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I was wandering through a most delightful bookstore with one of my granddaughters last week when we spied an intriguing craft magazine geared for children. Purchasing it, we took it home to see what ideas it had for us.
Cool Kids’ Crafts from Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications is currently on sale for $4.99. The cover states:
- 156 Super-Easy Projects
- Great DIY Ideas Under $10
Having fallen for such claims in the past and then being greatly disappointed, I was a bit leery as I opened the magazine. I hadn’t even made it through page 16 of the 96 pages when I realized the cover told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It really is a great magazine for grandkids and grandparents to have a lot of fun with!
Many of the projects are, indeed, simple. The materials required range from construction paper to paper plates to foam. There are also some larger projects needing such items as socks, paint, wood, t-shirts, etc. Overall, though, many of the crafts are really simple and easy – perfect for busy grandparents who are also providing senior home care for aging parents.
Some of the craft ideas include:
- A cute picture of a house with windows full of photos of family members. We could fill it with grandkid pictures and use it as an adorable gift for great-grandparents.
- Grandsons and granddaughters would enjoy the cool sunglasses they can customize, not to mention the cute and easy-to-make sunglass holder.
- For those of you who, like me, are already thinking fondly of Autumn and Harvest fun, there are several adorable pumpkin crafts ranging from an ultra-simple pumpkin-face garland made from paper plates to a more difficult pumpkin totem made from plywood!
- There are even some cute Christmas projects to help you and your grandkids get a really early start on your Christmas cards and decorations. That’s always a good thing for us Sandwich Generation caregivers, since we never know when unexpected illness might slow us down in our holiday preparations. 🙂
All in all, this is a very useful little craft magazine. And at its discounted price, it’s also one of those fun ways to save money while having fun with the grandkids!
For more fun Family Friday ideas for you and your grandkids, be sure to take a peek at Homemaker Barbi’s site! She’s got a great article on rainy day fun. Not only that, I found another early-Christmas-planning compadre at Life As Mom who has written on getting started with your Christmas planning now. Pre-planning Christmas expenditures is one of our best ways to save money, not to mention time! Since both are vital necessities for Sandwich Generation caregivers, do check it out. Merry Christmas, in July. 🙂