Kids Craft Book Giveaway

{This Giveaway is now CLOSED!}

Hey guys!  My friend Marie from Make and Takes wrote a fun Kids Craft Book called Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.  It just hit bookshelves and is now available at all major book stores and online at Barnes and Noble,,, and  Marie was kind enough to send me my very own copy of the book.  My kids are really excited and want to get started on making several of the different craft projects Marie shares.

This book would be perfect gift for the holidays, or stocking stuffer for teacher, parents, grandparents or for your kids.   And knowing me…you know I love to spend time with crafting with my kids.  It is such a great way to stay connected to and spend time with your family.  It is also a great way to foster creativity in your children and get them away from the television and video games.

{all images courtesy of Nicole Gerulat from A Little Sussy}

Marie was also gracious enough to give ONE of my readers a copy of Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the YearSimply leave a comment here sharing one of your favorite things you like to do with your children, grandchildren or family members.  That’s pretty simple right?  One comment per person please.

This giveaway is going to be quick one so be sure to hurry up and enter.  This giveaway will close on Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 pm PT.

You can learn more about Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year  on Marie’s site.


*I was given a copy of Marie’s book to review.

The opinions and text are all mine.

Contest runs November 8-10, 2011.

A random winner will be selected and will be given 48 hours

to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    I love doing projects with my kids – in fact, we’ve been so into it lately, that my three-year-old now wakes up saying, “What fun project are we going to do today, mommy?”

  2. 2

    I love going for walks with my babies!

  3. 3

    I love to make cookies with my kids….they really love getting to mix the dough with their hands!!!

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    Heather D. says:

    My boys and I love making cookies together!

  5. 5

    We have a few favorites at our house… My kids favorite was finger painting with pudding…. YUMMY!!!! My mom use to do this with me and my siblings – and I passed it along to my kids… now I get the PLEASURE of doing it with my grand-babies (2 and 3 yrs old)! They love it – and I love it! I don’t have to worry about them licking their fingers,stains and spills! SO FUN! My youngest at home is 9 – and she still loves finger painting with pudding! (who wouldn’t really??) They also love making PRETZEL animals! Because they can eat them and they are super yummy too!!! LOVE kids crafts! I would LOVE some new and fun ideas too!!! Great giveaway!!!!

  6. 6

    My kids and I enyoj making christmas cookies together!

  7. 7

    I like to bake with my children!!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

  8. 8

    What a great book!! I would love to have this book so that I can do more fun, hands-on projects with my kids. My kids and I love to bake and make cards together.

  9. 9

    That looks like a book my girls and I would love. We love to paint each others toe nails and put make-up on one another.

  10. 10

    We love play with playdough and baking together!

  11. 11

    My oldest boy (4) is just beginning to get into doing crafts with me, but I am already running short of ideas. The internet is lovely for finding more, but sometimes I lose myself in blogland…so it would be really lovely to have a book on hand to provide inspiration without the fear of getting sucked into the void when I should be crafting with my son!

  12. 12

    I love doing crafts with my boys. I just wish there were more hours in the day!

    This time of year is birthday season for us and my kiddos helped me decorate crowns and tiaras and helmets and cone hats for the older’s birthday party. Once Thanksgiving is over, we’ll start making ornaments and paper chains for our tree!

  13. 13

    I like to talk with my daughter while we both are scribbling on wall and cutting papers and making different shapes. now we are paining out house wall with water .colours

  14. 14
    Jennifer White says:

    We like to make things with clay.

  15. 15

    Any and all craft projects we like to make. Around the holidays we love to decorate cookies. This coming Friday we are going to try our hand at making faux Christmas presents to put under their little trees they each have in their rooms.

  16. 16

    i teach a special ed self contained class and i love tiolet paper rolls. i can make anything!! would love to win this book. we make something every friday and i am ready for some fresh ideas!

  17. 17

    I love baking cookies or cupcakes with my boys

  18. 18

    My favorite thing to do with my girls is to bake or cook. Anytime we are together doing something is the time I treasure.

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    Nina Stokes says:

    With eleven grandchildren this book will be a hit around our house.

  20. 20

    My son and I love to play board games together.

  21. 21

    We love to read! They love to bring me a book and crawl up in my lap to read to them. That makes a Mama happy!

  22. 22

    we like reading, crafting and cooking here. and we just started doing simple science experiments too!

  23. 23
    Melinda A. says:

    This would be perfect. My young kids love tracing their hands and we make many things from it.

