With school holidays and public holidays seeming to roll around every few months it can be hard to think of new ways to keep the kids entertained long enough that you don't end up pulling your hair out. So it's a good idea to have some fun crafts ideas for children handy, just in case.
But if you're like most parents, the ideas extend to making play-doh, painting eggs and not much else. Kids might find these fun once or twice but doing them time and again they'll soon get bored and start running amok. Children need to be stimulated in what they do and feel enthusiastic. They need to understand what it is they are creating and what they'll have at the end of the project.
A good crafts book is a great way to keep ideas fresh and new for kids. Most good crafts books these days have simple step-by-step instructional guides with pictures so that even kids themselves can take the book and create something without constant supervision from mum or dad. But of course, it's always better to be involved with your kids, and making crafts together is a good way to bond and find some time to get to know each other a little better with a lot of laughs along the way.
The better crafts books also split into sections such as summer crafts, winter crafts and rainy day crafts to suite specific times. You don't want to be making Easter eggs in summer or trying to fly a paper kite on a rainy day! Splitting into sections also helps save disappointment for your kids if they see something they want to make that just won't work, for example, on a wet and windy day.