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Art with Anything: 52 Weeks of Fun Using Everyday Stuff (Mary Ann Kohl Books) [Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

MaryAnn F. Kohl
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1 Jun 2010 0876590857 978-0876590850 Large type edition
With 52 weeks of fantastic art projects using easy-to-find, everyday materials, Art with Anything provides a year of creativity, imagination, and fun for children ages 4-10! Organized alphabetically by material, each week features one everyday material like buttons, cardboard, masking tape, and even junk mail, and provides five days of unique activities. Children will love making 'Glitter Photo Jars' or working on 'Shake-It-Up-Bag Paintings,' and projects like 'Family Finger Puppets' and 'Fluff-n-Puff Mobiles' will keep them entertained for hours - and stretch their imaginations. Whether at home or at school, exploring the process of creating art is one of the most compelling ways children learn, and Art with Anything keeps children learning creatively all year long!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House,U.S.; Large type edition edition (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876590857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876590850
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MaryAnn F. Kohl is the author of over 20 books about art activities for children. She believes in children creating through exploration rather than copying something an adult has made, or "process not product". Of course children enjoy the products too, but it is the process of discovery and creating that is most important to them. Visit her blog and her website for many free ideas, inspirations, and resources.

MaryAnn is a frequent speaker and workshop leader around the USA, and would enjoy bringing art to your group in your country too. Hands-on art is the best part of the workshop!

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About the Author

Mary Ann Kohl is an award-winning author, a sought-after public speaker, and children's activity consultant for the Jim Henson Company and Fisher-Price.

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By eclarke
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I found this in a local library and had to buy a copy. I'm starting out as a childminder and there are so many great ideas here. It's set into one object per week, with 5 craft ideas. I've tried out a few with my kids and they've all been hits. The list of materials required is very clear for each project. Ideal for pre-school and early school years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Resource!! 10 Sep 2010
By Marie F. Evitt - Published on
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I own many of MaryAnn Kohl's books and love using them. Art With Anything is a new approach that will add great depth to the art experiences in my classroom.

As a teacher, I'm always looking for free or low-cost materials that will provide high-quality art experiences for children. We save egg cartons, berry baskets, bubble wrap, cardboard tubes, old CDs, and lots of other "stuff." But I was running out of ideas for what to do with these classroom favorites. Art With Anything is just what I need!! MaryAnn has so many fresh, creative suggestions for using just about anything I have saved or can buy inexpensively. The cool thing is that she presents five (and sometimes more) ideas for each item, so that I can use the same materials for a week or more. Day 1 is the most basic and the other four days build on the first, allowing children to experiment and explore.

Not only does Art With Anything give me new ideas for using what I already have, it gives me lots of ideas for materials I hadn't even thought to use-- junk mail, hole-punch dots, old blurry photos and CD cases. I like how the book repeats types of projects with different materials. There are numerous collage activities, printing techniques and mobiles so children can refine their skills.

The format is user-friendly and visually appealing. Having five days worth of projects on a two-page spread makes it easy to plan my curriculum. The lists of materials and directions are clear and compact. It's amazing how many ideas fit in this book---cotton balls, clear plastic wrap, coffee grounds, cotton swabs, jigsaw puzzle pieces. I'm convinced we really can art with anything!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended as a resource for parents, babysitters, and caretakers 22 Sep 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Art with Anything offers user-friendly art projects for each week of the year suitable for young people ages 4-10. Each activity utilizes ordinary materials (address labels, bits of fabric, leaves, rocks, junk mail, masking tape, etc.) and promotes creativity, recycling, and reuse. Each week's art activity is subdivided into five day-by-day projects, with each day's task increasing in complexity. For example, week 41 involves sand as a material, and the daily projects are Sand Playdough, Dandy Sandy Shaker (shaking color sand over glue), Shapes & Sand Design, Sand & Glue Drawing, and Sticky Sand Art (which can involve a stencil or clear contact paper sealing in addition to colored sand and glue). Color photographs illustrate this lively compendium of family-friendly art activities, highly recommended as a resource for parents, babysitters, and caretakers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art for art's sake 13 April 2012
By B. E Jackson - Published on
Art With Anything is about using all kinds of materials you see everyday to help make interesting and art-related projects out of them such as tape, rocks and leaves. It's a surprisingly creative book for children, so I highly recommend it. I especially think all art teachers who have run low on suggestions for ideas would find something to admire here. Art is more fun when creativity is allowed to be fully taken advantage of, and this book works in that regard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must have book for people working with very young children 4 Nov 2013
By monica_andrade05 - Published on
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great book to have handy, it has helped me look at materials differently and help save lots of money. my child loves many of the activites here and inspired spin offs of our own.
5.0 out of 5 stars TONS O FUN! 22 July 2014
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This is a MUST HAVE for any parent, caregiver, Nanny, Grandparent for summer vacations, VBS, etc. Most everything in this book is already in a normal household and ready for play....except really, really stock up on GLUE!
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