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51 Things to Make with Paper Plates

51 Things to Make with Paper Plates

Fiona Hayes
Illustrator:  Tom Connell 
Photographer: Michael Wicks
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 6 to 9
QEB Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1682970065

The humble paper plate is not much to look at. It is a functional thing that is quickly used and discarded. Unless, that is, it is put into the hands of someone who sees its potential. One such person is Fiona Hayes, who has created this book for children who are interested in creating amazing things using simple household items.

To complete the craft projects in this book, crafters will need large paper plates and small paper bowls, along with white glue, scissors, pencils, a ruler, pens, paints, and paintbrushes. Other items that are used in the projects include googly eyes, elastic, felt, straws, cardstock, and cardboard. All these things are easily found in a craft shop.

For every project the author gives crafters a list of what they will need, and then annotated illustrations show the creation process step by step. A photo shows the completed project so that crafters know what their projects should look like when they are complete. Often the author includes a “Handy Hint” that helps the crafter.

In all there are fifty-one things to make in this book, and they include things like a robot, a Princess tiara, a fabulous dragon, cute looking little mice, and a pig- complete with a curly tail.

This book would made a wonderful gift for a child who likes to work on craft projects.