Monday, February 23, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Organic Crafts

Over the past few years, I've developed a passion for saving our Earth and bringing only the most natural foods into our home, in an attempt to keep my family healthy as well. When I have children, they will be taught from a very young age, ways to save energy, help our earth, and stay healthy at the same time. Kimberly Monaghan has created a book that will encourage kids to make crafts that will use only materials that will not harm the earth in their production.

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities is filled with really cool projects that will suit a range of ages. Each activity is labeled with the appropriate ages, allowing you to chose one that all the children in your story time group can do, without difficulty.

Activities like "Hiking Heart" and "Pebble Pot" (and lots of others) encourage kids to get outside to collect their materials and crafts such as "Sunrise" and "Treasure Box" encourage recycling of old materials. Very cool!

Sections called "Nature Notes" and "Earth Action" are also included every few pages, giving more information on ways kids can get involved to help save the earth and info on some of the materials they're using. Great for teaching as well as having fun!

The only thing I didn't like, was in a couple of the activities the supply list called for a Styrofoam ball. Last time I checked, that was one material that should definitely NOT be used. The instructions do say that you can use a crumpled newspaper ball in place of the styrofoam, I just wish they had not even listed it to begin with.

Printed on 100% recycled paper, Organic Crafts is one of those books that could be beneficial to both home and school libraries, allowing you to not only get involved with your children and encourage them to use better materials for their craft projects, but also to use during story times. Pair this with a great picture book about saving the earth!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities
Kimberly Monaghan
160 pages
Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Chicago Review Press
March 2007


Infant Bibliophile said...

That sounds like a great book when our guy is a little older; I've been trying to find good craft books. thanks!

Becky said...

This one looks interesting.

caribookscoops said...

What a fun book! I am always on the look out for environmentally friendly crafts and projects. My daughter (5) loves to reuse and recycle - she's better at remembering than I am.