The Jolly Book of Boxcraft

Posted in Art, Hobbies and Crafts, Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Preschool, Public Domain, Upper Elementary on February 29, 2012

According to this book, some of the best toys are being thrown away every day!  Starting with a delightful prose about making fantastic worlds with recycled cardboard, this book shows how to make a variety of toys using boxes, glue, scissors, and a ruler. Black and white photos accompany the instructions.  There are over 40 projects to Read More »

Bible Story Coloring Pictures

Posted in Art, Bible, Creative Commons, Elementary, Middle School on January 30, 2012

Sometimes a public domain book has textual problems.  The information is old or outdated or the author’s style is not particularly pleasing to the modern reader.  It makes it difficult to sift through lots of resources. More than once I have encountered texts that were just poorly written.  Just like you can find mass-produced junk Read More »

Animated Cartoons

Posted in Art, High School, Hobbies and Crafts, Math, Middle School, Public Domain, Technology, Upper Elementary on January 9, 2012

Edwin George Lutz brings us another artistic book, this time detailing the origin and making of animated cartoons. From the early days of flip books to the beginning of motion pictures using celluloid film, this book is perfect for kids who are interested in animation and cartooning. Download Animated Cartoons from The hardcover book Read More »

Drawing For Beginners

Posted in Art, High School, Middle School, Public Domain on December 26, 2011

For older students that want a little more instruction in drawing and form, this book packs an artistic punch. Most of the instruction is focused on the human form, but there is chapters on objects, sketching out of doors, line and shade, etc. The illustrations are more sophisticated and detailed than some of the other Read More »

A Treasury of Plays for Children

Posted in Art, Hobbies and Crafts, Literature, Middle School, Mythology, Public Domain, Upper Elementary, Western Civilization on December 16, 2011

There not a whole lot to this book.  The book digitized by Google books has no fancy cover or illustrations for me to share with you. What the book does have, however, are 14 plays adapted for children in upper elementary-middle school.  They include such gems as Alice in Wonderland, Punch & Judy, and The Read More »