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 Books, Klutz, Shambhala 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 You can also sign up for our newsletter, grab some freebies, and purchase past issues that never go out of date – all at our new website.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 a little about your kiddos favourite [non-screen] thing to do.
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:
My daughter loves Klutz kits. It is so fun to open up the book/kit/package and find everything there that you need to get started making straight away. No need for a trip to the craft store – no need to wait till the weekend – it’s all ready to get started. Good clear diagrams and photos along with all the materials – it’s just a matter of finding the right kit for you. This Klutz Scoubidou kit comes with enough bright and glittery scoubidou lace (and extra beads and clips) to make every project in the book (key chains, jewellery etc). If you haven’t come across Scoubis before – and have no idea what this is then you are in for a treat – Scoubidou (Scoobie or Lanyard) is a plaiting and knotting craft, aimed at children – it is lots of fun and very colourful.
Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination. By David and Robin Edgar. Lark Books (November 3, 2009).
This is such an original and interesting book by a couple of artists (who have a plastiquarium website and sell their fish plastic artworks on etsy) who use post-consumer goods to create their art. The projects in this book will inspire you to recycle, learn more about plastic, and make some cool things. Make insects, cars, fish, jewellery and more – all from recycled plastic – collect those detergent bottles and yogurt containers and get making!
Every Day’s a Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids. By Heidi Kenney. Chronicle Books (September 8, 2010).
You will know Heidi as the super talented author/maker from My Paper Crane. I have been a fan of Heidi’s for-like-ever! Her work is fabulously fun and silly and appeals to all ages. And now she has written a super festive book of children’s crafts. The book has a range of projects – from simple projects kids can make themselves – to more complex project for adults to make for the kids (I love this kids project – fun invitations to make) peak inside here.
It’s a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids. By Jennifer Ward. Trumpeter (June 14, 2011).
Jennifer really believes in the ability of nature to help our children learn, develop and grow. And nature is there for the taking – its free – just go outside and experience what it has to offer – open up the naturally curious minds of children to the wonders and joy of life. In this latest book Jennifer offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. I simply love Jennifer’s chapter headings – not your usual seasons – Activities for ‘fair and inviting weather’, for ‘balmy days’, ‘for crisp days with a sense of seasonal shift’, for ‘brisk, bright or billowy days’ and activities to ‘experience the outdoors when the weather prevents going out and about’. From exploring the lives of snails and worms, to observing pigeons, making a ‘leaf-a-licious’ mobile and and creating pocket gardens. This book is aimed at the little ones – but there is something here for everyone.