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Children's Literature
This collection of twenty-one toys for kids to make is packed with a great range of toys made from materials found around the home. There are a number that are fairly predictable, like the tops and spinners; puppets out of felt, and the paper fortuneteller. More imaginative and unexpected are the instructions for making a felt bag for peanut or pasta jacks; making pick-up sticks from ice cream sticks, and making juggler's blocks from felt. Some more elaborate games, like Snap and a memory game, will involve a larger commitment of time to create. Instructions are included for the game of chance, Snakes 'n' Ladders, made with paper, glue and pipe cleaners. Bottle bowling requires bottles, sand, masking tape, paint and a long sock twisted into a ball. My favorite activity, and one I haven't seen in this kind of collection, is making a kaleidoscope. The magic ingredient in this process is acetate that is formed into a prism, easily done with scissors and tape. This one would take some time to complete and probably requires adult involvement, but would be worth the effort. 2001, Gareth Stevens Publishing,
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Using readily available materials, children can make practical and entertaining items. Many of the projects, especially in Holiday Handiworks and Rainy Day Fun, can be found elsewhere, but their clear instructions and illustrations and the broad categorical grouping of ideas make these titles very handy for home and school use. Each craft is described on a spread with clearly numbered directions. Colorful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations accompany each step, and there is a color photo of each finished product. All of the books have a safety warning at the beginning, and individual potentially dangerous steps alert children to ask for adult help. A "helpful hint" gives ideas for modifying or using the item. Tracing patterns are included where necessary. Holiday Handiwork takes a multicultural as well as chronological approach, with New Year's noisemakers, a Chinese New Year dragon, a felt afikomen pouch for Passover, cotton-ball chicks in an egg-carton nest for Easter, a paper-tube turkey, a clay dreidel, a reindeer antler headband, and attractive paper beads for Kwanzaa. Using Rainy Day Fun, children can sew an apron and make veggie prints, simple musical instruments, greeting cards, a beaded dream catcher, and more. The projects in Terrific Toys take minutes to make but provide hours of playtime fun. There are directions for various spinning tops, felt fingertip puppets, a kaleidoscope, bead people, felt juggling blocks, a table-top version of soccer, and other toys that children enjoy using and giving as gifts. These are sound purchases where there is a need for clearly written, basic craft books.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836830538
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Handy Crafts
  • Edition description: US
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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