Action Pack Extras

For all my lovely readers in the throes of summer – about to finish school for the year and head to the beach … make sure you get the Great Outdoors Summer issue of the Action Pack before you head off on holidays.

Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.

You’ll need to make this excellent utility belt before heading off and fill it with all the essential for an adventurous kiddo (even though older kids can make this by themselves, younger ones will need some help – but this would make a fabulous gift for you to make for them too).

Lots of lovely summer outdoorsy camping type projects if you heading to the beach – make a fishing rod, catch some fish in a fish trap, paint yourself with some natural body paint, collect some beach jewels and make some simple jewellery …

If you are staying closer to home and have a whole summer ahead of you – you can practice your knot tying, go on adventures, make a weather station, and cook outdoors…

Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.

Issue 4 (June + July 2011) of Action Pack: A MEGA-Mag for kids (aged 7+) just keeps getting bigger and better. The Great Outdoors edition is 60 pages (that’s double the size of the regular Action Packs) full of colourful activities, recipes, games and tutorials for outdoor fun.

Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.


I am very excited to almost be able to introduce to you the Celebration issue of Action Pack Magazine for kids. This issue is a whopper – and is coming together at last. I had hoped to release it today – alas there are a few final touches that need to happen before I can do that – but by Friday – I promise it will be here!

In the meantime here is a little taster of what you can expect…

  • Recipes: cookies and holiday treats from around the world (9 recipes)
  • Decorations: – ornaments, wreaths, banners and a nativity scene (8 projects)
  • Games and gifts: – Wintry scenes to cut out and display, cards and gift tags, dress ups and games to make and play with (6 projects including printables)

Am very excited to be introducing lots of contributors in this issue too: 

  • Verity Heysen Kizek: Verity is a illustrator just moved from Istanbul to Australia. In Istanbul, she loved going for walks around her local neighbourhood with her four year old son Yashar, and catching the ferry across the Bosphorus.
  • Lorraine Teigland: Lorraine loves cardboard and sewing. She used to be a Science teacher but now stays home with her three daughters Emily (age 7), Jenna (age 5) and Kate (age 3). All three girls love art and craft, princess, dolls, dressing-up, dancing, baking and inventing. Together, they have made many cardboard things, including dollhouses, cars, scooters, traffic lights, ships, trees, a train and a grocery store. Lorraine is also slowly teaching them to sew toys, clothes and bags for themselves and their dolls.
  • Kathreen Ricketson (thats me): Kathreen is the founder of Action Pack, she lives in Canberra Australia with her husband Rob and their two children: Orlando (9-yrs old) and Otilija (11-yrs old). They have some chooks and recently added a pair of ducklings to their family (their names are Five-spice and Soy-sauce).
  • Joanie Gorman: Joanie lives in Hampshire, England with her children, Tristan (13) and Grace (almost 10) and their dog Pippi (18 months). Joanie is a writer and art teacher and makes a mean chocolate brownie. You can often find her with her kids in the woods with their funny little border terrier.
  • Carina Envoldsen-Harris: Carina lives in England but is originally from Denmark. She has lots of crafty adventures in embroidery, crochet and sewing. When Carina isn’t crafting or drawing you can probably find her watching Star Wars!
  • Clare Collins: Clare is from Perth, Western Australia, and lives on a sail boat in Mexico with her husband, Ken, and their four children, Matthew, Drew, Isabelle and Nico. They collect dolls made by the indigenous people of the countries they visit and they love learning about different crafts and celebrations.
  • Francesca Mueller: Francesca lives with her husband and three children in an ancient village in northern Italy, perched on a limestone cliff by the Mediterranean. They love to grow vegetables, cook delicious food, go on nature walks and whittle wood as well as many other creative things.
  • Pascale Mestdagh: Pascale has two daughters, 8 and 11 years old. They all live in Paris, France, where they like to create with fabric, yarn, wool, paper, paint and glue. They give each other unlimited inspiration.!
  • Anna Hytonen: is mother to Agnes and Leo. They take turns to celebrate Christmas in both Finland and Sweden, as they have family in both countries.
In the meantime I have packaged together all seven issues so far this year – and you can get them all for a discounted price … 

Available here and now – or go to the shop to purchase it from there.

This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf

Looks like you have entered a product ID (11) that doesn't exist in the product database. Please check your product ID value again!

Action Pack 2011 Bundle: Issues 1-7: Set of 7 Action Pack Magazines. Includes Issues 1-7. Save $ by buying the whole set only $30. Great gift for the active, creative children in your life!

  • :: Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax (Origami projects, beeswax & honey projects)
  • :: Issue 2: Seeds + Beads (Beaded dragonfly, cooking and growing seeds)
  • :: Issue 3: Sew + Tea (learn about tea, sew a tea cosy & a play tea set)
  • :: Issue 4: Great Outdoors (bumper issue 80 pages of outdoor crafts, adventures and cooking)
  • :: Issue 5: Chalk + Cheese (Learn how to make your own chalk, cheese and other crafty projects using these materials)
  • :: Issue 6: Zap + Zest (Bumper issue around the themes of electricity and citrus)
  • :: Issue 7: Sticks + Stones (Projects using lots of natural materials).
What do you think of the cover of the new Celebration issue? … so hard to get kids to take a not too silly photo! Just bribe them with the pavlova they just finished making.


Sticks and Stones is the theme for this month’s Kids magazine. Action Pack is an e-magazine aimed at children around the 7-12 age group and is full of projects for them to make (mostly) on their own. The instructions are clear and are accompanied by lots of photos and there are no ads to distract from the business of creativity.

This issue of Action Pack has three main sections: PLAY Games, activities & sports :: COOK Recipes, treats & party snacks :: CREATE  Art, craft & experiments. Each section contains several projects with step-by-step instructions, as well as some fun creative ideas meant as a jumping off point and a way to get thinking about materials and creativity in new ways.

This month’s theme “Sticks and Stones” is a fun theme aimed at getting kids to use natural materials that they can easily find where ever they are. Grab your copy over here.

I have also loved working with the contributors Lisa TilseAnne Weil Margie OomenSusan PhillipsKatie Startzman and Joan Gorman who bring a whole range of experiences to the magazine.

Download this project excerpt from Issue 7: Sticks and Stones: Message Stones by Lisa Tilse




Try making these spooky glowing orange candles. You could make them for Halloween or just whenever you like.  They are very easy to make – all you need is an orange, a small paring knife and a soup spoon. Download the free PDF for the full instructions right here.

This is an extract from Issue 6 of the Action Pack {Mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff!} for more citrus projects – zap and zest projects grab the whole magazine here (all 60 ad-free pages) for only $6.


{ 1 comment }

For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

Knot tying is a basic & essential life skill. There are lots of different kinds of knots that are useful for different purposes. Learning the basic knots is not only kinda cool & interesting but could one day even save your life! This extract from issue 4 of the Great Outdoors Action Pack we show you how to tie seven different useful knots and explain what you can use them for.

We also provide a handy printable knot guide that you can print out and get laminated to keep in your utility belt. So grab your rope (that you keep in your utility belt – tutorial in Issue 4) and practice these knots when you have a spare moment – a great campfire activity too!

7 Essential knots handy guide: Print out this handy guide. Cut out each square and, if you can, laminate them. Then punch a hole through each corner and tie them together with some string or a key ring loop and store in your utility belt.

DOWNLOAD PDF KNOT GUIDE with handy printable HERE

{Note if you purchased issue 4 of the Action Pack in June – please download this section on knot tying as there was a minor mistake in one of the illustrations – this has now been corrected – sorry for any confusion}


For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website