Easy Woven Crab Craft

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This delightful Easy Woven Crab Craft is perfect for little hands. The weaving process is great for building on fine motor skills and the results are rather pretty too!

A tactile craft that can be personalised and adapted to suit varying abilities. Very young children may prefer to simply cut and stick paper scales onto their crab. Some could also paint their crabs as we have done so with a previous butterfly craft, which looks great against the paper weave and could add another dynamic to the crab.

Our Easy Woven Crab craft forms part of a growing series of weaving projects on Arty Crafty Kids and if you’re keen to remain within the under the sea theme, you may also like to take a look at our Woven Rainbow Fish and gorgeous Angel Fish!

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Easy Woven Crab Craft: Materials 

White Cardstock  and a Colour of your Arty Crafty Kids Choice
Patterned or/and Coloured Paper
Gluestick
Bubble Wrap
Blue & White Paint
Black Marker Pen
Scissors or Paper Cutter

Download the Template (found towards the end of this post)

Easy Woven Crab Craft: Tutorial

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Step 1: Using one large piece of bubble wrap (cut to the size of the a4 White Cardstock), paint the bubble surface with blue and white paint.

There are two approaches to painting bubble wrap; each technique producing slightly different results…

Spreading the paint freely across the surface, filling the gaps between the bubbles will produce a slightly uneven print. The circles are likely to be smudged and less defined.

Painting each individual bubble will create a clearer print, however, you will have to be quick otherwise the paint will dry!

When Arty Crafty Kids are using a large bubble wrap surface area, I would recommend using the first method. When a smaller piece is involved, try the second.

Step 2: Turn the bubble wrap over onto the surface of the White Cardstock.

Press the bubble wrap down firmly and gently peel it away from the cardstock to reveal the print.

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Step 3: Download the crab template (found towards the end of this post) and print. 

 

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Step 4: Cut out the crab template and trace the shape onto a coloured piece of cardstock.

Cut out two white circles and two smaller black circles – these will become the eyes!

 

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Step 5: Fold the crab in half and cut slits into the middle of crab.

Leave at least half an inch all the way around to avoid tearing the crab base shape.

 

 

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Weave the coloured paper in and out of the crab until the body is filled.

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Step 7: Secure the paper with glue and trim off the excess.

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Step 8: Glue the eye element together and then glue them onto the crab.

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Step 9: Complete the crab with a cute smiley face!

Easy Woven Crab Craft: Download the Template

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Woven Angel Fish Craft

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This gorgeous Woven Angel Fish Craft is perfect helping little hands master the process of weaving. The handling and motion of weaving in and out of the fish, is great for fine motor skills and coordination, and the overall effect adds a fun and interesting layer to the craft.

Can you imagine how a collection of these would look on a bulletin board or within an under the sea themed display?

Bubble wrap printing is a process we return to time and time again on Arty Crafty Kids (also, check out our bubble wrap octopus), and here we’re demonstrating how it can be used to create an underwater backdrop.

Simple, effective and a great introduction into mix-media composition.

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Woven Angel Fish Craft: Materials

Cardstock – White and a colour of the Arty Crafty Kids choice.
Coloured Paper
Bubble Wrap
Paint
PVA Glue
Black Marker Pen
Scissors (or paper cutter)

Angel Fish Template

(The template can be accessed via our newsletter form found towards the end of this post)

Woven Angel Fish Craft: Tutorial 

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Step 1: Paint a large piece of bubble wrap with various shades of blue paint.

This is a great opportunity for Arty Crafty Kids to explore colour mixing; creating light and dark shades of blue.

To create neat and defined bubble wrap print, I would recommend painting the individual bubbles with a paintbrush. However, if your Arty Crafty Kids decide to use big sweeping stroke across the bubble wrap, then that’s perfectly fine too.

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Step 2: Turn the bubble wrap over and place it onto the white cardstock.

Press firmly all over the bubble wrap.

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Step 3: Gently peel the bubble wrap away from the cardstock to reveal the print.

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Step 4: OPTIONAL – to create a layered effect, either use the existing bubble wrap or a fresh piece and paint the bubbles white.

Repeat the above process.

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Step 5: Download the fish template and print out.

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Step 6: Cut the template out.

Trace the fish onto coloured cardstock and cut out.

Using white and black cardstock, cut out two circles to create a big fishy eye!

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Step 7: Fold the fish in half and cut slits into the middle of the fish.

Leave at least half of an inch all the way around to avoid tearing the card.

 

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Step 8: Using a contrasting colour or shade of paper, cut the paper into strips.

Get creative with this element by adding extra colours, textured or even patterned paper.

