As a “crafty” mom, one of my biggest pet peeves is that there are very few boy-centered craft books available.
Most of what you’ll find in the kid’s craft section involves drawing butterflies, stringing beads into bracelets, or painting a jewelry box with pink and purple glitter. There’s nothing wrong with these activities by themselves, but they’re definitely not designed to appeal to a typical little boy.
If you’re looking for something crafty to with your son, check out Pop-Out & Paint: Farm Animals by Cindy A. Littlefield.
There are punch out figures for 26 different animals, representing everything from a Rhode Island hen and rooster to a Belted Galloway cow and calf. The animals themselves are printed on a heavyweight cardstock. They’re designed to punch out easily, although you have to be careful when punching out the ears and legs.
To make them stand up, you can insert a metal stand made from a bent paperclip.
In addition to the punch out animals, the book includes suggestions for making a barn, a fence, and other farm accessories if you want to create a complete animal scene. The tips seem to be geared towards slightly older kids, however, so you’ll probably want to simplify things a bit if you’re working with a toddler or preschooler to make the animals.
The book is titled Pop-Out & Paint, but it would be fine to just let your child color in the designs with crayons or markers if you’re looking for a less messy craft project.
Pop-Out & Paint: Farm Animals can be purchased on Amazon for $12.95. Ms. Littlefield also has a Pop-Out & Paint book of horses that you can buy.
Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.
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