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Nature's Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere Paperback – June 3, 2003

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Grade 4-8-Martin contends that nature provides us with an abundance of art supplies and she invites readers to make use of these bounties in these 65 projects. She classifies the activities according to the material required: vines, twigs, cones, and moss; gourds, pods, husks, and seeds; clay, stones, sand, and shells; paints, inks, and dyes; flowers and leaves; and stamps, stencils, molds, and seals. Each chapter includes information about historical and ethnic uses for the natural substances. Activities are rated by level of difficulty; all have easy-to-follow instructions. Projects range from baskets, picture frames, wreaths, necklaces, and gift wrap to body paint, amulet bags, and painted stones; from a chess set to shell buttons to an okra pod canoe and people. The projects display a respect for nature and art, and a simple, subtle beauty; they are not the cutesy, stylized projects described in so many contemporary books. Line drawings accompany the numbered steps and charming ink-and-watercolor pictures illustrate the completed projects. Some general crafting techniques are explained. The helpful appendix offers charts on the availability of various materials and their uses and gift suggestions. Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts for Kids (Sterling, 1998), which encourages the use of natural craft materials as well as recycled man-made materials, complements this title. Martin's unusual volume will be a great resource for crafters of all ages and abilities.
Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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“…if you want to use nature to nurture your child’s creativity, then “Art Box” provides hours of activities.” – New York Daily News

 

"...you'll learn a little about conservation and a lot about art basics..." – Dallas Morning News

 

Run right out and get Nature’s Art Box…this is a fun book that will get kids outdoors…” – San Diego Union Tribune

 

"Nature's Art Box takes nature crafts to a more creative level." – Knight Ridder

 

“The beauty of Nature’s Art Box is that it entertains as well as educates. “ – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

 

“Youngsters will see nature through the eyes of an artist and learn how to be stewards of the Earth.” – Indianapolis Star

 

“…the author encourages kids to see artistic potential in a handful of twigs, pinecones and more.” – Publishers Weekly

 

"The projects display a respect for nature and art, and a simple, subtle beauty...Martin's unusual volume will be a great resource for crafters of all ages and abilities." – School Library Journal

 

“…the book emphasizes seeing the world as an artist’s palate, there are also lessons on being kind to nature and how to collect items.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Printing edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Here in the Northeast US, we're still gripped by the icy fingers of winter. Hopefully, spring will come soon. Meanwhile, I'll while away the gray days with Nature's Art Box, a sturdy and well-written hardcover book with 65 nature crafts projects for kids. This book is appropriate for parents, teachers, home-schoolers and group leaders. It's a nature crafts course for educators in a cosy, attractive book. The book is divided into several sections based on different types of natural materials:

* Vines, Twigs, Cones, and Moss
* Gourds, Pods, Husks, and Seeds
* Clay Stones, Sand, and Shells
* Paints, Inks, and Dyes
* Flowers and Leaves
* Stamps, Stencils, Molds and Seals

The introduction and appendix are full of helpful information on gathering materials and other crafts supplies to create the projects. The projects vary in complexity - some are very simple, and others require adult supervision. Safety tips and instructions are plentiful.

Here's a sampling of the 65+ projects included:

* Bark and Moss House
* Angel Ornament
* Okra Pod Canoe and People
* Sand Painting
* Shell Buttons
* Homemade Natural Paint
* Fern Print
* Dried-Flower Fairy
* Leaf Rubbing Gift Wrap

Right next to this book on a shelf, I picked up a nature crafts book that was lovely to look at, with elegant design and great photography. But the projects were scanty and simplistic. This book is the antidote - it is full of information, projects and ideas. You will turn to it year after year, season after season. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
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I am hoping that by doing a video review, potential buyers will get a better glimpse of what is inside this book. The book is not only crafting fun but teaches lessons on conservation, history and caring for out natural resources.

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This is without a doubt one of the most creative craft books for kids that I've ever used. At home, my kids and I spend a lot of time and energy focused on nature and the environment. I'm also a volunteer with several organizations that use nature crafts almost explicitly. I thought I'd seen every type of nature craft there was to see, having either taught or attended hundreds of classes on the topic. But this book blows everything else away, at least by my standards. It takes the concept of "nature crafts" to a whole new level by actually USING nature to create crafts in a way that indigenous people may have done. In fact, the author borrows from several cultures, exploring art made from clay, leaves, shells, gourds or moss.

The chapters (or Parts, as she labels them) are actually separated by material.
Part One is an overview of using nature for art.
Part Two: Vines, Twigs, Cones and Moss
Part Three: Gourds, Pods, Husks and Seeds
Part Four: Clay, Stones, Sand and Shells
Part Five: Paints, Inks and Dyes
Part Six: Flowers and Leaves
Part Seven: Stamps, Stencils, Molds and Seals
Appendix: Nature Skills, Suggested Reading, Gift Suggestions

My children are older, ages 8 and 12, and don't need as much oversight with the crafts as younger children might. When I brought this book home, they immediately seized on it and ran outside to our (mostly) clay-filled soil, following the directions to the letter for making their own modeling clay right from the soil itself. After the clay was the right consistency, they made beads for necklaces, coil-built pots and animal fetishes as described in the book. We then painted the dried items using the authors recipe for paint made from flowers, rocks and soil.
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This book is awesome. I checked it out from the library on a whim and ended up loving it so much that I plan to buy it for my daughter. The beginning of the book provides basic information about the artistic gifts the earth provides for us to use, and then each chapter addresses different materials and creative projects that children can make from them. I've read some bad reviews of this book, and frankly I believe that a person who would feel that way clearly doesn't see the point in instilling in their child a relationship with nature or any sense of organic creativity, but instead tosses them plastic toys and video games and puts them in front of the television. If you want to use a natural approach to art with your children and show them the beauty and value of nature, I recommend this book.
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First of all, you have to remember that this is a KIDS craft book. :-) My two boys have both really enjoyed doing crafts out of this book. They are 12 and 8 yrs. A lot more in depth than other nature craft books I have seen for kids.
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First off, I really like this book and the ideas offered. It seems though that many of the activities are more involved than I have time for or too involved for the ages of my children. There are some easy activities here though; one which we will be doing soon - the Melon Seed Necklace. I think as my children get older we will be using this book more often. This book would be a good addition to your home library if your children are 7-8+ years old.
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