I Can Make That!: Fantastic Crafts for Kids

Overview


The book one librarian called “the best craft book she’d ever seen” has been updated to introduce a new generation of children to the fun of crafts. Children as young as four years old can take common household items and easy-to-obtain natural materials like twigs and turn them into costumes, puppets, toys, games, and more. Step-by-step instructions and photographs keep things simple and easy to understand, making this book perfect for home, school, library, camp, or even daycare. Accessible and fun, the very ...
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Overview


The book one librarian called “the best craft book she’d ever seen” has been updated to introduce a new generation of children to the fun of crafts. Children as young as four years old can take common household items and easy-to-obtain natural materials like twigs and turn them into costumes, puppets, toys, games, and more. Step-by-step instructions and photographs keep things simple and easy to understand, making this book perfect for home, school, library, camp, or even daycare. Accessible and fun, the very doable crafts of I Can Make That! provide young crafters the opportunity to develop new skills and leave them with a sense of accomplishment.
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Editorial Reviews

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
School Library Journal
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: 9781926973975
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 655,575
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.70 (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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