HANDCRAFTS is a beautiful, four-color book for parents, educators, and caregivers to enjoy doing hands-on activities with their kids. A handcraft engages one’s hands, requires a learned skill, encourages children to do their best work, and produces an end-product that is useful.
Handcrafts have been used in homeschool settings for decades as a way to encourage children to work with their hands and practice a skillful craft. But it is also a great way for traditionally educated kids, those in after-school programs, or those with their families on the weekends to do fun activities that will stimulate their imaginations and creativity.
Filled with the same lush photography as The Call of the Wild + Free, this book includes instructions that show parents how to do each craft, step-by-step photos, and essays on the usefulness and purpose of handcrafts as a tool to spark children’s curiosity and wonder.
This book is a collection of handcraft tutorials from Wild + Free, a community of mothers and parents who are reclaiming wonder in their children’s education. Each tutorial has been created by and tested by families with kids who range in ages, interests, and geographic locations. Structured seasonally, these crafts are designed to be undertaken throughout the year.
You will find an icon next to each craft that indicates whether the project is suited for beginners (easy enough for young children to do with minimal help), intermediate (some adult participation and supervision needed), or advanced (need adult participation and supervision).
By Rachael Alsbury
Young children take their nature treasures very seriously, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to preserve our findings.
The colors and textures in our basket presented the perfect opportunity to make springtime sun catchers.
This is a simple but stunning craft that can be done with items you probably already have around the house. Or go on a nature hunt of your own to find new treasures to incorporate into your sun catcher!
Whether it’s making felted acorns, paper beads, or bug hotels, I hope this book inspires you to create beauty, as well as offers your children opportunities to work with their hands and discover a skillful craft they love to practice. Most of all, I hope these enriching activities spark delight as together you pursue the lost art of handcrafts.