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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.


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.


waldoWhere’s Waldo? The Coloring Collection by Martin Handford
$12.99; Candlewick.com

Dozens of scenes from Waldo’s books are enlarged enough to make the coloring a pleasure, with activity pages sprinkled throughout. Boasting flaps, an elastic closure, and a totally tote-able compact trim, here is one coloring collection kids will be eager to take with them on the road.



origamiCreative Origami and Beyond
$19.95; QuartoKnows.com

This inspiring, interactive project book demonstrates both traditional and contemporary origami methods - from working with unique materials and creating custom origami papers to crafting amazing works of art. A general introduction to origami and an overview of basic folding techniques sets the foundation for the book, which is divided into six engaging sections. Each chapter features clever exercises and prompts to inspire and spark creativity, while step-by-step origami projects for creating wall art, jewelry, decorative objects, and more, help turn origami novices to pros.

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Welcome to the Colorverse: An Epic Search-and-Color Challenge
$13.99; AdamsMedia.com

Each scene is a tad bit...off. Kites fly themselves, animals take on human form, and ice cream cones grow from the ground. You'll journey from the desert to the sky, a safari to the candy shop, and the forest to an aquarium, bringing color to the intricately designed landscapes filled with odd characters and strange happenings. Every new setting has its own unique task to complete as you search each wacky scene, creating awesome art in the process.

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The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity
$19.95; DoverPublications.com

Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants. A complete selection of templates provides motifs for every project as well as ample inspiration for developing your own designs.

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How to Make Awesome Comics by Neill Cameron
$8.99; Scholastic.com

Let Professor Panels and Art Monkey take you through every step you'll need to be on your way. From the very basics (coming up with your stories and characters, learning how to draw) to more advanced levels (making art and text work together well, what makes a good villain, creating your own books from paper), this is a comprehensive and can't-put-down guide for every burgeoning artist.


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How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events by Catherine V. Holmes
$17.99; LibertyTalesPublishing.com

This step-by-step drawing guide illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing pleasure. This book covers over 100 fun days, holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be. Create simple illustrations using basic shapes and a drawing technique that simplifies the process of drawing, all while helping you construct height, width and depth in your work.


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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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How to Color Like an Artist: Instructions for Blending, Shading & Other Techniques
$19.95; DoverPublications.com

Intended for beginning artists and coloring book enthusiasts, this guide is ideal for those without formal training but with some experience of coloring with pencils. Discover how to create volume with such shading techniques as crosshatching, long and short strokes, and color gradation. Learn how to form unique textures that add detail to images. Practice blending techniques and layering one color at a time to control values and colors effectively.


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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.


Published: May 2017