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. Simple crafts…. Sign me up 🙂

  2. What a great idea! I can’t wait to read the book!

  3. What a great idea! Hope I win 🙂

  4. That really looks like a cool book.

  5. So cute! Thanks!

  6. What a sweet little book!

  7. Would love to win!

  8. Love to keep my kids crafty! Thanks!

  9. This book sounds great as I am missing the “kindergarten teacher” gene when it comes to art projects!

  10. This would be so much fun for my boys-and me! 🙂 We love doing crafts, I’m definitely crossing fingers & toes for this one!

  11. oooooh, I really hope I win one!! Would love to use this for our mommy group, Sunday school class, and my own 3 kids :))))

  12. I, being married to a children’s pastor, would put that book to work in a huge way! Thanks Marie & Trish for the opportunity to win. It looks like a terrific book!

  13. As a preschool teacher AND a mom, I’d love to have this book! I hope I win! 🙂

  14. I might have to buy this even if I don’t win! My kids aren’t old enough for most crafts yet, but I have a growing archive of projects saved for them!

  15. I’m currently homeschooling a first grader, kindergartener and a preschooler…I could really use some new inspiration for easy crafts! Thanks!

  16. Would love to win so that I can show off at my craft store in Conrad, Montana – Creative Addictions. I also travel to schools and other events to provide craft instructions at schools and community events. I need all the ideas I can get.

    Melody Campbell
    Imaginations at Play!

  17. oooh… my library doesn’t have this. Would love to keep my litter mak-er busy with this!

  18. This looks like a great book! I’m always on the lookout for crafts to do with my 4 yr. old.

  19. Look like fun! I’d love to win.

  20. What a super cool book!

  21. Monica Waugh says:

    Looks like fun…I love that it’s made with stuff everyone would have on hand at home….less shopping!

  22. My daughter would love this!

  23. I would love to win! I coordinate a children’s church program and would even use the book for my own personal enjoyment!

  24. Looks like hours and hours of fun!

  25. i love the make and takes blog! my project-obsessed daughter would be thrilled if we won this book…thanks!

  26. What a great idea, I love that the crafts use basic items. Would love a copy of this book to use with my 10 year old! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Thank you!

  28. This sounds perfect for my 5 & 7 year old kiddos! Also sounds like the perfect gift for our good fried who teaches pre-school. Thank you for getting this out to all of us!

  29. My boys so love to do “projects”, and they’re happy with most anything I come up with, but I get tired of the same old ideas…I’d love this book to spice things up a little!

  30. This looks like a great book! I love simple and fun ideas!

  31. How fun! Thank you.

  32. I couldn’t decide if I should leave a comment or go to Marie’s blog first. Decided that I might get caught up in the blog and not make it back here for a chance to win a book that looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  33. My 4 yr old daughter is really getting into making crafts. This would be such a blessing to win when the budget just isn’t there for books like this…..

  34. Some part of me never matured past my college-summers job of ‘Craft Lady’ at the summer camp…would LOVE to get this book and share with my little ones!

  35. My time to win something has come!

  36. This sounds amazing! I’d love to win a copy!

  37. My kids LOVE crafts! They would be very excited to have this book!

  38. What a fun book! I, too, love discovering craft ideas that are simple. This will be a great resource!

  39. This book looks wonderful! I would be thrilled to win 🙂

  40. Lindsay Carpenter says:

    Looks like a great resource–I’m going to request that my library buy a copy!

  41. I would love this for my kids!

  42. I would love a copy! Imagine creating crafts that doesn’t take a cabinet of supplies 🙂

  43. Julie Brizard says:

    Always looking for fun crafts to do with my 4 year old and LOVE to make gifts for holidays! Book looks very fun!

  44. Oh, I hope I win! I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, and I was hoping my daughter was the same. But she just turned 3 and is asking to do crafts every day. I need HELP!!

  45. Great for kid parties, even for church!

  46. Esther Ward says:

    Ooohhh! My daughter loves crafts and is frustrated at so many of them being “too hard.” We would love this!

  47. Love it!

  48. Looks like fun! My fingers are crossed.

  49. Sarah Weyers says:

    Looks like fun!!

