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.


  1. says

    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. Donna B says

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

  3. says

    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!!!!

  4. says

    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.

  5. Lauren says

    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.

  6. Kim N. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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

  9. says

    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.

  10. cheryl says

    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!

  11. Tammy says

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

  12. says

    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!

  13. carey says

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

  14. Melinda A. says

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

  15. Caroline says

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

  16. Jenny says

    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!

  17. 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.

  18. says

    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.

  19. Shawn says

    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!

  20. Suzanne says

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

  21. says

    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.

  22. 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!

  23. says

    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!

  24. Lori H says

    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!

  25. Jolene Beard says

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

  26. says

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

  27. Teresa says

    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.

  28. Holly says

    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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. Tricia C says

    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!!

  33. Leslie says

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

  34. amanda says

    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!

  35. 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!!!

  36. Delia R says

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. Meghan says

    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!

  40. Missy K. says

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

  41. Vicky says

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

  42. says

    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.

  43. 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.

  44. Crystal says

    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 ;)

  45. Rachael says

    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.

  46. sheri A says

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

  47. 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!

  48. Cynthia says

    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.

  49. Sharesa says

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

  50. Rebecca W says

    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.

  51. Lesley P says

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

  52. Kay says

    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!

  53. Mindy says

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

  54. says

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

  55. 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!

  56. Tara W. says

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

  57. says

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

  58. shanen says

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

  59. Amy says

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

  60. Nickie says

    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.

  61. 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!

  62. says

    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!! :)

  63. Allison Brown says

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

  64. Amy says

    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 :)

  65. ToVah says

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

  66. says

    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!

  67. 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.

  68. Sharon says

    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.

  69. monique says

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

  70. Meredith says

    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!

  71. 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.

  72. Kristin says

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

  73. Hueisei says

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

  74. 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.

  75. says

    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.

  76. says

    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!

  77. Holly says

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

  78. Kerry says

    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!

  79. AliceH says

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

  80. 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

  81. Kat says

    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!

  82. says

    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!

  83. 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.

  84. Amy H says

    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!

  85. Carla G says

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

  86. Anna says

    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.

  87. Heather says

    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! :)

  88. Brittanie says

    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.

  89. 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!

  90. Haley G. says

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