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Making Make-believe: Fun Props, Costumes and Creative Play Ideas (A MaryAnn F. Kohl book) Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Gryphon House,U.S. (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876591985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876591987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Let's Build a Fort!!
I had more fun writing this book than any other of the ten art books I have done over the years. It was fun to make a fort out of a refrigerator box, just like we used to when we were kids! And making a fairy village out of pinecones, pebbles, leaves, and coconut shells took me back to being six and happily lost in an imaginary world where the fairies played in my village at night when I was sleeping. This book is filled with things kids can make or do to enhance their pretend and make-believe, from puppets to costumes to setting up play houses or tea parties. Over 100 ideas, 190 pages, for ages through eight or so.All ideas use materials commonly found in homes or classrooms, and no expertise is needed. I wrote this book so I could encourage children to pretend like we used to in the "olden days", but most of the ideas are brand new. Take a look!

About the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House, and is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and First Art. She is co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.


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Many of the ideas in this book were contributed through email sharing groups with MaryAnn, from teachers and parents all over the world.If you like pretending, or think it's important for your kids, you will like this book. All of the 44 people who contributed to it feel the same way!
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By A Customer on 28 May 1999
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This is the best book I have seen on what kids can make to motivate and enhance their pretend time. Let's turn off more tv's and get kids busy with their imagainations! Excellent book.
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By naima on 29 Aug. 2015
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Wow so many idea I don't know we're to start. I haven't tried one yet but I have some planned and it has inspired me to set up other simple make believe spaces. This includes costumes, games and set ups.
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This is a great little book with lots of cheap, easy to organise but creative ideas that will really get childrens imaginations going. Great stuff.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars No TV tonight! 9 Jun. 2000
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Format: Paperback
I think I will try weaving a big yarn web in our tv room tonight (just like the book suggests! ), and turn off that ol' TV. It will be a whole lot better for the kids (and us) than watching Third Rock from the Sun, don't you think? I'm excited about the variety of pretend and play ideas in this book, and am especially interested in the chapter that gives pretending projects and activities to go with favorite children's books like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things are. Yes, even Curious George is there!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Email Sharing Groups Contribute to Book 28 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many of the ideas in this book were contributed through email sharing groups with MaryAnn, from teachers and parents all over the world.If you like pretending, or think it's important for your kids, you will like this book. All of the 44 people who contributed to it feel the same way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver 9 Jun. 2010
By steph - Published on Amazon.com
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I love, love, love this book. I was stumped on how to play make believe with my 4 year old and this has given us endless ideas. Most of the things we have around our house. Some of them take extra planning.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOORAY! Turn off the TV 28 May 1999
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Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have seen on what kids can make to motivate and enhance their pretend time. Let's turn off more tv's and get kids busy with their imagainations! Excellent book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Preschoolers are going to love this! 26 Feb. 2013
By Cheryl Ann Adels - Published on Amazon.com
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I have several of this author's books for my preschool. Make-Believe is so important in child development. Activities are easy to do and materials are so much fun. One can't go wrong with MaryAnn Kohl books. I appreciate user-friendly books in that I can easily choose an activity and go with it.
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