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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: 23 x 1.7 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,814 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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'It is lovely to see the joy brought to children by making things as simple as doodle birds, paper snowflakes, paper chains and quilled cards. So effective yet oh, so simple! My particular favourite was making animals out of leaf prints whereby you develop your animal from the print made by one leaf: long leaves become giraffes; rounded leaves become lions, and so on. Families rating: 6 out of 6' - Families upon Avon magazine

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A. Milne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By sgwr on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vix on 14 Aug. 2010
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This book is simply the best of its kind. There are a huge variety of ideas offered which can be accessed in different ways by children of different ages. My 4 year old loves to look through to choose what he'd like to make next - especially on wet afternoons. There are activities there which will keep him occupied for years - several would be interesting for adults to make too. There are ideas which would be enjoyed by both boys and girls. Would be excellent for any child from about 3-12 or so who loves to create things.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wilkinson on 17 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
With so many of these 'things to do' books, you end up flicking through half the book before actually being inspired to make something. But this book really is full of things I would actually make! And they are not just things that would appeal to my toddler, but to me and (hopefully) my husband too - always good to get them involved!! There is also a good mix of things for both boys and girls, and loads that would appeal to both. If your child likes monsters, funny faces, or finger painting they are bound to like this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Haga on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this for my toddler, and found she is a little too young for some of the suggestions. However, this book does have some excellent ideas and gives simple instructions. I did find, though, that there were quite a few idea repeats such as several suggestions on finger print painting. I think it's a good b if you can get it on sale, otherwise borrow it from the library and photocopy the pages you want.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SarahWin on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This is the best set of craft resources I've found, great whether it's for your own children or for working with children. Reasonable price, things you need for making things are simple and low in cost and if you're like me you can adapt the materials to make it a little bit different. Great for building children's self esteem; encouraging them to make something and seeing the amazing end result, that they made!
I use it in school at least once a week and before this I used things for boys to make and do Things for Boys to Make and Do (Usborne Activities) until I gave it to my nephew for his 8th birthday and he loved it, not sure if he's made anything yet but he looked genuinely pleased. So buy anything in this range of books and you'll have guaranteed satisfaction. Ps. it's even more fun to makr something with them too!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rachel on 8 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated publication and heavy duty with the ring bound hard cover.

I bought this for my (2 year old) son but can see that there is a lot in it that will be more suited to him when a little older - this said there is plenty of inspiration and as much a gift for a parent as a child as it helps direct your own creativity to bring out more from your child...Some ideas aren't rocket science but do expand ideas to give some cool results, for example, developing the idea of blow-paint pictures to a collage of blow-paint monsters. There is a lot of guidance about how to draw as well, from the simple (e.g. finger pictures) to the slightly more advanced (e.g. how to sketch a cartoon cat).

I'd highly recommend this as a special gift - am planning to give a copy to my niece for her 5th birthday.
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