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Gorgeous Gifts: Use recycled materials to make cool crafts (Ecocrafts) Paperback – May 21, 2007

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"Wonderful ways to get your children creatively re-using stuff that would end up in the recycling box - or worse, the dustbin. Plus EcoFacts to get them thinking as they devise their own inspiring junk designs." Friends of the Earth" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Kingfisher is an award-winning publisher of non-fiction and fiction for children of all ages. Known around the world for its informative and engaging reference and early learning books, Kingfisher also receives widespread acclaim for its classic anthologies for five- to fourteen-year-olds and original picture books for very young children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Series: Ecocrafts
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (May 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753459671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every kid has, at one time or another, turned garbage into art. Personally, I was obsessed with my cardboard-box dollhouse, which prominently featured a sofa made from a kitchen sponge. I was the only eight-year-old I knew who received a glue gun for Christmas.

This book is for other glue-gun-happy kids. It describes thirteen crafts that can be made from recycled materials, from socks to Styrofoam to potato chip bags. A few are old news, like the coffee can drum and sock puppet, but most are fresh ideas for reducing waste and creating a unique gift: a coffee stirrer bookmark, a scrap paper bracelet, jar lid magnets.

All of the crafts are extremely simple and accompanied by illustrated step-by-step instructions. You probably have most of the materials already; each craft uses everyday household items. The book also features consciousness-raising "ecofacts." We discovered that recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to run a computer for 25 minutes when reading the instructions for the baby food jar tealight candleholder. The book's introduction describes how reusing items benefits the environment in simple, kid-friendly language, and also gives tips on creating a basic craft kit.

This book would be a great gift for a child, but the crafts are very simple and probably wouldn't be appropriate for someone over the age of eleven. However, there is enough here to keep younger children busy for an afternoon, and along with the valuable lessons of creativity and environmental consciousness this book inspires in children, it also encourages thoughtful gift-giving: "When you give a gift that you have made yourself, you are giving a special present. . . . The person you give it to will love it because you took the time to make it for them."

Truer words were never spoken. I still remember the lavish praise I received for the toilet paper tube kaleidoscopes my friends and family received for Christmas, the year before I got my glue gun.
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Format: Paperback
GORGEOUS GIFTS is the perfect book for anyone who loves creating things, especially handmade gifts to give to friends and family.

All projects in the book are made from recycled, eco-friendly materials, such as cardboard, old envelopes, jars, magazines, and even potato chip bags. Activities include: tea light candleholders, plant pots, bookmarks, chunky bracelets, hand puppets, puppet theater, refrigerator magnets, drums, stationery, model airplanes, stained-glass windows, computer mousepads, and gift bags.

Along with all necessary materials, each craft comes with detailed instructions and helpful hints. The book also includes random recycling tips, like how easy it is to reuse gift bags, wrapping paper, and bows from presents that you receive yourself.

The great thing about GORGEOUS GIFTS is that the instructions make it easy enough for even young children to create the items with adult supervision, and entertaining and useful enough for adults to find fun in making them, as well. My six-year-old daughter and I have already made a few magnets, and plan to work on the candleholders next!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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