Top 10 Best Craft Books for Children

These quirky, creative and resourceful books will have kids cutting and sticking, sewing, folding, embellishing and getting amazingly creative! Featuring plenty of messy fun, crafting helps children develop important skills, including dexterity, creativity and focus. See below for the best craft books for children, ordered by target age.

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1. Smart Art

Annie Simpson | 3+

This innovative lift-the-flap art book is bursting with beautiful illustrations and is sure to inspire children to get creative! It features fun flaps, cut-through holes, tracing paper, newsprint paper, gatefolds and more, perfect for encouraging kids to use their imaginations and enjoy some exciting projects.

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2. I Want to Be a Superhero: Craft Kit

3+

This epic costume and storybook suitcase contains everything an aspiring superhero needs to realise their dream and even make their own cape! It includes a story and activity book which follows George as he learns all about his superpowers. Packed with fun activities, such as creating a superhero profile and drawing a comic strip, kids will love this super set and can follow step-by-step instructions to make their cape. The kit contains felt, glue sticks and glitter to ensure the cape is as amazing as possible!

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3. Recycled Crafting for Kids

Kate Lilley | 3+

Discover lots of quirky and colourful projects for parents and children to enjoy together in this wonderful book. Get crafting with 35 vibrant projects, all of which encourage resourcefulness in using recycled items. Plus, the final section of the book lists 50 quick and easy boredom busters that are sure to keep kids busy! Crafting is not only hugely fun, but helps children improve their dexterity and concentration skills, and this is the perfect book to give them inspiration.

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4. Craft Attack: Nature Crafts

Annalees Lim | 5+

This brilliant nature-based book will encourage children to make a selection of unique and practical homemade creations. The projects include funky fridge magnets, beautiful butterfly bunting, fabulous photo frames and lots more, all of which feature simple, step-by-step instructions. Part of a bold new series, Craft Attack is aimed at modern kids who love to craft.

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5. The Brilliant Book of Easy Crafts

Anna-Marie D'Cruz & Rita Storey | 7+

Bursting with clever craft projects, from masks and musical instruments to toys and greetings cards, children will love this fantastic bumper book. Discover how to make a carnival jester mask, a Chinese dragon puppet, a kaleidoscope, an origami card and so much more. The simple, step-by-step instructions make these projects quick, easy and seriously fun, and as they use readily-available materials, kids can get stuck in straight away!

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6. Out of the Box

Jemma Westing | 7+

Great for creative kids, this book is packed with 25 step-by-step cardboard box projects to complete, including creating castles and masks. Designed to broaden a child's imagination and develop their craft skills through interactive play, every project includes step-by-step instructions, and children will be amazed at what they can create with the humble cardboard box. The book encourages kids to take a fresh, fun approach to recycling.

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7. It's Sew Me!

7+

This amazing activity book is full of quizzes and gives children the chance to write - and sew! - all about themselves. Its pretty cover contains six threads to sew, giving kids the chance to perfectly personalise the book. Great for creative youngsters who want to take up sewing, children can write about and sew depictions of all their favourite hobbies and interests. This interactive treat celebrates being unique.

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8. Origami for Children

Mari Ono

7+

Kids will be engrossed by this fun and fascinating book as they learn the basics of the ancient Japanese art of origami: creating objects from a single sheet of folded paper. The projects cover a wide range of exciting themes, from classics like animals to party decorations and modern vehicles. Children will be amazed at what they can create with just a few simple folds, and every stage is carefully depicted with step-by-step photographs. The book also includes enough origami paper to complete all the projects, so you can get folding straight away!

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9. Star Wars R2-D2's Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2

7+

Young Jedi will love creating their very own R2-D2 with this space-tacular book, as well as completing lots of other exciting Star Wars-themed activities. The book follows R2-D2's secret mission to aid the rebels and also features little-known facts about this much-loved character.

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10. I Made That: The Kids' Big Book of Craft Ideas

Susannah Blake | 9+

Perfect for seasoned crafters and complete beginners alike, this comprehensive crafting book is full of fun projects to complete on your own or with friends. Perfect for parties, sleepovers and free time, it features lots of gorgeous ideas and inspiration, including natural beauty products, unique clothing accessories, and innovative ways to style your room and explore new looks! There's also lots of useful information on ethical fashion and cosmetics, sustainable shopping and fair trade.

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  • SART 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Bursting with stunning illustrations to inspire children aged 3+ to get creative, Smart Art is an innovative lift-the-flap art book that will help them harness their creativity and have fun!

