American Girls' Handy Book (paperback)
Originally published in 1889, "The American Girl's Handy Book" resoundingly challenges the age-old dilemma of boredom by providing a huge number of ideas for fun and instructional projects for young girls. For good old-fashioned fun, nothing beats this gem! Truly a "handy" book, it shows girls how to make their own amusements, with illustrated explanations that range from hobbies such as needlework and painting to suggestions for planning picnics and playing games. Hundreds of simple and timeless ideas and activities include creating handmade dolls, preserving wildflowers, weaving a rope hammock, building bookshelves, and making gifts for friends and family. The projects, which require only common household items, encourage young imaginations and foster creativity. In addition to traditional arts and crafts, the well-rounded offerings include hiking and other outdoor adventures. For ages 8 and up.