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The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions 2: More Than 65 New Wacky, Wild & Crazy Concoctions Paperback – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Kid Concoctions Company (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966108817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966108811
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

From the creators of the wildly popular book, The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions comes a second inventive collection of wild potions and crazy crafts--all easily and inexpensively made from common household items. Kids should have a ball creating such wonders as an edible ocean (gummy fish suspended in Jell-O) or a greenhouse grown in a plastic bag. Among the 78 recipes are instructions for making such revolutionary new artistic mediums as whipped cream finger paint, dryer lint clay, and toothpaste putty. Quite a few of the concoctions are edible--chocolate bowls and fruity leather roll-ups sound particularly delicious--while others make great party activities or simple gifts. Almost all the concoctions make a perfect diversion for a bored child on a rainy afternoon. The simple, well-organized instructions make the book easy for kids ages 8 and up to use, though the authors call for adult supervision on all recipes. This is the kind of craft book that's bound to become a family favorite--in time, its large-format black and white pages should be covered with the residue of many hours of messy fun. (Ages 8 to 12) --Marianne Painter

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An irresistible book for kids, these concoctions are quick and inexpensive...highly recommended for parents, child care providers, and teachers! -- Independent Publisher Never hear the words 'Mom, I am bored again'...turn your kids into Kitchen Magicians! -- CBS News Time out for an afternoon full of fun! Transform common household ingredients into creative crafts and concoctions! --Woman's Day Magazine

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ever wonder what to do with that huge pile of dryer lint, old coffee grounds, left over mashed potatoes or extra spaghetti noodles? This book could have the answers - and more.
If you liked the first Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions, and you want more gooey things to do with your child, this book is for you! While we didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, it was still a welcome addition to "I've got nothing to do" solutions.
With yet another 60 plus ideas to educate and entertain, indoors and out, this book is great for giving kids something to do that isn't TV or Nintendo. This book has more ideas for gift kids can make plus edible recipes than the other.
There's an edible frosting dough (kids can make sculptures to add to the top of a cake!), a delicious wreath for the holidays, a shake and make whipped cream, and a fruit roll-up recipe that's a little different.
There are several art projects - a lot of alternative painting ideas, there are a lot of Garden Concoctions - Apple Head People, Indian Corn Jewelry, Living Words, Bird Cookies, EggHead Garden, Greenhouse in a Bag - that are wonderful for kids who like the nature). We especially like the number of concoctions that can be made as gifts for friends and relatives - Magic Candle Art, Ice Lanterns, Kooky Clingers, Magic Photo Art, Peppermint Wreaths, Silly Stained Glass, Cool Crayon Tee Shirts. Don't let the 4 - 8 age recommendation on this book fool you - older kids will like this book - just leave it lying around the kitchen and older kids will probably find something they'd like to make!
Adult supervision is definitely needed. Many of the ingredients are common to most households, but some are not. Most projects take pre-planning. The only addition I'd make to this book would be a checklist of common ingredients, to add to my grocery shopping list!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think that this is an excellent book. If you loved the first one than you will love this one. It includes wonderful activities that both parents and children will enjoy. I was amazed by the creativity and variety of the activities. I did not think that the first book could be topped yet alone matched but it was. Children will enjoy not only playing with the concoctions once they are made but they can also have fun while making the concoctions. I strongly recommend this book and the activities in it for any age. The directions are simple and the material needed to complete the concoctions are few. These activities are perfect for rainy days or any day. Teachers can even adapt these activites to use in their lessons. It would be a great book for use in a day care or for a summer camp. I hope that everyone enjoys this book as much as I do and will continue to.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Its very rare to find a book series where the second in the series is better than the first. But thats not the case with the new Kid Concoctions book. "The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions #2" was a hit the first time my children and I opened the book. Almost all of the projects are made from 3-4 common household ingredients. The projects seem to be even more original and innovative than the projects in the first book! Hats off to the authors for making a book that lives up to its name and out shines the original. A must have book for any parent or grandparent.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Monica Van Horn on December 1, 2004
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I own the first book, and have used a zillion times, great ideas and really no complaints. This second addition is very similar, some of the recipes are almost carbon copies of the ones from the first book. I guess I had higher hopes of this second addition because the first had been so great. I'm a little disappointed, but still have found some new ideas useful. If you love the first, I'd suggest getting the second out of the library before purchasing, to see if it would be worth it for you.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Kid Concoctions is our children's favorite book series. The second book is even fresher and more original than the first. We hope Book #3 isn't too far ahead in the future. Keep those concoctions coming!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on July 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I saw the authors on TV and thought this looked like a great book. I couldn't wait to get it from the library! I thought there would be a lot of new and interesting activities to do this summer with my kids! However, it turns out that I was so disappointed and so very glad I got this book at the library for free!

Some of these activities are not new or invented by the authors. You can also find a lot of the activites on the Internet for FREE. One example of an activity that is well known: put a carnation in water and add food coloring to the water to color your carnation.

Also, I would choose not do a lot of the activities with my kids. For example, clean out an egg put baby powder in it, tape it together and throw it on the ground to explode. That seems like a lot of work for one exploding egg!

I gave it a 2 because I did get a few ideas from this book I think my kids will enjoy. But, it took no time at all to look through this book and choose the activities. I can write them down and return the book to the library.

My recommendation. Do a search on the internet for kid activites or get the book from the library.
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