Family Friendly Books {Day 4 Giveaway}

by kath_red on 09/06/2011

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 You can also sign up for our newsletter, grab some freebies, and purchase past issues that never go out of date – all at our new website.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 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:

Klutz: A Book of Lanyard & Lacing and Scoubidou Kit.

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.

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1 Sarita June 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

I rarely have the screen on here so we spend a lot of time outdoors. Hiking, nature walks, cycling…all outdoor activities are big here.

2 Melissa Aliengena June 9, 2011 at 7:26 am

My son’s favorite non-screen thing to do is to dig for pirates treasure. We had collected a bunch of tones, washed and spray painted them gold, I burry them somewhere in the yard and leave a treasure map to follow, so much fun. My daughters favorite thing to do without a screen is to make mud, and pretty much get filthy in it; she’s 18 months, my son is 3 years. We love out outdoor time, the kids only have 1/2 hour to an hour of screen time a day: while I cook dinner.
Those books look great, I know they’d love ’em!

3 Melissa Aliengena June 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

ah, typos:

4 Kate June 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

We love to ride bikes around here.

5 Catherine June 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

My oldest likes to explore outside, play with Legos, or read.

My youngest likes to listen to music or be read to.

Thanks for the chance!

6 ericaceae June 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

Mine love all things related to water- the kiddie pool, sprinkler, or just splashing each other with it!

7 Kim Misenheimer June 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

Once the screen is unplugged my kids LOVE to draw and make things in my studio such as polymer clay and work with oil pastels. THANKS!

8 amy June 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

The screen is rarely on here, too. My oldest loves to read, my middle to draw, and my toddler enjoys just about everything (toddlers should be generalists, don’t you think?!). They all like Legos, being outside, going to the beach, and playing involved games that they make up together. :)

9 Shalae Tippetts June 9, 2011 at 8:04 am

Anything craft related they dive right in, especially when involves paint. There is something about paint that they can’t get enough of.

10 Jen June 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

We don’t have a TV so there are lots of non-screen things to choose from. We have season tickets for the zoo and for our local puppet theatre and I think these are 2 of the best things we have EVER bought. We go to the zoo about once a week, sometimes we just take some lunch and go to watch the monkeys eating their lunch other times we are there from open to close. We go to the puppet theatre anout once a month, they do a lot of interactive performances and are alway wonderful.

11 Helen June 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

My daughter loves catching and cuddling the chickens, and the cat! My son loves to read and play lego. My baby loves to help dad mow the lawn!

12 Jenny June 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

swim, swim, swim…and if that is not possible…water parks, slip n’ slide, paint with water, water the flowers, sprinkler…its been pretty hot here, so we have done it all!

13 Carrie June 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

My boys love to play sports and board games (but they still love their wii!).

14 Catherine June 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

They all love playing dress up.

15 Leah June 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

It’s a tossup between bouncing on the trampoline, and knitting nancy action!

16 Mindy June 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

There are so many things my kids like to do outside – swim, jump on the trampoline, help in the garden, swing, play basketball with the neighborhood kids – that I don’t know if we could pick just one thing.

17 Bonney June 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

We spend a lot of time at the picnic table. Making crafts and eating with breaks for running under the sprinkler!

18 ~Heather June 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

Lately it’s filling up the wheelbarrow with water and mixing in whatever they can find!

19 Laura June 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

At the moment it’s sand and water in the garden, but usually it’s telling stories out loud, mostly complicated ones involving trains!

20 Amy June 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

My kids’ favourite non-screen activity is just being outside building forts, digging in the dirt, playing adventures games!

21 Stacy Brunner June 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

My 3 year old loves rubber stamping.

22 RachelM June 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

My son’s favourite thing to do, is make creatures from pompoms. Keeps him entertained for ages

23 Caitlin June 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

Her favourite thing to do is biking; timed races around our building, through the park, to the corner store for ice cream. It is definitely a priority!

24 Jen June 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

They love arts and crafts and imaginary play. Yesterday they played Kung Fu Panda!

25 Tammy June 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

My little monsters love playing on their swings, swimming and crafts!

26 MonicaTiesinga June 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

minimal TV around here…legos, barbies, reading and music. They take turns making games up, its entertaining:) Playing out in the sprinkler in the summer!

27 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens June 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

We don’t have a TV in our house. Books are our favorite non-screen time!
Thanks for the chance to win one of these books.

28 Nichole Anne June 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

We’re a big fan of making and play with play dough.

