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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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Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“…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
Top Customer Reviews
* 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.
|Length: 2:45 Mins|
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great projects to do in here. i bought the book because i had seen it before, so it wasn't bought sight unseen.Published 3 months ago by yaya
This book is absolutely wonderful! The illustrations are so beautiful! The beginning starts off with beautiful stories of how nature has been used by humans since the beginning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kim
So many craft that are easy to assemble. Buy yourself a glue gun if you don't have one.Published 4 months ago by mmotion
I bought this for my 9 year old grand daughter. She's thrilled with all of the fun projects she will be able to complete using natural items found in our woods and fields.Published 9 months ago by Darlene Underwood
It's about natural crafts but we actually found a dead bug inside of this book Not as expectedPublished 10 months ago by Mary
Nice art book filled with practical activities. I will use it for reference. Great for BrowninesPublished 12 months ago by Mary Eileen Rodriguez