Saturday, February 1, 2014

Children's Activity Non-fiction books for school and at home

Art Smart: 48 creative projects to draw, paint, print and make!

Artists Traci Bunkers, Melanie Grimshaw, Wendy Walker, and Kath Durkin created this 120 page book for children (6 -12 years) to encourage young artists to develop four main artistic skills: painting, drawing, printing and textiles. From frottage butterflies to cool cats, leopard-spot photo frames to Easter chick gift-cards, printed pet t-shirts to veggie-print bags, love-heart gift boxes to dino doorsteps – there’s something that boys and girls will love to create. Each activity is shown in five steps with examples and extra tips. Children are given a list of what they will need for each activity – all they need to do is to follow the text and pictorial instructions. Lots of fun for bored children; it would make a great present for the school holidays. 

ISBN: 978-1-178171-089-0  RRP $24.99

Kids’ Garden Adventure by Don Burke

Well known TV gardening show host Don Burke presents a handy gardening book with lots of creative garden activities for kids including how to  grow a free vegetable garden, discovering nature’s hidden colours, how to make a strawberry tower, and grow a hairy caterpillar or snake. To complement the comprehensive gardening book with full-page photographs is a child-size gardening trowel for digging and planting, a compass to find where the sunny areas are in your garden and a special night-time UV torch to discover hidden secrets; activities that use these tools are in the gardening book.

ISBN: 978-1-921517204  RRP $29.99
Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)
This wonderful book will show you how to make a Wow outfit from choosing the materials, to making the bling to go on it (or to complement it), to learning techniques to age or dazzle the costume/shoes/head gear.  For kids and grown-ups who love to make stuff and want to learn tips from a Wearable Art expert.
FYI - Fifi is hard at work making artefacts/costumes for the sequel to this book! Due out later this year. 
ISBN 978-1-77543-158-9 RRP $21  88 pages

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