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ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk: Amazing Creations You Can Make from Junk! Paperback – March 29, 2016
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Gr 3–5—This title is an open invitation to visit Scrap City, where multieyed monsters like Itcher and Stacker mingle with other personified characters created by author Yanish. As these unusual tutors (possible cousins of Jim Henson's Muppets) lead the way through piles of recyclable refuse materials, readers will be inspired to make useful items, such as a cereal box mailer and other fanciful toys and contraptions. Each of the 24 projects presented emphasizes fun. Underlying lessons relating to science, art, language, and history will spur the imagination and inspire kids to produce their own treasures. Word puzzles, mazes, and comics are interspersed in each of the five sections, which include a featured creature, illustrated "You Will Need" lists, step-by-step project instructions, and related activities: games, puzzles, and art. Kids will appreciate Swooper—a female hippolike creature with pink wings who is "part tech-geek, part scientific inventor" and a prominent citizen of Scrap City. VERDICT A great STEAM-focused craft book for at-home rainy day fun.—Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME
"Underlying lessons relating to science, art, language, and history will spur the imagination and inspire kids to produce their own treasures. . . A great STEM-focused craft book for at-home rainy day fun."―School Library Journal
"One man's trash is another man's . . . monster truck. Yanish's enthusiasm and the book's eye-catching format offer abundant crafty inspiration."―Publishers Weekly
"Comics and puzzles pertaining to each monster are scattered throughout the book, though the main focus is crafting. The projects are of varying levels of complexity and can be created using recyclables and materials found at home, and the fictional narrative is an interesting way to keep children invested in the concept of recycling."―Booklist
“What a great centerpiece for Free Arts NYC's Kidfest event! Even with many other projects, the Scrap Kins house was a favorite for hundreds of kids. It is amazing what Brian and Scrapkins were able to do on such short notice and with recycled materials. The simplest things are always the most enjoyable.” ―Liz Hopfan, Executive Director, Free Arts NYC
“The ScrapKins foster a new generation of conservationists who are committed to such principles as recycling and making "greener" choices about what they decide to purchase. Your professionalism in interacting with our visitors was exceptional. Your recycled bird feeders served to enhance our visitor's experience at the zoo, and helped make our event an outstanding success.” ―Judy Frimer, Director, Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society
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Top customer reviews
I have to say that this book really gets your kids thinking and using their imagination! My daughter Lola cannot put the glue down!
Although my son is a little too young and needs some help he is loving the scraps and looking at all the fun-filled characters that
make you feel you are really doing something special. My house is slowly turning into Scrap City! Our family are advocates to
recycling and making the world a better place and this book recharges us to keep going and use those minds! My kids are in LOVE
with this book. It is their favorite and they love going on-line and watching all the videos and interacting. Here's some photos of my
daughter collecting here gear so she can make an Owl bird feeder. This craft is from a video which you can find on-line and we have
an entire school project inspired by Scrapkins. I highly recommend this book. I promise your kids will be inspired to engineer their
next toy and even clear up some of that mess around the house or make a mess, haha.
Meghan Dedrick - Hollywood, Florida
ScrapKins: Junk Re-Thunk
Another great aspect of this book is that the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I tried multiple of the activities and never had an issue as to what to do next or was I doing the right thing. All the projects came out like the pictures and worked!
Lastly, the whole book is full of creative projects you can do with all ages, puzzles, jokes, hands-on activities and more. I can imagine a young person returning to this book countless times to explore each page, hang out with one of the creatures or reread a story.
And the best thing... the book uses simple supplies so everything is affordable and teaches kids you don't need expensive gadgets to have fun.
As an educator, I highly recommend this book to parents, grandparents, teachers and the young at art.
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