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Step 9. Weave the coloured paper strips in and out of the fish.

Secure the ends with glue.

Use scissors to cut off any excess paper hanging over the sides.

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Step 10: Glue the eye together and then glue them onto the fish.

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Step 11: Glue the fish onto the bubble wrap print background.

Your fish is finished!

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I hope the Arty Crafty Kids have the best time creating their own Woven Angel Fish Craft. The angel fish forms part of a growing series that will also include a crab and a super cute seahorse, so make sure you sign up to our newsletter keep updated!  In the meantime, you may also want to take a look at our gorgeous paper rainbow fish.

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Handprint Shell Keepsake

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Children love to collect and whether it’s the woods, a field filled with daisies or beach, they will endeavor to fill their tiny hands with as many natural treasures as feasibly possible. Our recent trip to the beach was especially successful and my kids filled their hands, pockets, buckets and every available container we had with shells and pebbles. And while I look upon these moments with fondness, there is a question that lingers in the mind… what to do with them?

Answer: Preserve these special moments with a Handprint Shell Keepsake!

This simple craft idea not only captures the results of your Arty Crafty Kids hard work and natural curiosity, it captures memories. A moment in time where your child’s hands are tiny. When they’re explorers and everything they stumble upon is amazing and beautiful. A moment in time when time doesn’t actually matter and you’re in the moment with your child(ren).

This is a keepsake craft that will invoke memories in years to come and already, having only made this Handprint Shell Keepsake just days ago, when I glance at my kids’ creations I can’t help but smile and feel that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

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Handprint Shell Keepsake: Materials

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Das White Air Dry Clay 
Shells
Chopping Board / Hard surface
Rolling Pin
Knife
Paintbrush
PVA Glue
Drying Rack

 

Handprint Shell Keepsake: Video

Handprint Shell Keepsake: Tutorial 

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Step 1: Set up the creation station with everything your Arty Crafty Kids need.

Remove the clay from the packaging and divide the block into halves, leaving one within the packaging.

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Step 2: Knead the clay and roll it out to 1.5cm depth (approx).

Place your Arty Crafty Kids hand into the centre of the clay and press down firmly to achieve a really good visible print!

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Step 3: Hand over to the Arty Crafty Kids and begin filling the handprint with shells, pressing each shell firmly into the clay.

If you are using Das clay, it doesn’t tend to dry out quickly so the Arty Crafty Kids can take their time selecting and placing their shells.

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Step 4: Continue filling the handprint with shells, placing them snugly together.

This process is great for kids. As they consider the placement of each shell, they will be mentally measuring and assessing the shapes to work out the ‘best fit’, continually analysing the available space.

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Step 5: Once all available space has been filled, give each and every shell and extra push into the clay.

Be careful not to push too hard as this could spread and distort the handprint shape.

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Step 6: Once the Arty Crafty Kids are happy with the appearance of the Handprint Shell Keepsake, carefully cut around the handprint to create a plaque.

Remove the excess clay.

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Step 7: Smooth out the rough edges and any cracks with your fingertips.

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Step 8: Add a hanging all using the end of a paintbrush or pencil.

Transfer the Handprint Shell Keepsake onto a drying rack and place it in a warm place for 24-48 hours.

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Step 9: Some of the shells are likely to be loose. Don’t worry – this can be easily fixed!

Simply secure the loose shells with PVA glue and then add a layer of PVA glue to the entire ornament.

This will seal the ornament and ensure that all the shells stay where they should!

The Handprint Shell Keepsake will now be ready for hanging!

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Easy Woven Fish Craft

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This delightful Easy Woven Fish Craft is perfect for little hands. The weaving process is great for building on fine motor skills and the results are rather pretty too!

A tactile craft that can be personalised and adapted to suit varying abilities. Very young children may prefer to simply cut and stick paper scales onto their fish. Some could also paint their fish as we have done so with a previous butterfly craft, which looks great against the paper weave and could add another dynamic to the fish – this could work well paired with the book Rainbow Fish.

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This colourful addition works perfectly within the home or classroom – could you imagine an under the sea themed bulletin board filled with these fanciful fish? and with our handy template (supplied towards the end of this post), the craft couldn’t be easier!

Easy Woven Fish Craft: Materials

Cardstock
Gluestick
Scissors
Black Marker
Cupcake Liners

While the strips can be cut by hand, a paper cutter is much easier and less time-consuming!

Easy Woven Fish Craft: Tutorial 

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Step 1. Download the template and print.

Step 2. Cut the fins off the fish and trace the body onto coloured cardstock and cut out.

 

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Step 3.  Fold the fish in half and cut strips into the paper.

