Confession time: I’m not crafty. (Or cooky, but that’s a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I’m talking ABC here.
[hand pump and whoot-whoot]
We’re loving Artterro because it gives us step-by-step lovely eco-art ideas (like bookmaking) that lead to meaningful time creating and being creative.
Eco-Art Kit for Kids
Assembling Artterro Books
Pick a decorative long paper cover and pages for your book. Fold in half and sew the pages together.
(more detailed directions in the kit. . . )
Decorating Artterro Books
Here’s the open-ended piece. Kids can decorate the book anyway they want.
They can use the thread, beads, papers, and sequins from the kit. We added washi tape to decorate the books, too. You can do anything here – or leave it plain.
Writing in Artterro Books
Filling the book is also an open-ended activity.
Here are my daughter brainstormed ideas: eraser stories, sticker stories, free stories, not-sure stories.
(You’ll notice I didn’t correct her spelling. I’m all for free writing without editing. However, at her age, she should know how to spell “stories” — so I did remind her of the correct spelling. Unfortunately, she wrote in marker so it didn’t get changed.)
Other Ideas for Your Book:
watercolors (the thick paper would be great for this)
scrapbook of photos
imaginary letters from a place you want to travel
(my kids are learning French and using their new words in pretend letters from Paris to their friends)
anything your kid can imagine!
Artterro is owned by two women who are both artists and mothers. Yeah!
Artterro’s packaging is made of 100% recycled cardboard, recycled, handmade paper, US-made wire, marbles, felt, and fabrics. And, the kits are assembled by hand in the U.S. (Love that!) Oh, and every kit include TWO bonus projects: the outer box can turn into a mailbox, birdhouse or special treasure box, while the inner tray can be decorated as a frame for finished art.
*I received compensation for this post. However, all opinions are my own.
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