Michelle of Delicate Construction was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of her e-book “Made By Little Hands: A Guide for Beginners”. Honestly, when I found out about her e-book, I was jumping at the chance to check it out. Michelle has so many great ideas for craft projects to do with kids, as well as a variety of other subjects, which she shares at Delicate Construction. OK, enough of my fan-girling, and on to the review . . .
Michelle specifically wrote “Made By Little Hands” as a resource for those starting out with kids’ activities. She lays out ideas for basic supplies to keep on-hand, inexpensive materials to use, and places where these materials can be found. There are over 50 ideas included in the e-book — from games, to crafts, to sensory play ideas. On top of all that, Michelle lays out ways to come up with your own creative art projects.
While I’m not new to creating and implementing children’s activities and fun, I still came away with some new ideas. I also found fresh ways to change up what I do at home with Engineer and my babysitting charges, as well as some ideas for my preschool students. Since Engineer
is nosy (just like his mother) likes to see what I’m up to, I let him pick an activity from “Made By Little Hands” to do with me this week. He chose Michelle’s “Washi Tape Bird Houses”. We changed it up a little bit by decorating small bird house wind chimes for our back porch. Engineer and I had fun decorating with the tape, so we totally skipped over painting the bird houses — ours are completely covered by the tape. Needless to say, this project was a success in our book!
In addition to the bird houses, I wanted to try Michelle’s “Tape Mobiles”. Snoopy and Little Hurricane were over one day this week, so I thought it would be fun to do while they were visiting. Well, Snoopy and Engineer were really into creating a massive train track set up in the playroom and weren’t interested in doing anything else. However, Little Hurricane kept acting like Godzilla and trashing their train tracks. At the request of the older boys, I decided the tape idea could be adjusted for Little Hurricane. Instead of making a mobile, I just grabbed some tape and placed it on our sliding glass door. I then grabbed small fake flowers from the craft closet and let the little man go at it. It was an awesome fine motor activity for him, it kept him busy for quite some time, and it was something he could go back to again and again.
Now, I hope you can “hear” how enthusiastic I am about Michelle’s new e-book. I think it’s a great resource for those interested in creating and playing with children. Even kid-activity “veterans” would benefit from the ideas in “Made By Little Hands”. I know I did! You can find Michelle over at Delicate Construction, and you can find information about purchasing her e-book here. Let me know which activities from her book you’re going to try with your kiddos!