Summer vacation is in full swing and many parents are looking for fun activities to do with their children. When it is just too hot to go outside, sometimes inside art projects can be an enjoyable way to spend a few hours creating together. This week we received a new book that might help with ideas for this special time:

The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books by Katrina Rodabaugh.

This book goes beyond typical paper craft projects to create things like dollhouses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and even VW buses. It shows simple techniques that include sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding and collage. It gives step-by-step instruction, but allows for imagination and creativity. The projects use materials that are generally easy to find such as boxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers and old books. In all, there are 22 projects to inspire you and your child to create amazing paper crafts.

So gather up your craft supplies, fire up your imagination, and check out this or any of our other exciting craft books and get creating!