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Nature's Art Box: From T-Shirts To Twig Baskets, 65 Cool Projects For Crafty Kids To Make With Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere
     

Nature's Art Box: From T-Shirts To Twig Baskets, 65 Cool Projects For Crafty Kids To Make With Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere

by Laura C. Martin, David Cain (Illustrator)
 

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Take your child’s creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful

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Take your child’s creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful engagement with nature while developing artistic skills, Nature’s Art Box is an inspiring handbook for the next generation of expressive and conscientious stewards of the earth’s resources.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…if you want to use nature to nurture your child’s creativity, then “Art Box” provides hours of activities.” – New York Daily News

"...you'll learn a little about conservation and a lot about art basics..." – Dallas Morning News

Run right out and get Nature’s Art Box…this is a fun book that will get kids outdoors…” – San Diego Union Tribune

"Nature's Art Box takes nature crafts to a more creative level." – Knight Ridder

“The beauty of Nature’s Art Box is that it entertains as well as educates. “ – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Youngsters will see nature through the eyes of an artist and learn how to be stewards of the Earth.” – Indianapolis Star

“…the author encourages kids to see artistic potential in a handful of twigs, pinecones and more.” – Publishers Weekly

"The projects display a respect for nature and art, and a simple, subtle beauty...Martin's unusual volume will be a great resource for crafters of all ages and abilities." – School Library Journal

“…the book emphasizes seeing the world as an artist’s palate, there are also lessons on being kind to nature and how to collect items.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

Publishers Weekly
Nature's Art Box: From T-shirts to Twig Baskets, 65 Cool Projects for Crafty Kids to Make with Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere, by Laura Martin, illus. by David Cain, presents projects anyone can make using natural objects. Dividing her text into seven sections such as "Gourds, Pods, Husks and Seeds" and "Flowers and Leaves," the author encourages kids to see artistic potential in a handful of twigs, pine cones and more. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
People have been creating art and crafts for thousands of years from items found in nature. This book is full of 65 projects that can be made from the things found in your own backyard. This book is somewhat different from most craft books — it starts by describing how to make basic things such as paint, ink, clay, glue and paste. It also teaches skills such as how to dye fabrics, and how to dry and press flowers. The projects are rated by difficulty (challenging or easy) and include such projects as a Vine Wreath, a Gourd Buffalo Rattle, a Clay Pot, a Nature Journal, a Name Mug, Nature Print Cards, and so forth. The end of the book contains a section called "Nature Skills" that teaches what type of plants to use and where and when to find them. This book talks about preserving nature and enjoying the world around you. It is an excellent reference on how to use various craft skills, as well as a book to give inspiration to those who are ready to craft. The directions in the book are easily followed, and the pictures that describe how to complete the projects are also very informative. 2003, Storey Publishing, Ages 8 to 14.
— Nicole Peterson
KLIATT
These are wonderful ideas for craft projects using natural materials. Over 65 cool craft projects are listed with easy-to-follow directions. This book teaches one to be a good steward of the Earth and to preserve its resources. A special nature skills section shows how to identify plants, suggests what time of year to collect nuts and berries, and warns which plants one should definitely stay away from. All the projects have a difficulty rating along with detailed instructions and several illustrations to ensure success in completion of the project. Some sample projects: cornhusk angel ornament, shell buttons, fabric dyeing, printing with leaves on fabric and paper, and making a raffia basket. This book teaches how to be a good artist while conserving natural resources. KLIATT Codes: JSA-Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Workman, 215p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to adult.
— Shirley Reis
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Seed pods, gourds, moss, and twigs top the supply list of this one-of-a-kind craft book that encourages children to look at nature through an artist's eye. Clear, step-by-step instructions offer practical tips while enchanting watercolors inspire flights of fancy. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580174909
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
06/03/2003
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
134,578
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laura C. Martin has been writing about nature, crafts, and gardening for 25 years. She has served as garden editor for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and Georgia magazines. She is the author of 18 books, most recently The Art and Craft of Pounding Flowers, which was featured on the Discovery Channel. Her lectures and workshops on crafts and gardening delight audiences across the United States.

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