THE GOLDEN BOOK OF CRAFTS AND HOBBIES by Ben W. Hunt

THE GOLDEN BOOK OF CRAFTS AND HOBBIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a collection of projects suitable for execution by campers and scouts. Like many similar books this has many strengths -- and many weaknesses. Some of the things to make have no contemporary use, such as Indian implements and ornaments. They would dovetail with Indian activity programs, of course. Other things to make are very useful. Children are usually sparked to purposeful activity. Therefore the directions for making moccasins, bird houses and feeding stations, emblem vests and racing sloops are more apt to initiate interest. There are diagrams showing how to build a camp stove, a catamaran, a sled, and a toboggan. These are ambitious projects, with which the average youngster would need assistance. (While the diagrams are helpful, there are gaps in sequential steps which leave unanswered questions.) It also explains how to rig a camp shower. It can serve as a catalyst -- if there are available experienced hands, a fairly well stocked tool chest and the will to make and do. Occupational therapists too might find this of interest.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster