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Making Things: The Handbook of Creative Discovery Paperback – April 1, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8. A compilation of the "best selections" from Making Things and Making Things 2, published in the 1970s, this book has many inspirational quotes, philosophical tidbits, and a wealth of creative ideas. "Save Things for Making Things" is a valuable list that opens the presentation. Not only are there things to save, but also reasons for doing so. Several excellent articles, "Connecting Things with Ideas," "Questions," and "Solutions," are appended. The body of the book has many activities to stimulate creativity and will be a valuable resource for adults, but is not a source children should be given for independent use. The projects are mainly for beginners, often children, but the author minimizes precautions and requests for adult help. Pages are very busy with directions that jump from the gutter edge to the margin, numerous diagrams, and personal asides. Those who are looking for some craft ideas and have time to read everything carefully first, and make a sample so that they are familiar with steps that need guidance, may want to consider this book. Nancy Blakey's Lotions, Potions, and Slime (Tricycle, 1996) will better serve adults who have any apprehensions about their own craft abilities or about crafting with children as active participants.?Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Scientific American

...Ann Sayre Wiseman has made a book that is untied to any single task. A teacher of teachers, she has developed the material over 25 years of working among schoolchildren and adults of many ages. For more than 100 activities, the drawings and clear, hand-lettered text take a reader into her cheerful presence. A list will suggest what is here: papermaking in variety; papery products such as simple masks, beads and mobiles; printing from fingertips, from whole scaly fish, from carved potatoes and many variants. The most athletic demand is a nifty page on stilts and stilt walking. The most mathematical is weaving, even at its simplest. The most technological is how to buy electrical conduit or copper tubing, to cut with hacksaw or pipe cutter for music from your new metallophone. Most delicious is the bread sculpture. The author has extended it to produce bread mermaids, crocodiles, and a lion peaceably enfolding a lamb...
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Megan Tingley; Rev Upd edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316947563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316947565
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
I just renewed my library copy of the 1973 printing of this book. My first grader's friends and he and I have made several of the projects. I will continue to make use of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jody gardner on June 27, 2000
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I bought this book because I heard from so many people that it has inspired wonderful ideas.It has provided me with 125 useful and creative projects - I've made them all! Don't miss it! It's for any age, young or old who love to make things!Easy illustrated instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DR Denver on May 11, 2009
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I grew up doing the projects in this book and it taught me many wonderful and creative skills. Great inspiration for anyone.
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Lots of interesting projects for hands-on people. All different kinds of projects - kites, inkle weaving, all fun stuff - cheap. Great for parents to do things with kids.
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By Kombucha Mothers on April 18, 2013
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Just what I wanted, shipped fast. No complaints whatsoever. Good for families. I'm happy with it. It is a good addition to my library.
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