A Boy's Treasury of Things-to-doEvery month our local library hosts a fund-raising event where we get the best (best!) deals and steals. I only wish I could get my act together to get there every month instead of just once or twice a year. Today I totally scored with this precious find: A Boy’s Treasury of Things-to-do, by Caroline Horowitz. Published in 1946, it has wonderful illustrations and tons of great projects for the kids to do (boys and girls).

Here are a few I will definitely get around to with my troops:

A paper kite

A paper kite. When I was little, my mom was a math teacher. She was also the one who would organize weekend camps for us city kids. It was an incredible experience that I and all the kids who got to go will remember for a long time to come. One of my favorite projects was hand-made kites. They were so easy to do. Just a few straight sticks, some string, glue and light paper and we were set to go. I’m so glad this book brought back such great memories.


A motor boat. So simple, it kills me. I’ll be sure to share the instructions when we get to this so you can try it out, too.

A peep show movie

A peep show movie (!!!). Oh, my. We will do this, but without the current day implications :-)

Tiny Town

And a tiny town. How sweet would this be? I’ve seen some incredible fairy lands out there recently. I think I’ll just give the kids a box, and a germ of an idea, and let them have at it.

If you’re interested in checking out this book for yourself, you can pick it up on Amazon.com for as little as $3.25 plus S&H.