Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year (giveaway!)

This giveaway has now ended. Check back soon for the results!

I just love it when blogger friends launch books—it’s thrilling to walk with them through the book-writing process and watch their ideas morph to actual pages bound with glue.

Today I’m happy to announce the release of my friend Marie LeBaron‘s new book, Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year. And she wants to give two Simple Mom readers a copy!

What I love most about Marie’s craft ideas: they’re simple. I admire with astonishment the craft projects that obviously take time and talent—especially when they’re done with kids. But I’m a busy mom, so I just don’t have the time to create intricate activities for my clan.

But my kids still love to create. And I want to encourage them to create. So that’s what makes Marie’s blog and book so great: they’re full of crafts that require normal craft and household supplies, and they don’t require a degree in Marthaology.

They’re simple and fun.

And Marie’s new book is just like her blog—full of craft ideas for everyday families. In fact, all the crafts are organized month by month, coinciding with the seasons. You can make them any time of year, of course, but I appreciate the inspiration for celebrating different holidays.

Make and Takes: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year, published by Wiley, is now available! It’s a great holiday gift idea for teachers and busy parents, and it’s a great guide for carving out creative time with your brood.

Marie wants to give two Simple Mom readers a copy of her new book! To enter, simply leave any comment on this post. (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the post to comment.)

This giveaway will end tomorrow night, November 15, so don’t wait to enter! I’ll announce the winner this weekend.

I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Wiilma Fields says:

    I’d love to win a copy! Looks like so much fun!

  2. Maureen Berlin says:

    Looks like a great resource–I would really enjoy reading this!

  3. My kids have recently become really interested in crafts, I’m sure they would love this!

  4. Oh looks like an awesome book. I would love to win!

  5. I’m all over simple crafts!

  6. Sounds like a great book! I’d love to win a copy! 🙂 Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  7. This book looks so fun!

  8. I would LOVE to win this book!! I do preschool at home with my little ones and this would make it just that much easier. What a great book!

  9. Would love to win, my boys like to do craft with mummy 😉 so new projects would be great!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  10. Awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  11. I’d love to be a winner and share it with the family. Thanks for your generosity!

  12. How neat! I love crafting with my daughter but am not good at coming up with my own ideas, so this would be perfect. 🙂

  13. Such a gift is really a cool and cute idea – especially when including such cool and cute projects for Mummies with kids. 🙂 Only simply must love it! 🙂

  14. Count me in! Thanks!

  15. Love this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. I would LOVE this!

  17. I’ve just visited Marie LeBaron’s blog and I instantly fell in love with it. I love kids crafts and I can’t wait to use some of these craft ideas with my toddler.

  18. That looks like a great book! I think my son and I would love to try the crafts in there! Thanks!

  19. Sounds really interesting!!

  20. This book looks AWESOME! I home-school my kids and we would all enjoy the activities in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Sounds like an interesting book!

  22. So much fun!! I hope I win, too! 😉

  23. Simple ideas with readily-available ideas… I’m in!

  24. My kids would love this. Here’s hoping!

  25. Would love to win a copy! I love crafting with my

  26. This sounds so great! I would love to win this!

  27. This looks like such a fun book!!!

  28. How fun! Looks like some great ideas.

  29. Looks like a great book!

  30. Oh I have been looking everywhere for a book like this! I’m not sure who would be more excited about the crafts in here, me or the kids!

  31. My daughter loves doing crafts–what a great book!

  32. this book looks wonderful ! I always try to find new crafts and things to make for my 3 home-educated boys, and this book looks like great inspiration !! Thanks for the chance !!

  33. Love her blog and my kids would love her book!

  34. I would love this book. My six year old daughter loves to craft!

  35. Those are some really cute craft ideas. Thanks for a chance to win the book!

  36. Sounds right up my alley.

  37. Sounds like a fabulous book!!! Perfect to inspire me to get crafty with my 2 and 4 year olds!!

  38. This would be great to do with the kids at church!

  39. What a great book! Thanks.

  40. I’m always looking for new crafts to bookmark for my boy – this looks great!

  41. My craftiness has almost disappeared. I would love this book to jump start me into that crafty place again! My son would love it, too.

