Kids love to make their own toys and games, gifts and ornaments. It encourages them to give full rein to their creative flair - and if they can use component parts that are adapted or recycled, so much the better for them and the planet! None of the projects in this book use any special materials. Instead, they all rely on ingredients that you are likely to have in the cupboard or items that can be found around the house or garden, or out on walks in the park or at the beach. Recipes for salt dough are included, as well as methods for easy felting, together with step-by-step instructions on what to make, such as pretend sweets, boxes and masks. Old gift wrapping paper, old clothes and odd buttons and beads can all be used in an imaginative way, as can pine cones, tree bark, shells and other fascinating natural bits and bobs. Gifts for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are here, together with games and toys that can be made and then played with again and again. From painted stones and a friendship bracelet to a simple dolls' house and a driftwood boat, children will love the projects in this engaging book. In fact, kids need never be bored again.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/30/2008Pages: 128
In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 11/16/2010Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
Puff, the Magic Dragon is simply one of the most beloved songs of all timea classic that’s become as much a part of the childhood experience as Mother Goose and fairy tales. Yet singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow and co-composer Lenny Lipton have never allowed a picture book adaptation of this magical tale until now. With Yarrow’s and Lipton’s blessing, Puff, Jackie Paper, and the land of Honalee finally live on the page. The exquisite package includes a cloth case with a tipped-in illustration and an embossed jacket with foil touches, as well as an exclusive CD featuring not only Puff, but several other songs performed by Yarrow, his daughter Bethany, and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. This is a publishing event sure to attract broad attention and please Puff’s many fans.In richly-hued paintings of the deepest sea blues and greens, Puff and his friend Jackie Paper frolic in the land of Honaleetraveling in a fantastic boat with billowed sails, climbing red castle stairs onto a balcony to meet with noble kings and princes, and watching pirate ships lower their flags for the roaring dragon. Artist Eric Puybaret has brought an entire magical world into being with enthralling landscapes, color, and characters. And everyone will love the way the art cleverly turns the song’s end, which at first seemed so sad, into a surprising and joyful moment.Best of allthis is only the first of many more collaborations with Peter Yarrow to come!Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/1/2007Pages: 24Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
A gentle push is all it takes to send this ship acrossan ocean full of waves. ABOUT HAPE Hape was founded in 1986 by Peter Handstein in Germany after he visited hundreds of schools and talked with hundreds of educators giving him a unique understanding of the power of play. Hape Toys has since grown into one of the world's largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Neither culture, nor language, nor gender inhibits the intuitive process of play. All of the products meet, and more often, exceed the strictest international standards for quality and safety. But behind the innovative designs and meticulous quality lies the even stronger ethos of Hape. Our Mission Hape believes that the future begins and belongs to our children. It is our duty to leave them with infinite possibilities, not unsolvable problems. Our toys are created to inspire play, learning, and exploration of the world we live in; through responsible business practices we aspire to leave the world in a better condition than when we received it. Our Philosophy Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children. Each product is developed to enhance a child's developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender impedes the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognize as age-appropriate learning basics; social, sensory, physical, and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.
