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Kid Made Modern Hardcover – November 1, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Oldham, a big name in the fashion and design worlds, brings his enthusiasm for mid-century modernism to kids in this appealing, hip title that is part crafts book, part introduction to design history. In each of the book’s sections, Oldham celebrates well-known designers (George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, and Ray and Charles Eames, for example) through brief introductions followed by hands-on projects that are entirely kid-friendly, including scarves, paper lanterns, patterned bulletin boards, jewelry, book covers, pillows, and pet accessories. Using everyday materials, from potatoes to bubble wrap to aluminum foil, the activities are explained in clear language; but most young people will still need some adult help to puzzle out all the steps, illustrated in bright color photos that include a cast of multicultural kids. The occasional rhymes in Oldham’s text sometimes fall flat, but his encouraging words about creativity, fun projects, and extensive resource sections will inspire a wide age range to learn more about both the world of design and their own crafty talents. Grades 3-6. --Gillian Engberg

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"It's too cold outside. There's nothing on TV. You've read all your books. Sigh. You're out of things to do! Lucky for you the book 'Kid Made Modern' by Todd Oldham is cock-full of 52 easy-to-do crafts." —Girl's Life Magazine

"Diving into the easy kids crafts in Todd Oldham's 'Kid Made Modern' is like having your own personal modern art teacher. Projects range from easy to difficult—from making over your sneakers with surprising shoe lace colors to sewing a log-shaped felt pillow. Unlike art projects, which immediately scream 'kid-made,' Oldham's popsicle stick-free crafts will delight both kids and their design-savvy parents." —Babble.com

"This activity book from renowned designer Oldham uses the work of Mid-Century modern visual artists—including Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, and Charles and Ray Eames—as springboards for 52 hands-on creative projects. Brief tutorials introduce skills and techniques, paired with full-color photos of kids and the various processes. Some are simple, like Alexander Girard-inspired dolls made from wooden spoons and Luis Barragán-style cardboard houses, while others are more challenging (making a felt laptop case with a monster face requires machine stitching). But, regardless of ability, there's much here to capture the eye of ambitious, crafty readers." —Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429365
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. L. Forcey on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my boyfriend's little sister who is 8 years old. She enjoyed it a lot and so did her mom. There are a lot of crafts inside that they can do together, and some she can do by herself. There are some sewing crafts (with a machine and by hand) that will really be more for her in a couple of years.

I really liked how this book integrates crafts with educating children about modern art. And yet, the book is not made so that the child must read about the artists in order to be able to do the craft. So, this 8 year-old can just do the craft and not really care about the artist or she can read about the artist. There are sections on art media (i.e. paint, felt, tape) and that's really neat for the learning aspect as well.

Lastly, the two biggest things that the 8 year-old's mom loved about this book was that: 1) the crafts are done mostly with items you can find around the house, and that 2) there is such a variety in the crafts. Some are clothing, some are furniture, some are art pieces, some are toys.

I definitely recommend this book to children ages 6-12 who enjoy arts and crafts.
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I was excited to receive this book because I love midcentury modern decor. The book itself is very fashionable with great pictures. However, I think for most people this book is not a realistic craft book and I am an avid crafter. There are not many projects that are kid and budget friendly. A lot of the projects are very time consuming with tons of prep work needed by an adult before starting a project. I can bet your kid will lose interest in about 30 mins into the project due to its complexity. There are some complicated sewing project and how to decoupage furniture. Unless you have an old table that you don't care about, I doubt you're going to buy a table just to decoupage as a craft project. My recommendation is to check out this book from the library or to thumb through the book at a book store before making the decision to buy.
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As a designer, crafter and mom, I love this book. It introduces many different techniques - printing/stamping, stitching, etc. -- in the context of famous artists and designers. The projects are accessible for kids (maybe age 8-12 or so) to do without a lot of supervision, and actually create some pretty cool-looking and useful objects.
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my grandchildren looked at my book and now they want grandma to purchase one for them
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We bought this book as a gift for a 9 year old boy. He is so into origami and art & craft, so we thought this is a perfect birthday gift for him.
He lovesss this book. I, myself, am as designer also love this book. It teaches kids and adults to appreciate art even more and to do more creativity stuff using everyday stuff.
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Love, love, love this book!!! Terrific for kids of all ages. Beautifully designed with great ideas for wonderful projects that celebrate the creative spirit! As an working artist and arts educator I recommend it highly!
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This book is perfect for the creative kids in your life! Want to inspire a young designer, artist, or just a craft-happy kid? BUY THIS BOOK! It has all kinds of genius ideas for projects using lots of stuff you already have laying around the house!
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By CG on February 10, 2013
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Bought this book for an "adopt" a child for my classroom. As a class, we searched for a book that would be great for an eight year old girl. This book did not disappoint. Great craft ideas that are fairly inexpensive to buy. Creativity abound in the book.
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