These two books are both wonderful additions to a family, school or classroom library. They are all about creativity, crafting and homemade gifts. I thought they were both especially timely with Christmas coming. I love homemade gifts from my family and these books have several suggestions.

Nature Craft5 Stars

Published August 14th 2018 by QEB Publishing

I absolutely loved this book! This is one of the easiest craft books I have seen. The directions, illustrations and materials list is complete and even I, who am artistically challenged, could complete these projects. Being a grandma and Sunday School teacher, I have plans to use several of these ideas. With step by step instructions accompanied by step by step illustrations and photos of the final project this is the type of book that families should take advantage of. There are also templates included for the shapes you need to cut out at the end of the book. I love that the basics of each project come from nature so there’s a built in excuse to wander outside and rummage for an assortment of items including feathers, twigs and seashells. None of the crafts includes expensive materials but there are some things you will need to buy to use for all projects such as a glue gun, paint, paint brushes, felt-tip pens or markers, pencils, and scissors. The animal projects in this book are adorable with sweet little faces and googly eyes. I can definitely see me spending time with my grandchildren making some of these projects, and if they don’t look like the ones in the book, that is okay, mine will just have my own spin on it. The publisher, QEB Publishing. generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

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Creative Adventures in Cursive: Write with glue, string, markers, paint, and icing!4 Stars

Published September 11th 2018 by Quarry Books

Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity. This book was not what I expected, but that is not a bad thing. As many educators lament the decline of skills in cursive writing, there are so many benefits of learning, practicing and using it. Using cursive provides cognitive benefits in memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. It improves fine motor, and can lead to many hours of creativity and some wonderful gifts made from the heart.

Author, Rachelle Doorley, shows twenty fun and colorful ways to use script to make posters, present school projects, design monograms, create greeting cards, and decorate many items such as book bags and t-shirts, cookies and cakes. Although this is a described as a children’s books, many of the projects could become family activities and some would require adult or older person support. This is an amazing book for a crafter or for children who love to use their hands and make things. So many ideas and not all of them are expensive, in fact some quite cheap. Pick this book up for those crafty people you know or for someone who likes to explore new hobbies. I am going to get one to use with my grandchildren as they get older, to spend productive time together with me as well as their parents. The publisher, Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

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