Let’s Make Art: 12 Craft Projects for Children (Paperback)
Fun makes using everyday household items, plus 12 mini makes!
This book offers families a cherry picked selection of Alice and Karen’s tried and tested art projects with clear instructions on how to make them at home. They reveal their top tips for creating stunning art work that parents and children will want to keep and display (rather than consign to the recycling bin)! All the projects use a household item as the starting point, making the activities largely accessible. Within this framework the book is organised into sections according to the time scale of the project to help families make the most of the time they have available beginning with shorter projects.
A comprehensive but affordable kit list is part of the introduction and includes many items families will already own. Along with a basic kit list Alice and Karen spill a few in house secrets about their go-to materials for maximum impact and a professional finish. Plastic materials are kept to a minimum. Let’s Make Art champion sustainable, recycled art projects with their home based starting point for projects.
This craft book for children and their families is a unique addition to the market as it elevates children’s art to the status it deserves by showing children how to achieve bold work with a professional finish. The projects are cheeky, flamboyant and have their own very particular style, especially the costumes and wearable artwork. Having worked for galleries, libraries and restaurants Let’s Make Art have amassed an array of art projects that avoid messy clearing up for parents and children.
As featured inJUNO magazine, Winter 2022
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Katie Smith
Lovely collection of creative projects for kids to try!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Leyla Johnson
It is amazing what fabulous things children (and adults) can create with some boxes, paper, scissors, stickers, paint and glue. This is a fun book and carries some great ideas for children to make in an afternoon or longer.
Fabulous masks, even a jacket and some small project using collage, tins and broken toys. The masks are big, colorful and full of imagination, what child wouldn't be willing to throw themselves into these projects.
Let's Make Art is a bright and colourful project book of lots of fun things for children to make at home or in school, using mostly materials that can be found around the home. I loved the range of projects in this book and feel there's is something for everyone to enjoy in it. Each project has instructions to follow and colour photographs to accompany it. The children in the book look like they had a great time making things too! This would be a great book for rainy days and school holidays as well as great for inspiration and ideas for homework assignments too.NetGalley, Natalie Horman
This is a beautiful and creative craft book for children. The book features ideas to make beautiful art using household materials. I loved that the book featured so many recycled products and everyday items. The book also has a variety of levels to make your crafts. Some projects had step by step directions for the un-creative like me! Other projects were more open ended for children and adults who are a bit more artistic.NetGalley, Elizabeth Pepe
Most of the projects felt like they would be suitable for upper elementary aged students, however some could be done with help by younger children. Certainly older kids and adults can also complete any of these projects and find ideas for their next craft. This book would be great for a recycled arts and crafts program!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Jahnna Wyn
This is such a fun project book for the little (and big!) ones. Each project is wonderfully illustrated and explained--step by step. The masks are especially fun projects (and the wearable jacket) to foster creativity and the skills of budding mask/puppet makers. Stellar job! One of the best art project books I've seen.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, lynne donnachie
This was a fantastic and accessible children's craft inspiration book.
I absolutely loved that the projects were relatively simple with the focus being on the child's artistic contributions.
All the projects are made using mostly regular household items which will appeal to most parents and ideal for rainy day activities.
The layout was lovely with beautiful photos showing inspiration and guidance and the numbered photos relating to the written instructions is very helpful.
I am the parent to a 10 year old who is autistic and has ADHD and I could happily see us making pretty much all the projects in here, the jacket out of a paper table cloth will be top of our list!