Best Activities, Crafts & Games Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 activities, crafts & games books for 8 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color: Activities, Stickers, Poster & More

by: Lynn KoolishKerry GrahamMary Wruck
Release date: Jun 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 80
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The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color teaches basic color theory by engaging kids with more than 20 activities, worksheets, stickers, quizzes, and games. Kids will learn how to create, mix, and match color to use in crafting, decorating, and more. They’ll learn how to use the color wheel and apply their knowledge to create new color schemes. The book also includes a 2-sided color wheel pullout poster, Certificate of COLOR-ology, and bonus sewing project.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

2. Fantasy Warriors Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Stained Glass Coloring Book)

by: Arkady Roytman
Release date: Dec 17, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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This coloring quest features 16 stained glass images of warriors battling for survival. A medieval dwarf on horseback brandishes a spiked flail, an elfin soldier readies his bow and arrow, and a troupe of other fighters prepare for combat. Each page is perforated for easy removal and display. Place the colored pages against a window or lamp for glowing stained glass effects. 
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Arts & Photography > History & Criticism > History

3. Traditional Japanese Fashions Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls)

by: Ming-Ju Sun
Release date: May 07, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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The graceful lines and brilliant hues of traditional Japanese fashions — prominent among them the kimono — abound in this elegant paper doll collection.
Two female figures are waiting to be garbed in formal court dress of the Ashikaga period (1338-1573), as well as a pleated trouser skirt, kimonos with floral and bird designs, a traditional Japanese bridal dress, and modern formal robes. An array of hairstyles and footwear accompany the costumes.
A lovely, authentic wardrobe that will delight paper doll fans, this collection will also be welcomed by costume designers, fashion historians, and anyone interested in Japanese culture.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

4. Alhambra Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Design Stained Glass Coloring Book)

by: Nick Crossling
Release date: Feb 29, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Be inspired by the world’s most magnificent geometric designs! This collection of boldly rendered illustrations — adapted directly from the interiors of Spain’s ancient Alhambra — explodes with imaginative, interlocking shapes. Add color to dancing hexagons, spinning stars, and revolving triangles. Then place near a bright light source and give these historic Arabesque motifs — customized by your choice of creative media — an amazing stained glass glow.
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5. American Family of the 1930s Paper Dolls

by: Tom Tierney
Release date: Apr 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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Meticulously rendered version of an upper middle class family includes 10 dolls 

— spanning 3 generations — and 30 different costumes: single-breasted suits, cuffed slacks and tuxedos for the men; ankle-length dresses, casual skirt, bobby socks and saddle shoes for the ladies and more. Descriptive notes. 16 plates.
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6. Chalk on the Wild Side: More than 25 chalk art projects, recipes, and creative activities for adults and children to explore together (Art Camp)

by: Lorie King KaehlerDonna Starry
Release date: Feb 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 144
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Playing with chalk has never been so fun–or so messy!

Chalk on the Wild Side is the second title in Art Camp, an art series geared toward adults who want to engage in creative play with the children in their lives. Designed to introduce young artists to a variety of art methods and techniques in fun, fresh, and inviting new ways, this addition to the series encourages parents and their kids to play outdoors with an assortment of chalk recipes and interactive games and activities. The first half of the book details a bevy of chalk recipes, from glow-in-the-dark chalk, fizzing chalk, and scented chalk to chalk foam, chalk goo paint, and ice chalk. Readers will then discover a variety of activities and ways to use their favorite chalk recipes. From classic games to 3D chalk projects such as chalk volcanoes, chalk powder bombs, chalk rockets, chalk hair dye, and more, parents and children alike will be delighted by the multitude of exciting ideas. Playing with chalk has never been so fun–or so messy! Chalk on the Wild Side offers parents an opportunity to allow their children the freedom to express themselves in colorful, new ways–with a medium that easily washes away clean.

