Family Friendly Books {Day 5 Giveaway}

by kath_red on 10/06/2011

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 You can also sign up for our newsletter, grab some freebies, and purchase past issues that never go out of date – all at our new website.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 your favourite kids resource – can be online, a book a craft kit or product or a place. 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:

Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature.

This book follows on from where I Love Dirt! finished. I love dirt was for parents with younger children while Let’s go outside is for families with slightly older primary and middle school kids. This book encourages kids and their families to connect with nature in more interactive and interesting ways – through games and adventures and crafts – like making sun prints, going for night walks, nature scavenger hunts, making a tree swing and a rain catcher and plenty more. With children becoming more and more disconnected from nature through spending too much time on the computer and not having access to a backyard – making and taking time to get outside is incredibly important.

The Solar Car Book Build It Yourself Kit. By Klutz.

The Solar Car Book is full of solar science facts and includes everything you need to build a solar-powered race car. This is seriously fun stuff and perfect for both boys and girls – perfect too for science and diy loving kids. My kids love this sort of project – spend a couple of hours making your toy – then play with it!

Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin.

Eco books is all about using recycled materials to make lots of interesting and unusual handmade books. Make a book using an egg carton, baggage tags, cassette tapes, cereal boxes and even teabags! But these projects are much more than just earth-friendly, they’re also beautiful, clever, and witty, using both traditional and modern binding techniques.

MoMA Make Art Mistakes: An Inspired Sketchbook for Everyone (Museum of Modern Art).

This open-ended sketchbook / creativity journal encourages would-be artists (of all ages – even though this book is aimed at children – I think everyone would love it) take a chance and make mistakes and make some art. Throughout the book are textured blank pages with art prompts designed to get those creative juices flowing.

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1 Karen Cole June 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

We just head to the local woods and a new world opens up. We make fairy houses out of fallen twigs and leaves, sculptures out of anything we find in the floor, leaf boat races in the brook, bring leaves home to make leaf prints and pictures, den building, the list is endless!

2 krista rao June 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

awesome giveaway! My grandmother is the greatest resource…..she raised 5 children with no t.v, internet or car….she has so many great ideas for the kids!

3 Bonney June 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

We use the library a LOT! Also the art teacher at school seems to have her thumb on what kids want to do.

4 Catherine June 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

I like the blog crafty crow for kid craft ideas.

5 amy June 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’ve been thinking this one over and if I had to say just ONE resource, I’d say the library, because it leads to other resources–even, where we live, passes that you can borrow to get into local museums and such for free or reduced price. Over the summer they have lots of free performances and programs, too. For the smallest state in the US, we have an amazing state-wide library system, and we’ve made friends with librarians at several of our favorite libraries.

6 Shalae Tippetts June 10, 2011 at 8:44 am

Some of my favorite resources are the crafty crow online and the family fun books. We do enjoy getting new books from the library, browsing blogs and coming up with things on our own too.

7 Amy June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

One of our family’s favourite resources is The Dangerous Book for Boys. We are also inspired by so many online resources for kids crafts and activities.

8 ~Heather June 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

What an amazing collection of books today!
The internet has turned me onto homeschooling (it started with Soulemama) and thinking outside the box (This Improvised Life), when it comes to my little lads.

9 Catherine June 10, 2011 at 9:22 am

Wow, that’s a tough question. I would have to say that our most used resource is the book/video collection at the library. No matter what the kids are interested in, we can always find something to learn from.

10 Gayle Erwin June 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

The best resource is the linrary. Yup, it is what many other people have said ’cause it is the best. Our local branch was almost closed due to bugdet cuts and it would have been terrible. I love they are so friendly and helpful. Books are a wonderful thing but they offer so much more.

11 angelina June 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

did my comment go thru? sorry if i’m duplicating..

12 Marci June 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

Google, whenever my kids have a question I’m not sure about we google it.

13 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens June 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hard to pick just one resource for kids, but I really like the Crafty Crow:
Thanks for another chance to win some really great books!

14 Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children June 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

As a family of bilbiophiles, we utilize books quite a lot. I help organize various field trips, coop groups, and we attend library programs and other programs. I would also say that nature plays a large part in their creativity. I’m always amazed with what they come up with. We have art and craft supplies always available. So, if I had to say one thing….I would say……the world.

15 Janel June 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

I am a huge fan of our local library systems. Not only do they run reading programs during the summer they always have fun books, like these, for the kids to check out and explore.

16 Hilary June 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

We use the internet to find out answers to any question my husband or I can’t answer…which are many!

17 MonicaTiesinga June 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

we use the internet …to check out books at the library:) but i’d like to mention the museums for hands on and visual

18 Kara Miller June 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

I like the book Paper…Scissors…Glue. It has such fun and simple projects!

19 Robin KUIPER June 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

My daughter loves the Softies Kit by Therese Laskey. She makes little plush creatures for herself and her friends too!

20 Terri June 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

Our kid resources are:, the crafty crow, the library, our own book collections.

: )

21 Nichole Anne June 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

Close to where I work we have a child resource center and it is such an amazing place! They have a variety of children’s books, activity books, and toys, such as prisms and hand puppets, that we can borrow. Also, the people that work there are all former teachers and they love sharing their ideas.

22 Kari June 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

We are big fans of the library at our house. We also get ideas by looking at “models” and coming up with our own designs.

