Readers of unadulterated.us may be familiar with the twice-yearly festival of craft that happens at my house for about a month prior to my deadline for the biannual special issue of School Library Journal called Series Made Simple. For, like, one hundred years I have been writing the arts and crafts section of that special issue. I am a pretty good choice to test craft instructions meant for elementary school children, as I pretty much suck at crafts.
Look at these things:
But these are not the worst crafts that have come out of my kitchen by far. In past years, we've made a salt-dough fake wound that looked like a drowned vagina, empanadas the size of squirrels, and a book with a secret compartment that destroyed all my exacto blades and my ability to grip with my right hand. That was a birthday gift for Milo and I think he's completely forgotten about it. Or he keeps his contraband in it - either way, I regret cutting up a spare copy of The Book Thief.
It's shocking to me how many origami books educational publishers seem to think the market can absorb.