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More Crafty Activities
Over 50 Fun and Easy Things To Make

by Various

      Last year there was a big friendly book called Crafty Activities (also reviewed on this site); now meet the sequel! No more worries about boring rainy days, wet vacations or other shut-ins when you have this book, which has so many interesting and (dare we say it) educational things to make in it.

Iíve seen a lot of books on childrenís crafts, both now as a reviewer and when I was a child but I havenít seen many better than this one. This is a great introduction to the fun you can have making things, and children of a variety of ages (but particularly tweenage) can get acquainted with many different techniques and materials. There are six sections, tackling collage, clay modelling, beadwork, decorative painting, papermaking and paperfolding, each written by a different author who is well respected in their chosen field. Projects are spread across two pages, and show real children actually making the items themselves in large photographic stages. Most of the inspiration is taken from history and different cultures, and this is a grand place to start learning about the crafts of other times and nations, as well as plenty about green issues, the wonder of the natural world and even a few famous artists. There are templates to trace off at the end of each section, and simple guides to doing things like transferring a pattern, different paper folds and making a greetings card blank. Some items come free (get your child interested in recycling) or are relatively inexpensive to buy, others might be better reserved for when you are wondering what to buy a child for Christmas or birthday. This excellent book might be one idea!

If you cannot find a good range of general craft materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

The Book

Search Press
February 2008
1844483185 / 9781844483181
Juvenile How-To Books / Crafts
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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