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. What a fun idea – I’ve been looking for craft ideas to give me some cleaning time on Saturday mornings!

  2. I’d love to win a copy!!!!

  3. I’m not the most crafty person in the world, but my boys enjoy doing fun things like this. So I can use all the help I can get! 🙂

  4. I would love some new craft ideas! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  5. We would love a copy of that in this house!

  6. This looks great – I’m not naturally crafty, so am always looking for ideas!

  7. I need to be more crafty with my kids, and this would be a great tool to do that!

  8. I’ve been following her for about a year. She got me with her rosemary bread recipe! This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  9. I’d love to win this book! If I don’t, I might just put it in my wish list 🙂

  10. Sabrina Radke says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks so much for the chance!

  11. This looks great! I love doing crafts with my daughter!

  12. Looks like a great help for the un-crafty mom that I am!

  13. This is something my kids and I need 🙂

  14. What an encouraging resource for an un-crafty person like myself! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Omigosh – I NEED this book for my 8-year-old daughter- she is constantly making something. This would really add fuel to her cretive fire!

  16. Anne-Marie Wiley says:

    Congratulations on your friend’s book release! It looks like an amazing book! I have two kids that love doing crafts and would love to win a copy!! 🙂

  17. This would be a perfect addition to our homeschool. Thanks for the offer!

  18. Ooh, ooh! I want it! I want it! 🙂

  19. Looks like a lot of fun.

  20. This is a great idea! I am always looking for new inexpensive ways to entertain my little ones.

  21. I don’t usually enter things like this but I’m in for this one 🙂 Good luck to all and congratulations to whomever wins!

  22. Julie Gonsalves says:

    We love crafting and are always looking for new ideas 🙂

  23. I love this concept. I run a playgroup that has 50 moms and their children and I’m always looking for simple fun things that our children can craft together on the cheap. And the fact that she’s already done the work – coming up with the projects, organizing them by seasons would make my job oh so much easier. I only have one child, Joey, but since I am disabled by chronic pain every little bit of help that I can pull from other mom sources is a true blessing. I can’t wait to check it out in further detail.

  24. Looks like fun!

  25. I’m so excited about this! I’ve been following her blog for a long time and my oldest loves making “projects” as we call them. I’m thinking I might have to buy one for her preschool teacher, too. It would make a great Christmas present, don’t you think?

  26. Liesa Nichols says:

    Always looking for new craft ideas for the kids. Like how she organized it by time of year!

  27. I am always looking for craft ideas!

  28. This looks right up my alley – a much more realistic approach for a wannabe Martha who is really a full time working mom! Thanks!

  29. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  30. I would love to win this book – wonderful memories are made doing crafts!

  31. Love it! I’m not crafty and I like simple things that I can do with supplies I probably already have on hand.

  32. This would be so wonderful to have to use with my own three kids as well as with my Girl Scout troop!

  33. I love crafting!!! It give me back my sanity.

  34. Karyn Hostetter says:

    I would love to win a copy of this for my craft loving children.

  35. Natalia Gustafson says:

    Awsome. I have a 20 months toddler and starting to do art and craft with him. Will love to win!. NAtalia.-

  36. How fun! Congratulations on what looks like a really good book. If I win I’ll share it with friends and neighbors.

  37. This looks so great. I am always looking for fun things to create with my brood!

  38. pick me! pick me!

  39. Great ideas! I’d love to win a copy! Thanks!

  40. Hey, I would love this, and desparately need it! I am determined to give crafty thank yous and gifts to all the teachers, aids, special ed teachers and therapusts, as well as bus drivers this year. Also, the office ladies. but I am clueless as to what crafts to make. Really need some inspiration. your book sounds perfect!

  41. My six year old would love this!

  42. My kids love to craft. I do crafts with my kids’ classrooms and with the scout dens I lead and by the time I get home, I am crafted out but not the kids, they want to do more! I would love more ideas!

  43. that would be such a great thing for MOPS!

  44. love love love simple and fun!

  45. How much fun would it be to pick a different craft each week of the year to do with your little one(s)? Talk about a great New Year’s Resolution – one that would actually be fun to do!

  46. I think this would be perfect for my toddler!

  47. My son is really starting to get into arts and crafts (um, including coloring all over our ottoman last night). I’d love to win!