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Arts & Photography > Drawing

7. Horse Play!: 25 Crafts, Party Ideas & Activities for Horse-Crazy Kids

by: Deanna F. CookKatie Craig
Release date: May 31, 2016
Number of Pages: 68
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A treasure trove of fun for every horse-loving girl! Horse Play! is packed with great activities and projects, from crafting a mini barn and pasture to designing your dream horse, sewing a pony pillow, making a shelf for model horses, and coloring a pull-out poster. Quizzes, checklists, and fill-in-the-blanks invite you to test your knowledge of horses, breeds, riding, and horse care. And this kit-in-a-book also includes stickers, a stencil, pop-out cards, and complete plans for a Horsing-Around party with games, invitations, a horse pinata, party grub, and must-watch horse movies!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

8. Pets (Learn to Draw)

by: Peter Mueller
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 40
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The award-winning Pets provides all the information kids need to begin creating inspired drawings of all their favorite furry family members! Children will learn to develop each lifelike drawing from basic shapes to finished drawings, simply by following along with the clear illustrations. They’ll also discover fun facts about the featured animals. Awards: Dr. Toy Best Children’s Vacation Products

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Arts & Photography > Painting

9. 101 Things to Do Outside: Loads of fantastically fun reasons to get up, get out, and get active!

by: Creative Team of Weldon Owen
Release date: Mar 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 144
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From animal tracking and survival skills to using a compass and growing vegetables, 101 Things to Do Outside is the perfect guide for young explorers and aspiring adventurers longing for a taste of the great outdoors. Right outside your front door, there’s a world bursting with adventures just waiting to be explored. This pocket-sized book is overflowing with things to try, do, learn, and remember (plus it has a handy checklist!). Includes helpful step-by-step illustrations and plenty of activities and lessons. Actvities include: Outdoor games such as beach basketball and giant chess; Outdoor art projects such as build a hammock and making bark rubbings; Outdoor nature activities such as bug hunting and fossil hunting; Outdoor gardening activities such as planting a boot garden and creating an herb window box; Outdoor exploring activities such as cooking on a campfire and sending message with a flashlight. The fourth installment of the 101 Things series encourages children to step away from the computer screen and experience nature firsthand from their very own backyards.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

10. Creative Haven Geometric Star Designs Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books)

by: A. G. SmithCreative Haven
Release date: Nov 22, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Escape to a galaxy of mesmerizing patterns: stars within stars, interlacing stars, polyhedra-like configurations, and other exciting designs. Thirty-one full-page illustrations to color offer challenging opportunities to create dazzling symmetrical effects. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Geometric Star Designs and other Creative Haven® coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment.

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Arts & Photography > Decorative Arts & Design > Decorative Arts

11. Cut and Make Cat Masks in Full Color (Cut-Out Masks)

by: Evelyn Gathings
Release date: Aug 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 32
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Ten easy-to-make Victorian cat masks: Persian Princess, Flower Girl, Pete the Pirate, Marie Antoinette, Gypsy Cat, Billy the Cat, Indian Chief, Red Cross Nurse, Circus Clown, and Major General.
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12. 101 Things to Do While You Poo: Activities, puzzles, games, jokes, and toilet-paper crafts to keep you busy while you do your BUSINESS! – Includes Pull-out Poster!

by: Courtney SanchezG L Moore
Release date: Apr 25, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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101 Things to Do While You Poo encourages children to take however long they need to do their business–and stay entertained in the process!

Continuing the humorous and interactive 101 Things series, 101 Things to Do While You Poo features brainteasers, mazes, fun facts, jokes, and crafts that can all be done while doing your “business” in the bathroom. From toilet-paper crafts and origami to irreverent jokes, brain-training games and puzzles, and wow-worthy “did you knows” and trivia, children will spend hours wiling away the time on the toilet. 101 Things to Do While You Poo encourages children to make the most of their private time by learning more than 100 bathroom-themed games, crafts, jokes, and riddles that will make even the most straight-laced parent crack a smile. Take however long you need to do your business–and stay entertained in the process!

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

13. Acrylic: Horses (HT285) (How to Draw & Paint/Art Instruction Program)

by: Elin Pendleton
Release date: Jan 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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This title provides beginning artists with 13 original horse painting demonstrations, featuring a variety of breeds, moods, and compositions. Popular artist Elin Pendleton provides both insight and inspiration to aspiring artists as she guides readers through each lesson, step by step, from initial sketching and blocking to realistic finished works of art.
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Arts & Photography > History & Criticism

14. Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Peter RoopGwen Connelly
Release date: Apr 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

15. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Family: Paper Dolls (in Full Color)

by: Tom Tierney
Release date: Apr 15, 1993
Number of Pages: 16
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Costumes for the American civil rights leader and his wife: wedding attire, casual wear, dress suits worn during the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the “I have a dream” speech, Mrs. King’s black suit worn at her husband’s funeral, and more. Also includes outfits for the couple’s 4 children. 6 dolls and 19 costumes.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

