Side by Side
20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting with Your Kids
By Tsia Carson
(Roost Books, Paperback, 9781590309568, 192pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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Crafting is always more fun and more meaningful when it’s shared with those you love. Discover the joy of working alongside your child while creating arts and crafts that inspire. With these twenty whimsical projects in a variety of mediums, you and your child will find fun ways to work collaboratively and independently—together on the same project, or side by side on related projects. Create Giant Newspaper Snowflakes that take traditional paper snowflakes to magical new levels. Create surprising monoprints that take glitter glue to new heights. Explore the versatility of embroidery with a child-friendly version that uses a leaf as the canvas and a more advanced version that uses a child’s drawing for stitching inspiration. Get out in the garden and plant a Living Willow Teepee that will be a perfect playhouse and retreat for years to come.
Some of life’s best moments are spent simply doing things in the presence of the ones we love, not necessarily doing the same thing together, but being together and working side by side. The craft projects in this book will help you to create just those moments with your child.
Tsia Carson is the force behind SuperNaturale.com ("an independent site dedicated to the Do-It-Yourself culture in all its glorious forms"). Carson has taught at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll, MoMA, and the American Red Cross among its clients. Her previous book, Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle (Collins, 2006), was reviewed in Nylon, Readymade, Bust, and Time Out. It was featured on Etsy and picked by the Amazon editors as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden books of 2006.
“This delightful book is illustrated throughout with clear and inspiring photographs of kids at work and the beautiful things they make. The beautifully written text walks parents and caregivers through the whole process, showing us not only how to do the projects but how to slow down and enjoy this time with kids at our side.”--Ellen Lupton, author of D.I.Y. Kids and Design Your Life