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Look What You Can Make with Dozens of Household Items: Over 500 Pictured Crafts and Dozens of More Ideas! [Spiral-bound]

Kathy Ross
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April 1 2003 Look What You Can Make
What's better than a craft book? How about a binder full of craft books! This collection of eight craft books includes easy-to-follow instructions for more than five hundred different projects. All the crafts are made from easy-to-find household materials, using simple techniques that really work. Clear color photographs of the finished products make it even easier to follow the step-by-step instructions. A wealth of idea sparkers provide hours of craft-making fun for children of all ages. Includes crafts using Boxes, Paper Bags, Tubes, Paper Plates, Egg Cartons, Craft Stick, Newspapers, Magazines, and Greeting Cards, Plastic Bottles and Plastic Tubs.

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Gr. 4-6, younger with help. Ross, author of numerous craft books herself, serves as general editor for this collection of previously published books in the Look What You Can Make With series, which is based on the premise that fun crafts can be created from things found right at home. Popsicle sticks, egg cartons, plastic bottles, and newspapers are among the raw materials used for the more than 600 projects in the eight books here, each book complete with its full selection of "over 80" (in some cases 90) pictured crafts; Schneider's color-photo art (occasionally a bit blurry); the original paper cover, which now sports a labeled tab to make access to each book easy; and an index (there is no general index). Step-by-step instructions are clear, but only a picture of the finished project accompanies them; older children will easily figure out how to manage most of the crafts, but younger grade-schoolers will need both help and supervision. Fun for home or classroom, rain or shine. REVWR
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About the Author

Kathy is a preschool director and teacher in upstate New York for more than thirty years. She is the author of numerous craft books for children. She lives in Oneida, New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tons of fun! April 5 2007
By Kris
I've been using this book since my daughter was 2, (she's now 4), and have been able to find crafts suitable for just about any age, and I don't have to go shopping for specific items! We've just finished doing Easter crafts, and they were so easy, they look great, and my kids are proud of what they've accomplished. I like this book so much I've bought a copy for my daughter's preschool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott! It's a Tube! Feb. 21 2003
I teach third grade and love this book. With art gone from the schools, we teachers spend a lot of our own money trying to give kids a sense of creativity. This craft book was just what I needed. I have so many of these household items--wrapping paper tubes, egg cartons, magazines and newspapers--and now my kids and I can create without my having to go back into my purse. Of course, some of the items are a little elementary (no pun intended) for third graders, but there a lot of things in here that we can enjoy. I have a friend whose five-year old fell in love with this book. She sat with me and went through every item. She's so excited about making some of these things. I'm getting a copy for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott! It's a Tube! Feb. 21 2003
By F. J. Urkums - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach third grade and love this book. With art gone from the schools, we teachers spend a lot of our own money trying to give kids a sense of creativity. This craft book was just what I needed. I have so many of these household items--wrapping paper tubes, egg cartons, magazines and newspapers--and now my kids and I can create without my having to go back into my purse. Of course, some of the items are a little elementary (no pun intended) for third graders, but there a lot of things in here that we can enjoy. I have a friend whose five-year old fell in love with this book. She sat with me and went through every item. She's so excited about making some of these things. I'm getting a copy for her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with ideas to last a long, long time! June 10 2005
By Dawn Day - Published on Amazon.com
My five year-old has spent hours with this book, pouring over the ideas to become inspired to make her own projects. This is a TERRIFIC resource to have on hand. Great pictures are included with multiple ideas so that even a non-reader can get the idea. We absolutely LOVE this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource Book June 23 2008
By Peggy Yoakum - Published on Amazon.com
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For those that work with pre-school through elementary age children this is a great resource for inexpensive and creative art and crafts. Projects use items that are either low cost or items that can be obtained through recycling. I work with groups of children on a daily basis and find it very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Variety All in One Book! Dec 11 2009
By KF - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely fantastic. What the title doesn't tell you (that the little yellow circle on the upper right hand corner of the cover does) is that this really is 8 books in 1. The eight sections of the book are: Boxes, Paper Bags, Tubes, Paper Plates, Egg Cartons, Craft Sticks, Newspapers & Magazines, and Plastic Bottles & Tubes. The end of each section has it's own title index and subject index, making searching very simple. The difficulty levels range throughout the book from easy (3 yr olds) to moderately hard (tweens doing crafts on their own). Suggestions are also given on how to expand on the ideas presented to create your own themes and versions of the crafts.

Instructions are great, not overly simplified but not too detailed. Materials are clearly stated in a colored box so you don't need to go searching through the text to find out what you will need (but don't include the obvious such as glue or scissors which is nice). While paints are recommended for many of the crafts and are listed in the materials section, you can do many of these without the use of paint, substituting markers, paper or pre-colored materials which is a huge plus for me as a "traveling art baby-sitter" type person as this helps reduce mess and supplies needed significantly.

One of my favorite parts, besides the organization of the book, is that there are actual pictures of each craft. These aren't just an artists drawing of what it should look like. These full-color pictures, while obviously not done by young children, create pretty accurate representations of the projects being done and give you an idea of the final look.

My only recommendation/wish for change would be to have a prep-time required, project-time estimate and age level index.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for art and craft projects to do with kids, or to have older kids do on their own, and aren't looking to spend a lot of money on supplies and kits. Great book! (P.S. Got mine "slightly used". Definitely the way to go).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Endless ideas! May 1 2012
By S. Smedley - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of great, and creative ideas for repurposing common household items. Great for a varied age group - I used this for my daycare group of 6-12 year olds. Excellent!
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