We’re probably stating the obvious to say that its a goal of most parents to raise creative, ‘hands-on’ children who enjoy art projects, and learning about the world through making things. If you want to encourage the inner Bucky Fuller in a child in your life, here’s an inspirational book that is sure to get those creative juices flowing. D.I.Y. Kids is a crafty, beautifully illustrated how-to book that shows kids how to create new things from common household materials: from book-binding, to making clothes, to making stickers and toys.


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Written by prolific twin sister design-duo Ellen and Julia Lupton, D.I.Y. Kids is illustrated with “real artwork by real children”, and contains projects sure to engage kids of all ages. Each project is explained with easy step-by-step guides, and illustrated by photographs of the designs and the kids who made them. All projects are categorized by difficulty, time, mess, and cost— for easy navigation

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Graffiti Bracelets – Designed by Helen, Nathalie, Ruby, Isa, Isobel, and Sarah, ages 7–8

“D.I.Y. Kids aims to trigger imaginative play, without requiring fees, teams, or a minivan. It’s for parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, friends and baby-sitters, neighbors and citizens – anyone who wants to create a better world not only for, but also with, the next generation. Most of all, it’s for kids who want to make their mark (and make a difference) by exercising the arts of design with wit, intelligence, and style.” – Ellen and Julia Lupton

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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