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Weekend Links: Books and Activities for Artsy Kids

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Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my weekly chance to round up and share the best-of-the-best in children’s books and activities that I discover during my online travels.

The cooler temps in my zip code makes me want to snuggle and do some creating. In case you were feeling the same, here are some wonderful Books and Activities for Artsy Kids. Enjoy!

10+ Awesome Monet Inspired Art Activities for Kids #kidsactivities #kidsart #arteducation

Fiber Arts for Kids: Earlier this week I did a review of an amazing book called Knit, Hook and Spin by Laurie Carlson.

Fiber Arts for kids

Knit, Hook, and Spin is one of those books that I wish I’d had as a kid! There are so many different activities and crafts to fill your day with fun! Carlson talks about felting, weaving, knotting, stitching, knitting, crocheting, spinning, dyeing, and even recycling old projects! But not only does she give us all of these wonderful crafts, Carlson can’t leave us without a little information first. We jumped headfirst into some of Ms. Carlson’s fiber arts for kids activities and go here to see the results!

Feeling artsy? Check out these 10 crafts from around the world: In the Playroom


How gorgeous are these!!?? 30 Cool Art Techniques for Kids from Buggy & Buddy!

Get your read on: 13 Children’s Books About Famous Artists via @sufficientkids

Playful Learners: 10 Play Ideas For a Rainy Day

rainy day activities

Gotta love a good ‘ol cardboard box! 50 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A CARDBOARD BOX at The Kids Activities Blog


cardboard crafts

Make a Schultute (German School Cone) for the first day of school! Kid World Citizen

Inspired by the poet and author, Hans Christian Andersen, I’ve created a child-friendly off the shoulder felt story bag that can be your family’s Storyteller’s Bag. I hope your Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag of tales holds as many wonders for you as ours has.

Creating a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag
Creating a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag

Creating a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag

What You’ll Need:
• 2 10 x 12 inch pieces of Wool Felt
• 2 3 x 36 inches of wool felt for the straps
• 1 8 x 10 inch sheet of wool felt for the appliqué
• Pins
• Needle
• Embroidery Floss
• All Purpose sewing thread to match
• Sewing machine

Get the full tutorial HERE. I hope you enjoy your new Storyteller Bag!

Creating a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired Storyteller’s Bag

How about some “Painting With Scissors?” Check out this Creative Activity Inspired by Henri Matisse 

If your family loves crafts and inspiration based on children’s classics, then you will love A Year in the Secret Garden; a book based on the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Enjoy month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!”

A Year in The Secret Garden