Action Pack Extras

Super excited about the next issue of Action Pack! Coming out next week – for now here is a sneak peak about what to expect in the next issue.

40 pages of crafts, science, cooking and games exploring Chalk + Cheese.
x Make chalk + cheese
x Kitchen science
x Chalk boards & chalk bags
x Sidewalk games
x Plaster crafts
x Cornflour experiments
x Plus More games, crafts, science & cooking.

I am also really excited this issue to introduce three new contributors: Lisa Tilsa from Sydney, Australia shows us how to make your own chalk board paint and some creative chalk boards; Anne Weil from Boulder, USA shows us how to mix chalk and sand together to make some textured art, Pascale Mestdagh from Paris, France shows us how to make a simple drawstring bag to carry your chalk and sidewalk games kit around with you.

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

As you know next week The Great Outdoors MEGA issue of my eMag for kids will be available, and in the lead up, while I am tweaking and proof reading I am showing some sneak peaks with some lovely project excerpts thrown in.

More sneaky peaks of some of the Campfire cooking recipes, Weather science experiments and Outdoor art projects below.

This Action Pack also has a super great section on Boredom busting games for car trips and rainy days. And we know there are plenty of those at holiday time.

Project excerpt: Driving games {+ a printable}

Download the project excerpt for these three games and ideas for busting those boredom blues on long car trips. As well as these three activities we also offer two different Road Trip Scavenger Hunt lists you can just print out and take along with you.

If you simply can’t wait till next week to get The Great Outdoors issue, our first three issues are still available and are never out of date! Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax and has some great bee, wax and honey themed projects. Issue 2: Seeds + Beads is full of gardening and cooking projects and Issue 3: Sew + Tea is for tea lovers with lots of tasting and tea related sewing crafts.

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If you simply can’t wait till next week to get The Great Outdoors issue, our first three issues are still available and are never out of date! Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax and has some great bee, wax and honey themed projects. Issue 2: Seeds + Beads is full of gardening and cooking projects and Issue 3: Sew + Tea is for tea lovers with lots of tasting and tea related sewing crafts.

Next week I will be launching The Great Outdoors MEGA issue of my eMag for kids. To celebrate I am showing sneak peaks this week with some lovely project excerpts thrown in.

This Action Pack has a lovely big section on crafts: Including detailed instructions on how to make a must-have utility belt and bag (utility belt pictured below), flower press and nature journal to take along on your nature excursions with you, and nature jewels and a woven fly swat that you can make while camping or hiking, from materials you can find along the way.

Project excerpt: Make a nature journal + printable pages

Download the project excerpt to make this nature journal. It is super simple using whatever paper you happen to have on hand, plus we offer a printable page template you can use too. Not only is this a great project to take along camping or for nature hikes, you can adapt this book for anything you like and make it from whatever found paper you have on hand.

This week I launched my new Action Pack website – where you can find out all about the Action Pack – a little bit of background and our philosophy. Plus you can become an affiliate, and you can already grab somefreebies from previous Action Packs.

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Next week I will be launching the next issue of my eMag for kids. So to celebrate and to get you as excited as I am, and to show you what is in store and to encourage you to tell your friends and get one for yourself, I will be offering a few freebies, giveaways and posts – all about kids and families and things to do these coming holidays during the next week leading up to the launch!

Yesterday I launched my new Action Pack website – where you can find out all about the Action Pack – a little bit of background and our philosophy. Plus you can become an affiliate, and you can already grab some freebies from previous Action Packs.

And today I want to give you a little sneaky peak of what you can expect to find inside this bumper issue of  the June / July edition of the Action Pack.

This Action Pack has a whole section on adventure and survival. Including how to make your own fish trap, fishing rod, how to safely light a campfire and detailed illustrations on how to tie seven different knots.

Project excerpt: Make your own Fish Trap using a juice bottle

Download the project excerpt on making your own Fish Trap using a juice bottle. Not only is this a great project for when you are camping, it’s a terrific weekend and holiday project too – if you live near a creek or pond, give this a try – it’s heaps of fun and you never know what you will catch when you come back the next day to check on your trap. The beauty of this trap is that the fish are not harmed – you can let them go if you like, or you can observe and study them for a while, or if you are keen on fishing you might catch some fishies perfect as bait to catch that next big fish!

