My daughter absolutely loves animals - her current goal is to be a wildlife rescuer. She also loves, and is pretty good at, art. So my recent book to review, Make Your Own Zoo is perfect for her! The book has 35 projects designed for kids age six and older. They could maybe be done by very careful 4- or 5-year-olds with lots of parental help, and older kids will be able to add their own creative flair.
The book is nicely divided into six sections, so it's easy to find favorite animals: safari, jungle, arctic, aviary, aquarium, and enclosures/scenery. The crafts really do use every day things - a lot of cardboard tube ideas, as well as ideas from egg cartons (including using the taller, more angled parts, not just the cups for the eggs).
Some projects were a piece of cake, others took more effort, but they all were cute!
A love of craft has always weaved in and out of Tracey Radford’s life: throughout her childhood in Northern Ireland, her career as a BBC journalist and now, as a busy mom of three. A keen recycler and upcycler, the crafting house rule is: ‘only what’s on hand is allowed’, which usually means whatever’s in the recycling pile! Tracey started making cardboard animals with her daughter, and that’s how their zoo adventure began. Make Your Own Zoo brings together all of Tracey’s original creations with many new ones, and there are more waiting in the wings. Visit Tracey’s blog at patchworkparent.blogspot.co.uk