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From farmhouse and safari animals to royal garb and seasonal decorations there is something for everyone in this collection of craft ideas. Supplies vary per project, but are budget-friendly and use things you already have on hand: paper plates, glue, scissors, ruler, felt-tip pens, and pencils. If you have kdddos, you also have kid-friendly paint and paintbrushes. 

Parent Perspective:
If I still had early elementary-aged children, I would want this book on my shelf. It would come in very handy for snow days, rainy days, and the times I hear "I'm bored." The projects are easily adapted for a classroom because they are simple to do. It is easy to see all the possibilities of using the book for science (make frogs when studying pond life), social studies (masks for cultural celebrations), language arts (book characters, like Curious George and the Rainbow Fish). 

Not listed among the supplies, but highly recommended: tracing paper. The book does not give you cut-out templates or patterns, but you can trace some of the illustrations to make your own. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Wherever your imagination takes you, you can bring those ideas to life with this fun book built for curious and creative minds.

Content Awareness Factors:

Given some of the shapes that need to be cut from plates, it would be helpful to have a section with traceable patterns or templates.

Type of Book:
This is part of a series of books on how to use household items to create fun kid-friendly things.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for makers that has great cross-curriculum potential, especially in science (animals, flowers) and social studies (dragons, masks, folktales).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great book to have handy when you hear "I'm bored."

Title 51 Things To Make with Paper Plates
Author Fiona Hayes
Publisher QEB Publishing Inc., Imprint Quarto Group © 2017
Illustrators Tom Connell, Michael Wicks
ISBN 9781682970065
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
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