29 jessica June 9, 2011 at 11:21 am

We love to make marshmallow vehicles!

30 Katie Wools June 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

My little one is 17 months and loves to dance. We have a record player in the main room and every night when we get home we dance and teach each other new moves.

31 Shawn June 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

We homeschool and have a “No TV in the daylight” rule. Our family has a goal to hike 100 miles this year, and the kids swim almost daily in addition to being creative with art. For the last two years we have made and maintained Nature Journals, and a tutorial can be found on my blog if anyone is interested. (Click the Crafty Crow button).
ps- We love, love, love the ActionPaks!

32 Jennifer Can Quilt June 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

I don’t have kids!

But I do have students.

I think my students’ favorite thing to do (non-electronic) is go to the Boys’ and Girls’ club or neighborhood youth centers. While they’re there they get to play games with peers and friends, and I think they enjoy the structured “play” time.

My kids also love doing Scoubidou, but they call it Gimp. This book is perfect for my classroom library, because it’s an informational text that kids will really desire to read. What gets better than that?

I’m also intereted in It’s A Jungle Out There, because we definitely need ways to incorporate nature into their lives. Living in this concrete jungle means they are missing some crucial understanding about nature and the outdoors that is really required to understand many of the texts that we read.

Overall, any of these texts would be useful and welcomed within my classroom. I love that you are doing this feature because it has given me so many titles that I probably never would have found alone. Thank you!

33 Kristin June 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Depends on the kid. My oldest and youngest love to read/look at books. They all love the ride bikes. My oldest loves to scrapbook with me.

34 Beth June 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I do not yet have a child but I’m hoping for one ASAP! I’m just going to say my future child’s favorite thing to do is play with bugs and get dirty! Like mamma like son/daughter!

35 kathleen June 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

my kids like to play pretend, get dirty, ride bikes and scooters, read, craft and make music.

36 jessa June 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

My girls are all about going to the gymnastics studio for ‘open gym’ and jumping their energy out on the trampoline!

37 Mary Puerta June 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I have two boys (7 and 3) My 7-year old loves sewing stuff for his friends, and my 3 year old loves painting (any kind: feet painting, face painting, finger painting, etc)

38 JaM June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

My kids (4 and 1) both will spend hours playing with Legos (Duplos for the little one). They’re also both happy to go outside and “help” in the garden by getting nice and wet.

39 tally June 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Reading would probably rank number 1, followed by games and crafts.

40 Michelle June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Camping! Although we always lug an obscene amount of stuff with us and unpacking is dreadful, the kiddos love camping and spend all their time playing with odds and ends they find… pinecones, rocks, branches, leaves, etc. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

41 Kim June 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

When we’re indoors, my sons (ages 2 and 4) love to play with their cars, trucks and trains. They often build structures for their cars, like houses, towers and bridges, with these large indestructible blocks we have that are made out of heavy duty cardboard. They like to cook with me and color and draw and do other crafty things. When we’re outside, they love to kick the soccer ball around, ride their bikes, work on our garden, or just run around with each other and be silly.

42 Jen B June 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Anything having to do with water is a hit here, as is cooking. He (3 year old boy) loves to mix and dump and cut (only certain things, with supervision!).

43 Natalie June 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

My eldest is still very young and we rarely, if ever, have the screen on. Right now she is going through a phase where her favorite thing to do is cause as much trouble as she can, especially when her little brothers are sleeping.

44 se7en June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Making stuff… My kids make stuff all day long… they make forts, they make recycle art, they make pictures, they make lego worlds, they make a lot of mess!!! Making stuff is definitely the occupation of choice around here!!!

45 Corinne June 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

My youngest would pretend he was living alone in a forest while my middle would play basketball while my oldest would make “potions” with things from our garden. And then they’d all come together for popsicles! Thanks for the chance to win! xo

46 Kelly Snelling June 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

My sons are super crafty. We’re always making things out of cereal boxes or found objects. But, when they aren’t being crafty they love to swim and ride their bikes. We are fortunate to live in Southern California so we can play at the beach or the mountains in the same day. Thanks for all the whipped up crafty ideas!

47 jojoebi June 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

my son is always making, there seems to be a roll of tape, scissors, bits of paper and cardboard on the floor 24/7

48 Wendy June 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Riding scooters or playing with any one of our “collections”; rocks, bottlecaps, buttons, erasers, balls, marbles. Hah, I just realized we have a collection of collections.

