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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House; Revised Edition edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876593996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876593998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House. Her philosophy, “It s the process, not the product, guides her writing as she provides open-ended art activities for young children. MaryAnn s activities focus on the experience of art, not the final product a child creates. MaryAnn presents at workshops and keynotes around the country for teachers and librarians interested in teaching art with young children. She has appeared on various television shows, including Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, Take Part! (Canadian children's television) as the 'Mudworks lady', and was a featured guest on 1, 2, 3 Grow! (Health Network). MaryAnn was also a consultant for a children's activity television show produced by the Jim Henson Company (Odyssey Network). In addition, she consults for Fisher-Price, and works with SUNY-Albany as one of their expert guests for numerous educational video conferences. MaryAnn enjoys being a columnist for Family Fun magazine, and writes for numerous other magazines including Parenting, Cricket, Scholastic, Early Childhood News, and Daycaring. MaryAnn also writes books for her own publishing company, Bright Ring Publishing.

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MARYANN PRESENTS! Bring MaryAnn to your location and she'll put on a full day event with hands-on art for the attendees. Receiving RAVE reviews all over the country. Write or call to schedule. Go to: www.brightring.com

MaryAnn Faubion Kohl, a former elementary education teacher, launched Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. in 1985 with her first book, "Scribble Cookies" (now available as "Scribble ART"). Bright Ring has published seven books by MaryAnn about art for children, their parents, teachers, and care providers, as well as twelve titles for Gryphon House, Inc. (with international rights in over ten languages).

MaryAnn presents internationally on the topics of art for children and self-publishing for writers, writes for Parenting and Family Fun magazines, has been a prop designer for a Jim Henson Company's TV program, and consults for numerous educational groups, Kaplan Early Learning, Discount School Supply, and Fisher-Price. She enjoys writing short essays on memorable childhood experiences.

MaryAnn and her husband reside in Bellingham, Washington at the foot of a steaming volcano.

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This is a great investment in many days of fun ahead for you and your child.
J. Prather
This is a wonderful resource book for classroom teachers, art teachers, parents, grandparents, caretakers.
D. Russo
For Pete's Sake, maybe there is some chapter missing from the original edition, but this is a GREAT BOOK!
E Paulson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn F. Kohl on April 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
******* FREE DOWNLOAD OF MISSING CHAPTER READY ***********
Go to this link:
[...] (Publisher's website)
or to this link:
[...] (MaryAnn's website)

Good News! Gryphon House has the missing chapter ready for a free download.
The publisher apologizes for the problem and hopes this will be a good solution for most everyone.
The missing chapter will be in color and will be as said absolutely free.

I was unaware the chapter was missing and am very happy to know it will be available.
This free download is available to anyone, whether you own the book or not.

~ from the author, MaryAnn Kohl
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I ordered this because I was intrigued by the title phrase "open-ended art experiences". As a group leader for a toddler activity program at our local library, I'm always looking for new ideas and inspiration when it comes to entertaining our youngest patrons. This book did not deliver any wow moments or present me with anything I hadn't seen or read about before, however I was very impressed with the thoroughness of this collection of not only art ideas, but activity ideas that stimulate the senses, and activities which promote the development of fine motor skills.

This is a great purchase if you are a parent new to the world of toddlers! It will provide you with easy activities that you can do together and be assured that you are not only stimulating your child's imagination but also encouraging their motor development. If you are a more experienced teacher or group leader, you will no doubt be familiar with a lot of the activities described in this book. The advantage to owning this volume is that it keeps all the best clay, paint and goo recipes all together, along with some oldies but goodies you might have forgotten about.

The book is indexed alphabetically and also by prep levels, cleanup needed, supervision required, and of course degree of messiness. These indexes are valuable as quick reference tools when program planning, or if you're just looking for something quick to fill in some time for an over-excited two year old (check under quiet activities)!

Many methods of painting, scissoring, and sticking are included. My only wish is that it was available in hardcover. I'm hard on my craft books, and only time will tell how well this one holds up. This is a great investment in many days of fun ahead for you and your child. Don't be afraid to try every single idea! Get messy, stand back, and see what happens.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mnhmslmom on April 24, 2012
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I waited to buy the new color edition thinking it would be much nicer, and as far as printing and paper quality it is. HOWEVER...it appears that a whole chapter is missing. The chapter with the "special adult made props" like the table top pizza box easel and the "Art Baggie Book"(as per the book description!). I originally wanted the book for the recipe to make a marker station...where you get an old bowl or container and "cement" the markers permanently into it....but that isn't in there either. There is a picture of a girl using one on page 63.....but no instructions on how to make one. Personally I'll take the extra information over shiny color paper any day!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.Schiller on August 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book! As a preschool teacher, I referenced it a lot for my young students. When I became a full time toddler art teacher, this was my go-to book! This book is all about process art, which is really the only way to do art with toddlers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Haass on August 20, 2013
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Planning art explorations for toddlers is notoriously tricky. Many books claiming to be toddler-friendly are full of product-focused crafts that are not engaging for little folks, who need to immerse themselves in the sensory aspects of art to fully appreciate it! MaryAnn's book is a breath of fresh air- chock full of simple-to-prepare, open-ended ideas for art experiences that will appeal to toddlers and even preschoolers. I have 2.5 year-old twins and we are joyfully working our way through this book from start to finish. There are lots of classic play recipes included to experiment with as well- get ready to get messy and have a blast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Purely Montessori at Home! on August 19, 2013
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This book is great. I keep acquiring Art books to do with my 2 year old and they all seem WAY above his level of development. This was the book I keep going back to. Its easy to understand, concise and that is important when you have a toddler and NOT MUCH TIME to plan activities. This is on my list of books to give parents for their 2yr old's birthday. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Gail Gorman on August 17, 2013
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One of my favorite books for young preschoolers. It's my go-to for fun process art. Every activity is explained clearly and uses materials most of us have available.
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