15 April 2012 / ISBN: 9781844487936
How-To Books/Crafts / Juvenile, various ages
by Rachel A Hyde
Ransack the house and have as much fun as you can imagine recycling.
Vacations, school breaks and other occasions when you have too much
time on your hands are a thing of the past with this great new book.
I wish I had had this book when I was a child; it would surely have
been one of my favourites. This is the sort of thing any child who
likes making things would love to own, and if you don't mind a bit
of mess you should come in for a lot of peace (or at any rate the
right kind of noise). In true Search Press style all the projects
(over 100 of them) feature photographs and captions for a surely
foolproof result. They show the children actually making them, and
a wide variety of ages and races (as well as both sexes) are shown
with the finished article. The book is divided into sections so
you can choose what sort of craft you feel like today. Have a go
at printing, origami, painting items, modelling with clay, making
collages and greetings cards, get pasty with paper maché
and turn various items into fun mosaics. Many of the items used
are the type you find about the house or at least they are things
that don't cost a lot. Most children will already have a wide range
of things to draw with and other things can be found out of doors.
This avoids the dreaded moment I remember from watching Blue Peter
as a child when I realized that the average home was not awash with
polystyrene ceiling tiles, sticky-backed plastic or foam covered
hair rollers. Projects are taken from a number of different countries
and civilizations, which will hopefully inspire Junior to find out
more about them, and many of the items are actually attractive and
useful. In all, I think it is about the best - and the biggest -
book I have come across of its kind. If you have a child or need
to buy one a gift I'd choose this.