I don’t do craft
I don’t have young children
However, when a good friend publishes a book it is the law, yes law, that you buy said book. And so when the lovely Maggy Woodley’s book came out this month there was much excitement amongst bloggers. Imagine seeing your friend’s book for sale on Waterstone’s and Amazon’s websites, in local book shops and in the book shop at the Tate!
My book took forever to arrive from Waterstones but when it did I wasn’t disappointed. And in fact I wanted to force my teens to sit down immediately and help me get sticky and messy.
The book has over 100 pages crammed with craft ideas. Most of them using things that are lying about the house or garden. This is not a book that forces you to go out and spend a fortune stocking up on specialist bits and pieces. All the crafts are designed so the children can take the lead and not need a load of parental input. And mess is positively encouraged. In fact it seems to me that the end result is not actually the important bit. It is the doing that is important. Children creating something by themselves and being able to hold it up and say “I made this”.
If you have young children, either of your own, or in your family this is a fabulous present idea.
No home should be without a bit of Red Ted Art.
Available in all good book shops, preferably ones that pay their taxes, like Waterstones. Priced around £13.
PS no, Maggy did not ask me to write this review, I did it because I bought the book and loved it.