No I am not talking about a novel or a chapter book. That will more often than not get you the evil eye roll. I am talking about books that give your kids something to do, without you (or with you if you are so inclined). That is what I call nirvana.
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The youngest sewers may need parental help with these projects, but kids who already know the basics will find lots of cool projects that don't need a sewing machine! I love to see the creations my daughter comes out with when she is inspired. I am hoping she perfects her throw pillow technique this summer because momma has a new outside patio she needs to furnish!
The reason I love this book so much is that if your house is anything like mine, it is overrun with Legos! At least my kids have a hard time getting inspired after they have built the kit that was purchased and I end up just stepping on Lego pieces from sets that have been played into oblivion. So bring on a book that teaches them how to make machines that can throw things with those leftover bricks. I never thought I would say this, but it is a mother's dream.
These books have updated their covers from when my kids were young, but they still remain books your children will go back to time and time again. These are laugh out loud funny and touch on just about every subject kids care about from friends to sports to food. They are full of activities, advice and even a few pranks to keep things interesting. My kids read theirs ragged.