  24. 24

    i love making forts with my three boys! also making leaf piles to jump in…

  25. 25

    I like to do any projects with the kids that involve handprints. :)

  26. 26
    Anne Marie says:

    I love kid crafts that involve fabric and glue – so fun!

  27. 27

    My kids love following recipes and making food together. One of their favorites is making sugar cookies and helping frost them.

  28. 28

    I have two boys who aren’t big fans of coloring, so I’m always trying to find fun and unique ways to do crafts with my kids that will hold their attention. This book would be perfect!

  29. 29

    I love to read, play, bake, cook and sing with my children. However, my very favorite thing is probably craft with them. I post a weekly idea on my blog of projects my kids and I have done together
    and would love a copy of this book to add to those posts :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. 30

    We love to go on bike rides together. My children also love to help me cook!!

  31. 31
    Tina Matteson says:

    We do a lot of coloring and drawing around here, but my 5-year old daughter and I love to make crafts together most of all. Last night we made a puppet theater out of a cardboard box and then she made puppets from paper lunch bags.

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    Samantha C. says:

    My kids love to paint and play with Play-doh!

  33. 33

    We like to read together ,
    Good luck everyone!

  34. 34

    I love spending time with my kids. We love being outside working on the garden, camping, riding bakes. In the winter we tend to do inside crafts and reading.

  35. 35

    I love to paint with my son!

  36. 36
    Elizabeth says:

    I love to read with my kids, but also love to play games and make crafts.

  37. 37

    I LOVE doing crafts with my kids, and my nieces and nephews at Holidays… this would be perfect for us!!! I my have to purchase (of course, that’s if I don’t win!!!) Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. 38

    Marie has always had great projects on her blog. I”m delighted to see her with a published book!

  39. 39

    We enjoy cooking and playing cards together!

  40. 40

    My children are all grown and out of the house but I do have 14 other children. I work with Kindergarten children every day and this book would be a huge help in the classroom.

  41. 41

    My 4 y/o brother loves puzzles, so anything along those lines or involving letters are this choice these days.

  42. 42

    Baking with my children is my favorite activity.

  43. 43

    my daughter always wants to draw or do something cooking related.

  44. 44

    I love doing crafts with my girls!

  45. 45

    I love making treats and projects with my boys.

  46. 46

    What a neat book! I’m always looking for new craft projects to work on with my son’s class. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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    katie epstein says:

    Favorite thing to do with my kiddos is watercolors and paints!

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    Andrea Marshall says:

    All three of my children love making crafts. In fact, we just went through an entire roll of duct tape making wallets, belts, and iPod holders. They would love this book. It looks like so much fun!

  49. 49

    This would be amazing to win! I’m always looking for new crafts and projects to do with my kids! My two and a half year old is loving play dough at the moment but I also just dyed some noodles for the first time and he loves stringing them onto yarn. Thanks for the great give away!

  50. 50

    My children and I like to craft and bake together.

  51. 51

    My youngest granddaughter & I bake cupcakes alot! She loves to use sprinkles. I’m anxious to start the
    arts\crafts thing with her though! This book sounds fantastic!

  52. 52
    Jolene Beard says:

    My kids enjoy anything we do together, except chores. But they love to cook, do crafts, play games…

  53. 53

    Reading, walks, and bubbles are what we love to do! :)

  54. 54

    I love to baking with my son. And lately we have been working hard on creating with Legos! :)

  55. 55

    My daughter and I do everything together! We love to go to Storytime at the bookstore, color, read books, and play with baby dolls.

  56. 56
    Lizzy Stevens says:

    We love to read together, ride our bikes, and make our own home movies!

  57. 57

    My most favorite project I have done with my 3 year old was fall leaf pictures. We made butterflies, peacocks, dragons, etc out of leaves we gathered around the neighborhood.

  58. 58

    We’ve spent a lot of time lately playing lego. We also like to read together and, for a span of time, my son was very into making his own books. This craft books looks great!

  59. 59
    Megan Buck says:

    We love Legos!

  60. 60

    We love getting out the big container of crayons and letting our imaginations run wild!

  61. 61
    Andrea D. says:

    I love to read and play with my kids. They are growing up so fast and the questions they ask show how much they are learning every day.

  62. 62
    Holly Sams says:

    I enjoy reading time with my kids. We make sure we do it every night before bed! We have even created a library in our home just for that.

  63. 63

    I love doing all sorts of crafts with my kids. Just recently we made footprint ghosts for Halloween. They are darling and a treasured keepsake for me.

