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Spiral hardback

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A fantastic activity book, brimming with 1000 exciting ideas for things for children to make and do. Easy instructions describe how to create amazing drawings, paintings, collages and 3D models. From collage monkeys and paper weaving, to door signs and animal masks, children will love flicking through the pages to choose an activity. A perfect gift, as well as an excellent resource for anyone looking for ideas to do with children of all ages and abilities.

Book information

Key Stage
Spiral hardback
ISBN: 9781409536376
Extent: 368 pages
Dimensions: 240 x 205mm
Fiona Watt


Winner - Royal Society Junior Prize for Science Books 2008

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“Very popular at home and school”
I have this activity book at home for my children and at school for my students. It has fresh, fun ideas that children of all ages can do. My seven year old can be found most days, drawing or experimenting based on the activities in the book. Even my four year old enjoys the art projects. This book has come in very handy at school as well with my grade threes and fours. Everyone who enjoys being creative should own this book. I have purchased it as gifts for several people as well. There is an endless amount of fun that can be made right in your kitchen with 1000 Things to Make and Do!
“big book of science things to do and make”
I loved making the cool activities. My favorite is baking the bread. It tasted very good.
“Perfect for young experimenter and neat-freak Mum alike.”
This is the best children's experiments / activity book I have seen! (I'm an Usborne Books at Home organiser, and an engineer.) The projects are interesting, very effective, quick to complete, and do not require too many obscure materials. My 5 year old can manage most of the projects with only minimum help, without covering half the kitchen with "experimental by products". (Known as "a lot of mess" to you and me ....) It's suitable for older children too - perhaps up to 9-10 years old. It's not a babyish book at all.
“Best book for 4 year olds”
My son and I toddled over to the bookstore on Thursday afternoon. Normally we'd have hit the library, but he wanted a book that was "MINE, and I NEVER have to give it back again". So we browsed around for an 'experiment' book. We hit on the Usborne Big Book of Science things to make and do" I must admit my partiality, having done selling for Usborne for 3 years while in Spain. But besides that, it really was the nicest illustrated and most appealing to a 4 year old. And most appealing to the mother, since all the experiments and things to make and do appeared to use stuff I had hanging around in the house. Well, since then we've been having a ball. Unlike the fiddly girl stuff in the girlie make and do books, all the stuff here only uses bits of cardboard or paper, elastic bands, sticky tape and straws! And they really work, and more importantly, the cool factor is really high. The cool factor is really really important to 4 year olds! We've done / made about 4 things now, and they really have only taken stuff I had in the house and they only take minutes to make. The kids should be in bed, but we've just made some great catapult paper aeroplanes, so they're having a wonderful time launching these into space!

Press reviews

“An amazing art and craft book to keep your child fully entertained during holidays, rainy days and even play days with friends... there is something to suit boys and girls of all ages and abilities.”
“Brimming with activities, this book is an excellent resource.”
“The perfect book for a rainy day. It’s also great for the school library for finding ideas to keep children entertained. I highly recommend it.’”
“To fire up the whole family’s imagination, splash out on an activity book you can use again and again.”

Resources for this book

  • Quilling activity sheet
    Make a lovely Valentine's Day gift with this free, printable activity sheet from 1000 things to make and do.
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