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I really enjoyed exploring Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin, author of Nature's Art Box. I recommend this book for children ages six and up and their families; Montessori elementary classrooms; and homeschooling families. It would make a great resource for history timelines in art, inventions, and inventors; care of the environment; the fundamental and spiritual needs of man (art and food); and for Earth Day study units.
In the beginning of the book there is a Trash Timeline showing the history of garbage dating back to 1810, which can be easily adapted for a history timeline lesson activity. Next in the book there is an anatomy of a landfill showing where all that garbage goes!
Each chapter includes a wonderful segment called "How You Can Make a Difference" for a child, a family, or a classroom to get involved. Each chapter also includes an interesting highlight of a 'recycling artist' in a brief question and answer format, as well as "More Ideas for Recycling".
There are four main chapters in the book including paper, plastic, metal, and fabric. A nice feature in the plastics chapter is a chart with a numbering system for consumers to sort out plastics and to inform them of what all those numbers mean that are stamped at the bottom of plastic materials.
The chapter on metals lists all the pure metals and alloys and their uses with an explanation of how metals are sorted in a recycling plant.
The last chapter is on fabrics with a timeline on how fabrics were made and invented starting in the 1700s highlighting inventions and inventors like Issac Singer who invented a sewing machine.
The craft activities included in each chapter were well-thought out with great directions and diagrams and beautiful pictures of the finished product as well as a list of materials found typically in a trash or recycling bin. At the end of the book there is a short resources list and a two-page glossary.
The book is 88 pages long and can be used as a jumping off point for further study of art, history, the earth, and the environment.
In conclusion, I highly recommend Recycled Crafts Box. However, I think the title is a little misleading. This is a children's book for learning about the history of recycling and trash materials, materials which can instead be used for arts and crafts, plus 30+ projects you can create at home or in the classroom.
Recycled Crafts Box (item number A133) is no longer available at Montessori Services www.montessoriservices.com. You can find it on Amazon here. I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review from Montessori Services, and with whom I am also an affiliate. I get a small commission if you purchase the book, or any other materials, from the links provided in my blog. Thank you!