23 Jen June 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I go to the Family Fun website a lot for easy kid friendly crafts!

24 Lindsey June 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The park and the library. Those are our most frequent hits.

25 kelli June 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Blogs. I have so many “starred” entries in my Google Reader. I am starting to use Pintrest to organize my favorite items.

26 sangeetha June 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

ours is books, online, other parents

27 Holly June 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

We have a wonderful children’s library two blocks away and I have a list of blogs I check regularly.

28 Heather June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

My favorite resource is our local public library. Within that building so much can be found and utilized by our family.

29 Jodu June 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

We use a lot of cardboard for inspiration – shipping boxes and tubes. At times, we also pick up large pieces of styrofoam for sawing and hammering practice. It makes a mess, but this is part of the fun.

30 knutemor June 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

The forest. Hands down. We live close to the forest, and there is just no end to the things we can do there. (Still, I must admit that I don’t go there with the kids as often as I wish I did.)

31 Laura June 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love The Artful Parent; it’s a blog that can be found at

There are all kinds of fun, inspiring ideas for kids and parents here!

32 Sarita June 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The library, I think. It never fails that I find tons of inspiration at the library!

33 sylvie June 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

We used a lot and still use it quite often! Great resource! Thanks for the giveaway!

34 Laura June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I like , lots of kids craft ideas.

35 jenny June 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

we go to the library alot for craft ideas…or Family Fun magazine…

36 Theresa Dock June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

the National wildlife federation has a great site with links to good nature crafting/outdoor fun activities.

37 Katie June 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I love So many countless ways to have fun!

38 Kelly June 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

While I use the library and ideas a LOT for my 4 daughters,my older two daughtes (12 and 14) and their girl scout troop, absolutely adore the craft hope book. The patterns are simple and then can be used to benefit others – really wouldn’t recommend it for younger children, but middle through high school use it at our house.

39 Katherine A June 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Our favourite resources are the local woods outdoors, and the DK website indoors. The kids love making dens and shelters. So much which can be done with natural forest materials.

40 RachelM June 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The internet is my first port of call. I like blogs like Crafty Crow, Modern Parents Messy Kids, Rockin Granola. I’ve found loads of fun things to help us with learning and crafting on the internet.

41 se7en June 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I can surf the web all day for inspiration… the crafty crow and one pretty thing are my favorite faves for finding kid inspiration.

42 Wendy June 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Crafty Crow blog and the library. I also like Family Fun Magazine for inspiration.

43 Anne June 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

100 Cool Mom things to do

44 Rebecca June 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

we use the internet a lot when we’re looking for new crafts, and fun things to do as a family. in my experience with two girls, a well occupied child = a well behaved child.

45 jojoebi June 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

the Crafty Crow is my online go-to and there is a Japanese TV show that my son likes that has some great kids activities

46 Gweneth June 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Making Things, a handbook of creative discovery, by Ann Sayre Wiseman

47 Deidre June 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I love the “crafty crow” — it’s a great resource and the “rookery” is treasury of other blogs packed with great ideas. I also get great “crafter bags” at my local thirft store — they are bags packed to the brim with people’s cast off craft supplies. We use the materials to make what ever it inspires us to do!

48 Chloe June 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I teach kids art classes, so I use lots of different resources to plan my classes! I’m a big fan of both Crafty Crow & Craft Gossip (although CG isn’t specifically kid-oriented though).

49 TAnis June 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

More often than not I resort to for ideas. Nice to see so many other options here!!

50 kath_red June 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

So glad you are finding new things to do

51 Liz June 11, 2011 at 12:20 am

So many! But we love the library, our friends, and good ol imagination–tonight we made “cakes” for a tea party out of old yucky blogs and a catalog. Delicious!

52 tally June 11, 2011 at 12:51 am

The library is definitely our favorite resource!

53 Megan shipley June 11, 2011 at 1:42 am

The library most def!

54 Jessica June 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

Books for sure. There’s a book for everything you could want to know how to do. Internet is great too but in moderation. It’s so easy to get sucked in and winding up being distracted from your original goal.

55 Jen June 11, 2011 at 5:47 am

One of my favs is Putumayo Kids; their music is wonderful abd I have usede some of their lesson plans as a teacher too

56 Mandy W June 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I love the library for my kids. There is always a book that inspires my kids to think in different way and try new things. It helps me do these things as well.

57 Jen R June 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The library is definitely the best resource! That, and amazon.

58 Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space June 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

My favorite resources are other craft blogs for children, especially The Crafty Crow and The Artful Parent. We head outdoors and to the library to find our own inspiration! :)

59 JoAnne Heintz June 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I have 3 grandsons so I use everything (books, blogs ) to keep ideas coming—I really like to take them on nature walks in the woods behind our house. Those are great books.

60 Jane T in NW Louisiana June 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Outside under the umbrella on the metal table is my favorite place to work with grandchildren. Why? Because if something gets messy, all you need is a hose to clean up the children and the table.

61 Lisa June 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

I have stacks of crafty books and piles of fabric…the kids have been designing monsters on paper and then cut them out of fabric. I help them sew them on the machine and then they do the turning and stuffing. We embellish with buttons and fringe or ribbon. All of their friends want to get a chance to make one when they come over! They love the woods near our house, but this is a great project when it’s rainy or time for a break from the sun!

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