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Making Make-Believe

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Book Name: Making Make-Believe

Author: Maryann F. Kohl

Publisher: Gryphon House

ISBN: 0-87659-198-5

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 191

Illustrations: B&W drawings

Experience Required: beginner

Book Review

This very hands-on book is geared toward children exploring the world of fantasy and imagination with instructions for creating the props and settings for creative fun.

Handy icons are provided to help the reader determine if the craft is one you can do based on the experience level, materials and techniques required. The icons are very visible as you turn the page because it is the first thing you see in the corner of the page. Then you can evaluate immediately if this is the craft you wish to make. There is also a useful icon index at the back that lists the crafts under each of the icons.

The introduction gives you an idea of how the book is broken down, what you need to provide and do to engage children in make-believe and how it can be beneficial to children.

The book is divided into seven chapters: Play Zones and Imagination Spaces, Little Scenes & Mini-Play, Puppets & Sets, Hats, Costumes & Masks, Storybook Make-Believe, The “Let’s Play Corner” and Cooking, Games, and Other Activities Too Fun to Miss. I like the fact that most of the crafts or projects included in the chapters above use recyclable materials or materials you have close at hand.


  • Cardboard Carton Play
  • Little Pebble Family Home
  • Coral Reef Mini-Scene
  • Box Puppet
  • Tennis Ball Puppet
  • Wild Rumpus Mask
  • Sponge-Printed Snake
  • For Always Sand Castle

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