  64. 64
    Melissa Wheeler says:

    One of my daughter’s favorite things to do with me is to cook with me. She sits in her high chair and loves to stir and mix and taste while mom cooks dinner or lunch.

  65. 65

    My 3 year loves to do anything that I am doing! Her favorites right now are making scrapbook cards, making cards with the foam/foam cutouts, of course anything that makes a mess, and currently working on making her own small scrapbook!! It’s so fun to have someone to make crafts with, it gets boring doing it all alone! LOL!!

  66. 66

    My 2 year old loves being my little helper in the kitchen. We love to make cookies together!

  67. 67

    We don’t have any kids yet, but would love to have this book so that when my niece and nephew come to visit we can do fun activities!

  68. 68
    Melanie P. says:

    My favorite thing to do with my kids are craft projects– we all love it– so this would be perfect for our family!!!

  69. 69

    We love to read together!

  70. 70

    My kids and i love to bake and cook together. they also love to paint, as they call it, “masterpieces”!!

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    Rebecca V. says:

    My son LOVES to do crafts, so we do them all the time. It is fun doing things with him and watching his face light up as he accomplishes it. He usually says something like, “This is the best picture ever!” And then he’ll say the same thing again the next day. It is one of the highlights of my day.

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    Kathy Lewis says:

    We love to do anything outdoors – especially hiking and bike riding. My girls love to do all kinds of crafts, we especially love to paint together!

  73. 73

    Lately my little girl has been into having a tea parties, we have them a few times a day. So I think this week we are going to bake some little cookies for our tea parties!

  74. 74

    Wow. That does look like a great giveaway. I’ll be on the lookout for that book. If I can find a bookstore.

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    Heather M says:

    My daughter and I love to make cards together.

  76. 76

    My grandkids and I love making cookies, playing hide and seek and playing in the water in the kitchen sink!

  77. 77

    Everyday, I join my kids in a craft or art project. The kitchen is adorned with loads of arts and crafts materials. Instead of beautiful decor, we have paints, paper, crayons, markers, scissors and glue! Always looking for a new idea. My kids look forward to each holiday so we can make a “special” craft. My kids have done so many masterpieces, I have moved their work from the fridge to the playroom where I have matted each one. I now own my own art gallery. Love it! We would LOVE to have this book for more great ideas. Thanks for giving us the opportunity.

  78. 78

    We LOVE to make art projects together!!

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    Christa Nelson says:

    I love taking my daughter to her playgroup on Friday’s. She loves to do the crafts and I don’t have to be the one to always think of the ideas. This book would really help me to come up with ideas.

  80. 80

    I tutor & nanny, and I love the days when I get to do a fun & messy craft project with the kids <3

  81. 81

    I love to read with my kids. Life is heaven when we’re all cuddled up on the couch together, reading a good book!

  82. 82

    My kids love to do crafts with me!

  83. 83

    What a cute book! My 19-month-old son has really started getting into coloring so we love to do that together. I also love having game nights with my family. We’re a bunch of party animals!

  84. 84

    I can always use new ideas for crafting time with my little monkies!! For the holidays, my kids do lots of drawing, painting & mini crafts to help decorate the house for the holidays! So since it’s Thanksgiving we now have Turkey hands all over, Turkey pumpkins & pine cones! Very cheap way to decorate the house and unique since no one else has their designs ;)

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    Melissa Joy says:

    I work at an orphanage and this would be great!

  86. 86

    My 3 yo daughter and I love to make cards to send to our family. She colors on them with crayons or paints and puts stickers and glitter glue on them. It is a great way for us to bond and teach her ways to show gratitude and love for her family.

  87. 87

    I love doing craft projects or cooking projects with the kids. Some of our fondest memories evolve around doing these fun projects together.

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    Pamela Milogradov says:

    There are so many things I love to do with my 2 year old son. We love to read together, do puzzles, make cookies, and build tall towers with legos or blocks!

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    I love to do all kinds of crafts and science projects with my 2 grandkids. My 7 year old grand daughter always makes gifts for her parents, brother, grandpa and friends for Christmas and we look forward to doing that every year. We have already started for this year.

  90. 90

    right now my boy loves for me to read to him.

  91. 91

    I’ve been teaching my girls to sew using the machine, but love doing crafts too. Thanks for the chance!

  92. 92

    I love drawing, coloring and painting with my littles! They are so creative and this book would be amazing to keep that creativity flowing!

