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

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

Lucy Cousins
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Candlewick, 2012   ISBN: 978-0763661229

Maisy Mouse loves to make crafty things using bits and pieces that she finds around her house. She enjoys making things so much that she wants to share some of her project ideas with you. Each of the projects that she makes are really easy to make. The craft supplies are readily available, and Maisy’s directions are simple and clear.

Maisy loves spending time in her garden, so her first project is a “Beady Butterfly.” All you need to make this pretty and colorful ornament are some beads, cardboard, scissors, paints and brushes, pipe cleaners, and tape.

The next project is perfect for children who have stuffed animals that need a house to live in. Using a cardboard box, pencil, cardboard, scissors, tape, and paints, Maisy makes a colorful house with a door that opens.

For children who like to make gifts, there are plenty of crafty projects to make that are perfect for gift-giving, including a pencil holder, a necklace, painted stones, tissue flowers, and a ceramic bowl decorated with buttons.

The projects in this book are so easy to do that young children will not be intimidated by them, especially since their book friend Maisy is there to keep them company on every project page. Using simple methods and easy-to-find supplies, children can create all kinds of wonderful arts-and-crafts that will keep them busily working for hours.