Product: Recycled Crafts Box
Category: Fun Earth Day Books for Kids
Age: toddler, preschool, kindergarten, elementary
Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin
Corrugated Castle. Fancy Foil Fish Mobile. Paper Bead Bangles. Braided
Rag Coasters. Old Shoe Flower Pots. Puppy Dog Sock Puppet. With a little
imagination, just about anything we think of as trash can be transformed
into an art project good enough to give as a gift or to keep and treasure
In her first Storey Kids book, Nature's Art Box, master crafter Laura
C. Martin showed kids how pebbles, twigs, seedpods, and shells can be
turned into things of beauty. Now, in Recycled Crafts Box, she uses as
her art supplies the paper, plastic, metal, and cloth we usually consign
to the recycling bin or the garbage can.
The way Martin sees it, just about everything around us holds artistic
possibilities. Plastic picnic plates can be cut up to make a bouquet
of flowers that will never wilt (and don't need watering). Roll leftover
gift wrap into tight tubes and cut it into small sections to make one
of- a-kind beads. Decorate the sides of old paint cans with acrylic paint
and tie sturdy rope to the handles to make a pair of stilts.
Along the way, Martin offers sidebars on the history of rubbish and
profiles of artists whose medium is junk. She passes along important
lessons about being a good steward of the Earth. But the lessons are
light and fun--never preachy.
Fun for kids, perfect for involved and homeschooling parents, and ideal
for schoolteachers who have seen their art supply budgets slashed, Recycled
Crafts Box shows budding artists how to make something beautiful and
save the planet at the same time.