

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C.R.A.F.T. 3

I think C.R.A.F.T. Creating Really Awesome Free Things is ideal for elementary schoolers. They will need only minimal help (or no help depending on the child/project). Preschoolers can do most of these crafts with assistance. Some middle schoolers may still be interested in these projects, and may enjoy putting their own spin on them (as my 10-year old did) or helping younger kids out with them.

Jamie Dorobek has other fun craft ideas on her blog: Creating Really Awesome Free Things.

What’s your go-to book or website for craft ideas for your kids?