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With its chapters built around a theme (dinosaur, farm, pet, pirate, princess, and safari), artists and crafters get step-by-step instructions on how to create the illustrated object. Some are drawings (2 dimensional) created with supplies often found in the home or classroom (e.g., pencils, crayons, fine-tip markers, glue). Others are crafted by art-ing up a basic object, such as a large pebble, potato, or paper cup. There are 78 projects in all. 

Parent Perspective:
Fun. Fun. Fun. The variety of projects ensures there is something for everyone, the different media offer plenty of variety, and the step-by-step guides are perfect for every level of artistic talent. While drawing and painting dominate, the author also introduces other mediums: collage, mosaic, and print-block. I especially like that nearly every necessary supply is something you already have at home. Want to pick a project by the type of supply? There is an in the back. That is brilliant!

While the illustrated steps help, you need to be able to read the text that goes with it. The projects are simple enough that you can do them alongside a 4- or 5-year-old and they can select a project based on an image of the finished product, but they cannot figure it out on their own. Readers 10 and up can manage the book on their own. 

This is a great book to have handy for those days when you hear "I'm bored." It would work equally well in a classroom as fun projects to complement specific literature or science themes. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Easy-to-follow instructions and extensive use of household items make it easy for you to help kids tap into their creativity and artistic talents. You will LOVE the index and the ability to search the project by type of medium.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Children who are perfectionists may find it upsetting or disappointing when their item doesn't "exactly match" what is depicted. These are hands-on projects, and people with sensory issues may be bothered by paint on their hands or if glue gets their fingers sticky.

Type of Book:
This is a spiral-bound book with ideas for creating art with kids.
Educational Themes:

Each chapter is built around a theme. Most of the creations are based on actual animals, people, or structures (a pirate ship). Each is creatively rendered and the 3-dimensional projects make great props and puppets for storytelling. 

The glossary not only defines words related to the themes and objects, but it also explains some of the different artistic techniques used: collage, mosaic, printing block, drawing, painting. If there is a particular medium your child likes, consider finding additional projects to keep sparking their imagination and creativity.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age:
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great boredom buster. With 78 projects, you are sure to be able to find something different every time you open it up.

Title Draw Paint Stick
Author Carolyn Scrace
Publisher Scribblers, Imprint Salariya © 2020
Illustrators Isobel Lundie
ISBN 9781912904853
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.96
Genres Art | Art History
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