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Book Name: Nursery Crafts

Author: Jarie Lee Waterfall

Publisher: Humanics Limited

ISBN: 0-89334-107-X

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages:188

Illustrations: Black and white drawings and patterns

Experience Required: various skill levels

Book Review

The crafts in this book are geared toward assisting in the development of early learning skills for children such as fine motor, social emotional, cognitive, language as well as exposure to science, social studies, mathematics and pre-reading.  Some of the crafts are accompanied by a relevant children's poem, finger play or story to tie in with the theme of a craft and with developing some of the skills listed above.

I also really appreciate that the patterns directly follow the craft instructions and they are not in a different section.  This makes the craft quick and easy to put together, which is essential when working with children.  Another bonus of this book is that the number of copies of the pattern necessary to create a craft is written right below the pattern so you don't have to keep going back to the instructions to check how many you need to cut out. These shortcuts are great because time is of the essence for teachers making resources and props to use with the children.  Children also have relatively short attention spans for most activities (depending on their age, interests and skill levels) so the quicker activity, the better.  Not only is this a child friendly book, it is friendly to the environment because some of the crafts (i.e. Wallpaper Fish on page 151) use recyclable materials.

The only thing to be concerned about is the use of glue guns with children.  When a glue gun is one of the options with some of the projects in this book (i.e. Pinecone Petal Turkey on page 87) choose white glue instead so all ages and skill levels can participate.  Older children may be able to operate a glue gun or an adult can complete this part of the craft.  It is safer and more fun for everyone just to use white glue and adjust the drying time.


  • I Can Dress Myself Boy and Girl and All By Myself Rhyme (p.51-55)
  • Merry-Go-Round (p. 71-72)
  • Snowman (p. 115-117)
  • Sponge Tulips (p. 119-120)
  • The Wheels on the Truck Go Round And Round (p. 131-132)
  • 3-D Scotch Snowman (p. 133-134)

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