Look What You Can Make with Dozens of Household Items: Over 500 Pictured Crafts and Dozens of More Ideas! Spiral-bound – Apr 1 2003
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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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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).