This engaging guide takes children on an international tour of the world's greatest art, from the first daubs of paint in prehistoric caves to today's performance art. It includes all of the important art movements, from Renaissance to Rococo, as well as the great painters from all these eras. However, the approach is to look at art as an international exchange of ideas, not a straight history of western art. The book includes art from all countries, from aboriginal art to totem poles.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/21/2009Pages: 144Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
Storybook Art This title is suitable for Ages 9 to 12 years. Children can enjoy their favourite storybook illustrators in a new way by imitating their art with the 100 engaging and simple art projects included in this celebration of children's book illustrators. Featured are famous and award-winning storybook illustrators from the 1930s to present - "Good Night Moon's" Clement Hurd, "Corduroy's" Don Freeman, "Olivia's" Ian Falconer, and more - along with biographical information, open-ended art projects, and portraits created by grade school children. Illustration techniques covered include painting, drawing, cutting and collage, and construction and crafts. Art projects include imitating Jackson Pollock in the 'Jackson Piglet Wall Painting' from Olivia and creating a 'Photo Story' from children's photos similar to "Sugaring Time". This is a extensive resource guide of illustrator web sites, art materials, and supplies listed by project is provided, as well as complete book information for the featu
Why are none of the students in Raphael's school paying attention? Who made a doodle into a masterpiece? How do you paint speed? Can collecting things be art? What kind of sculpture is supposed to disappear? Can you trust a painting? How would you make a self-portrait of yourself? Can you paint music? Following the international success of THE ART BOOK FOR CHILDREN (BOOK ONE), this second volume will continue to expand the minds and creativity of children aged from seven to eleven. Thirty new artists and key examples of their works have been selected to encourage children to ask why the artists do what they do. Both volumes of THE ART BOOK FOR CHILDREN are fun for young readers, ideal tools for teachers and parents, and perfect introductions for all those approaching art for the first time.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/1/2007Pages: 80Reading Level: Age 13 and Up
From the use of perspective to the invention of the paint tube, 13 examples of some of the most important breakthroughs in artistic technology offers kids an exciting new perspective on the world of art. This new volume in the highly successful "13" series uses colorful reproductions, glossaries, and a timeline to explore milestones in the history of art. Kids will learn about important innovations in art while they discover answers to questions such as: Why was oil painting invented? What were the subjects of the first photographs? How do you depict the world on a flat canvas? Filled with accessible, fascinating facts as well as creative suggestions for independent art projects, this unique introduction to art history shows young readers how art is made as well as how to enjoy it.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/29/2011Pages: 48
In this intriguing book, young readers will be introduced to the unsolved mysteries behind some of the world's greatest art and artists.For as long as people have been viewing the masterpieces in this book, they've been asking the same questions: Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? Who was that girl with the pearl earring? What made Magritte's reading woman so frightened? These and other great mysteries of the art world are explored in this colorful, fun, and informative children's book. Each masterpiece is presented in a double page spread with stunning reproductions, biographical information about the artist, historical context and the pressing questions themselves. From Bosch to Banksy, the mysterious life of Caravaggio to the strange room in Velazques' Las Meninas, Surrealism to stolen art--young readers' interests in some of the world's great masterpieces will be piqued by the puzzles they offer and that remain unsolved to this day.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 6/20/2011Pages: 48Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Ancient Sailboat High grade 3mm Illuminated wood puzzles come individually shrink-wrapped w/instructions. Pop out the pieces and go! Already Painted , it'sa challenging, educational and creative activity for all ages. Start your collection today!Recommended Ages:9 and up
What better way to learn about art than to create your own masterpiece alongside another, find hidden details that add to an understanding of the artwork, read fascinating stories about how the piece came to be created, or take an entertaining quiz that leads to a deeper appreciation of the technique and theme. Modeled after Prestel's successful A Year in Art series, this beautifully produced activity book introduces children to many of the world's greatest artworks--ranging from African masks to European paintings and modern art. Hands-on projects are sure to spark children's imaginations while imparting important knowledge that will serve them well as they grow older. The book is perfect for all kinds of drawing and the exquisite reproductions will impress kids of all ages. Whether used at home or in a classroom, this engaging and enriching book will delight children, their parents, and teachers with its endless opportunities to create and learn about art.Book Details:Format: Activity BookPublication Date: 10/11/2009Pages: 376
