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I am not an Eggbox

Authored by Sara Stanford
Illustrated by Dynamo Limited
Published by Carlton Books

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I am not an Eggbox is a lovely ‘recycling project book’ aimed at young people and willing adults. It claims to describe ‘amazing things to make with eggboxes’.

I was drawn to this book for several reasons. Firstly, our school is in the process of developing a global curriculum where we have used the UN’s twelve global goals as the premise of our curriculum design. We are passionate about our children being active, thinking and considerate members of society and their planet. This book encourages recycling, sustainability, creativity and collaboration. All great behaviours we advocate. What is more, I love nothing more than settling down with my nieces and nephews and seeing what we can create through junk modelling.

The book is bright, colourful and attractive. While it suggests adult participation in the activities, I would argue this could be left in a space in any EYFS or Year 1 setting and the children would be able to follow the instructions in the book. The ‘arty masterpieces’ you can create using this book stem from a fire engine to a whale. The repeated structure for each model is fun and accessible. Each model starts with a fun poem about the object or animal, a ‘did you know?’ bubble (always a winner with me) and a nice balance of illustration and photos for the sequenced instructions. A nice touch for each model is a box containing alternative models you can create using the same methods. For example, the ‘I’m not an eggbox, I’m a crab’ method, can also be used to create bugs.

I just love how I am not an Eggbox stimulates sustainability and creativity. I am yet to see a child shy away from a box, pipe cleaners and some glue—a definite for any home and any classroom.