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Create with Maisy: A First Arts-and-Crafts Book

Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book

by Lucy Cousins

Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound

Published: Candlewick (July 10, 2012)

Recommended reading age: 2-8

In a nutshell: It’s almost the end of March, and like many other parts of the country winter is having it’s last hurrah here in northeastern Kansas. Ice and snow and cold and slush, which means lots more time spent cooped up indoors. Recently, we’ve found one way to keep occupied, and with our favorite mouse, no less!

Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book is a wonderful collection of crafts for children of toddler age all the way to early elementary school. From constructing houses out of cardboard boxes to making a food garden out of seeds, beans, and uncooked pasta, Maisy takes her reader through very simple simple steps with a short supply list for each of the seventeen crafts outlined in the book. Lucy Cousin’s trademark bright, primary color illustrations and the photograph examples of each craft are friendly and inspiring. I enjoyed how Lucy Cousins opens this book with a message for the grown-ups, emphasizing the fact that “making things is fun.” That if you don’t have all the materials for a craft, just use something else! And always be sure to use safe materials like non-toxic glue and paints.

For you preschool and library-types, Create with Maisy has great ideas for storytime crafts. In fact, I used the vegetable print idea as inspiration for Food Fun Storytime and it was a huge success with the kids.

 A wonderful introductory book to arts and crafts, Create with Maisy will keep a child busy for hours, and is a gentle reminder for us grown-ups that it doesn’t take much to create and have fun.

Don’t take my word for it: “This will be a favorite not only with preschoolers but also up to second grade, with children who want to do crafts all on their own. The projects are simple and easily duplicated and changed depending on the materials at hand and the child’s imagination.” -review from Little Jean Library.

Extras: Here’s one of the crafts we made one snowy day…

Source of book reviewed: My local library!

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