Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Out of the Box

Just about everyone has experienced gift giving where the recipient child winds up ignoring the (usually) expensive gift in favor of playing pretend with the box. This book will open up a world of possibilities for using the box (and maybe saving the cost of the expensive whatsit inside)!
This book is full of really great projects to do together.  There are fun activity toys (ring toss, puppet show, 'rabbit' (cardboard) racing game) as well as decorative crafts (flowers, butterflies, dinosaurs etc).
The book starts out with an introduction of techniques and materials, followed by written and visual project tutorials. 
Most of the projects also include a 'Now try this' after-activity which builds on the crafts for each project.
The photographs are well done and illustrate the tutorials beautifully.  The page layout is fun and engaging and accessible.
The target audience is grade school(ish) but there are many projects which are 'all ages' with a friendly facilitator/adult.
The projects themselves range from the simple (toilet paper roll owls) to pretty complex (pirate ship with play accessories).  They're colorful and fun and will keep any kid (*ahem* of whatever age) amused for hours.
Five stars.  I can't see it being better than this.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.

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