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Title:
Recycled crafts box : sock puppets, cardboard castles, bottle bugs & 37 more earth-friendly projects & activities you can create
Author:
Martin, Laura C.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Kids, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
88 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Summary:
Discusses recycling and provides information and instructions for making art projects from a variety of recycled materials.
Language:
English
Contents:
Trash? or treasure? -- Paper -- Plastic -- Metal -- Fabric.
ISBN:
9781580175227

9781580175234
Format :
Book

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Don't toss those old sneakers into the garbage! Fill them with potting soil and transform them into clever, eye-catching planters. This fun activity book features 40 inspiring projects that will have you turning faded blue jeans, worn-out sweaters, and grocery bags into beautiful and functional objects. From mobiles made from scraps of tinfoil to paint-can stilts, Laura C. Martin's engaging projects will not only get you crafting, but help develop a heightened awareness of the importance of minimizing waste.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-7. Much more than just a craft book, this title includes a brief history of trash--illustrated in a colorful trash timeline --that shows how the invention of disposable products and packaging has created increasing waste. Another diagram shows the anatomy of a landfill. Organized into sections based on common recyclable materials (paper, plastic, metal, fabric), the easy-to-follow, mostly appealing projects include a Fancy Foil Fish aluminum mobile, paper jewelry, and milk-carton castles. Each section has useful information about the material being used, such as a chart that deciphers the codes used in various plastic products. Throughout, Martin makes suggestions for living lightly on Earth, although in many cases (purchasing choices, for example), kids will have to pass on the tips to their parents. Illustrated with cheerful cartoon drawings and color photos of the finished projects, and bolstered by many resource lists, this is a surprisingly attractive, substantive offering that is just the thing for teachers planning Earth Day activities. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Kids can turn trash into treasure with Recycled Crafts Box by Laura Martin. Martin (Nature's Art Box) encourages creativity and environmental awareness with more than 35 projects such as "Paper Bead Bangles" made from wrapping paper and drinking straws, a "Fancy Foil Fish" mobile made from disposable pie tins or take-out containers, and a "Dancing Tin Can Man" made from... you guessed it. The paperback book also contains recycling tips and Web sites, as well as brief interviews with artists who regularly incorporate recycled materials. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-6-From its cover with raised letters that look as though they are made of various recycled materials to the helpful back matter (including a list of books and Web sites on recycling), this title is attractive and informative. Divided into sections dealing with paper, plastic, metal, and fabric, the book tells how these materials are made, traces their history, and explains how they can be recycled, emphasizing benefits to the environment. Tips on how youngsters can make a difference appear throughout, and interviews with artists who work with recyclables are included as sidebars. Scattered circles contain information about the inability of various substances to break down. Several art projects are provided for each type of material. These activities produce items that children will enjoy making and using, such as jewelry crafted from paper beads, dolls created from plastic yogurt cups, stilts fashioned out of empty paint cans, and planters made from old shoes. The finished items are shown in full-page color photos. The procedural steps are clearly written, well numbered, and illustrated with clear pencil drawings. Great for Earth Day or any day, this colorful, inviting, and well-organized book is a wonderful choice for instilling environmental awareness or encouraging creativity. Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts for Kids (Sterling, 1998) is another excellent title.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

A Note to Readersp. x
Trash? Or Treasure?p. 1
Paperp. 7
Milk Carton Cottages
Corrugated Castle
Shoe Box Treasure Chest
Encore Envelopes
Paper Bead Bangles
Plasticp. 27
Picnic Plate Flowers
Yogurt Cup Girls
Buzz the Bottle Bug
Bottle Cap Shaker & Soap Lid Maracas
Plastic Jar Drums & Laundry Soap Jug Guitar
Metalp. 49
Fancy Foil Fish
Dancing Tin Can Man
Scenic Stilts
Fabricp. 65
Porch Pals
Rag Coasters and Bowls
A Boot-i-ful Shoe Garden
Socks the Puppy Dog Puppet
Appendixp. 83
Resources
Glossary
Index