  50. Alison Patterson says:

    OH how I would love to win one of these. Perfect for my pre-schooler’s Mommy Day Friday when we make memories.

  51. Sounds like a great book! Would love some new ideas for playgroup!

  52. This would be a big hit in my house!

  53. I am a teacher and always love new ideas. This book looks great.

  54. What a neat book! I’ll bet a lot of the ideas inside would translate well to party favors for children’s birthday parties – a craft the guests can make & then take home afterward… Thanks for the chance to win a copy! xo

  55. My two year old daughter and I share a passion for crafts. She’s quite the painter and play dough extraordinaire. We would totally eat up this book!

  56. My kids and I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks to the author for being so creative and smart to share these ideas with all of us!

  57. oooh! yes please!

  58. This looks like fun! And since I definitely did not major in “Marthaology” this book might be right up my alley 🙂

  59. As a mom of many this looks like a great book to have. Lots of special bonding time in those pages!

  60. Looks like such a fun book! I would love to win a copy!! Thanks for sharing this new resource.

  61. Nicole Gaylord says:

    I would love to win!!!

  62. Mom of 3 boys says:

    With homeschooling 3 boys, this would be a great addition to our collection 🙂

  63. Looks great! I hope I win 🙂

  64. This looks like a great book! My 7 year old and 3 year old would love all these craft projects. 🙂

  65. Looks like an awesome book – I’ve been wanting some fresh ideas to make with my girlies! Thanks for the chance!

  66. What a fun book! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  67. love the make and take site! excited for this book! thanks for the opportunity!

  68. As a teacher, this will be a great book to have for projects in my classroom. As a future mom, it will be nice to have for projects at home. 🙂

  69. Julie Dahlseid says:

    I love the snake craft on the cover. As a preschool teacher and mom of four, I can see how this book would be a great resource! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  70. thanks for the host! I hope I win! My kiddos love stuff like this!

  71. Hello-looks like a fun book

  72. I would like to win!

  73. I’d love a copy of this wonderful book!

  74. This looks really cute! Fingers crossed!

  75. Looks like a great book! My 4 year old and I would enjoy it very much!!

  76. Soooo cute! Would love to win a copy!!!! megancrose at gmail dot com

  77. How fun! My dd loves to craft and this would be great especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks coming up!

  78. Jessie Brecke says:

    Sounds like a great book! Hope I win!

  79. I would love to win this giveaway! Simple crafts using materials I already have are my favorite!

  80. This would be great for my guys, who like to make stuff, not necessarily color stuff.

  81. I’m always looking for fun, SIMPLE ideas! Would love to have a copy of this!

  82. I love making crafts with my little girl!

  83. How fun! I would love some new ideas for my kids.

  84. This would be wonderful to win. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  85. Simple crafts are the BEST! I have had the best plans for crafts with my (very young) kiddos, and they almost always go south. Would LOVE to win!!

  86. This sounds awesome!

  87. I’d love a copy of this!

  88. I love her blog… and that book looks absolutely delightful!

  89. My girls and I love crafting together but I’m always in need of inspiration.

  90. I have four very crafty kids. Oldest is ten and my youngest is three. We would love a copy of this book. We are always looking for new crafting ideas! Please pick us=0).

  91. My oldest is just starting to be interested in crafts. I would love this book!

  92. Suzanne R. says:

    Great giveaway! We love activities that use everyday items (or trash) creatively!

  93. Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks!

  94. Arie Farnam says:

    My oldest has just arrived at the beginning of the crafts stage, so I’m thinking along these lines. We’ve tried potato stamps, painting and gluing on leaves or dried flowers to make pictures. My favorite craft for little kids is still cookies, but I’m sure this book must have some interesting things. I wish Marie LeBaron luck. I’ve been trying to publish a book and it is no small thing these days.

  95. I would love to win!

  96. i love the idea of having more craft time with my kids, but the thought of searching out great ideas to use is a little overwhelming. what a wonderful resource this would be to have!

  97. These ideas sound great! it’ll be awesome to get a copy. 🙂

  98. This would make a wonderful gift for my Niece who is an elementary school teacher and has two elementary aged girls of her own.

  99. I am in such a kid crafting slump! Would LOVE a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Looks like so much fun! I would love these ideas for my little guy and for my school-age students!