1/11/10

Kid Made Modern

One of Sebastian's Christmas gifts this year was this fantastic book Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham that features kid friendly crafts inspired by famous designers. These are a few of my favorite projects.

I had a skateboard when I was in 2nd grade but it was nowhere near as pretty as the one above. I love the concept of bright colors against wood grain.

These two showcase a few ways to make your own mid-century modern cardboard dwelling.

This is a great project for destashing your paint chip pile. It'd make a fun window hanging or room divider.

This one is my favorite by far. It's based off of Alexander Girard's style and uses brightly colored paints on raw wooden blocks. I NEED TO MAKE THESE!

So, if you're looking for some great indoor projects for these chilly winter months I suggest this book. Not only does it clock in at 52 projects, it contains a great glossary on craft tools and techniques. You'll also become well versed in your mid-century designers and your kid will be able to impress all of your hipster friends.

xoxo,
Rachel

25 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh....I saw that book tonight! Went to pick it up and check it out and then (as usual) something else caught my eye and I got distracted. :) Thanks for the inside pics - now I have a better idea of what it is.

emilia. said...

i'm sixteen, and I would still do these crafts!
these look great!

mrs boo radley said...

Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute. I wonder if our compost worms would like these projects (no kids yet).

heyjenrenee said...

gasp!!! that skateboard. you are right ... kid made modern = next purchase.

Leigh-Ann said...

does the book intend the children to craft/make them? Or parents for the children? Either way, it looks like such an amazing book! i'm enjoying your book reviews & suggestions :)

Big Yellow Dog said...

This is a great book! I'm always looking for new craft books for kiddos and hadn't seen this one yet. Check out Green Crafts for Children. It also has some great projects that use recycled materials.

Ashley said...

Thinking I know what to do buy with that Barnes and Noble gift card I just got...thanks

RachelDenbow said...

Leigh-Ann,

I think it's mainly for school aged kids but they are all projects parents can help with for smaller kids.

carolina postcard said...

fun - I wouldn't mind crawling around in a cardboard playhouse myself! I just discovered your blog - wonderful stuff.

ricebabies said...

Ohh looks nice. I teach art, so I do many projects like that with my students, its always better to see how a kid does it, such creativity in little minds and hands.

6p0120a78e43e4970b said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE these! i can't wait to pick it up. looks fabulous--thanks for pointing me that way.

tiny twig

6p0120a78e43e4970b said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE these! i can't wait to pick it up. looks fabulous--thanks for pointing me that way.

tiny twig

Vivi said...

What a beautiful book! I might not be a kid, but my art skills are at the preschool level so this book could be perfect for me!

irasema said...

i was looking at this book the other day. i love todd oldham! My favorite was the mobile made out of hangers

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

Oh wow! I wish my parents had this book when I was younger lol!

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Jen said...

I must have this book ASAP!

My Love is..... said...

Awesome review! I have this book on my wishlist thanx for the inside peek!

katie w said...

i have been lusting for this book...i want to do these crafts myself!

Leigh-Ann said...

thanks for answering :) xo

emily ruth said...

i just looked at this book at barnes & noble last week...it is awesome! one of the best kids craft books i've ever seen (& i learned a thing or two, too :)...so super cool!

diane said...

I just ordered this off Amazon...it looks so fun!

jenny said...

Thanks for posting! Looks right up our alley. I think we may need to make one of those paint chip screens asap!

zamboangagirl said...

oh my god. i am 37 and i still want to these myself! and maybe, just maybe, let my four kids help.

annie koelle said...

that looks like such a fabulous book, i've got to put it on my list! lucky boy!

shelliebellie said...

aaw what a cute book! i'll have to remember this when my kids older