I am always on the lookout for new crafts to do with the teens in the library. You may have noticed that I've started checking out books specifically for this purpose, and I think that I've found some pretty cool books. I know that Adventure Time has been super popular, but I haven't seen an episode yet. I know, bad YA librarian. But I recognize these characters, and I wanted to see what craft ideas we could do in the library as part of a program, and what other crafts included in this book might make this of interest for teens to check out at home.
First - I just want to comment on the wide range of craft projects in this book. There are sewing projects, knitting, nail art, jewelry, shrinky dinks and perler beads. So, yeah, a little bit for everyone at different crafty abilities. The step by step directions are written to be easily understood and templates are included along with how big to copy them so they will work well.
I'm pretty sure that I'm going to try to do the perler beads and the shrinky dink projects at the library. I love the templates they've included and these can be done with a toaster oven and an iron. I may even use some of the simpler sewing projects (like making a small character pillow) as a "learn to sew" program or series - I mean maker space programs are all the rage, right? I think this is something I can handle... but I'll be sure to practice a little first!
I think there are lots of projects for teens to do at home or with their parents too, which gives this book value for our collection. There is a pattern to knit a sweater or make a skirt or hat that I think some teens would love to do! These three items are being worn by the cover model.
This is a great book full of ideas that teens will love with a few projects that can be done in the library and plenty to do at home!
Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin' Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo
by Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum with Chelsea Bloxsom
Potter Craft, 2014
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