  93. 93

    My favorite thing to do with my kiddos is anything that makes them giggle and smile: running around outside, a fun craft project, baking or tickle fights.

  94. 94

    Most recently my 2 year old has discovered baking with Mommy is his favorite thing to do and I love the extra help!

  95. 95

    I love playing with my son… just in general. I’m always looking for fun craft projects for him to give as gifts to the grandparents. I think it’s such a great way to foster creativity too!

  96. 96

    I would love this! Even though my kids always start out excited about our crafts and I usually end up finishing them! :)

  97. 97

    My kids love making and playing with homemade playdough.

  98. 98

    Anything that is hands on and keeps my little boy entertained is perfect for me! I can’t wait to do crafts with him :)

  99. 99

    I like to do little paper crafts. My kids love cutting and glueing!

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    Kristin B says:

    My daughter is currently obsessed with making collages. If it can be glued to paper, it’s fair game around here! Thanks for the giveaway!

  101. 101

    We love to make card together!

  102. 102

    The kids and I really enjoy crafting for various holidays and events, and then decorating the house.

  103. 103

    My daughter and I love to craft together. We are currently both working on art journals–a new experience for both of us. :)

  104. 104

    I love baking with my son and hope when my daughter is old enough, she will too :)

  105. 105

    Last year was our babies first xmas so we made footprint ornaments for our fam.,hope to keep up with it.

  106. 106

    I enjoy doing crafts and cooking!

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    sangeetha says:

    Cool the book looks like fun

  108. 108

    I would love to win a book! My kids and I would have a blast trying the different crafts! Thanks.

  109. 109

    I just made homemade play-doh for my daughter and we had a great time playing and making “lunch” for each other. It’s a favorite for sure! This book looks like a lot of fun.

  110. 110

    How fun. I would love to win this book.

  111. 111

    i love to paint with watercolors with my kiddos…love this book!!

  112. 112

    aw so fun! my toddler and i love to color. he is a great little kitchen helper, too!

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    Kathleen R. says:

    My kids are getting older but they will still sit down and craft with me :) We love to do special things for each holiday. My youngest also loves to be in the kitchen with me. I swear someday he will a chef! ;)

    Good luck to everyone and thanks for the contest!

  114. 114

    Honestly, my favorite thing to do with my kids is CRAFT, although baking comes in a close second. I love Marie’s ideas so I’m thrilled about this book!! :)

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    Allison Brown says:

    I love to craft with my kids, especially seasonal ones. Bake, watch movies together. The book looks great!

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    My almost 3-year-old daughter and I love to draw and color. In the summer months, we can often be found on our balcony, creating chalk drawings :)

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    Jessica Anderson says:

    I love to cook with my kids!!

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    Jacqueline says:

    We love to try new, cheap, easy and fun craft ideas.

  119. 119

    i simply love reading stories with my children.

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    I love to play play dough and color with my kids!!

  121. 121

    I have a feeling this book would make the rounds of my book club and be a huge hit!

  122. 122

    My kids love painting and anything involving glue!

  123. 123

    I love to read with my kids! We can never get enough! :) Thanks for the chance at this fun book!

  124. 124

    I absolutely LOVE to cook with my kids. My littlest one is becoming a great cook because he cooks dinner every night.

  125. 125

    I love to play with my baby cousin. He’s little and I don’t get to visit him much, since lots of our family live in other states, so whenever I’m with him i’m playing.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

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    Julie Rosinski says:

    I am learning to love doing crafts with my 3 and a half year old daughter, Anna. She loves arts and crafts and certainly did not get that love from her mother, But her love of crafts is pushing me to find more projects for us to do together. I love spending the time with her. It’s also an exercise in patience for me, and also in being OK with making a mess, getting glitter glue on your clothes, and digging playdough out of little fingernails. This experience is pushing me to tap into my own DIY abilities and I’m considering doing someof my own crafts for Christmas gifts and decorating this year.

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    Nicole P. says:

    I love to cook, bake, and read with my kids.

  128. 128

    When the grandchildren come to visit, as they walk in the door, the first question is always “what project are we going to to today?’ So……we need this book.

  129. 129

    We set up jars during different seasons and try to do related projects/crafts.
    This would be great!

  130. 130

    We paint, glue, color, We love to create art.

  131. 131

    My 2 older kids and I used to play with homemade dough when they were little, and that’s exactly what I do with my little guy now who is almost 6! Time passes quickly, so have fun with your kids!

