The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes Written by Artful Parent blogger and author Jean Van’t Hul, features over 175 family friendly arts, crafts and recipes that will inspire you to celebrate the season and holidays with your kids.
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What I Love:
This book is like having your best friend show you all of the best crafts that *actually* worked with her kids, and then telling you how to make it work in your family. Because the book is so pretty, it’s a fun way to connect with your kids as you flip through thinking about what you want to do together. Jean’s pictures will entice even kids who are not super crafty to get excited about doing something with you, and you can trust that her activities will be do-able, not some complex frustrating endeavor.
The book is laid out in such a way that you can open it and flip through looking for gorgeous photos to inspire you, then easily see the instructions on the facing page. As a very visual person, I appreciate that nearly every activity has a photo, or photos to go with it, making it easy to page through and find a project to do.
Because Jean is extremely skilled at children’s arts and crafts, she is able to give instructions in an approachable, easy to follow fashion, no matter whether you feel you are “the creative type” or not. The Artful Year is arranged seasonally, so it offers an opportunity to brighten up any day with your kids with crafts or cooking that match the current season or holiday.
You’ll also find ‘Favorite Books’ recommended throughout, so you can head to the library for a seasonal storybook.
What I love best about Jean’s writing style is that I can read, get inspired and then remember much of what to do without having to look back at the book over and over; this makes it much easier to do a project with three kids. When I do need to look back at a recipe or craft instruction, I appreciate the clean layout which makes it easy to read.
I’ve been on a clean out mission lately and cleared out bags and bags of books; I’ve been collecting arts and crafts books for ages, but it was time to reduce to only ones I’ll actually use. This is one of the handful that will retain a spot on my shelf.
The Artful Yearopens up simple opportunities to enjoy celebrating the seasons with kids all year long.
Who I’d Recommend The Artful Year For:
Moms and dads who’d like visually inspiring “eye candy” that will get them doing creative projects with their kids; teachers looking for projects they can be sure will work out and will let them bring seasonal celebrations into the classroom; grandparents who want to have a fun activity ready to make memories when their grandkids visit.
In Three Words: Inspiring, Do-able, Connection
Find both The Artful Year and Jean’s previous book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity, on Amazon.com or at a bookstore near you.
Let me know if you have any questions about the book – I’d be happy to tell you more 🙂