Evil Crafts for Kids

Children's Crafts - cover

Children’s Crafts
Fun and Creativity for Ages 5-12

This is your basic 1970s craft book for kids. It’s just okay. The crafts just look dated and the photography/illustrations don’t really help in terms of construction. Personally, I have to reject this book because it contains an applehead doll craft  and a “jumping George” aka a clown.  This is just too much evil in one place. Even if you are willing to overlook the obvious flaws of clowns and applehead dolls, I think everyone could find better stuff on the Internet.



Children's Crafts: jumping george, rainbow fan

crafts: snowflakes, dye craft

Robot craft, farm craft

dried apple dolls, printing with fish


  1. Clicking on the pictures no longer opens them up in a larger format. Instead there’s an error message. This has happened with the last few postings. Is there another way to view the pictures?

    1. Holly and I are trying to fix up some problems. Thanks for letting me know. Sometimes this website feels like we are herding cats. 🙂

  2. This is a wonderful craft book for kids! I had it for years and used it many times when I was home schooling my children. We would do thematic units, and made the apple doll when we studied apples. We made quite a few of the pictured crafts too. Some are very educational, even Jumping George! Tiny books… paint sample fans… all have wonderful value even today. The book has nice colorful photos too. Nothing wrong with this book!

    Sure, the Internet has lots of ideas, but when I am doing projects I would rather have a book. If you can always “find better stuff on the Internet,” why bother with books at all then?

    (If you are making apple dolls, those round-headed pins make perfect eyes! We used blue and green.)

        1. Yes I do. Fiction, in good condition, can stay no matter how old. But there are better, modern, demon bunny free craft books out there.

    1. The book is the same age as I am. That is, 40 years old. The clothes and hairstyles of the kids will probably be off-putting to today’s kids.
      Other problems with kid craft books is that the availability of materials changes over time. What might have been cheap or even free 40 years ago may be at a premium now. Also, craft supplies often go by different names as decades change.

  3. Seconding the awesomeness of the paint-sample fans and also the fold-and-dye papers. I have never seen these before (though born late 1950s, which puts me in the heyday of crafts and books of this type) and they look like great ideas.
    This is one that has some gold mixed in with the dross.

  4. Whoa this is trippy – I read this book as a child! I don’t remember if we had it around the house or whether I borrowed it from the library.

    I remember thinking it was … bad. Really bad. The ideas were decent but they were exactly that – ideas, not a whole lot of execution? The only project I hadn’t already either seen or done was the periscope one, and that one I wasn’t even particularly interested in doing. My mom was briefly an art teacher and my father an architect so it wasn’t like I was starved for inspiration as a kid.

    I can’t picture a kid today being interested in this book given the age and I can’t imagine a librarian wanting to keep it around due to it’s mediocrity.

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