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I Can Make That!: Fantastic Crafts for Kids

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Let your imagination and creativity flow as award-winning author Mary Wallace shows you how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Simple and straightforward, crafts can be completed by kids on their own with fabulous results. Using common household odds and ends, project construction is no muss, no fuss!

I Can Make That! consolidates the top five of the original I Can Make... titles from this popular ...

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Overview

Let your imagination and creativity flow as award-winning author Mary Wallace shows you how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Simple and straightforward, crafts can be completed by kids on their own with fabulous results. Using common household odds and ends, project construction is no muss, no fuss!

I Can Make That! consolidates the top five of the original I Can Make... titles from this popular series into one fun-filled book. As much fun to create as they are to play with, each craft features a list of supplies, step-by-step color photographs, and a final picture of the finished craft to guide and inspire.

Included in this compilation are I Can Make Costumes as well as I Can Make Puppets, I Can Make Nature Crafts, I Can Make Toys and I Can Make Games.

About the author:

Award-winning artist and craftsperson Mary Wallace spent almost twenty years teaching arts and crafts at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts. She is currently an art teacher at a local high school in St. Thomas, Ontario. Mary's other books include The Inuksuk Book, Make Your Own Inuksuk and Art for the Heart.

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Children's Literature
Sixty-eight different projects are included in this large collection of instructions for making costumes, puppets, nature crafts, toys, and games. Many require some adult supervision for young children but certainly not all. The costume selection is quite extensive and includes such innovative ideas as gluing film canisters to fabric for dinosaur scales and cutting up orange rind for fake buck teeth. This is a back to basics book with directions for making face paint from scratch and using sponges for dollhouse furniture. An old pair of sweat pants is stuffed to become a puppet head, old footed sleepers the body of a best buddy puppet. Stone sculptures are made by stabilizing the stones with modeling clay and making them shiny with oil. Peanut shells are turned into insects, cowboys, and runners. Dandelion stems become bracelets. How refreshing to see such innovative use of existing materials in a world where parents go running to the toy store at the drop of a hat. Large color photos provide clear directions for these projects. 2005 (orig. 1994), Maple Tree Press, Ages 6 to 12.
—Kristin Harris
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K-Gr 3-A compilation of five volumes, written between 1994 and 1996, all of which are still in print. The puppet and game sections are particularly strong; the toys are whimsical and invite play, as do many of the creations. Many of the nature projects incorporate synthetic items. The minimal text consists of numbered, step-by-step illustrated, but occasionally sketchy, instructions (for instance, no measurements are given) and suggestions for using or playing the games created. The necessary materials are safe and easy to obtain. There is heavy use of bristol board, which is fairly expensive, as well as recycled materials, articles of clothing, and some furniture. Children are cautioned to ask for permission before using what they find around the house and to get help when needed. The full-color photographs fill each spread. Lists of additional craft titles by the same publisher have been added to this edition. Where demand for the subject is high or the original titles are worn, this volume is an attractive and appealing addition.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894379410
  • Publisher: Maple Tree Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Series: I Can Make Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Wallace is an award-winning artist and author. Her books include Make Your Own Inuksuk and The Inuksuk Book. She lives St. Thomas, Ontario.
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