An art museum is a magical place. What will you find inside? This playful primer features 37 full-color illustrations of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, prints, photographs, and installations from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Children can learn their ABCs while discovering the beauty of a bridge by Monet, a dancer by Degas, a medieval knight’s helmet, a Japanese teahouse, and other wonders from around the world.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/28/2008Pages: 64Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Oh, no! Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don't even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it's up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he's offon a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks. With the same deft touches of high-spirited fun and adventure that have made Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections) such perennially popular stories, Thacher Hurd serves up a new action-packed tale that will delight young readers. 1996 Pick of the Lists' (ABA)Children's Choices for 1997 (IRA/CBC)1998 Red Clover Book Award (VT)Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 12/17/1997Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
For ages 2 to 6 years. Over 80 kid-sized alphabet experiences -- making an Alphabet Zoo, going on letter hunts, performing silly fingerplays -- expose children to each letter in various forms, offering many opportunities for learning success.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 11/1/1997Pages: 134Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Enter the world of creativity where children's imaginations soar with this broad spectrum of over 240 open-ended art activities and ideas. These projects allow each child to participate in an individual and unique art experience using common household items and ordinary art supplies.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 11/1/1994Pages: 160Reading Level: Age 2 and Up
Cici Art Factory Wall Art- Superhero Liz Clay is the artist behind Cici Art Factory. As a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada, Liz believes that little eyes deserve to see art that sparks imaginations and activates rooms. " In a world where everything is becoming digital, I believe its so important to expose children to art that has a hand-done look to it. The lines should be a little wobbly, the colours should look rich and textural, and the images imaginative." Features: This giclee canvas print uses up to 12 inks to achieve rich tonal values and colour breadth, ensuring the paint strokes look as realistic as possible The image wraps around the sides of the canvas and includes a hanging device on the reverse Arrives ready to hang Measures 16" x 16" x .75
Cici Art Factory Wall Art- Dino Liz Clay is the artist behind Cici Art Factory. As a graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada, Liz believes that little eyes deserve to see art that sparks imaginations and activates rooms. " In a world where everything is becoming digital, I believe its so important to expose children to art that has a hand-done look to it. The lines should be a little wobbly, the colours should look rich and textural, and the images imaginative." Features: This giclee canvas print uses up to 12 inks to achieve rich tonal values and colour breadth, ensuring the paint strokes look as realistic as possible The image wraps around the sides of the canvas and includes a hanging device on the reverse Arrives ready to hang Measures 16" x 16" x .75
Puzzled 3D Natural Wood Puzzle - Ancient Sailboat High grade 3mm wood puzzles come individually shrink-wrapped with instructions and sandpaper included. Pop out the pieces and go. Painted or left as natural wood, it'sa challenging, educational and creative activity for all ages. Start your collection today.Recommended Ages:9 – 15
This practical resource demonstrates how all clinicians can broaden and enhance their work with children by integrating drawing into therapy. The book enables therapists to address the multidimensional aspects of children's art without resorting to simplistic explanations. Approaching drawing as a springboard for communication and change, Malchiodi offers a wealth of guidelines for understanding the intricate messages embedded in children's drawings and in the art-making process itself. Topics covered include how to assist children in making art, what questions to ask and when, and how to motivate children who are initially resistant to drawing. Assimilating extensive research and clinical experience, the book includes over 100 examples of children's work.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 7/30/1998Pages: 252
Benjamin Pratt’s school is about to become the site of a new amusement park. It sounds like a dream come true! But lately, Ben has been wonder if he’s going to like an amusement park in the middle of his town—with all the buses and traffic and eight dollar slices of pizza. It’s going to change everything. And, Ben is not so big on all the new changes in his life, like how his dad has moved out and started living in the marina on what used to be the "family sailboat. Maybe it would be nice if the school just stayed as it is. He likes the school. Loves it, actually. It’s over 200 years old and sits right on the harbor. The playground has ocean breezes and the classrooms have million dollar views…MILLION DOLLAR views. And after a chance—and final—run-in with the school janitor, Ben starts to discover that these MILLION DOLLAR views have a lot to do with the deal to sell the school property. But, as much as the town wants to believe it, the school does not belong to the local government. It belongs to the CHILDREN and these children have the right to defend it! Don’t think Ben, his friend Jill (and the tag-along Robert) can ruin a multimillion dollar real estate deal? Then you don’t know the history and the power of the Keepers of the School. A suspenseful six book series, book one, We the Children, starts the battle on land and on sea. It’s a race to keep the school from turning into a ticket booth and these kids are about to discover just how threatening a little knowledge can be.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 4/6/2010Pages: 160Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
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