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365 Things to Make and Do (Usborne Activities) [Spiral-bound]

Fiona Watt
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Book Description

31 Oct 2007 Usborne Activities
This is a bumper activity book containing something to do on every day of the year. It contains all-new activities including a flag chain, fabric collages, leaf printing, spoon-people, door signs, gift tags, dangly cowboys and many more things to make, draw and paint. All activities are explained by step-by-step instructions and colourful illustrations.

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  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746087926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746087923
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 1.7 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona graduated from Exeter University with a B.Ed. (Hons.), specialising in Psychology and Art and Design. After university she worked as a researcher and writer for a company which published educational material for places where children went on school visits (zoos, museums, stately homes etc). Fiona then taught seven, eight and nine year olds for five years; three years at a state school in Sevenoaks in Kent, and two years at The British School in the Netherlands in The Hague.

Fiona joined Usborne Publishing as an assistant editor in 1989, and over the years has been promoted to editor, senior editor, and then managing editor. In 2003, she became an editorial director at Usborne, largely responsible for writing baby and novelty books, and art and activity titles.

Fiona has written over 100 titles for Usborne Publishing including the phenomenally successful 'That's not my...' touchy-feely series. Other titles include large touchy-feely books on topics ranging from princesses to farms; cloth books with touchy-feely patches and flaps; a wide range of step-by-step art and activity books, including 'How to knit'; music books with CDs for babies and toddlers; 'Dolly Dressing' sticker books; Hide-and-Seek lift-the-flap books; bath books; cookery books and snap cards!

She also edits books written by her team of in-house writer/editors, which include step-by-step activity books and a series of young non-fiction, aimed at beginner readers.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, lovely book - full of inspiration!! 27 Aug 2010
We've had this book now for about two years and it's always come up with the goods. My little boys aren't hugely into arts and crafts usually, but when we've got to make a birthday card, something for school or are just totally fed up of all the rainy days then this book always gives us inspiration to get on and create a masterpiece!

Each gloriously coloured page is full of ideas and there are a huge range of different things to create. It's great for a very wide age range too - I've been using it since the boys were toddlers and I'm sure will continue to use it for quite some years to come. Some of the ideas such as the fingerprinted people, traffic jam and drawing cats are ideal for older children...or younger children who are talented at drawing. Although neither of mine come into those categories, it is still fun to try! :) Then again, ideas such as the fingerprinted flowers can be used with really young children to brilliant effect and we've always had lovely feedback about the cards that we've made for people. Once you know your way around the book well, it is possible to combine several of the ideas scattered throughout it, (eg: fingerprinted flowers and birds and bugs), to create really great looking pieces of art.

This is a very sturdy book that has stood up to our use incredibly well. The ring bound pages are good quality thick paper that won't come out at all easily and seem to stand up very well to enthusiastic turning by eager children!

It's worth noting that a lot of the projects in this book involve creating pictures and things along those lines, (such as bookmarks and cards) - there aren't a lot of physical models etc to make. BUT, if you're after a book to give you inspiration and ideas for fun pictures/cards to make with the children then you really can't go wrong with this!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and practical fun 2 Feb 2009
By sgwr
365 Things to Make and Do
I was looking for a Christmas gift for my 5 year old granddaughter who likes to make things. This book is full of ideas and techniques. The simple instructions for projects, using paper and recycled household items, would enable an adult without craft skills to help a child make things. The step by step coloured photographic diagrams means that some projects can be followed even by a child who has not yet learn to read. The book is packed with fun projects for all the year round, as well as some seasonal things to make. This book will give a child hours of fun and satisfaction for many years. It is by far the best book for children and their parents who want lots of creative fun.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied, fun and straightforward. 5 Sep 2009
This is packed full of lively, imaginative things to create with little ones. Mostly suitable for primary age children in my opinion though there are quite a few ideas suitable for younger ones, like the hand print pictures. Most of it allows for quite a range of ability and the opportunity to develop the ideas.

It's not a junk modelling book and it would have been useful if they'd managed to incorporate some of the egg box/washing up bottle type projects that have already been mentioned. However, it is an excellent resource for ideas and structure to many, many art projects.

Heartily recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Oct 2012
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely book. Good quality pages and ring binder makes it easy to leave it open on a page and follow instructions when making. Lots of fun simple ideas and will be used again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, creative ideas 24 Mar 2012
By kazza
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book is inspirational even for me as an adult, let alone my three year old twins. Nearly everything in the book I am intending to make/do. Most of the materials are found in the house. It is mainly focused on drawing and painting. This book has been the main inspiration and confidence booster for my children's interest in drawing and crafts. There so many good and fairly easy ideas that even as an (amateur) artist I never could have thought of. Their friends that come round have really enjoyed doing things from the book too.
I have looked at and bought several other craft/drawing books and I think this is by far the best. All the pages are beautiful to look at too. The book is spiral bound with lovely thick paper and is a very good price too, so makes excellent Birthday presents.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the crafts??????????? 19 Mar 2009
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I have just recieved this book and I must admit that my initial reaction towards it is one of disappointment. The book should have been called 360 things to paint or draw and 5 things to make! The majority of things in this book involve painting and drawing and there is a clear lack of things to make. I was hoping that we would no longer have to throw out our old toilet roll tubes, plastic bottles and other household items but I was shocked when I realised that there is not one use for these items in this book. NOT a single 1!!!! In fact some of the crafts would involve you having to go out and buy the materials and then learn how to sow. How is my 3yr going to be able to sow eyes etc onto pieces of felt???? I will never buy a book like this off Amazon or the internet again. You would be far better off going into a bookshop so you can actually look inside it and see what you are getting. If you are looking for a finger painting guide then by all means, buy this book. If you want to turn your house into the next version of Blue Peter then I'd advise giving it a miss and looking elsewhere. On the plus side the book is very beautiful and nicely presented and the few things that you can make are very nice. I especially liked the pop up cards section, very nice and some of the christmas decorations are nice (roll on December!) but there quite simply is not enough crafts in this book which is why I can only justify a score of 3 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another brilliant book from Usborne, there are so many things to make and do; It's a book you should have on the shelf if you have children or Grandchildren!!!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cat women
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for planning some crafty afternoons
This book is excellent for preparing a crafts session with children. It gives you how to make things step by step, with templates and what you need. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. M. Fifield
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
Its really well laid out with some great, yet simple ideas. My son is still too young to get properly arts & crafty (he's 18 months) but he loves looking through the pages as they... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stormy Baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book has wonderful ideas with simple materials that you could always find around the house. It challenges you to be creative with kids and let them explore art and design. Read more
Published 3 months ago by aoife
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
Bought this as a pressie for our 5 yr old for Christmas but would easily suit an older child just as well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Verry good
This is great, does what it says on the tin !!! Good value, just what I wanted - Many thanks
Published 3 months ago by Mr P J Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Stuck for creative ideas of what to do with your toddler upwards? This is the ideal book for you. Full of interesting, simple to execute and inventive ideas that will keep both... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars David Jason
Bought for a friend for a secret Santa present. This friend has been very ill and I am hoping that the humour this book portrays will be good for her.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. A. Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration!
My 3 year old loves looking through this and choosing an idea to make, most just require the basic art supplies. We've used a lot when we make birthday cards. Read more
Published 4 months ago by 123
1.0 out of 5 stars No goods arrived
After contacting them on not receiving the book after two weeks they said they would send a replacement but still no book not a good response as the book was for work would not be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sissy
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