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The Best of Making Things: A Handbook of Creative Discovery [Paperback]

Ann Sayre Wiseman
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1 Feb 2006
Why go to the mall when you can make things at home using materials recycled from around the house? This classic educational and creative text features 125 projects, carefully selected by the author to "develop natural curiosity and self-esteem," and to demonstrate "simple and important concepts that have shaped the cultures of the world." So when a child asks, "What can I do?" you can reply, "Make things! Paper from laundry lint! A bird feeder from clothes hangers! Chocolate pudding finger paintings! Beautiful fish & potato prints! A cardboard box loom that teaches weaving and math! A simple pattern to sew shirts, pants, or dresses!" The author's detailed and delightful drawings fill every page "so that children just starting out and grownups who have missed out can quickly grasp the ideas."

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Hand Print Press (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967984610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967984612
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fresh and inspiring. . . .The majority of the ingenious projects are not found in other craft books --Library Journal, USA

About the Author

Ann Sayre Wiseman developed this book while Program Director of the Boston Children's Museum Visitor's Center. A therapist, teacher, mother, and grandmother, Ms. Wiseman has written more than a dozen books. She is also an artist with work in the Rockefeller and Hirschorn collections, among others.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is magical...genius...inspiring 16 Feb 2009
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This book is clearly the life's work of a wonderful lady. it is brimming with wacky, original and easy to pull off creative ideas. Some small and quick, others involving bandsaws and more vision. But she makes it all do-able with her hand-drawn instructions and zest for life. In fact, the whole book is hand-drawn by her with no photos, but it's not a drawback as it's all very clear. Very environmentally responsible, pro recycling, hippy, friendly and properly fun. Great parenting and nanny resource. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for kids 5 Nov 2010
This book is ideal for kids of any age to make things out of nothing. it will keep them busy and off the computer. It is an ideal stocking filler and all the Christmas packing will be used and not wasted. Have fun kids.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for creative play! 2 Oct 2007
By J. Starr Weems - Published on Amazon.com
I own an old 1973 copy of this book. The entire thing is charmingly hand written, right down to the copyright page, which weaves all of the usually boring title information into a drawing of a little castle overlooking the sea.
This book has given me countless ideas for my art classes. Making Things contains projects that range from potato stamps to bread dough sculptures to candle dipping to clothing patterns, bubble makers, stilts, love beads, emergency hammers, hack saws, whistles as well as traditional crafts like sock puppets and crayon rubbings.
I can only imagine how wonderful the updated version of Making Things must be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When the weather is bad 29 Oct 2008
By Margarita Sikorskaia - Published on Amazon.com
When the weather is bad and you are alone with your child, this book will make your life much easier. The wonderful thing is, that most of the projects don't even require much preparation and materials are found in every house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource to have on hand! 17 Jun 2012
By Ms Marcy - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful resource to have on hand. The projects listed in the book inspire you to try new things. I am amazed at the variety of materials used. This book was written even before the global "be green" campaign. For me, some of the projects are too advanced to even think about trying. But someone else previewing this book might get inspired to try something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, fun projects for kids 3 July 2013
By Cath - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great hands-on, practical, crafts book with all sorts of good ideas for projects to do with kids. We used instructions from this book to make kites from plastic grocery shopping bags in my 4H Cloverbuds group. The kids enjoyed making them and flying them (with and without tails). The kites flew well (to my amazement) and they were mostly made from recycled materials. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend a lot of money or acquire fancy supplies to be creative. I like the simple, clear instructions that you can adapt to suit your own project. It's an inspiring book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Things 1 Mar 2014
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has many excellent projects for children of all ages! thank you for all the ideas and I look forward to another book.
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