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Do you have children who like create? I HOPE SO as I have a fun book for you today! Over the past year with a world-wide pandemic I know of a lot of children who have developed their creativity skills. Kids Create is designed to feed that creativity with more than 150 ideas to work with. Craft your way through the seasons and more… want to take a peak?
Learning about Kids Create: Art and Craft Experiences for Kids
Kids Create: Art and Craft Experiences for Kids contains more that 150 ideas for kids, giving them a start in exploring their creativity. Consider creative ideas in the realm of
- Paper and paste
- Clay and dough
- Print making
- Seasonal Products for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
- Two Appendixes discuss stages in children’s art as well as how to how to do art with groups of children
Gibbs Smith produced Laurie Carlson’s book with 160 pages. Done up in black and white throughout. Images and instructions fill the pages. Be encouraged! Have fun with the children in your life. DO NOT be confined to thinking the crafts in this book are only for young children, many can be adapted to use with older children as well.
I am conducting this review on behalf of Raincoast Books.
What’s the set up?
Kids Create is divided into different sections, and each creative project revolves around that theme. So for instance with Clay and Dough you’ll learn to shape bowls, and use slabs of clay. Your children will shape clay, try different salt dough recipes, and make clay from different substances. Summer activities include such ideas as making a clipboard, cups, beach fun, sun visors, a skateboard park and more.
Once you did into the activities you’ll find they follow the same format. The name of the craft highlighted, with a description of the activity, along with a materials list. Simple drawings accompany each activity.
Each page holds one activity for the most part. Occasionally a few ideas are bunched together.
The author frequently gives a “this might inspire” sentence (such as dinosaur enthusiasts liking the imprinting in clay). But consider how you can use it from a variety of lessons (tracking, animal footprints, random art project, copying ancient art work etc). So many options for homeschooling contained within the pages. That’s the fun of art and creativity isn’t it? How you can do it just for the joy of it, or how you add a deeper dimension to your learning.
Should Kids Create be on your shelves?
I love the variety of crafts presented in the pages of Kids Create. Even though the crafts are geared to children 4-9 years old, many of these crafts could be modified for older children. Having creativity ideas for each of the seasons as well as specific themes makes it a very functional addition to your arts and crafts shelves.
It’s impossible to say how much I enjoyed the adaptability of these creative projects. Despite the age range of 4-9, many can be adapted to a wider age range. I found ideas that I thought would be great to do with teens such as the rolling paper tubes and how you can make 3-D art with them. Also many of the crafts can easily be adapted to history and geography lessons.
I wish, and I might have missed it, but I wish they have given instructions on how to “fire” clay projects so they will last for the home crafter. The instructions I saw just said to be careful in how you do it so you don’t stick the project to whatever you use to fire them on.
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