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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Review: Around the World Craft & Design Book

The Around the World Craft & Design Book celebrates many cultures and traditions.

It brings together thirty different craft activities for children (and adults) to enjoy. Each is connected to a particular culture or tradition.

Around the World Craft & Design Book is bright and colourful, just like the crafts it promotes, and will appeal to a range of readers. 

The crafts are grouped into regions, each of which has an introduction featuring a map and summary of the activities to come.

You'll be able to explore: North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, East Asia, Australia and South East Asia.

All the crafts have photos and step by step instructions. Lists of materials you will need and craft and design notes are also provided.

There are some templates included in the book for you to draw your own designs (e.g. for a quilt, Peruvian-style beads, or Welsh love spoon).

You can also learn from a variety of facts scattered throughout. One piece of trivia is related to the horse hair woven crin dolls and jewellery made in Chile. The hair is cut from horses' tails where it will grow back, though local legend says the weaving originally used fine tree roots.

Cultural crafts are a fun way to experience the world without getting on a plane. From origami, painted eggs and mosaics, to fabric printing, kites, and up-cycled toys, there is something for everyone to try in Around the World Craft & Design Book.

Grab a copy of the book, and a box of materials, and get crafting!

Title: Around the World Craft & Design Book
Author: Kait Eaton and Laura Baker
Illustrator: Eva Byrne
Publisher: Lonely Planet, $14.99
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781788681131
For ages: 6+
Type: Junior non-fiction