While it’s amazing that children nowadays are digital natives, educators and child psychologists also advise parents to encourage their kids to engage in old-fashioned physical play and making things from scratch.
Physical play develops dexterity and allows children to engage and interact with nature and people around them. Creating things from scratch builds their creativity, helps improve emotional strength, and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Below are five DIY books for kids filled with fun, building activities that are fun but with less screen time.
Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids)
by Christina Schul
A step-by-step instruction book that makes engineering fun and easy for kids. This is ideal for ages 5 to 10 years old as it introduces kids to different real-life concepts based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Must-try features: Establish your own homemade toothpick tower, a pizza box solar oven, or even a tube suspension bridge made out of only cardboard.
Wow factor: Spark your future engineer’s imagination with the experiments prepared in this book!
Easy Paper Projects: 60 Crafts You Can Wear, Gift, Use, and Admire
by Maggy Woodley
This is a 192-page book that can help your kids transform paper into all sorts of things! All you need are three materials (along with this book, of course): paper, scissors, and glue.
Must-try projects: Kids can build their own paper pendants, origami lucky star bracelets, polar bear ornaments, 3D paper accordion flowers, kite birds, and many more.
Wow factor: Your kids can create whole new masterpieces with just paper!
Friendship Bracelets 101: Fun to Make, Wear, and Share!
by Suzanne McNeill
With this step-by-step instructional book, your child will learn how to make the most colorful and creative bracelets.
Must-try features: Create bracelets using different techniques: braiding chevron, stripes, waves, zigzags, diamonds, and many more.
Wow factor: Their creations can be given as gifts to friends or relatives or even sold to others!
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series)
by Jeff Kinney
This book invites children to be the writer, illustrator, and lead character of the story.
Must-try features: Loads of interactive pages and lots of space for your child to write his own version of life’s events.
Wow factor: It’s a book that children can fondly look back at when they’re older.
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook
by Ashley Craft
Bring the magic of Disney right into your homes and kitchens. This 240-page book has over 100 Disney-inspired recipes.
Must-try features: Recreate the famous Mickey Pretzels from Disney’s Hollywood Studious, the Dole Whip from Adventureland, the Beignets from the New Orleans Square, and many more.
Wow factor: Experience the fantasy of Disney with your homemade meals.