Action Pack Extras

Issue 4 of our printable e-magazine for kids is coming soon. Action Pack: A mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff! is all about kids and is for kids. It is full of projects specifically for kids – with super detailed instructions and no advertising you can be sure for great value. It is aimed at school age kids – the 7+ age group is ripe for independent action, but younger kids with parental help will get a huge benefit from these e-mags too.

Issue 4: ‘The Great Outdoors’ is a double issue (60+ pages) - and will be released in 1 week – just in time for Summer fun in the northern hemisphere. But those in colder climates can benefit too – if you like to get outdoors all year round then you will find plenty to do within these pages.

With 60+ pages of activities for outdoor adventure and exploration you won’t be bored at all these holidays. Just to give you a taste of whats inside: Campfire cooking, Outdoor crafts, Ephemeral art, Nature journaling, Weather science, and so much more – including a printable handy knot guide and how to make the best utility belt. All of these projects are perfect for outdoor adventuring whether it be as simple and fun as a backyard campout, weekends out and about or a week of holidays – you will want to get this pack and be prepared.

On the cover is my son Orlando who revels in getting dirty, getting outdoors and going a bit wild. With his handmade fishing rod and natural body paints he is ready for some serious action. Get your kids ready for action too with this bumper issue of the Action Pack – available next week.

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

Do you remember the cute pattern for the Sleepy time baby and matching mini quilt I gave to you a few months back? Way back then I also promised to update with the pattern for the cute teaset that was part of the photoshoot. Well it has been a while but I finally did put together a pattern for a teapot – not the same one – as I made that one up as I went along and couldn’t replicate it exactly. But I think this teapot is way cuter and has fun retro square handle and love heart felt lid handle.

You might have seen that inside Issue 3 of Action Pack: A mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff! there is a simple pattern and really detailed tutorial for making the cup, saucer and some tasty felt jam tarts. That pattern is pretty simple, perfect for beginner sewists and kids to make. The teapot pattern is a little more fiddly and tricky and more for intermediate sewists. So here it is – I am offering the pattern for sale for only $2 as part of the PatternSpot launch week – you can get it here.

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Issue 3 {MAY}: Action Pack: A Mini-Mag for kids who want to do stuff will be available after the weekend [In the meantime check out issues 1 & 2 in our shop]. This issue’s theme is ‘Sew & Tea’ and is full of sewing projects and tea projects – Afternoon tea anyone?

Our philosophy for the Action Pack is to inspire kids to be creative, to help them develop healthy habits, to feed their tender inquisitive minds, and to challenge their imaginations. This ‘Action Pack’, is for busy parents and creative energetic kids.

The Action Pack is available in an easy downloadable PDF format. Priced at only $5, and with no advertising, this month’s issue is jam packed with 25 pages of projects – with a Sew & Tea theme – inside you will find sewing, cooking a little science and lots of tea tasting plus lots of facts and some fun printables and with a bonus Mother’s Day project.

The Action Pack is aimed specifically at kids (aged 7+) but many projects would also be perfectly suited to those a little younger with parental supervision and young at heart grownups too!

  • Instructions for tea dyeing fabric and then sewing a tea cosy
  • How make a fabric tea cup and felt jam tarts
  • Lots of recipes for tea tasting and cooking with tea
  • Plus lots of amazing tea facts and cool printables – including a teapot poster
  • And a bonus Mother’s day project

Our philosophy:
- We see kids as competent, creative and capable people.
- We believe that our kids are resourceful and clever and we try to enable them to develop their independence and creative minds within a secure and nurturing environment.
- We see learning opportunities everywhere. Learning should and can be fun.
- But we also know that parents are busy and cannot realistically be spending all weekend ‘playing’ with their kids.
- We want kids to get off the couch, away from the computer and learn the value and fun in making and doing stuff.

We really love the end result and hope you do too. Available soon in our shop.

Download the press release here. or contact for more information: Action-pack@whipup.net

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

Happy Easter Weekend to those who celebrate. And just happy weekend to everyone else.

Tradition says that sharing a hot cross bun ensures friendship throughout the year.
As you share your hot cross bun with your friend – chant together:
“Half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be”.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and read and visited and commented and linked to Whipup.net so far this year. Since quitting my day job late last year I have been tweaking the site, working on various projects and just generally getting stuff done! One such project is the Action Packs – a Mini-Mag for kids who want to do stuff.

The April issue (issue 2 – Seeds & Beads) includes a bonus Easter Supplement section and this recipe for Easter Buns. Our Easter buns don’t include any fruit – ’cause thats just the way it rolls in our house. But if you are a fan of fruit in your buns than add in a cup of currants or dried cranberries when you add the flour. Or you could also – for a naughty treat – add a cup of chocolate chips. ooh…

These buns are traditionally eaten on Easter Sunday – so get baking!

The instructions also include directions to make a piping bag and pipe that cross shape over your buns.

Download the 2 page PDF here with instructions and recipe to make the Action Pack.

To purchase the whole of the Action Pack and find out more – go here.
And next month – issue 3 of the Action Pack is ‘Sew & Tea’. And will filled with all things tea related. Plus a bonus Mother’s Day Project!

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A bit more of a sneak preview of Whipup.net’s Action Pack: A mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff!

It’s a printable Mini-Mag for kids (aged 7+) in an easy downloadable PDF format. Priced at only $5, and with no advertising, it is jam packed with 20+ pages of craft projects, outdoor activities, cooking, drawing and more, everything a kid needs for a weekend (or two) of activities. Coming 1 March 2011.

We developed this Action Pack as part of our general life and family philosophy:
- We see kids as competent, creative and capable people. We believe that our kids are resourceful and clever and we try to enable them to develop their independence and their creative minds within a secure and nurturing environment.
- We see learning opportunities everywhere. Learning should and can be fun. But we also know that parents are busy and cannot realistically be spending all weekend ‘playing’ with their kids. We want kids to get off the couch, away from the computer and learn the value and fun in making and doing stuff.

We have a whole series of Action Packs planned for the coming year. Oh so many discussions about what to include, what sorts of projects and activities… We knew that older kids – kids on the verge of independence (7+) needed something that was not commercial, but that they could relate to, that had a theme and was filled with a variety of projects and activities. Kids this age need to explore and experiment and so we wanted these packs to have activities that kids could do (mostly) independently. And our last requirement was to always include six essential subjects that kids are interested in: cooking, science, craft, art, freaky facts and outdoor adventure (+ offer bonus printables).

We really love the end result and hope you do too. UPDATE: Available now in our shop.

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