16. Paper Zoo

by: Oscar Sabini
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 20
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This ingenious and charming activity book makes it possible for anybody, ages three and up, to create colorful animal collages. Young artists tear apart decorated sheets of patterned paper, either their own or those found in the back of the book, paste them onto blank cards, also provided, and then slip them into the book’s cleverly designed paper pockets with eight different animal-shaped windows, including a roaring lion, a splashing hippo, a colorful toucan, a trumpeting elephant, a snapping crocodile, a naughty monkey, a dashing bear, and a group portrait!
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Children’s Books > Animals

17. Playful Designs Coloring Book: 18 Fun Designs + See How Colors Play Together + Creative Ideas

by: Patty Young
Release date: Dec 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Coloring has never been this creative. Get inspired with 18 fantastical designs that you can color or draw or paint all day. Add your own flair with pens, pencils, crayons, markers, or paint. Learn how colors go together, and then try out new color combinations. Decorate your room, your binder, or your locker with finished pages, or give them to friends. Collect the whole series!
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

18. In Print!: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids

by: Joe Rhatigan
Release date: Aug 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 128
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“[A] handsomely designed cornucopia of ideas…This is more than just a craft book.”—Booklist

“It’s full of ideas not easily found elsewhere.”—School Library Journal

On paper, plastic, or cloth, and decorated with stamps, stencils, and markers: here’s the way kids can get their work into print. Every lively page, bursting with boxed tips, color photos, and drawings, turns the publishing process into an adventure. Unique projects display dozens of creative ways to showcase words—books and beyond. Write your thoughts on a memory frame around a photograph. Turn a jewel of a poem into a charm bracelet: copy it onto shrinkable plastic, cut the words into cool shapes, and stick them in the oven to harden. Plus: amazing writing secrets, advice on making design decisions, inside info on famous authors, comments from real kids about how they get ideas, and more.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

19. Creative Haven Geometric Genius Stained Glass Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)

by: Henry Shaw
Release date: Oct 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Drawn from an authentic Victorian stained glass pattern book that dates back to 1848, here are 16 antique patterns to color. “Some of the designs are very quaint and curious, others most elaborately beautiful, leading the eye in winding mazes of intricate invention.” — The Art Journal. After coloring, place the perforated pages near a light source to admire the brilliant effects. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Geometric Genius Stained Glass Coloring Book and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

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Arts & Photography

20. Creative Haven Wild Horses Stained Glass Coloring Book (Adult Coloring)

by: Marty Noble
Release date: Oct 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Let your imagination run wild with this majestic stained glass gallery of untamed horses in their natural environment. Horse lovers and experienced colorists alike will be thrilled by these 16 images of equine power and grace. Pages are perforated for easy removal: after coloring, place the images near a light source for glowing stained glass effects. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Wild Horses Stained Glass Coloring Book and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.
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Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Techniques > Use of Color

21. African Punch-Out Masks

by: A. G. SmithJosie Hazen
Release date: Mar 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 12
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Children will experience the magic and excitement of Africa with these exciting punch-out masks. Features 6 masks, including a hyena mask, a Bateke mask and Bakuba dance mask — all ideal for parties, Halloween fun scouting programs and much more. No scissors needed for assembly.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books > Cut & Assemble

22. Best Princess Coloring Book Ever!

by: Anita Valle
Release date: Jan 29, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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This unique and beautiful princess coloring book features every kind of princess for every kind of girl! This book is filled with detailed drawings of very special princesses! You’ll find Ballet Princess, Reading Princess, Scrapbook Princess, Soccer Princess, Halloween Princess, Birthday Princess, Scary Princess and more! Princesses for hobbies, holidays, personalities and occasions! Girls big and small will love coloring their favorite princess. One of the most personal princess gifts you can buy, this book shows that every kind of girl is a princess. That’s why this is the BEST Princess Coloring Book! For more princess gifts featuring these princesses, go to http://www.princessgrafix.com
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

23. Big Book of Building (Imagine It, Build It)

by: Marne Ventura
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 144
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Grab some paper, cardboard, duct tape, and other materials and get ready to blast away boredom! Inventive young builders will love creating awesome projects such as treasure chests, tin can robots, space stations, swords and armor, and a whole lot more. With easy to follow step-by-step instructions, readers will be building their own fantastic projects in no time!
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

24. Beads: A Book of Ideas and Instructions

by: Laura Torres
Release date: Mar 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 98
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Instructions for all kinds of beaded jewelry projects, illustrated with full-color photography and technical art. Professional-quality hardware and a fantastic selection of handmade Bohemian glass beads come in an unbreakable storage box.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

25. Free Realms: How to Draw Free Realms’ Heroes and Villains

by: ScholasticRon Zalme
Release date: Nov 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Welcome to the exciting and magical world of Free Realms – the online adventure game that is a global sensation!