Leave about an inch of paper all around the sides so that the paper does not tear while being weaved.

Step 4. Unfold the fish and set aside

Step 5. Cut strips of coloured cardstock about half an inch wide.

Step 6. Weave the strips of paper in and out of the fish.

Step 7. Cut the excess paper off the sides and glue to prevent the strips from moving.

Step 8. Cut out the big circular eye from the template and transfer it onto the woven fish.

 

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Step 9. Trace the fins you previously cut off the template onto the coloured cupcake liners and cut out.

Step 10. Glue the fins onto the back of the fish.

Step 11. Use a black marker to add a smile and detail to the large back fin.

And ta-da, the Easy Woven Fish Craft is complete!

Download the Easy Woven Fish Craft Template here: 

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For more under the sea themed crafts, you may also enjoy our popular Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft, our awesome round-up of Under the Sea crafts and (my personal favourite) our Bubble Wrap Puffy Octopus!

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Woven Paper Butterfly Craft

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Our beautiful Woven Paper Butterfly Craft is perfect for children who are developing and improving  their fine motor skills. With a focus on painting, cutting and weaving, this craft offers a complete fine motor workout!

The children also have options. Some might be comfortable with simply painting, while others may choose to cut up some scrap paper and stick the shapes onto the butterfly.

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It’s also possible to use the template as basis for a collage or watercolour and salt painting exercise.

It’s amazing what you can create with one basic shape and today, we’re going to show you how to create a woven paper butterfly.

Woven Paper Butterfly Craft: Materials 

x1 White Cardstock
Watercolour/ Ready-Mix Paint
Scrap Paper
x2 Googly Eyes
x1 Pipe Cleaner
PVA Glue
Sticky Tape
Scissors

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Woven Paper Butterfly Craft: Video and Tutorial 

To see the craft in action, check out our nifty video below!

 

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Step 1: Download and print the template onto a sheet of white cardstock. 

The durability of cardstock is perfect for this craft. It will withhold the paint and the bending from the weaving process.

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Step 2: Cut out the template. 

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Step 3: Fold each wing in half and cut a number of slits along the edge.

I would advise making the slits small at first and then opening the wing to extend the slits.

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Step 4: Gather some scrap paper and cut it into strips.

Starting from the bottom of the wing, weave the paper through the pre-cut slits.

Alternate the starting point of each strip, to create squares between each piece of paper.

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Step 5: Once complete, turn the butterfly over and secure the ends of the paper with PVA glue.

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Step 6: Trim the excess paper.

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Step 7. And finish off with a pair of googly eyes and antennae

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Woven CD Hot Air Balloon

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!

CD weaving is a new process for us and we’re in LOVE. It’s easy, relaxing and produces beautiful results, that have so far inpsired funky CD Snails and now a Woven CD Hot Air Balloon.

Kids love crafting with recyclable household materials and for me, this is what children’s craft should be all about. There’s no need to buy expensive craft kits when you’re likely to have everything you need (and possibly more) lying around the house or within the recycling box.

And you can be guaranteed that no one is going to be more excited and inspired by an old egg carton than your kiddos!

Woven CD Hot Air Balloon

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Supplies:

CD’s
Yarn
Egg Carton
Brown Acrylic Paint
Sticky Tape
Twine
Scissors

Tutorial:

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!1. Set up the loom! This is incredibly easy to do and simply involves wrapping the yarn around the CD, through the centre and back round again, knotting the two ends together at the end. As you can see, our loom is well spaced out, making it easier for younger children to learn to the process of weaving.

2.   Once the CD has been transformed into a loom, tie the ‘threading yarn‘ directly onto a single strand of the loom and then continue weaving in an ‘up-and-over’ pattern from the centre of the CD.

3.  Continue in a circular motion around the CD, pushing and tightening the woven yarn towards the centre of the CD.

4. As the kids work around the CD, try varying the colours and textures of the yarn. You could also add beads for extra WOW factor.

To see the process in action, take a look at the youtube video my seven-year-old created for our CD snails.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!

5. Next, take half of a cardboard egg cup from an old egg carton and paint it brown using acrylic paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!

6. Cut two pieces of twine of equal lengths.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!

7. Using a small amount of sticky tape, secure the twine to the egg cup and CD, allowing the egg carton to dangle below the completed woven CD.

Your Woven CD Hot Air Balloon is now finished! 

This is a great little craft for developing fine motor skills and once your children get the hang of the process, they’ll be weaving away with ease. Can you imagine how they would like as part of a school display?

For more fun crafts, why not take a look at our selection of paper plate crafts?