  132. 132

    We love to paint new holiday decorations

  133. 133
    Becky Hawkins says:

    Our favorite thing to do together is bake cookies, decorate them with royal icing, pack them in pretty packages and anonymously deliver them to church, neighbors, and the police and fire departments.

  134. 134

    Love the book! What a great idea for a homeschool mom! I especially enjoy baking with my kids!

  135. 135

    I loves to make a craft together with my boy when he grown up. Thanks for the chance to win!

  136. 136

    We love to color!!!! For hours!!!!!

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    Ashley R. says:

    I don’t actually have any kids, but I would love to win this for a gift for my sister and her little girls. I used to love doing crafts with my mom and grandma growing up.

  138. 138

    I love sharing my obsession with crafts with my daughter. I feel it is a valuable asset to have in life, not just to be able to craft your own toys, jewelry, or pretty things, but to be able to learn to use your hands to make something all by yourself. For her to learn that she can be creative, and productive whilst having fun.

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    Jeanine Crane says:

    I love reading with my boys!

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    I love hiking with my kids.

  141. 141

    My 4 year old and I spent all day yesterday getting in the mood for Christmas/winter. She made gift tags with glue and balloons, she decorated the doorway (to the closet – it’s a tad early for the rest of the house) with red burlap and Dollar Tree fake poinsettia flowers, and we painted our hearts out.

    Thank you!

  142. 142

    I love doing silly things with each of my kids individually. We have made up our own game called the “yummy game”.

  143. 143

    this looks like a great book. I love to do crafts with the kids I babysit!

  144. 144

    I love doing crafts with the kiddos in my preschool classroom! Thanks for the chance to win!

  145. 145

    with a new baby and an almost-5-year-old, i need lots of inspiration for fun projects that are easy and can be made with household items. would LOVE a copy of make and takes!

  146. 146

    I love to do all types of craft with my 2 lil ones.

  147. 147

    Great giveaway! I love cooking with my kids – especially simple things! Thanks for the chance!

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    terressa t. says:

    I love to involve my kids in the kitchen, but simple crafts are right up my ally too! this sounds like an exciting book I’m sure we would cherish!! thank you

  149. 149

    My kids love to craft and paint. I’m looking forward to making Christmas ornaments with them during Thanksgiving break. We’d love a copy of this book for new ideas. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  150. 150

    We love to read & look at lights & giggle…she’s only a baby now, but we are soo looking forward to making fun crafts!! Painting, drawing, glow-in-the-dark slim…etc. FuN!

  151. 151

    We LOVE playing games as a family! It’s always a lot of fun. :)

  152. 152

    I like any kind of craft that makes learning fun.

  153. 153
    Amanda Crouch says:

    I love doing craft projects with my 3 year old daughter. No matter what we do, she says that we are doing “science” projects.

  154. 154

    Definitely crafting… but I love cuddling up and reading stories too!

  155. 155

    I would love to win this book. My kids enjoy doing anything together, but I admit that I am not the best at sitting down to do projects with them. I love crafty things, so maybe this will help me find some things we can do together!

  156. 156

    I like doing craft projects with my kids. I’m always looking for new ideas to keep things new & interesting! :)

  157. 157

    I love doing anything with my nieces that makes them think the day is a little extra special, especially taking them with me on errands. My four year old niece went on and on to my sister about how I took her to the music store. This week is her birthday and we are going to starbucks for chocolate milk and then five below to pick out a craft and some candy.

  158. 158

    I have a 2 year old daughter who goes to preschool twice a week for a couple of hours. At least once a week I get a sheet of “homework” do to at home that works in conjunction with what she is learning at “school.” It seems to involve not only coloring, but gluing pictures, stamping, drawing, etc. I also homeschool/craft with her as well, out tot time, but now everytime she and I craft together (gluing, stamping, glitter, etc) she always sings outloud HOMEWORK MOMMY! I always laugh because if my homework was all about crafting I would have been a better student way back when! :)

  159. 159

    I love baking with my kids. They love fun and creative snacks and anything that they can make themselves or help cut:).

    Next would have to be playdough or coloring. There is something so peaceful and calming about those activities.

  160. 160

    i’m sure there are lots of cute crafts to do with the kids

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    Halley Park says:

    My sons love doing crafts. They both are autistic and doing crafts help theire motor skills drasticly and this book would help us so much with new things to do!

  162. 162

    This time of year I love to nhave my kiddos help make some handmad ornaments to give as gifts!
    They love it too!
    hgrossman at cableone dot net

  163. 163

    I love reading books to my kids, and telling the stories in the car.

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