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Uninspiring: more craft than art,
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This review is from: Kids Create! Art & Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds (Paperback)
I purchased two kids' arts and crafts books: Kids Create and Art Lab for Kids. I looked at the Art Lab book first, and then was very disappointed with Kids Create when I finally looked at it. Kid's Create is entirely in black and white and totally uninspiring. It is mostly a "crafts" book that has little "art" in it. If you are looking for a basic, black and white manual for making miniature skateboards, envelopes, nutshell ornaments, papier mache shapes, balloon sculptures, and similar crafts then you might like this book. I was looking for an art book with drawing, painting, printmaking, and mixed media activities suitable for children that would not only invite creativity but also start to lay a foundation for a basic understanding of art materials and artistic techniques. What's more, I was looking for activities that left room for true creativity in the final product despite using specific techniques. The Art Lab for Kids book was much more attractive and inspiring. It's activities in Art Lab for Kids will be fun for my 6 year old, but they'll be just as fun for him at 10 and 17 (and for me)and feel fresh even when we repeat each "adventure." Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series)
I bought Kids Create used and didn't pay much for it (thankfully), so I'll probably keep it. I marked 7-10 activities as something I might do with my son (out of over a hundred included in the book). Oh, and, if you're looking for activities for your 3 or 4 year old, I'm not sure that many of these could be done by a child that age; I would look elsewhere.
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Initial post: May 8, 2012 7:48:30 PM PDT
M. Stimac says:
Thanks for the Art Lab recommendation! I hadn't come across it yet and it looks like it will be great for our homeschooling. It's just what I was looking for when I didn't even know I was looking for it.
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