  42. My kids love crafts and I don’t always provide them with great ideas. I would love to have this book!

  43. Stephanie B says:

    Yeah – I’m so not crafty, but I keep feeling like I want to figure something out for the kiddos – this book might help. I’ll have to check out her blog as well.

  44. I really like the snake on the cover! My son and his class would love that!

  45. looks like fun! Pick me!

  46. I have 5 year old twins and I’m always looking for easy craft ideas. This book would be great!!! Kathy

  47. Thanks for the opportunity to win! My kids love to do crafts and I love finding ones that are simple but fun.

  48. I’d love to win a copy of this book. Fun and easy crafts…perfect!

  49. This book looks great! I would be so fun to have a copy:)

  50. My boys love doing crafts! This book looks great!

  51. This looks terrific, my boys will love picking out fun crafts to make!

  52. This looks great! I’d love to win!

  53. Thanks for the giveaway–we’re always making crafts around here, so we’d put it to good use.
    Sarah M

  54. Rashelle Schrag says:

    This looks like a great book for my kiddos and I to follow. Thanks for the blog!

  55. I love simple crafts with the kids that we can get done in one sitting and no yelling – I hope I win!!

  56. This looks like a great book!

  57. This looks like a GREAT resource to have!

  58. My kiddos would love this!!

  59. All three of my kiddos would be anxious to try the projects from this book. Great giveaway!

  60. Gretchen Nelson says:

    My girls would love this book!

  61. christina.vd says:

    Looks like a great Christmas gift for my young cousins…

  62. I always love new creative craft ideas. Sounds like a great book!

  63. This book looks fabulous!! I have two budding crafters who would absolutely benefit!! Thanks!

  64. I’m always looking for new craft ideas. Looks like a fun book!

  65. AWESOME!!!! My Daisies would l-o-v-e this. How FUN!

  66. This looks like a fantastic book!! Congratulations to Marie on it’s publication … and thanks for the chance to win a copy!!!

  67. This looks wonderful!!

  68. What a wonderful resource for a craft-phobic mom! 🙂

  69. So cute, looks like lots of fun! Thanks so much!

  70. Looks like great fun!!!

  71. Stephanie P. says:

    Looks like a really great book.

  72. Looks like a great book-lots of fun!

  73. Oh, how FUN! My kids love this kind of stuff!

  74. I would love to win a copy!

  75. That sounds like such a fun book to go through with my daughter!

  76. We love make and takes! YAY! Such a great book.

  77. Sounds great!

  78. I would love to share something like this with my kids, AND I think it’d be great for the Sunday School class I teach, too!

  79. i follow marie’s blog and have for years. always good stuff.

  80. Nancy Heerema says:

    My 5 year old would love this!

  81. I’m so excited to start doing crafts with my son, I would love to use the great ideas in this book.

  82. This sounds like an awesome book!

  83. This would be a fantastic book to have in our home. I often want to do crafts with the kids but can’t think of anything and waste immeasurable amounts of time just trying to find something to do!

  84. Our little guy is just now starting to fall in love with crafts. This would be such a great addition to our library!

  85. This looks like a neat book. My daughter would love it if I did more crafts with her 🙂

  86. Nicole Dufendach says:

    I’d love to win a copy!

  87. I’ve already added this book to my list. Looks easy an fun. Plus, I’m always looking for a project each month so having holiday crafts is great!!!

  88. I’d love this!!

  89. This looks like an amazing resource! Thanks for the chance!!

  90. Christine S says:

    Sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to try something like this in our weekly playgroup!

  91. Oohh HOW FUN!!!! Always looking for fun ways to keep the kiddies entertained!!

  92. Would love a new crafty book.

  93. We do crafts every Sunday afternoon! We would love this book and some fresh ideas!

  94. That book sounds wonderful! I would love to win it!

  95. I’d love to win a copy!

  96. I would love to win this!

  97. As a Soldier, I have limited time to craft with my three kids but I try to fit it in on the weekends. This book would be an awesome addition to our family.

  98. I would love to win a copy of this!

  99. Sounds like a wonderful book! I hope I get one.

  100. WOAH! My son is crazy into crafting right now! We would have a blast with this book.