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Books/Children’s Crafts/How-To: More Things To Make and Do

Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 1:38 am on Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Title: More Things To Make and Do
Adapted by: Wycoff, Joan
Publisher: Golden Press
Copyright: 1960, 1969

Out of print. Adapted from the earlier work McCall’s Golden Do-It Book, this small paperback is a collection of projects for children. It’s a great nostalgia trip as well.

Techniques include papier-mache with newspapers, making marionettes out of thread spools, and decorating boxes, among many others. The age of the book is revealed with projects that require “berry boxes” made of thin slats of wood, the assumption that all thread spools are made of wood, and the use of the term “pipe cleaners” instead of the modern “chenille stems”.

In spite of its age, I think that books like this offer much to families of today. There is a simple, magic sensibility to the concept of making things from materials around the house. I fear sometimes that the level of imagination displayed in books of this type has been lost in a day when people can readily go to any craft or discount store and buy pre-packaged, clean, prepared ice cream sticks, and wooden spools that have never seen thread.

There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to turn up this little volume, but it’s worth keeping your eyes open for similar craft books at yard sales, used book stores, and even thrift shops. And don’t just hand it over to the kids – do the projects with them! You’ll be sure to enjoy it as much as they do.

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