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Nature's Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere

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Take your child’s creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful engagement with nature whil ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Erica
Feb 22, 2008 Erica rated it it was amazing
Nature's Art Box feature "65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere." It is dived into seven parts based on the materials needed. The projects include chess set, mini woodland furniture, gourd buffalo rattle, zen garden, nature journal, body paint, dried-flower fairy, nature print cards and stationary, sand-cast paperweight, and many more. Necessary art skills such as making your own paste or ink are detailed and easy to follow. Projects are marked eas ...more
Ami
Sep 21, 2012 Ami rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Vectors wildly between "Hey, this is pretty cool! I wish I'd learned about this when I was a kid" and "Man, some of these are really shitty". Stuff on the cool side include art skills of making your own clay, both from clay soil and a salt dough clay recipe; dyeing fabric using flowers, leaves, and even a mordant (setting agent) recipe; a chess set with land (twig, bark, etc) pieces and sea (shell, driftwood, etc.) pieces; hammering flowers/leaves onto paper or fabric. I think the fairy houses, ...more
Kellie
I liked that this one was directed towards kids, gives some interesting background information, and describes how to use stuff from nature in your crafts without disturbing anything (for instance, never take anything living or "attached", and for that reason it is better to buy moss from a craft store than it is to take it from nature). A lot of the crafts were "throw-away" things that won't last, and while kids might enjoy making them it wasn't what I was interested in. There were at least 20 w ...more
Dawn
Feb 07, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
Fun crafts that can be made from many things just found out your door. Will get your imagination going.
Bree
Jan 26, 2015 Bree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-art-music
Notes:
we will probably try half of the ideas in this book
Erin
Oct 30, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
I want to check this out again when the kids are older - there's a lot of really neat ideas (I can only imagine how much H would love the Painter Quiver) and the instructions/supply list are really clear.
Susan
I liked it but I don't think the projects are the "quick and dirty" kind preferred by the folk around here. Not for HCL at this time since the craft books aren't really going out.
Emily Mellow
Lots of cute ideas. I didn't read any of it, just skimmed the pictures. Possibly stuff we'll come back to in the future, if my kids seem more interested in crafty things.
Lauren
Dec 09, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a really neat book showing how to do alot of crafts with materials mostly from outside!
Kayla
Feb 07, 2009 Kayla rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Birthday present! :-)
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