The BIG Book of Glues, Brews, and Goos
500+ Kid-Tested Recipes and Formulas for Hands-On Learning
by Diana F. Marks Illustrated by Donna L. Farrell
December 2014, 407pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-771-2
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Over 500 tested recipes for creating children’s projects that are fun, safe, and educational.

This compilation is a must-have for every library, providing a multitude of methods for developing easy, interesting activities for children. Projects across cultures, recipes for healthy snacks, and intriguing science experiments are among the hundreds of ideas connecting learning and creativity for students of all ages.

Here’s a book to help students create cross-disciplinary projects by using materials they make themselves. From clays and dough, to compounds and crystals, to healthy treats and snacks, children can access the formulas and recipes to make them all! This updated resource combines everything from the former two volumes into one comprehensive edition and features even more recipes, additional relevant content, and expanded connections between activities and curriculum.

Every activity provides you with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions. Each tried-and-true, safe concoction uses easily obtainable ingredients and provides suggestions for determining why and when each formula can be used. The book contains recommendations for linking projects to curriculum to help make each activity relevant and educational. Organized into 33 chapters, projects include making musical instruments, growing and using plants, conducting science experiments, and preparing food for ourselves and other creatures.


  • Offers detailed instructions for making fun projects like simple telephones, face paint, a homemade compass, and snow globes
  • Features projects from other cultures and other periods
  • Provides step-by-step instructions, along with tips for easier project implementation
  • Contains recipes for snacks from across the globe, including Indian chapatis, corn tortillas, Navajo fry bread, and Welsh griddle cakes
Diana F. Marks consults with teachers, parents, children, and school districts to help enhance learning and develop curricula. Previously, she was a teacher for gifted students. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Let's Celebrate Today: Calendars, Events, and Holidays, Volumes 1 and 2 and Children's Book Award Handbook. She has a master's degree in education.
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