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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
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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The crafts in here ranged from really cool (natural fabric dyeing! nature chess set!) to truly stupid and even appropriative ("African design"? totem poles?!). It's worth a gander if you've got sciencey or crafty kids, but it's not the best book of its type. ...more
This has 65 projects that children can make using items from nature. It includes ideas ranging from making gnome houses to cantaloupe seed necklaces. There are projects that can be done using twigs, moss, gourds, pods, clay, sand, shells, flowers, leaves, raffia, etc. This book would be good for a private school or summer art camp setting. Some ideas could be used in the public school, also. As someone who has already taught art in the public school system and tried to bring similar ideas in, su ...more
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
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
Jun 04, 2010 Kellie rated it liked it · review of another edition
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