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Woven Hot Air Balloons | A simple fine motor weaving craft for kids, turning recycled CD's into Hot Air Balloons!

Interactive Paper Plate Sailboat

My kids love interactive crafts and we’ve just added a super fun Summer themed Interactive Paper Plate Sailboat to our growing repertoire. Kids will be unable to resist the lure of singing ‘Row Row Row your Boat’ as their sailboats cross the paper plate sea and with a swift spin, their boats can turn around and start all over again for a seamless play.

Interactive Paper Plate Sailboat

I had the pleasure of creating this craft for my friend Rachel who blogs over at I Heart Crafty Things, so head over there to see the full tutorial and have a good look around her site, as there’s lots of gorgeous crafts and activities to see!

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Interactive Paper Plate Sailboat Craft | A fun and engaging Summer Craft for Kids. Sail the paper plate seas with their twizzle boats.

It’s that time of year where everyone seems to be looking for deep sea and summer crafts to try out with the kiddies, and we have a few right here for you to see!

Take a look at our Paper Plate Fish that’s inspired by the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’. Alternatively, you may like our Puffy Octopus that uses a really cool bubble wrap technique that almost brings the octopus to life and I can assure you, that you will not want to miss our amazingly popular Paper Plate Jellyfish – it’s even due to be featured on Buzzfeed!

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft | Easy Jellyfish craft for kids - perfect for an under the sea theme at school or preschool!

Interactive crafts have become bit of thing here on Arty Crafty Kids and they usually involve a paper plate (as we love paper plate crafts!). We have pop-up chicks and bunnies that we designed for Easter, as well as a swimming goldfish within a paper plate bowl that forms part of a fun collective noun series. Did you know that a group of Goldfish is also referred to as a glint of Goldfish?

I hope you enjoy the paper plate sailboat and make sure you join us over on our facebook page to let us know what your kids think of their play and create craft!

Enjoy!

Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

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Ahead of every Summer we spend more time than usual browsing the shelves of our local book store, looking for inspiration for the all important Summer reading list. We all have one and there’s nothing better than branching out from your usual comfort zone and discovering new material. If you have a young reader between the age of 5-9 years old,  Zoey & Sassafras is a must for that Summer reading list; a creative and engaging book, that blends science and fantasy into 98 pages of fun.  And while I mention fun, we’ve created a Summer themed paper plate Watermelon Book Bag as the perfect accessory for storing current reads.

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Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

My eldest (aged 7) has found reading a little tricky and is what I would call a reluctant reader.  The constant stream of  uninspiring Fairy Rainbow and  My Little Pony books aimed at girls hasn’t helped! We’ve needed more punch and substance.

Zoey and Sassafras has been a breath of fresh air. For one, the protagonist is a normal little girl with an inquisitive mind – much like my daughter!

And the short engaging chapters are easy to digest and achievable for emerging readers starting out with chapter books.

With a title like ‘Dragons and Marshmallows’, how can one not be intrigued?

The book tells the story of young Zoey, her cool cat Sassafras and her mum who possess secret magical powers. When poorly animals (including a baby dragon) appear on their front doorstep, Zoey uses scientific research and problem solving skills to get to the bottom of each ailment. There are plenty of giggles to be had along the way and book will leave your child wanting more.

Luckily, Zoey and Sassafras is for the first of a three-part series!

Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

Our paper plate Watermelon Book Bag is a fun way to store books, note pads and cuddly toys. It can be carried or simply hung to create extra storage.

With just a few basic materials, this is an easy peasy craft for kids.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies:

Paper Plates
Gree, White, Pink and Black Paint
Twine
Stapler
Hole Puncher
Scissors

To see how we made our Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag, check our video below and subscribe to our new YouTube Channel to see all our crafts in action!

Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag Tutorial: 

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Summer Crafts for Kids | Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

    1. Cut one paper plate in half and paint the outer rim a light shade of green, followed by white and pink to create the appearance of a watermelon.
    2. Paint half of the full paper plate in the same way.
    3. Add black dots using the end of a pencil, q-tip or finger to create seeds.
    4. Leave the paper plates to dry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Summer Crafts for Kids | Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

5. Staple the paper plates together, joining the watermelon halves to create a whole.

6. Add two holes using a hole punch at the top of the paper plate.

7.  Add twine for hanging.

With the Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag assembled, the kids can now add their favourite book or accessory!

For more paper plate bag inspiration, take a look at our Rainbow version!

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Arty Crafty Kids | Book Club | Summer Crafts for Kids | Paper Plate Watermelon Book Bag

We received an advanced copy of Zoe and  Sassafras to review. All opinions expressed are our own and reflect our genuine experience of the book. Click here to see our full disclosure.