Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy [NOOK Book]

Overview

Kids passionately love everything about candy - the sweet satisfying taste, of course, but also the smells, the colors, the shapes, and the textures. So why settle for just eating it? In Candy Construction author Sharon Bowers reveals how inexpensive and readily available store-bought candy offers an irresistable treasure trove of crafting material.
Armed with a bedazzling variety of sugary shapes, from rolls and sticks to ropes and strips to rings and cubes, there is no limit ...
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Candy Construction: How to Build Race Cars, Castles, and Other Cool Stuff out of Store-Bought Candy

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Overview

Kids passionately love everything about candy - the sweet satisfying taste, of course, but also the smells, the colors, the shapes, and the textures. So why settle for just eating it? In Candy Construction author Sharon Bowers reveals how inexpensive and readily available store-bought candy offers an irresistable treasure trove of crafting material.
Armed with a bedazzling variety of sugary shapes, from rolls and sticks to ropes and strips to rings and cubes, there is no limit to what kids can build -- with Candy Construction as inspiration. Imagine a chess set with Hershey's Kisses playing pieces! Candy snakes made from Necco Wafers and bubble-gum tape, with M&M's for eyes! There are spaceships, race cars, planes, woodland creatures, jewelry, and more -- all crafted from candy.

Perfect for birthday parties and rainy day activities, the more complex Candy Construction projects offer plans for complete tabletop scenes, including a construction site with dump truck and construction workers; a steam train with an engine, tanker cars, caboose, and boxcars; and a magical castle with stacked cookie towers. There are also fun projects for holiday decorations for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Every project is accompanied by full-color photos and easy-to-follow, step-by-step building instructions.
With small children of her own, Sharon Bowers knows the challenges of preventing excessive candy consumption. To her pleasant surprise, she found that offering kids an alternative use for candy actually cut back on the eating — without eliminating any of the fun!
Parents will welcome this creative new way of looking at candy and using it up, while watching their young construction workers put their imaginations and hands to work!

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Editorial Reviews

Real Simple blog
...plenty of fabulous ideas using all kinds of colorful sweet treats.
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...plenty of fabulous ideas using all kinds of colorful sweet treats.
Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Don't play with your food! That parental mantra is turned upside down here as Bowers encourages kids to create a variety of fun and engaging crafts using widely available and inexpensive candy pieces. Bowers suggests that, in her experience, children aren't as interested in eating candy when they see it as their own creation. In fact, she clearly spells out three rules which emphasize limited candy consumption and taking care of your teeth. The crafts are all presented using a construction theme with the kids as builders and an adult as the "senior foreman." Recipes for the basic bricks (bar cookies) and mortar (icing) used as the basis for all of the crafts are introduced first. Then Bowers presents dozens of imaginative constructions from trucks and trains to games such as checkers and chess as well as jewelry and animals. There's sure to be something here to interest almost any kid. Each recipe includes a list of materials, clear instructions and a full-color photograph of the finished product. Crafts are grouped in categories such as games, transportation and holidays. Once the "bricks and mortar" have been made, there is very little cooking involved, however, this isn't a "do-it-yourself" book; adult preparation is needed before any of the crafts can be started and adult supervision will be needed for all of the cutting activities. It is an excellent way to encourage adult-child interaction and would be useful for parties and in the classroom. Several crafts, including transportation and holiday creations, are compatible with elementary school curriculum. Older children, who can read the text, will find a confusing mix of adult-directed advice on not pressing for perfection and child-centered terms like "things that go v'room." Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603424455
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 897,851
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Sharon Bowers is the author of Ghoulish Goodies and Candy Construction. She has also been a producer at the Food Network's website, where she created many easy and stylish kid-friendly recipes for holidays and other special occasions.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Blueprints and Construction Notes Chapter 2: Things That Go Vroom Chapter 3: Flights of Fancy Chapter 4: Fun and Games Chapter 5: (Un)Natural Wonders Chapter 6: Holiday Treats
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Suky book

    Sux

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Great ideas

    I have not made anything yet but there are some really cute and great ideas. I am excited to make something...probably the train because it caught my children's eyes. Probably in a few years when my children are older, I am hoping it will be a fun activity for us to do together.

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