Stitch People 2nd Edition, by Elizabeth
Skills needed: Cross-Stitch, Basic Design
Kids who have already picked up the basics of cross-stitch can be the hero of the holidays creating a “family portrait” for grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors or friends. Stitch People 2nd Edition gives descriptions of how to develop the people based on age and distinguish each by adding hobbies and hair color. The biggest task will be designing the pattern before starting the stitching. This is a great book for teens who have already mastered stitching and want to take the next step.
American Girl Cupcakes
Skills needed: Baking, Cooking
Kids ready to
advance their baking skills outside of the proverbial store-bought box will
enjoy the tastes they can create from this book. Written and published through
American Girl, the colors and flavor profiles are beautiful. The step-by-step
instructions will help tweens and teens create cupcakes for all occasions, and
take their skills up a notch with glazes, creams and custards to top on a yummy
cupcake. There are symbols all over the book to remind kids when an adult needs
to step in and help.
Yummy Yoga, by Joy Bauer
Skills needed: Yoga, Cooking (for more advanced yogis)
If your toddler
loved copying you as you worked out with a yoga program in the living room, he
or she will adore the foods that are posed in this book (and you’ll love the
recipes). For newbie yogis, the poses are formed for kids to try everything
from the Triangle Pose to the Cat Pose and the Forward Bend. The photos of the
food following form will tickle the imagination for the recipe that follows
(imagine broccoli in a tree pose then a recipe that uses broccoli and asparagus
with pasta). Older kids can help make the super nutritious post-workout snack.
Sew With Me, by Brandy Nelson
Skills needed: Sewing, Cutting
The 60 projects in Sew With Me will be attractive to kids in late elementary and middle school. The activities range from Frankenstein door hangers to Tooth Fairy pillows and many fun standouts in between. Kids can learn to sew gifts for their friends (like zipper pulls) and their relatives (like throw blankets). The projects are each rated on a scale of 1 (easy hand stitching) to 3 (use of a sewing machine is necessary).