Book Review: Disney’s Family Fun Crafts

Publisher: Hyperion

Year: 1997

Pages: 256

Type: Hardcover

ISBN: 0-7868-6304-8

Don’t worry about getting a little paint on the pages.”

Back in the 90s kids still liked to make things. Crafts were all the rage and Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine was happy to supply all kinds of fun ideas. Don’t have the time or budget to collect a stack of back issues? Then this book is for you:

Disney Wiki has this to day about FamilyFun: “(It) is a family magazine published 10 times annually by Meredith Corporation. Launched in 1991 by Jake Winebaum at Disney Publishing Worldwide, the magazine is written for parents with children aged 3 to 12, and focuses on family cooking, vacations, parties, holidays, crafts, and learning. Meredith acquired FamilyFun from Disney in 2012.”

The idea was to supply children with the plans for making fairly simple craft projects with a minimum of parental supervision. The hope was that it would foster creativity and independence. As you can see from the contents pages above, subjects included recyclables, paper play, sculpting, toys, wearables, and a bevy of holiday themed items.

Being as this magazine was associated with Disney at one point, it’s surprising that no Disney characters were used. This could be because the magazine was sold off to another publisher later in its run.

Some crafts are covered in only one page while others span two or more pages. Obviously there are varying levels of complexity. The crafts contained in this book would make great activities for children’s parties.

With over 500 crafts to chose from, your child should be able to find something to interest them! Real parents, not those fake ones, were consulted to compile the book. The last line of the text above claims the book has a spiral binding so that it will lay flat, but this edition does not have that feature.

This book is edited by Deanna F. Cook who has written dozens of award-winning children’s cookbooks, including Baking Class, Cooking Class, and Cooking Class Global Feast! She has been the creative development director at FamilyFun and an editor at Scholastic and Disney and is currently a children’s book and cookbook acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing.

Amazon currently has used editions for just under $2.00 and brand new hardcover editions for just over $20.00 US. Spiral bound editions are also available for slightly less money.

I would give this book a solid 4 out of 5 Stars. If I could test out some of the crafts with children to see if they really are as easy as the book claims, this rating would easily be higher.

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