If your children seem to be captives of their videogames, it's time to lure them back to real-world interactive projects. Amanda Kingloff's ProjectKid invites them to choose from among a hundred inventive crafts activities. With its step-by-step photos and easy instructions, these DIY projects can nurture creativity, improve dexterity, and, not least, enable youngsters to concoct really, really cool things. A boon idea for parents, teachers, and crafty kids.
ProjectKid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Funby Amanda Kingloff
Perfect for crafty parents who are eager to get their kids excited about DIY, ProjectKid is everything you could want in a craft book: 100(!) stylish, inventive projects; step-by-step photographs; tips for the novice crafter; easy-to-follow instructions; and a fresh, modern look. What really sets these projects apart are the unexpected, ingenious ways/i>
Perfect for crafty parents who are eager to get their kids excited about DIY, ProjectKid is everything you could want in a craft book: 100(!) stylish, inventive projects; step-by-step photographs; tips for the novice crafter; easy-to-follow instructions; and a fresh, modern look. What really sets these projects apart are the unexpected, ingenious ways Kingloff uses everyday objects and materials. (Did you ever think a body-wash bottle would make a perfect rocket ship?) And these are projects for things kids want to makeand keepfrom a juice-box owl to a pirate ship to a curio cabinet for displaying all of their treasures, plus games, jewelry, and more. Also included in the book are basic crafting lessons (such as pom-pom making and weaving) to help children of all ages build a DIY arsenal, a handy guide to must-have tools and materials, and a source directory.
This excursion into childhood’s dream world—where a spool with a ribbon remnant can become a balloon and cotton balls can make juice-box owls fly—is not a typical kids’ craft book. Kingloff tells parents the grocery store is “no longer about shopping for oatmeal and crackers,” but “about finding materials to make bongo drums or a miniature village.” She explores the joys of felt, which doesn’t fray when cut by little hands, and the fun of pipe cleaners, which she touts as the earliest type of wire for very young crafters. Kingloff, a former lifestyle editor at Parents magazine, shows how to turn the old toilet-tissue tube into a sturdy train complete with hole-punched passenger windows. Joiner-biscuit butterflies take wing, and K-cups are transformed into a set of door chimes suitable for adult display. The emphasis is clearly on the home, but there are clear applications for classrooms, day care, and the enterprising babysitter needing to answer the “I’m bored” whine. Hardly just a rainy-day project compendium, this is work to keep brains busy and families happy. 400 photos. (Apr.)
“Unique, family-friendly projects. . . . Pick up a copy and you’ll be DIY-ing in no time!”
Scholastic Parent & Child
“Can you believe these materials come together to make something so pretty and useful? It’s like magic. Almost.”
“This excursion into childhood’s dream world . . . is not a typical kids’ craft book. . . . The emphasis is clearly on the home, but there are clear applications for classrooms, day care, and the enterprising babysitter needing to answer the “I’m bored” whine. Hardly just a rainy-day project compendium, this is work to keep brains busy and families happy.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Endless fodder for creativity. . . . The inventive DIYs range from superhero capes created from dish towels to decoupage animal masks that would make John Derian proud.”
“Rainy day life saver. . . . The step-by-step pictures make it pretty impossible to screw up these crafts.”
Kingloff, former lifestyle director, Parents magazine, and DIY journalist, specializes in crafts for parents and children. In this compilation of ecofriendly creations, she shares her imaginative ideas, many of which make clever use of household items such as empty K-cups, paper towel tubes, and juice boxes. The projects are organized by theme, which allows parents and other caregivers to choose projects that satisfy a child's interests, such as animals, fashion, and play. The simpler entries are appropriate for preschoolers and up, while some of the more complex crafts are best for school-age children. Kingloff's directions are a nice blend of photographs and text and are easy enough for youngsters to follow. These crafts provide an excellent jumping-off point for children's creativity, since most are open-ended and require children to make a variety of choices that impact the final product. VERDICT Project Kid has broad appeal for parents and caregivers looking for ideas, as well as for librarians to engage the after-school or summer reading crowds with some low-cost craft activities.
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- 8.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)
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- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid and the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine, where she oversaw all DIY content for the brand. Before joining Parents, Kingloff worked for lifestyle personality Katie Brown, producing and starring in Katie Brown Workshop on PBS, co-writing and co-crafting Katie Brown’s Weekends and Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining, ghostwriting Brown’s New York Times syndicated column, and more. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News Now, Lifetime’s I Do Diaries: Beg, Borrow, and Steal, and many local television news programs. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.
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Who says Grandparents aren’t cool - I’m too old to run after my grandkids. And I can’t compete with technology. So I need traps to slow them down a little. I can, however, sit at a table with them and make pirate ships and fake flowers. I didn’t have all of the tools and the right materials, but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. We had a lot of fun anyway and the kids got to make their own versions of Ms. Kingloff’s crafts. My favorite part was seeing their eyes light up and listening to their chatter while we made a mess together.