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51 Things to Make with Cardboard Boxes

51 Things to Make with Cardboard Boxes

Fiona Hayes
Illustrator:  Tom Connell 
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 6 to 9
QEB Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1609928346

Many parents buy their children wonderful gifts only to see them spend hours playing with the boxes that the gifts were packaged in. This is not really that surprising when you consider the fact that boxes not only lend themselves to wonderful imaginative play, but they can also be turned into all kinds crafty things.

In this splendid book the author shows us how we can take simple things like cereal, tissue, gift and other boxes and use them to make a wide variety of things. For example, in the first project that we are presented with we use two cereal boxes and three long boxes to build a fun looking cardboard giraffe. The supplies needed to complete the project are easy to find at home or in a craft store. The easy-to follow instructions show crafters how to build the giraffe step by step, and every step includes an illustration to help children see what they need to do. A photograph shows crafters what the giraffe will look like when it is complete.

Other projects in the book include making little cars, a pirate hat, a birdhouse bank, a flower basket, a treasure chest, a crown, and a robot mask.

This book would make a wonderful gift for children who like to make things.