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Nature's Art Box

From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere

By Laura C. Martin

Illustrated by David Cain

Take your child’s creativity outside! Laura C. Martin offers 65 art projects that kids can make with materials found right in their backyard. There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets. Cultivating a respectful engagement with nature while developing artistic skills, Nature’s Art Box is an inspiring handbook for the next generation of expressive and conscientious stewards of the earth’s resources.

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“…if you want to use nature to nurture your child’s creativity, then “Art Box” provides hours of activities.” – New York Daily News

"'ll learn a little about conservation and a lot about art basics..." – Dallas Morning News

Run right out and get Nature’s Art Box…this is a fun book that will get kids outdoors…” – San Diego Union Tribune

"Nature's Art Box takes nature crafts to a more creative level." – Knight Ridder

“The beauty of Nature’s Art Box is that it entertains as well as educates. “ – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Youngsters will see nature through the eyes of an artist and learn how to be stewards of the Earth.” – Indianapolis Star

“…the author encourages kids to see artistic potential in a handful of twigs, pinecones and more.” – Publishers Weekly

"The projects display a respect for nature and art, and a simple, subtle beauty...Martin's unusual volume will be a great resource for crafters of all ages and abilities." – School Library Journal

“…the book emphasizes seeing the world as an artist’s palate, there are also lessons on being kind to nature and how to collect items.” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

Product Details
Age range
8 - 12
Grade range
3 - 7
Number of pages
Publication date
June 03, 2003