If you simply can’t wait till next week to get The Great Outdoors issue, our first three issues are still available and are never out of date! Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax and has some great bee, wax and honey themed projects. Issue 2: Seeds + Beads is full of gardening and cooking projects and Issue 3: Sew + Tea is for tea lovers with lots of tasting and tea related sewing crafts.

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As I am finishing off editing and sending off the next Action Pack – my e-mag just for kids for proofing, and making last minute adjustments and additions I am really excited to be able to launch the new Action Pack website.

On the new website you will find our new Action Pack affiliate program – where you can earn 20% promoting the Action Pack on your website – find out more and sign up here. Please email me [kathreenATwhipupDOTnet] if your questions have not been answered in our FAQ page or Affiliate terms of agreement page. Find out more about the Action-Pack here – you can also access freebies and downloadables which will give you small taste of what you will find inside.

When I [Kathreen] put together the first issue of Action Pack, it was sort of an experiment for me and my family. With quitting my day job I needed to do something to make up that lost income and what could be more appropriate than doing something that is closest to my heart – my kids and crafts! Before you get all crazy that I am exploiting my kids let me explain that we have a lot of fun doing the projects together and they agree on every photo that I use. They also design some of the projects themselves and initiate many of the ideas – when we are on a roll we are all really humming along together like crazy. We make and test all the projects together, Rob the kids and I, fiddling and adjusting and tweaking until we are all happy with how they are coming together. The kids have some really strong ideas on how the projects should look, what materials we should use and how they should be presented, as well as what projects eventually go into each pack and what image should appear on the cover! We also all discuss upcoming themes and they influence our choices very highly – it’s a real family affair.

Luckily we all have the skills to work together and bring it all to fruition. I have worked for magazines and publishing for years, doing design and layout (which I loved) and advertising (which I hated), plus I have years of experience as a photographer and more recently a writer. My husband Rob is a technical genius, a creative whizz and a crazy inventor – also a very talented illustrator. And the kids [Otilija 11years and Orlando 8 years] are just pure inspiration and creative energy. Together we make a pretty great team.

It seemed the perfect time to put together something like this – a magazine for kids. The magazines for kids in the newsagents are pure rubbish, full of cheesy pop stars, makeup advice and lots of advertising. There are many great blogs dedicated to kids activities, but these are aimed at the parents rather than the kids – so that is where the Action Pack fits in. For kids, with No ads, encouraging healthy living and eating, teaching in a gentle and fun way and offering interesting and alternative crafts and activities to get stuck into without the need for a lot of parental intervention and supervision (for older kids – younger ones still need parents help). All of this helps kids to be more involved in their own life, rather than just sitting around and waiting for others to make their decisions and tell them how to have fun. Its about empowering them to be the best they can be, to think about making the right choices and to connect with nature and their own creative selves.

We also felt very strongly that there is a great need for more projects and crafts for boys! And not just boyish stuff. We want to show kids that boys can sew and girls can hammer – that all kids have the skills and competence to tackle anything they want. Every kid loves to cook, and learning to cook is a huge step toward healthy living and eating. We introduce a new craft each month that both boys and girls can put their own spin on. We are really into the outdoors and believe kids should be outside exploring in all weather. And we are big fans of scientific discovery – you will see quite a few science experiments within these pages. Sometimes we will include a safety warning, and that means that parents should assess the activity and their children’s ability before leaving them alone with that project.

We also decided early on that these Action Packs need to be affordable for the regular family. We would rather sell 500 copies for $5 each than just a few copies at a higher price. We want to get these mags out there into the hands of the people who need them the most – families!

We also have a strong belief in no advertising for children. I am not against advertising in general, its an essential part of how many bloggers and websites make an income (me included). But for the most part those blogs and websites are aimed at adults and the advertising is appropriate. Adults can make choices about what to read, what to spend money on and what is necessary – we can tune out the commercial excesses if we choose. Kids don’t need all that extra rubbish clouding their vision, crowding their senses, blocking their creativity. They also don’t need to buy more stuff, which is what advertising is all about. So these Action Packs are ad free and will remain so for the immediate future. All that means of course is that you, my dear readers, need to fork out a few dollars (just a cup of coffee) to purchase the Action Pack – so I can keep creating these mags and feeding my family. Which segues nicely back into my affiliate program for the Action Pack. If you want to get involved, support a great indie venture, and earn a few bucks in the process become an affiliate and purchase an Action Pack.

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