Favourite Things: November Roundup

As much as kids love getting out and enjoying all the great activities and events Toronto has to offer, when the temperatures plummet it's also nice to spend a cozy day at home playing around the house. But cozy can go crazy very quickly if you are not prepared with things to do. And one of the perfect things to have on hand, in my opinion, are activity and craft books.

Here are some of my favourite boredom busting books, plus a few that I can’t wait to check out myself. (These would also all make terrific Holiday gifts!)

1. Make Clay Charms by Kaitlyn Nichols
Make Clay Charms features simple step-by-steps for more than 30 different designs - cute fruit, adorable animals, mini sweets, monsters - all picked with the help of their style experts: tween girls! More Info.

2. Made to Play by Joel Henriques
Delight little ones and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book offer endless creativity. More Info.

3. Papertoy Monsters by Brian Castleforte
Papertoys, the Internet phenomenon that''s hot among graphic designers and illustrators around the world, now comes to kids in the coolest new book. The book includes 50 designs for all kinds of monsters that you can simply punch out, fold and glue to create really cool 3-D monster toys. More Info.

4. Sewing School by Amie Plumley
Kids everywhere are discovering the wonder and joy found in simple needle and thread. More Info.

5. Star Wards Thumb Doodles by Klutz
With Star Wars Thumb Doodles, the power to re-create the universe''s most epic saga is now at your child's fingertips. They'll learn how to make thumbprint versions of all their favourite characters. More Info.

6. Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake
This fun and creative book features 52 art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.
More Info.

7. DIY Kids by Ellen Lupton
All over the world, parents are raising kids to get active and embrace the "design-it-yourself" spirit of homemade arts and crafts. DIY Kids is packed with fun ideas for making t-shirts, party supplies, pop-up cards, bracelets, stuffed animals, and dozens of other fun and useful items. More Info.

8. The LEGO Ideas Book by Dorling Kindersley
With The LEGO Ideas Book, your child can take what they already have and make something new. More Info.

9. Scribbles by Taro Gomi
This is no ordinary coloring book! With playful drawings, funny scenarios, and fun-to-follow instructions, this book is not just for coloring, but for doodling, drawing, imagining, and thinking! More Info.

10. Martha Stewart's Favourite Crafts for Kids by Editors Of Martha Stewart Living
Filled with ideas for a range of ages, skill levels, and interests, this book lets children''s creativity run wild, while creating precious memories as parents and kids learn and create as a team. More Info.

Happy Crafting!

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