  48. What a fun-looking book! Will be sure to check out her blog too. Thanks!

  49. Love crafting with the kids so a book with new ideas would be so helpful.

  50. I’d love to win this book for my grandkids!

  51. Ooh, I’d love to do those with my nephews!

  52. I’d love a copy!! Thanks for all the great tips!!

  53. Me,me,me!!!!!!

    Looooove this giveaway, just for the cold, cold days!

  54. This book would be great for my family.

  55. Sounds perfect for my little artist!

  56. Looks like a great book. We are all about the crafts. 🙂

  57. I am not naturally crafty, so this book would be a big help in our house. Thanks for the opportunity!

  58. This would be a great book for my daycare kids! We always run out of things to do on cold snowy days!

  59. Looks like a great resource! My daughter is a huge crafter, I know she would thoroughly enjoy the book!

  60. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the link to the blog, too!

  61. What a cute book! I would love to use this with my younger cousins and Sunday School class!

  62. Marilu Herrera says:

    I am mom who things to open a dayhome so I can be and enjoy my daughter. I worked as a nanny and I know how important it is to do crafts with the kids but also I know that make simple anda attractive crafts challenge because I don’t know where to find them. So pleaseeee I need one of your books! I love it the crafts you are showing in the pictures! Your book must be gret!

  63. This would be a great resource. I have the athletic, outdoorsy gene and not the crafty one so I could use some help since my girls love to make crafts!

  64. I’m always looking for fun, easy crafts for my kids. This book looks great!

  65. My daughter wakes up talking about crafts! This would be a great book to have in our house!

  66. My daughter is a craft machine…and I need a book to keep up with her! This book looks like a lot of fun!


  67. Looks great! I could definitely use some help with this! Thanks!

  68. Looks like such a fun book!

  69. my kids would love it if i won this!

  70. I would love to win this book, crafty kids without a craft mom, I need all the help I can get!

  71. I love to craft with my daughters. And I love the simple mom blog!

  72. What a fun book!

  73. OOOOOOH! I would love to win this book, so neat!

  74. I’d love to win a copy. We’re always looking for new crafts to try!

  75. Hanna DeMaster says:

    My kiddo is constantly begging to do “projects” – sometimes I’m at a loss. Would LOVE to win!

  76. I’d love a copy! Always looking for something new to do with the kids.

  77. Looks like a great book! I would love to have it…

  78. Would love to win, thanks!

  79. This looks wonderful. We all love to craft, but are very time limited.

  80. Marthaology, that’s funny. I thought crafting required a special gift that was bestowed upon you once you became a mom and somehow I got skipped over.

  81. am always looking for good craft ideas to do with kids… at home and in ministry!

  82. This would be a great addition to enjoy with my girls!

  83. Perfect timing! I’d been scratching my head for craft ideas for my twins. Would looove a copy of this book!

  84. I would love to use this with our kids! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Kate N.

  85. Tsh, you’ve done it again! Whether it be one of your ideas or from another source, you always have the most useful and helpful ideas on your blog. I can’t wait to get ahold of Marie’s new book.

  86. Jeri Thurber says:

    I am so exciting about all the crafting we will get to do in the future!

  87. Thanks for the head’s up on a great crafting resource! I love the simplicity aspect (it is so hard to gear up for “big” projects with little ones when you don’t know if they’ll get into it after all your prep work) as well as the seasonal aspect!

  88. this looks like an awesome book. my daughter would just love it! thanks.

  89. My two would really have fun deciding what project(s) we’d make! Holiday crafts are always enjoyed at our house.

  90. Sounds like a great book!

  91. I would love to win this book, as I babysit my grandson often. I try to do educational and creative activities with him. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  92. This would be so fun to win. Thanks.

  93. We have 4 little girls who love to craft, and we would love a chance to win! Thank you!

  94. That book looks like a lot of fun:)

  95. This is great! What a nice giveaway…especially as we’re coming into the winter months.

  96. This looks fun! My kids LOVE to craft!!! 🙂

  97. This would be a great book to have for those snowy days.

  98. This would be a ton of fun!

  99. How fun!

    I would love to win, thank you for the chance!

  100. What a fun giveaway! Thanks!