    Packed with tons of features including flaps to lift, cut-through holes, tracing paper, newsprint paper and gatefolds, Smart Art's unique format will help them run away with their imagination. A perfect gift for creative kids!
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    "Origami for Children" is the perfect introduction to origami, the fun Japanese papercraft for parents and children of all ages. Divided into six sections, the projects cover a fun range of themes, from classic origami designs such as animals to party decorations and modern vehicles. There's even a project showing how to create the classic Japanese arcade character Pacman. You'll be amazed at how much you can create with a few simple folds. Every stage is described in a series of clear step-by-step photographs, showing all the techniques you will need to complete each of these great designs. Also included is a specially designed pack of origami paper with enough pieces to complete all the projects, so you can start making your own amazing creations straight away.
  • ROID 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Have you ever dreamed of building your very own R2-D2? Now, that dream can come true!

    Especially designed for children aged 7 and over, not only does this book have a 'build-your-own droid' but there are also plenty more Star Wars-based activities to enjoy.

    The book follows R2-D2's secret mission to help the rebels and includes little-known facts about the much-loved characters from the Star Wars universe.

    Suitable for children aged 7 and over, this is a must for Jedi of all ages.
  • AJNHB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Quirky, colourful and fun projects for pre-school kids and their parents to make together. Small children love crafting and creating, and it's educational as well as enjoyable - crafting can help develop fine motor skills and teaches small children to follow instructions and work alongside someone else. Kate Lilley's hugely popular blog, Minieco, grew out of her desire to teach her own kids to be resourceful and use what's around them for creative play. Parents and kids alike will love the 35 bold, colourful projects featured in the book and divided into sections that include Music, Nature, Sewing, Science and Recycling Bin. The final section contains a list of 50 quick boredom busters that harassed parents can pull out of the bag in an emergency!
  • APVFZ 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £12.99
    This nature-based craft book will have you making a range of unique - and useful - homemade creations. Funky fridge magnets, beautiful butterfly bunting, photo frames and more are included in this brilliant step-by-step book. Part of a series of six titles, Craft Attack is aimed at modern kids with a style to match. The instructions are easy to follow and positively encourage experimentation and customisation.
  • SXME 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Full of quizzes, It's Sew Me! is an awesome activity book that gives children the chance to write all about themselves. It even has a cover with six threads to sew, making it perfectly personalised and unique.

    Perfect for creative tweens who want to start sewing, this is a write-in book that allows children to write down (and sew) all their favourite hobbies and interests. It's an interactive treat that celebrates being unique.
  • OUTB 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Ideal for creative children, this book is bursting with 25 step-by-step cardboard box projects to complete - including masks and castles.

    Designed to broaden a child's imagination and develop their craft skills through interactive play and creativity, every project has step-by-step instructions and children will be astounded at what the humble cardboard box can be transformed into.

    Perfect for children aged between 7 and 12, this book provides a new, fun approach to recycling.
  • APZJC 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £12.99
    Girls, this is the only craft book you will ever need! Whether you are a seasoned crafter or an absolute beginner, you will find all kinds of fun, beautiful projects to make with your friends or on your own. Having a sleepover? Why not find out how to host a pamper party for your friends and make natural beauty products, too! Fancy giving your room a makeover? Discover how to transform your tired decor by upcycling and customising it! Feel like giving your wardrobe a fashion revamp? Grab your needle and thread and find out how to add some sparkle, glamour and personal flair to your clothes and accessories! This book offers simple step-by-step instructions, as well as an introduction to basic crafting techniques and ideas on how to style your room, host a pamper party and find your look. Plus, for the eco-conscious girl there is lots of information on ethical fashion and cosmetics, sustainable shopping and fair trade.
  • AQCJL 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £6.99
    Jampacked with children's craft projects, from masks and musical instruments to toys, puppets and greeting cards. There are ideas for school-related projects on subjects such as seasons, festivals, events and special days - children can broaden their creativity by learning to make a carnival jester mask, a Chinese dragon puppet, a kaleidoscope or an origami card, plus many more exciting ideas. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions make these projects quick, easy and enjoyable to do. Using readily available materials, these crafts will appeal to boys and girls alike. What are you waiting for? Get crafting and get creating!
  • CT0653 3 years +
    3 years +
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    This costume and storybook suitcase has everything a child needs to make their very own superhero cape! It also includes a story and activity book that follows George as he learns all about his special powers.

    After the story of George, the book is bursting with activities that include giving the children the chance to create their very own superhero profile and even draw their own comic strip.

    It then gives step-by-step instructions on how children can create the cape using the materials provided. The kit includes felt, glue sticks and glitter to ensure the cape really is something out of this world!

    28 pages

    Ages 3 plus

    Dimensions: 240 x 190mm