Family Friendly Books {Day 3 giveaway}

by kath_red on 08/06/2011

in Books

I am very excited to bring you a week of special giveaways and reviews of books that are perfect for parents and kids wanting to get active, healthy and creative. Thank you to these special publishers who have donated books for the giveaways: Chronicle BooksKlutzShambhala Publications and Lark Crafts.

Each day over the next week I will showcasing some very cool books, activities, tutorials and products that will enhance your family’s creativity time, give you some new ideas and ways to get creative, explore the outdoors, learn about science and cooking – all with a family friendly twist.

All in celebration of Issue 4 of the Action Pack: a Mega-mag for kids who want do stuff – available now in our shop. You can also sign up for our newsletter, grab some freebies, and purchase past issues that never go out of date – all at our new website.


There is one copy of each of these books to give away – so four lucky whipup.net readers have a chance to get one of these books. To win a copy of one of these books please leave a comment below telling us your favourite ‘messy’ weekend family activity.

Each day’s competition will be open for 48 hours. And the winner will be contacted via email.

Winners will be contacted via email.

Today’s giveaways are:

Stupid Sock Creatures Book & Kit. Lark Books (October 28, 2006).

All you need to make one of these stupid, wacky, crazy and irresistibly fun sock creatures is inside this kit. The best thing about these monsters are 1. They are made from socks (perfect for using up lost and lonely socks) and 2. the patterns are super easy with no measuring needed (perfect for kids), 3. the instructions are easy to follow with lots of tips and tricks and 4. the end result is some very cute and silly and ‘stupid’ characters!

A while back I reviewed John Murphy’s second book “Closet Monsters”, where he makes monsters from recycled clothing – fun book too!

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids. By Todd Davis. Chronicle Books (April 28, 2010).

This book is for dads – backyard DIY projects that handy and not so handy dads can make (mostly for but sometimes) with their kids. The projects range from super easy 1-hour projects like a paper plane to more adventurous day projects – like a rocket – to some trickier weekend (or 2 or 3) projects – like a treehouse – and lots in between. Really the projects are about men rediscovering their creativity, their shed and their tools and getting into fatherhood – enjoying their children – and having a darn good time!

Good Growing Kit. Klutz.

This seed growing kit will get your kids started on a lifelong journey of loving the garden. This kit includes a how-to book, garden seeds and a super sprouting tray for year round gardening. Like all Klutz kits this one is well written, laid out and explained in kid friendly language and with clear diagrams – plus the super fun bonus of all the materials you need to get started!

I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature. By Jennifer Ward. Trumpeter (May 13, 2008).

An activity guide, (with 52 ideas for kids ages 3-8 – an idea for each week of the year) to explore nature. From puddles, leaves, cold air and warm rain, clover and bird song and wiggly worms –  the projects are very open ended, with explanations where required. This is not a project based book – more of a gentle guiding hand to help both parents and children discover what is good about getting outside – in all seasons.

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