Book Review: See Play Do – A Kid’s Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun, by Louise Cuckow

Available now in bookshops nationwide.Available now in bookshops nationwide.

cv_see_play_doThis is a book with a difference. A book put together with a number of contributors, from a variety of backgrounds and ages, musicians, artists, radio hosts, teachers and children.

Louise Cuckow, the creator, is a fabric designer who also loves making things with her daughter. She wrote this book to help others who share the same passions as she has with her daughter. The ideas in this book are a guideline so that you too can be creative and come up with your own.

I sat down with one of my grandchildren and went through the book with her. Abby is 5 ½ years old and is very creative, often sitting down with her parents with books that they or myself have bought. It’s a pretty important part of a child’s education – exploring the world and coming up with ideas of their own.

This book explores how to write your name and decorate what you have written to drawing or writing about your morning and what you hear, see, think and feel. Drawing what you had for breakfast and where you had it and what would be your absolute dream breakfast.
Putting together the ultimate outdoor investigation kit at very little cost (much better than a commercially made one!) and then exploring the world to see what can be found to float, sink or something find something furry, amongst other ideas.

I thought this was a very clever book, well presented and one that would be wonderful to sit down with a child making items and discovering the world they live in. I can see myself spending many hours with Abby having fun exploring her world.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

See Play Do – A Kid’s Handbook for Everyday Creative Fun
by Louise Cuckow
Published by Beatnik Publishing
ISBN 9780994120519