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Activity, Coloring & DIY Craft Books

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Activity, Coloring & DIY Craft Books! Expand your child's creativity and imagination with these diverse craft books for kids of all ages (parents will love them too!). These coloring, craft and craft books make the perfect activity for any child.


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Star Wars: Build a Scene -  Build Papercraft Scenes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Benjamin Harper and Claudio Dias
$19.99; StarWars.com

Includes everything you need to make iconic papercraft scenes from the Star Wars universe. The kit provides ten sheets of punch-out pieces and step-by-step instructions for creating three detailed 5" x 8" x 4" paper dioramas, including one with LED lights. Re-create the drama of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader’s duel on Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith; the nail-biting trench battle on the Death Star from A New Hope; and the Kylo Ren and Rey lightsaber fight in the snowy forest of the Starkiller Base from The Force Awakens.


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Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities
$6.99; Amazon.com

Spinners can learn how to master tricks such as spinning on a hat or stacking spinners on top of each other to create mesmerizing whirling towers of color. Spinners can also track their progress and tricks with a handy workbook. Plus, the book provides backstory into the health benefits of spinning. Over 50 great tricks and games for the beginner to advanced, information on how fidget spinning provides mind and body benefits, how to care for and customize your Fidget Spinners, a workbook for tracking tricks and stats and handy tips that will bring you one step closer to becoming a spinning master.




spideyMarvel's Spider-Man Mad Libs
$4.99; Amazon.com

You don't have to be a superhero to enjoy filling in the blanks of the 21 stories inside this book starring Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.




secretThe Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages: A Companion to the Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series
$6.99; WeinsteinBooks.com

Want to learn how to make and break top secret messages like a real spy? If so, this book is for you. Readers ages 8-12 can learn behind-the-scenes codebreaking and spy skills. Inside are more than 80 pages of tips, tricks, and practice exercises for writing and deciphering cryptic communications. Learn how to make your own invisible ink, hide your messages, create unbreakable ciphers, and craft your own decoder gadgets.



mermaidThe Little Mermaid: A Coloring Book
$15.99; SilverDolphinBooks.com

Bring color to the wonderful, magical, undersea world of the Little Mermaid and her sisters. This beautiful book, based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, follows the touching tale of the Little Mermaid who falls in love with a young land-loving prince. Full of wonderful pictures and patterns, budding artists can bring life to the Little Mermaid's underwater world in this heart-breaking and romantic story. Beauty and the Beast: A Coloring Book is also available.



ductDuct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects by Lance Akiyama
$22.99; QuartoKnows.com

Readers learn how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age.



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Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure - Mastering the Art of Stick Figure Critters by Billy Attinger and Rachel Kochackis
$19.99; Amazon.com

Take an "artventure" around the world: learn to draw stick animals in the jungle, the Arctic, the rainforest, the Outback, underwater, and more. You'll even learn how to draw extinct animals and fantasy animals in stick form. Each spread features a grid to show the reader how to draw the lines, how to add movement, expression, and more.



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Rubber Band Engineer: Build Slingshot Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and More Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware
$22.99; QuartoKnows.com

Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid color photos, you'll be guided to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through. All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks. Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.


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Little Loom Weaving: Quick and Clever Projects for Creating Adorable Stuff Paperback by Andreia Gomez
$16.95; UlyssesPress.com

Creative new patterns and projects combine with classic techniques and 150 step-by-step photos for a trendy take on hand-woven clothing and crafts. Whether you’ve been weaving for years or just starting out, Little Loom Weaving has everything you need to create trendy and timeless woven pieces on a small, portable loom. This helpful guide, packed with step-by-step instructions and stunning color photos, is full of inspiring and fun projects―some easy and fast enough to finish in a few hours.



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Red & White Quilting: An Iconic Tradition in 40 Blocks by Linda Pumphrey
$27.99; Amazon.com

Classic yet contemporary, red and white is one of the most iconic color combinations in quilting, inspiring designers, collectors, and major exhibits. Linda Pumphrey celebrates this popular pairing with 40 pieced and appliqued blocks that can be mixed and matched to create eye-catching quilts, pillows, runners, and more. From basic quilting and finishing techniques with tips on two-color quilting to working with fabric dies and choosing fabric and batting, this is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of this traditional quilting method.


gardenThe Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for your Tiny Living World by Janit Calvo
$19.95; TimberPress.com
Organized by playful themes—including gardens around the world, holidays, and fantasy gardens—it’s a fun-filled guide to creating one-of-a-kind gardens and the accessories that make them shine. Thirty-seven projects are included with fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions. For a Japanese garden, you will learn how to create a miniature sand garden. For a Halloween garden, you'll learn how to make a flying ghost and zombie. And for a space garden, you'll learn how to make a tiny space ship and alien.



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Draw 50 Outer Space: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Astronauts, Rockets, Space Stations, Planets, Meteors, Comets, Asteroids, and More by James J. Ames
$9.99; Watsonguptill.com
Part of the best-selling Draw 50 series this step-by-step guide to sketching and rendering astronauts, planets, asteroids, comets, spaceships, space stations, and other elements related to outer space exploration is for artists of all levels. Readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons for outer space drawing. In each lesson, six wordless steps provide everything needed to master drawing all kinds of planets, moons, comets, and meteors, as well as astronauts, rockets, spaceships, and other aspects--both natural and manmade--related to charting the cosmos.


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Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Percy Jackson Coloring Book (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)
$15.99; DisneyBooks.com
Demigods, brandish your pencils. Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan's classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy's world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format paperback. This book is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology.


farmerFarmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book by Deanna F. Cook
$14.95; Storey.com

Features more than 100 stickers and nearly 150 punch-out paper pieces. Kids will have everything they need to set up a pretend farm — including gardening tools, plant markers, and a toy tractor — and then peddle their wares with signs, price tags, and a cute shoebox cash register. Fruit and veggie punch-outs do double duty as props and templates to make adorable felt versions to fill up their baskets. Games and activities sprinkled throughout help kids learn while they play, meaning that parents, too, will love this bounty of fun.




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Out of the Box by Jemma Westing
$19.99; DK.com

Twenty-five interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids' creativity and "out of the box" thinking skills through hands-on learning and the application of science-based principles. Kids can bring old cardboard to life and build recycled creations they can play with, sit in, and wear. From small-scale gifts to large constructions, clear, step-by-step instructions show kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes, so all the supplies should be easy to find right at home.


Published: August 2017