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Girls Build, Anfal

Tool time! Two projects from the book ‘Girls Who Build’ (with full instructions)

Hands-on activities are a great way to keep kids busy — and to make gifts.

Girls Who Build (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers ) could not have arrived at a better time.

With the pandemic giving us all more time at home and much less to do, my 12-year-old daughter has already been envisioning the holiday gifts she’ll craft and concoct.

Written by Katie Hughes, founder of the Portland nonprofit Girls Build, this 272-page book was right up my daughter’s alley.

She’s fascinated by the sketches, the tools (“They’re actual tools!”) and the profiles of the featured girls.

And I’m impressed by how the book takes girls (and safety) seriously and does not pander to them with “cutesy” projects.

Here are two projects older children can try out, with proper adult oversight, of course, as well as safety gloves and safety googles: Attalia’s tea light holders and Anfal’s candleholder. 


Attalia's tea light holders

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girls building (Anfal)PDF: Print out the girls building projects here
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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.