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Grade 1-6–From its cover with raised letters that look as though they are made of various recycled materials to the helpful back matter (including a list of books and Web sites on recycling), this title is attractive and informative. Divided into sections dealing with paper, plastic, metal, and fabric, the book tells how these materials are made, traces their history, and explains how they can be recycled, emphasizing benefits to the environment. Tips on how youngsters can make a difference appear throughout, and interviews with artists who work with recyclables are included as sidebars. Scattered circles contain information about the inability of various substances to break down. Several art projects are provided for each type of material. These activities produce items that children will enjoy making and using, such as jewelry crafted from paper beads, dolls created from plastic yogurt cups, stilts fashioned out of empty paint cans, and planters made from old shoes. The finished items are shown in full-page color photos. The procedural steps are clearly written, well numbered, and illustrated with clear pencil drawings. Great for Earth Day or any day, this colorful, inviting, and well-organized book is a wonderful choice for instilling environmental awareness or encouraging creativity. Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts for Kids (Sterling, 1998) is another excellent title.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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Gr. 3-7. Much more than just a craft book, this title includes a brief history of trash--illustrated in a colorful "trash timeline"--that shows how the invention of disposable products and packaging has created increasing waste. Another diagram shows the "anatomy of a landfill." Organized into sections based on common recyclable materials (paper, plastic, metal, fabric), the easy-to-follow, mostly appealing projects include a "Fancy Foil Fish" aluminum mobile, paper jewelry, and milk-carton castles. Each section has useful information about the material being used, such as a chart that deciphers the codes used in various plastic products. Throughout, Martin makes suggestions for "living lightly" on Earth, although in many cases (purchasing choices, for example), kids will have to pass on the tips to their parents. Illustrated with cheerful cartoon drawings and color photos of the finished projects, and bolstered by many resource lists, this is a surprisingly attractive, substantive offering that is just the thing for teachers planning Earth Day activities. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175227
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
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A friend got this for my daughter and I, and a lot of the projects in it are really suited better for parents with younger children, that being said, we loved it.
My daughter is almost 13 years old, and while a lot of the projects were a lot easier then she likes, they gave her ideas for doing similar things with a bit more complexity. The cardboard castle is a favorite, and she's got big plans for building her brother a dice tower now.
The other thing the book had that we both liked was a lot of information about how things are recycled, and a timeline of disposable manufacturing, so we both learned from it. It's good without being overly preachy, and since it's recycled crafts, the crafts are very inexpensive to make.
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Laura Martin's Recycled Crafts Box is a compilation of forty ecologically-friendly projects and activities that can be done cheaply from old things, from crafting sock puppets and cardboard castles to rag coasters and colorful picnic plate flowers. A delightful resource for rainy-day fun, artistic stimulation, and stimulating quality time to be shared with young ones. Also a highly recommended creative diversion, especially as an alternative to the ever-present press of television and other passive media.
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An excellent book to help parents teach their children the importance of recycling while having fun as a family doing the crafts!
Potecting Mother Earth is a fantastic way of spending quaility family time together!
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I got this to inspire my 3-year-old daughter and me. Doing the crafts requires reading and adult-level skills (e.g., poking holes in metal), but the photos are good enough to excite her to do something and see what supplies we need to collect. At 3.5 years, she's just now starting to ask about the sections regarding the various materials, landfills, and recycling.
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There are some very creative projects in this book. While 75% of them won't work for us, the 25% that will work are definitely worth the price of the book. Not sure how the author is able to come up with such great projects, but they really are neat. Easy to do with thing you find around the house or yard. A winner for us!
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Hooray! I got this book for my sister and she tried one of the projects with her younger two when they were home one day due to a teachers conference. They really got a kick out of it. The best part is the message to be earth friendly and to recycle. But the kids just know they love their sock puppets!
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I just bought this book as a Christmas gift for my kids b/c they LOVE crafts. Reading the description it sounded like a good book with cute ideas for craft projects. Upon receiving it I am disappointed and will be sending it back. It dedicated a lot of pages to recycling, which for older kids might be just what someone is looking for. I gave it three stars b/c it isn't a bad book, but not a good book to buy for craft ideas. The cover says it has 37 + craft ideas, but it does not. I would recommend this book for someone with older kids who are interested in recycling, but I would NOT recommend this book for someone just looking for good craft ideas.
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Product arrived in time promised and quality was excellent. This book was easy to use for children and had a lot things to entertain my kids with stuff I have around the house.
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