Barbie has some free time this summer, and she's doing a variety of crafts that are simple and colorful. She introduces over 20 projects in her Barbie Fun-to-Make Activity Book, a book intended for ages 3Ð7. Beginning with the table of contents that includes bright pictures of the finished activities, we know this is an easy book for kids or parents to read and follow. Photographs of the materials are shown at the beginning of each section. Most of the materials are inexpensive and easy to find. The creative results are eye-catching things to wear, display, and even eat. Girls will enjoy planning the varying projects and reading each craft's accompanying text. They may decorate T-shirts, make friendship bracelets, create decorative braids and tiaras, make book markers, picture frames, paper flowers and parfaits. The creations are perfect for keeping or for giving as gifts. With this book, children could plan an entire party: invitations, hats, decorations, and party favors. Though the book is primarily for girls, boys might enjoy making many of the crafts and food items. Few how-to books are as usable as this one. The book's full size makes it easy to read and to keep open for directions. Each activity has step-by-step instructions and photographs. Some materials will need to be purchased, but others such as old magazines, you may have on hand. This book is a wonderful source for indoor summer fun with Barbie.

Jana Benjamin is the mother of two.

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