We swear Rae Grant must have spent time at our house growing up as her books Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids and Cooking Fun:121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids brought back a rush of memories. Both books are rather old fashioned, but in the very best way. As she writes in one of the introductions: It's a ticket back to a less busy time, and a reminder of how much fun it can be to make and do simple things.
Crafting Fun is organized by season and includes projects your grandmother probably did as a girl (tussie-mussie anyone?) which makes this a great book for all the generations of your family to share. At first glance it may look like the ideas have more traditional girl appeal, but on a closer look we found back-yard camping, making a magnetic compass, slingshots, treasure jars and lots more to appeal to every kid.
Cooking Fun is filled with food that kids will love to eat and that is fun to make (ham and ginger ale will surely intrigue them). You're not going to find tofu smoothies here, but you will find many of your childhood favorites like pancakes, macaroni and cheese, rice pudding, and corn muffins to name a few. Most recipes have five or fewer ingredients and many can be done by school age kids with minimal supervision.