Saturday 6 April 2013

Sneaky Art

Sneaky Art by Marthe Jocelyn (Walker Books)
HB RRP $ 17.95
ISBN 9780763656485
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

It’s amazing what can be made with inexpensive things like paper plates, old magazines, buttons, wool, string, old pegs, paper clips cup cake papers, and empty matchboxes, and imagination. This crafty book gives great ideas for creating stuff from all these objects that are easily found, and at minimum cost. It is fun, mind-expanding, creative and interesting.

Although it is American and has some examples that differ slightly to what is available in Australia, and suggests that the things created are for surprise public displays, the items can be used as functional surprises for friends, family or self.

There is a Sneaky Art Tool Kit that lists what you need to begin with. Note that the recycling bin ‘can be a treasure trove of useful items.’ A visit to the Reject Shop or $2 Shop will fill your needs adequately. Keeping children occupied with constructive and entertaining activities is always a challenge. This book will provides them with visual stimulation and ideas through the pictures that accompany the craft activity.

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