Earth-Friendly Crafts: Clever Ways to Reuse Everyday Items

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What do you do with old toys, clothes, and other stuff? Instead of throwing them away, get creative and see what crafts you can make! This book shows you how to make crafts out of old playing cards, marker caps, toy cars, neckties, hairbrushes, and more. Color photos of the finished crafts and step-by-step illustrations make these crafts a snap. Along with 21 crafts, you'll find information about recycling and tips for what you can do to help the planet. So find new uses for ...

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Overview

What do you do with old toys, clothes, and other stuff? Instead of throwing them away, get creative and see what crafts you can make! This book shows you how to make crafts out of old playing cards, marker caps, toy cars, neckties, hairbrushes, and more. Color photos of the finished crafts and step-by-step illustrations make these crafts a snap. Along with 21 crafts, you'll find information about recycling and tips for what you can do to help the planet. So find new uses for your old stuff and get crafting!

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Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
Everyday items such as old toys, games, puzzle pieces, balloons, greeting cards, and playing cards can be used to create clips, picture boards, magnets, frames, and jewelry. Ross includes twenty-one different crafts that will appeal to younger crafters. Using a folding game board, crafters can create a practical art folder to keep artwork protected and flat. A pair of stretchy gloves with bits of foam and pipe cleaners turn into an octopus puppet, while a tuna fish can and old marker caps become a pencil holder. An old greeting card is transformed in to a new one using fabric or wrapping paper and a fashion doll outfit, while a cereal box can be transformed into a chain of links or a collage. Each project includes a photo of the completed project and step-by-step directions and illustrations. A table of contents, page of web and book resources, and environmental tips and statistics are other key features of this book. Additional tips or recycling facts accompany each craft. This is a great supplement to any science or art classroom or elementary library. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761374091
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 951,543
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Ross grew up in upstate New York in the 1950s. She credits her unusual and very creative elementary school education at Oswego State Teachers College coupled with a childhood that afforded her time to "be" for her endless ability to create. Kathy has written many children's songs, is a writer for the Highsmith Summer Reading Manual, has made dozens of television appearances, and has given workshops for both children and adults around the country. Kathy has published more then 60 books to date. She was honored to be the featured author of the month on the website of the Children's Book Council.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    Fun, fun, fun!

    Many children are aware that "green" is in and often are no longer shy about informing their parents about things like recycling and composting. These "earth-friendly" crafts allow youngsters to bring out their creative streak while recycling everyday items without having to waste valuable resources. Take for example the amazing "Puzzle Pieces Alligator." There is seldom a household without a puzzle missing a few pieces and this craft will not only recycle the puzzle, but just might end up being a treasured gift. The alligator can be easily created from similarly colored puzzle pieces, a plastic bag, white craft glue, a couple of wiggle eyes and pony beads. The crafts in this book are varied and every young crafter will find several that will keep them occupied for hours. Each craft is prefaced by a list of items that will be needed for its creation. A green recycle symbol is next to each item that can be recycled or reused in the making of the craft. Of course not all the items needed are those that could potentially end up in your recycle bin, but the rest are typical crafter's supplies you may already have on hand for those rainy day activities that keep children busy. Examples of typical supplies include craft paint, paint brushes, white craft glue, pins, pencils, scissors, rulers, wiggle eyes, pom poms, pipe cleaners, craft jewels, paper clips, craft ribbon, permanent markers, felt scraps, yarn, craft foam, and other similar crafting supplies. There are a few things you may need to purchase, but with a little ingenuity you may "find" substitute items around the house. This is a fabulously fun book that every young "green" crafter will have a blast with. The instructions for each craft are easy to follow as they are accompanied by visual instructions as well as written. The younger crafter may need a bit of assistance or instruction as some projects are a bit more complicated than others. One of my favorites was the "Glove Octopus Puppet" that would be perfect for worn out or outgrown gloves hanging around in a closet. The octopus puppet will not only be fun to make, but fun to use. At the end of the instructions are additional hints or "green" suggestions. For example, the suggestion is made that "Instead of using plastic or paper bags to carry your groceries home, bring a reusable bag to the store." In the back of the book are additional tips, statistics, and recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: This book would be a welcome addition to any homeschool, classroom or library shelf!

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