Paper Play by Lydia Crook

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Paper Play by Lydia Crook

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Category: Crafts
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Louise Jones
Reviewed by Louise Jones
Summary: Every page of this book can be used to make or draw something creative. From paper planes to magic tricks and everything in between, this book will keep kids and parents amused for hours.
Buy? Yes Borrow? No
Pages: 112 Date: August 2013
Publisher: Running Press Kids
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 9780762449576

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Paper Play is a virtual time machine, taking us back to an era before the PC, tablet and games console, when children had the ability to amuse themselves for hours with a few sheets of paper, some scissors and some glue. Simple papercraft skills were passed down from generation to generation, arming creative minds with a seemingly endless supply of crafting ideas, including paper dress-up dolls, flying contraptions and finger puppets.

Lydia Crook describes herself as a Paper Engineer and she has a real passion for papercraft. Her book is a trip down memory lane in an attempt to revive some of the basic creative skills that are in danger of being forgotten or lost. She engages her readers, encouraging them to tear, rip, scrunch, scribble and cut their way through the pages of the book. Each page is a mini craft project in its own right.

My kids got really excited about the projects in the book and it was enlightening to see the wonder in their eyes when they made their spinners fly, opened out their snowflakes and glued together cubes and other 3D models. The book is ideal for 5-10-year-olds, though I have to confess that as a parent, I enjoyed it too, as it brought back so many memories.

I have a slight criticism about the page design. Some of the printed cutout lines were very close to the centre of the book, making cutting difficult and fiddly. Because of the way the book was bound, it was sometimes hard to tear out pages without causing damage to the rest of the book. I would have preferred it if the pages were perforated so that they could be pulled out easily.

British summers are notoriously unreliable, but Paper Play is the perfect rainy day book. It is ideal for parents and children to explore together. Most of the projects require only basic skills and the only items needed are a glue stick, pens and scissors. The ideas should inspire young minds to continue using their newly acquired talents to create their own paper artwork after finishing the book. Now I just have to hoover up all of those tiny pieces of paper on the lounge carpet...

Lydia Crook has something else for a rainy day. More fun craft projects can be found in Dadcando: Build, Make, Do ... the Best Way to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids by Chris Barnardo.

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