49 TAnis June 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

It depends who you talk to, I guess!
I’ve got a crafty one, a biker, a reader and a swimmer.

Thanks for the giveaway :)

50 Lindsey June 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Legos, legos and more legos.

51 Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children June 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

My kids LOVE reading books. It’s probably their number one thing to do. We are a family of bibliophiles. :)

52 Amanda June 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

We love working in our garden together. Just this morning, we found a baby toad!
Thanks for the fun giveaway :)

53 Holly June 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

My kids love going to the park or beach. They always bring home a wonderful collection of rocks, sticks, pine cones, etc. Then we can use the things we found to make art.

54 jessica June 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

my 2yo’s fave thing right now is dancing to MJ’s Beat It. Is that weird?

55 Jackie June 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

For my 4 year old daughter, climbing and dancing – for my two year old son – kicking a ball and dancing. Gotta love a family disco.

56 quilary June 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Luckily I have some budding knitters and sewers here! I also have some mad readers and it’s often a race to see who gets in first to do the number and word puzzles in the daily paper. Usually the internet is turned off in our house and if the kids want to go onto the net, they have to ask to have it turned on. Our kids range in age from 11 to 22 and while it drives the older ones mad, having ‘off screen’ time is now part of the way our family runs.

57 Tanya June 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

We love going to the beach. A day of fun in the sun, playing in the sand and water is always a hit

58 erin June 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

This week, my kids favorite thing to do is go out and slip-n-slide or play in the water. It goes all the way into the evening. So fun & brings back memories of when I was little. :-)

59 Jennifer Powell June 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

My kids love to create – paint, clay, yarn, sewing, glue – it doesn’t matter what materials they have, they use them to come ups with something new. It helps that mom has a lot of materials around!

60 Sonia June 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

well my two sons (almost 7 & almost 9) love to play with Playmobils or to build (anything) with Kapla (wood), they also love to paint & read. (we don’t have a garden) When we go out, they either pick shells, stones, and fossils. I love to take them to our local botanical garden too.
Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, Kathreen :)

61 jessyz June 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

My daughter is 3 and 4 months. She loves drawing (scribbling) and coloring the most. She also has a plastic canvas sheet that she threads and (embroiders) using scoubidou so I would love that book. She also loves gluing paper. We cut up random shapes and she makes her own collages. I know that she’s not at an age to really do anything but I like to encourage her to experience as many different mediums as possible. We also make homemade musical instruments and play or make puzzles using pictures glued on foam and I cut them out.

62 kv barn June 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

my older son(4) loves to inside: build with legos, blocks or his wooden railway, and outside: play in his sand box, ride his bike and go mushroom hunting! my younger son(baby) loves to cuddle :)

63 Colleen June 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

Hands down it would be lego building! thank you!

64 Marci June 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

Free crafting, “can I make a craft” are the most common words I hear, followed by a list of supplies she will need.

65 Amber L. June 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

My daughter love to swim in the pool. Another of her favorites is to hunt for bugs.

66 sangeetha June 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

read, play with legos, run around the house chasing each other, in short, they love being kids :)

67 kelli June 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Legos. Origami. Drawing. Telling stories. Running around acting out books (especially Harry Potter these days — used to be Little House on the Prarie).

68 Heather June 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Legos and other building blocks top the list of favorites at our home. Also we love dolls, the dollhouse and playmobil

69 Laura June 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My daughter (2.5 years old) gets virtually no screen time, maybe 1 hour/week, so basically all her favorite things to play don’t involve a screen. Right now she’s very into pretending to cook, driving around in a laundry basket, reading, and taking care of the backyard.

70 Katherine A June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Favourite non-screen thing for my daughter is gymnastics and Brownies. For my boys it has to be swimming and football. Our local open air pool has just opened for the Summer, and they’re going tomorrow.

71 Deidre June 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Going on a family bike ride! (Especially if we stop at a cafe for a treat! Thanks for the chance to win!

72 Liz June 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

Right now it’s digging holes….and reading, always reading!

73 Michelle June 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

My oldest will read anything, cereal boxes, encyclopedias, and of course all her favorite non- and fiction books and magazines. My youngest will draw whenever she’s bored, and both of them are amazing with a roll of tape, scissors and some junk mail or tp rolls!

74 Jane T in NW Louisiana June 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

My kiddos are little great granddaughters and their favorite thing to do is play with a water table and also color, especially in the tub.

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