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I Can Make That!: Fantastic Crafts for Kids
     

I Can Make That!: Fantastic Crafts for Kids

by Mary Wallace
 

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This illustrated guide shows children how to make everything from costumes to puppets, nature crafts to toys and games. The ultimate anti-boredom collection for crafty kids, it consolidates the top five books in the Parents' Choice Award-winning I Can Make… series. Brimming with simple, economical ideas suitable for both home and classroom, the book

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This illustrated guide shows children how to make everything from costumes to puppets, nature crafts to toys and games. The ultimate anti-boredom collection for crafty kids, it consolidates the top five books in the Parents' Choice Award-winning I Can Make… series. Brimming with simple, economical ideas suitable for both home and classroom, the book uses materials that are readily available and safe to use — and all activities are terrific recycling ideas. Mary Wallace shows how to turn everyday materials into amazing art projects — garbage bags become delicate flowers, cornhusks become rustic dolls, old egg cartons become treasure trunks. I Can Make That! features materials lists, step-by-step color photographs, and a picture of each finished project to guide and inspire children. Features include five sections filled with fun and easy craft projects: Costumes, Puppets, Nature Crafts, Toys, and Games. Handy sidebars offer hints for adding special touches to final products.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897066331
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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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