Out of the Box

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Published by DK Children

RRP: $19.99

About Out of the Box

Twenty-five interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids' creativity and "out of the box" thinking skills through hands-on learning and the application of science-based principles.

Kids can bring old cardboard to life and build recycled creations they can play with, sit in, and wear.

Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Out of the Box includes 25 interactive cardboard model projects to inspire kids' creativity through engaged and hands-on learning, and, as the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, "to realize with their hands what they can imagine in their minds."

From small-scale gifts to large constructions, author and award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing uses clear, step-by-step instructions to show kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more, and inspirational images encourage them to make their own unique models when they are feeling more confident. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes, so all the supplies should be easy to find right at home.

Build something brilliant with Out of the Box. The possibilities are endless!

Author Info:

Jemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer based in the UK. She has developed a number of innovative interactive books and modeling kits for children. In 2013, Jemma set up a not-for-profit initiative called BrilliantBuilds, which runs free workshops to encourage children to create amazing things with recycled cardboard.


"Once kids see some of the fun things that they can make out of recycled cardboard, they will be inspired." - Booklist

"With equal emphasis on construction and decoration, it's a book pitched at both sides of a child's brain." - Publishers Weekly

"[S]uch a rich mix of possible applications-from science to literature, math to art, and social studies to engineering..." - School Library Journal

"Out of the Box is sure to become a great work motivator." - The Teacher's Desk 6

"Any parent knows the power of a cardboard box...Jemma Westing has taken that idea, and multiplied it tenfold with Out of the Box, a book full of awesome ideas about how to bring old cardboard boxes to life." - Brightly