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TGIF: Create Great Art!
Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 30, 2008 @ 5:52 pm In Book Review,Family Fun,TGIF | 3 Comments
Friday nights are a great time to do something relaxing and creative with the family. Sometimes you might choose to veg in front of a movie, but a planned craft or art project can be really fun as well.
If you are a mom of young children and haven’t seen the Little Hands series of books, run, don’t walk, to your nearest library or book store and check them out. These are great books!
Published by Williamson Books , these bright and colorful volumes are teaming with great crafts and art projects to do with kids. The Little Hands titles include The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book  and Little Hands Paper Plate Crafts . The books are made of thick paper and sturdy bindings, so that even though they are paperback, they can hold up to some abuse from little hands. The illustrations are fun to look at and easy to follow.
They also put out a great line of resources for bigger kids as well, called Kids Can! One that I hope to explore with the bigger FishBoys later this summer is called Making Amazing Art! 40 Activities Using the 7 Elements of Art Design .
Recently, I had a chance to examine, Art Starts for Little Hands: Fun and Discoveries for 3 to 7 Year Olds . Written by Judy Press, it is filled with fun, theme-based projects that help teach shapes, colors, and letters. Since I have children ages 1, 4, 5,7 1/2, and 10, this book covers a wide-breadth of my brood.
We tackled one of the projects yesterday, and I’ve got some words to the wise for making art projects successful. (I wasn’t very wise, so this falls under the Don’t-Do-as-I-Just-Did category.)
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 Williamson Books: http://www.williamsonbooks.com/
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 Little Hands Paper Plate Crafts: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/1885593430/105-7972815-9030069
 Making Amazing Art! 40 Activities Using the 7 Elements of Art Design: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/082496795X/105-7972815-9030069
 Art Starts for Little Hands: Fun and Discoveries for 3 to 7 Year Olds: http://astore.amazon.com/lifeasmom-20/detail/1885593376/105-7972815-9030069
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