Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Playful Explorations in the Four Elements
One only has to light a candle or visit a stream to see how children are drawn instinctively to play with the elements of water, air, fire, and earth. This book shows how to encourage and develop this tendency in children. Written by Walter Kraul (who also produces some of the wonderful kits in our "Creative Arts" section) this book describes the construction of many toys and projects with easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams, and photographs. Instructions show how to make a paddle-wheel boats, a propeller plane, parachutes, windmills, spinning tops, a little hot-air carousel, a hot-air balloon, and much more. While some suggestions are simple enough for six-year-olds, others are challenging enough for a skillful twelve-year-old. We love this book!