- Age Range: 3 and up
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Williamson Publishing; A Williamson Kids Ca edition (1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0913589519
- ISBN-13: 978-0913589519
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kids Create! Art & Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds Paperback – 1990
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When my daughter turned 4 and we'd decided to home school, I pulled this out again. We've used it over and over since then and she has a blast! She will often pull the book out and ask to do projects in it. We've done some of the crafts as holiday decorations or as gifts, others themed to whatever unit study lessons we're working on (like Indian crafts during Thanksgiving, etc.), and still more just for fun. Dad even gets involved.
Themed activities are easy because some of the book is divided up by season. There are old "standby" crafts like shadow silhouettes and sponge art, as well as some fun ideas I hadn't seen before, like a "winter count" (drawing symbols on brown paper to make up a map of one's life, like the Indians used to do). Last spring during our "recycling" theme we made the windsock project, which uses an empty gallon ice cream container. (There's also a globe-making craft that would work well for Earth Day.) She had that windsock hanging outside our front door all year until we decorated for Halloween.
Another great thing about this book is the section for parents on the stages of a child's artistic development. I found that quite useful for working with my home schooler and knowing what to expect at certain ages.
The age range 3-9 is appropriate, basically because you can pick and choose between the varied complexity of the different crafts to fit your child's skill level each year--or simplify techniques and methods based on ability. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for simple, fun, and inexpensive crafts to keep their little one busy all year long.
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.