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Nature Crafts for Kids by Gwen Diehn
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Nature Crafts for Kids

by Gwen Diehn

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Nature craft from cement birdbaths, wind vanes to scented soap
  SHCG | May 15, 2012 |
This book offers over 50 craft projects that somehow relate to nature. They range from the very difficult--building a cement birdbath--to the simpler--making a kite with tissue paper and pipe cleaners. The projects are arranged by season and natural element (spring/rain, for example). Some of the projects are prefaced with information about the natural element. There are lots of photographs and illustrations, making the projects easy to follow and the reading engaging. The directions are clear. They list materials first and then provide step-by-step instructions. There is also a general preface, which is helpful. It suggests reading the instructions all the way through, doing a trial run and more.

I do have one major concern about this book. Though the preface says "be careful" nowhere does the book say some of these projects should be done with an adult, if you are, for example, pouring cement or using a hacksaw. In fact, the photos show kids doing these projects by themselves.

Otherwise, the book has quite a few fun projects. One author is a fine arts teacher; the other is a nature writer. This book is targeted for upper elementary students. ( )
  elizabethholloway | Aug 14, 2010 |
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With the 50 colorful craft projects presented here, children can make kites, bamboo whistles, leaf prints, homemade paper, a seed mosaic, snow candles, a star clock, and much more. Each project shows--in full-color photos--how to make something that's useful or attractive or just plain interesting, while the fascinating instructions will help kids see, feel, and understand the natural world around them.

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Provides instructions for using leaves, flowers, twigs, and shells to make fifty craft projects, including kites, kaleidoscopes, and clocks.

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