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Member Name: juicy_lucy
Usborne Activities: Princess Things to Make and Do - Ruth Brockelhurst
Advantages: Lots of makes
A lovely book for anyone who loves princesses and wants to make princess things. Yes, I do know someone who fits into this category quite nicely! We already have some of the other usborne craft books, and having found them useful and very enjoyable, this was a must.
After the index, with a list of the makes, the book gets straight onto the descriptions of how to make the items, without any long preamble as to how the book should be used. I like this because we want to make the things, not be told how to use what is essentially a very simple book.
There are 17 things to make; I would say the book is definitely more “make” than “do”- there are no ideas for example, of princess dance moves. The things to be made are: dancing Princesses, headdress, slipper decorations, sash, zigzag castle card, crown, fan, tiara, princess in the tower bookmark, fancy flags, door sign, regal rosettes, bag, royal banquet collage, chandelier, gift wrap and cards, picture frame. When I go on to say that the description of each make includes either the word “princess” or some other pretty adjective, then it becomes clear that these are makes which princess mad children will want to make. For example, the chandelier isn’t just a chandelier, but a sweetheart chandelier, and the bag’s not just any old bag but a swish bag. Before we even go to the appropriate page, we get an idea of what the thing is going to be like- probably very girly, very sparkly, and very “must have”!
It is divided into two page spreads detailing the thing to be made.
Each double page spread is beautifully illustrated with the detailed instructions in a series of illustrated boxes. These pictorial instructions show exactly, step by step, how to complete the activity. Around the boxes, and taking up the rest of the double page spread are lots of activity appropriate pictures along with suggestions for making your thing even more beautiful; the addition of sequins and glitter features quite heavily, but there are also little warnings about not cutting to far along the paper craft and other safety warnings.
In the middle of the book there is also a double page spread of stickers- hearts flowers, bows, crowns, tiaras and castles. These were quickly taken out of the book, and used on cards and other makes,because she just "loved them so much"
Published by: usborne
WHAT WE THINK OF IT
I say what we think of it because it is really little miss who makes these. With adult help She thoroughly enjoys the activities shown in the book. Each activity is clearly set out in stages and because they are done in a series of pictures, even quite young children can have a go with minimal adult help, although they will need your help to gather the resources.
The resources needed are usually things you would have in the house- tin foil, paints, pencils, tissue paper, so there is no need to go out and buy expensive things to make the princess makes
A great thing about the book is that the makes do end up looking something resembling the pictures in the book, so children aren't disappointed with their efforts.
What we find most useful is to have all the things to hand before we start so that once started, there is no need to leave something half finished while the other resources are sourced. However, because the resources are not too obscure, as long as you have a good supply of paints, paper and coloured pencils, then you can make the majority of things without too much fuss. We have become very resourceful at saving things like easter egg shiny paper ready for such activities.
Some of the things can be adapted according to the seasons- for example, we made the swish bag into an Easter bag, although in the book it does look very Chritmasy. For some of the makes, to get a finished result which your little person will like, I think adult help is required. The sparkly tiara had Little Miss asking me to draw it because she wasn’t overly pleased with her efforts, so to encourage pride in their work, if it’s too difficult, I always lend a hand, and leave the addition of sparkly things to Little Miss.
For anyone who enjoys simple craft activities, and who likes these kind of things, this is a great buy.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Good crafty book