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Coloring & Craft Books

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Coloring, Craft & Activity 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 and craft books make the perfect activity for any child.


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DIY String Art: 24 Designs to Create and Hang by Jesse Dresbach
$21.99; Interweave.com

This book is full of patterns--simple to more intricate designs--that help you quickly get to the fun part of the craft--the stringing. Includes simple geometrics, nature-inspired motifs worked on tree slices, zodiac signs, and even patterns for negative space string art where you fill in the entire board everywhere but inside the chosen motif.  These are cool, urban designs, some with random string work, some with faceted sections and still others with specific string paths to achieve more uniform results, and they look amazing no matter where you hang them.


boxDIY Box Creations by Courtney Sanchez
$9.95; QuartoKnows.com

DIY Box Creations includes a variety of out-of-the-box cardboard creations for families to build together, transforming leftover boxes into an assortment of step-by-step projects. From planes, trains, forts, lemonade stands, and puppet theaters, have fun building memories and creativity with each step.


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Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals
$9.95; Workman.com

Think paint by number. First find the sticker, place the sticker in the corresponding space, and piece by piece, shape by shape, children will find their most beloved zoo animals come to life in colorful 3-D mosaics. There’s an adorable koala hanging on a branch, an elegant peacock, a snake protecting his domain, and many more zoo favorites.



chochetCrochet Taxidermy: 30 Quirky Animal Projects, from Mouse to Moose by Taylor Hart
$14.95; Storey.com

In this delightful collection, heads of animals from farm and forest, sea and safari come to life with irresistible details like the drowsy eye (for the shy deer and sleepy octopus) and fuzzy yarn (for the skittery skunk’s stripe and lazy lion’s mane). Step-by-step instructions and adorable photos guide you through these 30 easy crochet patterns.



glowPapertoy Glowbots: 46 Glowing Robots You Can Make Yourself!
$18.95; Workman.com

Papertoy Glowbots introduces 46 robots that have the added cool factor of lighting up, whether using glow-in-the-dark stickers that come with the book or light sources like flashlights, Christmas tree lights, and electric tea lights. Meet the robots and read about their entertaining backstories in the front, then turn to the card stock section in the back to build them. The templates are die-cut and ready to pop out, fold, and glue. Bold, colorful graphics ensure the robots look as amazing in the daytime as they do with the lights off.


 

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Getting Started Illustration Set
$21.95; Fabercastell.com

Includes high quality art materials and complete, illustrated instructions to get you on your way to learning techniques using Art GRIP® color and aquarelle pencils, graphite, India ink and pastels. Includes a 21 page instruction book, Pitt® artist pen, graphite pencil, paintbrush, four gouache paints, three sheets of watercolor paper, six sheets of marker paper, a pencil sharpener and eraser.


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Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection
$29.99; Target.com
Includes 10 Sharpie fine permanent markers, 10 Sharpie ultra fine permanent markers and an aquatic themed coloring booklet.


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Fun With Stitchables! by Suzy Ultman
$14.95; QuartoKnows.com

Quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards are included with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 16-page project book with instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. A project gallery shows examples of what the hand-stitched cards can become once they are complete: everything from ornaments to greeting cards.



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Curious Creatures: A Coloring Book Adventure by Millie Marotta
$14.95; LarkCrafts.com

The bestselling author has created enchanting images of exotic flora and fauna to color in. The engaging and intricately designed illustrations will beckon artists to make their mark on such creatures as an Amazonian royal flycatcher, macaroni penguin, mimic octopus, Tibetan fox, and golden pheasant, as well as a variety of plants, including rare orchids.


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The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter: 30 Magical Crafts for Witches and Wizards-from Pencil Wands to House Colors Tie-Dye Shirts by Jamie Harrington
$17.99; AdamsMedia.com

Charming crafts even Muggles can make. You won't need alchemy or a magic wand to make these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you'll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn. Relive the excitement of Harry's adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you're Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat's selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt. Accio, crafting supplies--it's time for some wonderful wizardly fun.


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Arduino Project Handbook: 25 Practical Projects to Get You Started by Mark Geddes
$24.95; NoStarch.com

A beautiful collection of 25 step-by-step projects anyone can build with the Arduino. Clear instructions, full-color images, simple circuit diagrams, and the complete code make it easy for even the newest maker to build fun projects right away. The book's projects progress in difficulty and include: A Simon-style arcade memory game. A fortune-telling 8-ball simulator. A laser trip wire alarm. An electromagnetic card entry system. A rainbow light display and disco strobe lights. A music maker.



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DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry by Adrianne Surian
$17.99; AdamsMedia.com

With step-by-step instructions and photographs for thirty one-of-a-kind pieces, DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry shows you how easily you can make your own beautiful and creative stamped-metal accessories. All you need are some easy-to-find basic tools, various metals, and a few simple techniques. Illustrated instructions for easy, stunning designs, from customizable friendship bracelets to layered necklaces to rings for every mood.



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Mastering Manga 3 Power Up with Mark Crilley
$24.99; Impact-Books.com

40 in-depth step-by-step demonstrations on topics not covered in other Mastering Manga books. One on one instruction with the amazingly popular Mark Crilley to create something this is uniquely individual.  Secrets for success from one of YouTube’s most popular artists -- more than 2.5 million subscribers.


colorColor the Pacific Northwest
$12.95; TimberPress.com

Color the Pacific Northwest is an inky exploration of the people, places, plants, and popular culture that define Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, traveling through old growth forests, mountain meadows and quirky cities. Readers can color their own Sasquatch, ink their own latte art, and fill in the details of an intricate family of salmon. They'll take a journey on the Oregon Trail, catch a flying fish from Seattle's Pike Place Market, and go whale watching in Vancouver using only their colored pencils.


coloring bookDot to Dot NYC by Narae Kim
$14.95; PowerHouseBooks.com

Hidden just beyond sight in this adventurous dot to dot coloring book lie epic New York City landmarks to be revealed and completed by you. Intricate and detailed, the final results are delicate and beautiful while stunning in their complexity. Visit the rides of Coney Island, the towers of the famous NYC skyline, the commute along the Staten Island Ferry, the wilderness of the Bronx Zoo, the groove of the Apollo Theater, and the art deco elegance of the Chrysler Building, and so much more.

americaAmerica The Beautiful: A Patriotic Coloring Book by Tammie Trucchi
$14.99; Amazon.com

America the Beautiful captures the beauty and majesty of the United States with classic images of famous American sights and historical moments. Each page is perforated, so you can share your finished creations and proudly show off your national pride. You'll find that coloring these picturesque scenes, patterns, and word art is the perfect activity for relaxing, as well as expressing your creativity and patriotism.


funStuck on Fun! by Jamie Ho
$14.95; QuartoKnows.com

This interactive book comes with fully illustrated punch-out cards and characters, as well as stickers, sticker tape, patterned paper, and stencils to decorate, embellish, and personalize each punch-out in a unique and colorful way. Also included is a 16-page project book filled with simple instructions for designing and creating unique patterns from the included materials as well as an assortment of common craft supplies. Kids will have a blast creating their own unique character designs, doodles and patterns.



flowersThe Art of Paper Flowers by Bobby Pearce
$26.99; QuartoKnows.com

The Art of Paper Flowers teaches readers how to make thirty-five realistic-looking flowers out of paper. Step-by-step instructions and photos for reference are included.




Published: November 2016