Published on October 15th, 2013 | by Charu Suri7
More than Memories: A Craft Travel Book for Kids
When I travel with Erika, I’m always on the lookout for what memories I can create for her from her trips. Digital photos are permanent keepsakes, and what we do is to show her Instagram or hard copy photos from time to time (a few especially beautiful ones are framed and all over the house).
But when I received a fun Craft It Up Around the World Book to review, I was intrigued to see what kid-friendly memories one could create from a few pieces of felt cloth and some superglue. The two authors, Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong, were fueled by their passion for travel, photography and craft. The result is a richly-illustrated, 35-page book offers both fun facts from different countries, as well as instructions to make salt-dough coins to bring up the magic of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, as well as spoon puppets and a snow globe of the Kremlin.
One of my favorites, the “In Awe of Aurora” print, helps children to recreate the silkscreen-like magic of the Southern Lights through cardboard cutouts, diffusing paper, water-based marker pens and a spray bottle of water. The fun fact that accompanies this print reads, “The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, is a spectacular lights show in the sky, which is created by nature.”
The book is a great way to show kids the creative potential of everyday objects: you can make Brazilian butterflies from coffee filter papers; rainforest painted pebbles; a tin-can drum decorated with the lime green and black Jamaican flag; and Sombrero paperweights.
The book is divided into various continents from Antarctica, Europe to Africa, with country and city-specific crafts. Of course many of these are easy to translate into other countries’ memories (you don’t have to make a snowglobe of the Kremlin, of course, but the colorful onion-shaped domes are delightful).
For many children, a visit to a place is a completely sensory experience. Craft It Up is a good way to bring the aspect of fun and festivity into their lives, especially with photos becoming such an easy way to access memories of a place. More than anything else, crafts make kids learn there are so many fun ways to use everyday objects and turn them into the magical: from egg cartons to string.
Craft It Up Around the World retails for $14.95 in the U.S. and can be ordered on this site.