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“This delightful book is illustrated throughout with clear and inspiring photographs of kids at work and the beautiful things they make. The beautifully written text walks parents and caregivers through the whole process, showing us not only how to do the projects but how to slow down and enjoy this time with kids at our side.”--Ellen Lupton, author of D.I.Y. Kids and Design Your Life

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Tsia Carson is the force behind SuperNaturale.com ("an independent site dedicated to the Do-It-Yourself culture in all its glorious forms"). Carson has taught at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll, MoMA, and the American Red Cross among its clients. Her previous book, Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle (Collins, 2006), was reviewed in Nylon, Readymade, Bust, and Time Out. It was featured on Etsy and picked by the Amazon editors as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden books of 2006.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309568
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tsia Carson is the force behind SuperNaturale.com ("an independent site dedicated to the Do-It-Yourself culture in all its glorious forms"). Carson has taught at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll, MoMA, and the American Red Cross among its clients. Her previous book, Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle (Collins, 2006), was reviewed in Nylon, Readymade, Bust, and Time Out. It was featured on Etsy and picked by the Amazon editors as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden books of 2006.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
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Side by Side: 20 Collaborative Projects for Crafting With Your Kids is focused on artistic projects you can either do with your children or projects you can set up for your children to do while you do something similar.

The crafts remind me of the material in my vintage craft book collection, specifically late 60s- mid 70s books, in a very good way. These are very natural, open crafts that give children a lot of room to express themselves and to enjoy nature. This book contains monoprints, stamping, embroidery, some hand sewing and other projects, all of them fairly simple with lots of room for a child's natural expression. The author also includes a lot of tips on how to set it up and make the project as much fun as possible. Some of them are very outdoorsy, natural crafts, others are perfect for a rainy afternoon. All of them are good ideas for spending time with a child and encouraging their artistic vision and creativity.

The first chapter, Collaborators is projects you do with your children. Some of them you set up the project and provide some guidance, such as the giant paper snowflakes, others like doll from a drawing will use different skills from both you and your child. All of the projects have a strong emphasis on the creativity of the child.

Companion Projects are worked side by side, you can do one project and offer help as needed to the project they are doing. These include working with succulents to make a terrarium and a wreath, or a hand-sewn necklace for a child to make a simple, elegant crocheted lariat for an adult to make.

Family Field Trips encourages kids to think of the world as a space to play and create. The Seed Self-Portrait is a great group project, and I'm absolutely charmed by the living willow playhouse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mmmmmmmmm on September 1, 2012
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A beautifully designed book filled with inspiring projects to do together....the projects are wonderfully uncomplicated but completely engaging and really FUN for both child and adult. The text is thoughtful and clear and the photographs are beautiful.
The whole concept of this book, "Side by Side", is so well considered and makes this an exceptional book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Bowers on October 10, 2012
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The book is broken up into three sections. The first, features crafts that you can do with your children. The second is brilliant because each project is presented with two companion projects at different levels, so your child and you can work next to each other on independent projects that share a skill set. And the final section offers a few projects to do outside the home.

One of Carson's tips for working with kids is to transform a typical craft project to something really big. I love this idea and can see how it might be applied to a myriad of projects around here.

Not only are the projects unique and engaging (how about a huge seed self portrait on the ground at the park?), but her philosophy is worth reading too. She offers great reminders on working with children on creative projects.

This would make a great gift for a crafty family with several children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kale Diva on October 31, 2012
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My 5 year old twins and I absolutely LOVE this book. The projects are incredibly simple yet beautiful and the photographs are stunning. We have thoroughly enjoyed picking one craft a week for our crafty Sundays as a family. My daughter loves to thumb through the book and decide what to do next. Just having this book laying on our side table has prompted lots of solo-crafting by the kids when they get home from school.... leaving me with just enough time to prep dinner knowing that they are into something creative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dhb on September 4, 2012
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My daughters and I get so engaged in these fresh creative projects that we have not been able to fully get through the beautifully written book yet. Each time we pick it up it inspires us to immediately get started on a project ourselves.
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