There are tons of exciting characters and creatures in Free Realms. Now you can learn to draw them all! Inside this book are step-by-step instructions on sketching all of the heroes and villains of the Free Realms world-including Queen Valerian, Blackthorn, Chatdy, Bob the Rob Goblin, and Chugawugs and Thugawugs!

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > Drawing

26. Cut & Assemble a Victorian Cottage: An Easy-to-Make Paper Model (Cut & Assemble Buildings in H-O Scale)

by: Edmund V. Gillon Jr.
Release date: Jan 18, 2017
Number of Pages: 16
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This marvelous replica of a typical Victorian cottage, selected from an 1880 sourcebook of residential designs for prospective home builders, re-creates a Queen Anne-style residence. Hardly a “cottage” in the modern sense, this type of house was ideally suited to seaside locations: the deep wraparound porch provided protective shade and ample space for enjoying the sea views. The projecting roof eaves shaded the upper floors from the midday sun, while the recessed porch and second-floor balcony caught the sea breezes and created cooling cross ventilation.
Now model builders can construct an exact replica of this authentic, attractive structure. Step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams provide simple directions for cutting, folding, gluing, and assembling a full-color model. The cottage features olive clapboard siding with yellow trim and stained-glass dormer windows, gray slate roof, and rich orange-brown latticework at ground level. A hammock hung on the side porch adds a charming final touch to this sprawling Victorian classic.
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27. The Miss O & Friends Book of Fabulous Fun: “Cool Stuff to Make, Recipes, Quizzes, and More!”

by: Miss OJuliette HarlieDevra Newberger Speregen
Release date: Sep 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 96
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Miss O and Friends is the hottest new license for tweens from eight to 12–and Watson-Guptill’s got the books! Trendier than American Girl, more wholesome than Bratz, these five diverse girls are the perfect role models for today’s tweens.

The Miss O and Friends Book of Fabulous Fun introduces readers to the girls–Miss O, Harlie, Justine, Isabella, and Juliette–and their individual interests. Each chapter revolves around one girl, with projects, activities, tips, and fun extras to draw the reader into her world. Scrapbooking tips from Justine, a DIY tank top project from Harlie, the downlow on publishing your own zine from Juliette, and recipes from Miss O herself–it’s fabulous, it’s fun, and it’s available only from Watson-Guptill.

• The Miss O website, http://www.missoandfriends.com, receives more unique visitors than Bratz, Trollz, Barbie, Hello Kitty and many others—nearly 1 billion hits!

• Girls around the world gather to play games, create, learn, get advice and information, compare experiences, get published and much more—all within a safe non-chat environment

• Tie-in with hot new Miss O characters, seen in Meijer’s, Claire’s, and other top retailers

• Great for ages 8-12

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28. Papermania! (Paper Projects)

by: Lucie ParkerMarisa Kwek
Release date: Oct 18, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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How would you like to make postcards of the coolest places you can dream up in your imagination, or build your own magical aquarium? What about creating an Old West ‘Wanted’ poster with your little brother’s picture on it? Now creative (and mischievous) kids can go as far as their minds will take them with Papermania! Cut, color, crease and craft away the day with 48 clever activities like creating a gum chart, making a 3-D movie theater and more.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > Drawing

29. Creative Haven Lotus: Designs with a Splash of Color (Adult Coloring)

by: Alberta Hutchinson
Release date: Jun 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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Umbrella Flower, Deer Ears, and Candle Flower are among these 31 entrancing patterns inspired by lotus blossoms. Each of the stars, flowers, and geometric shapes feature a variety of colored outlines that will complement the completed image. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Lotus: Designs with a Splash of Color and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress. Previously published as Creative Haven® Lotus Designs Coloring Book.

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Arts & Photography > Decorative Arts & Design > Decorative Arts

30. After School Stuff

by: Cara CoppermanCara J. Stevens
Release date: Sep 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 80
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The bell has rung and school is out — what’s a kid to do? After School Stuff is a new activity and craft series for midgraders filled with creative projects and plenty of suggestions to help kids make the most of their weekday afternoons. Kids will never again be bored after school.The first title, After School Stuff includes quickie experiments, easy crafts, silly games, after-school snacks, playful skits, and more. Goofy, fun jokes and riddles appear throughout.
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