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Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“Henriques has incorporated the experiences of his children’s imaginations at play into the amazing projects throughout this book. Although they may look simplistic to today’s high-tech kids, these projects will create lasting memories more precious than any video games.”—San Francisco Book Review
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Becoming a parent was, for Joel, another way of looking at art in the world. As a young child himself, he made many of his own toys. As a father, he began making toys for his young twins. He began to see that a beautiful, minimal, well-crafted object allowed his children to use and develop their own imaginations, rather than having an object tell them how they must play with it.
Moved by his children's interaction with art, Joel began documenting these crafts on his blog, Made By Joel. Creating art for children, and for the child in everyone, is a powerful thing. Joel lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon. See more of his crafts at www.madebyjoel.com, and see more of his art at www.joelhenriques.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The projects are easy to make and are simple and elegant, giving lots of room for imagination to play. They are also inexpensive and many of them creatively re-use scraps of wood, fabric and buttons.
Most of the projects are meant for kids who are beyond the stage of putting everything in their mouths, but some can be used for babies. The embroidered soft instruments for example or the embroidery pillow doll done in one color sketch style on a contrasting background.
For kids that are a bit older, very simple doll houses invite creative thought. They are meant to be played with, not just to be pretty. Wire dolls, modern furniture, and decorations that can be a wonderful rock found while out adventuring or a twig turned into a pretty potted tree. Even at my age, I want to make myself at least a room box!
Lots of paper toys, many of them that can be packed flat to bring to restaurants and other places you may want something quiet for children to play with. My daughter loved the slotted discs building set. Those impressed me, but my favorite paper project in the book is the wall hanging sculptures. Using children's art along with wire to make displays. A fish dangles from a wire wave, a bird perches on a wire branch turning children's art into something very stylish and special.
Percussion instruments made from scrap wood encourage children to make noise and move. I love the bottle cap tambourine.
The wood toys require very simple tools for the most part. While power saws are handy, you could make a lot of them using coping saws.Read more ›
He also has a website: madebyjoel.com, where you can see him in action. Online, are also many projects which can be downloaded. Have fun, play!
This book is certainly worth purchasing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book - full of imagination - simple craft ideas that don't require complicated supplies but appeal to a wide age range.Published 13 months ago by Wendy D. Lauman
I often find books like Made to Play! rather intimidating and never use any of the ideas. Made to Play is beautifully written, inspiring, easy to follow, and rich with practical,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by olivetmom
I loved the website, so I thought I'd like the book too. I was right! It's full of great ideas with easy to follow instructions for parents and kids to make together.Published 23 months ago by JamesnJosie
Kids will love this book. I plan on using one or two ideas a week in my therapy sessions with kids.Published on January 23, 2014 by Cassandra
I have already knew the work of Joel, so the book is a wonderful way for me to do his toys.Published on August 3, 2013 by Juliana Shiraiwa
Anything to make children read is a good for the mind, heart and and soul. Reading will help with other things in life.Published on January 1, 2013 by KK Wrozier