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Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

I’m excited to send a shout out and huge congrats to my friend & fellow blogger Marie LeBaron from the popular and super creative blog Make and Takes on the launch of her very first book: MAKE and TAKES for KIDS! I met Marie when we worked on the very first SocialLuxe Lounge party in Chicago at BlogHer 2009, and instantly fell in love with her crafty, family-oriented blog.

MAKE and TAKES for KIDS features 50 creative and approachable craft projects for kids for throughout the year – each centered around an upcoming holiday or season. One of my favorite aspects of the book is that each playful project requires little preparation, few supplies, and things that can be readily found around your house or at any craft supply store. There’s no need to spend tons of money on craft projects for kids, and it’s amazing what resourcefulness can do… for example check out the adorable little characters directly below (to the right), which are fashioned from egg cartons and googly eyes!

Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

Here are a few more examples of the kinds of craft projects you’ll find in the book…from a turkey decked out with leaf rubbing feathers to beaded heart flowers:

Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

Creative recipe ideas are also sprinkled throughout the book – including silly apple sandwiches, monster milkshakes and Father’s Day meatball golf balls!

For more details on MAKE and TAKES for KIDS, check out the full overview on Marie’s blog. It’s available at all major book stores and online at Barnes and NobleAmazon,,



Just post a comment here to enter – you can say anything you like or mention which little one in your life you’d like to get crafty with! Giveaway ends Sunday, November 27th at midnight PST.

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51 responses to “Crafty Read: MAKE and TAKES for KIDS”

  1. Jessica Thurmond says:

    Oh my! I love this book. I want to get crafty with my pre-kindergarten class. I thought I had all the tricks in a bag but these ideas looks like a lot of fun.

  2. Erin Thomas says:

    My sweet Luke would absolutely HEART the fun crafts in this book!

  3. susan says:

    this is totally up my daughter’s alley. it would make a perfect gift for her, and me since we’d get to spend all the time together doing these fab projects.

    thanks for having the give away!


  4. Sonya says:

    my mom had a similar book when I was growing up and I can’t wait to do the same with my own little girl soon

  5. Nicole S. says:

    What a great book for kids!

  6. What a great giveaway! This book would be perfect for our family. My 4 year old loves doing crafts, and his almost 2 year old sister is right behind him. We love to do crafts related to our parties and celebrations–this book would be such a huge hit with my kids.

  7. Jamie says:

    ADORABLE! Always great to have on hand for a rainy day!

  8. Linda H. says:

    I love the potential of this book, especially the part about little prep and few supplies. I volunteer making crafts with kids and sometimes the amount of supplies needed really limits what I can do with them. This book looks like it has great ideas!

  9. Brianne says:

    My son would love this, doing art projects is his favorite thing above all else!

  10. Mindy says:

    my 2 year old girl is such a mini me – I hope she loves crafting too!

  11. Sherri says:

    This non-crafty mom needs this book!

  12. Sarah Johnson says:

    I have 5 younger siblings and one of my own on the way and would love to have this for those summer days home or boring nights after school!

  13. Jenn says:

    Love this! As a preschool teacher, this would be a big hit and so helpful to me when I am planning and am not feeling creative!

  14. suzie says:

    i need this book!!

  15. Lori says:

    This book looks adorable and I KNOW my children would love a chance to win this so we can work on these fun projects together. Thanks!!!

  16. Shelley says:

    It’s already on my Christmas list. I’d love a copy!

  17. Jena B. says:

    I would just LOVE to get this for my wee one! It looks like a fantastic book!

  18. Cami R says:

    I would love to do this with my daughter and all our neighborhood friends! My friends and I try to rotate hosting a craft afternoon each week, and this would give me lots of fresh and fun ideas!

  19. Shannon C says:

    My twin daughters would love it. The kitchen counter is always covered in craft supplies.

  20. jessica w. says:

    I love doing crafts with my nieces and they would love this!

  21. Emily says:

    I am a nanny for several families and I love doing crafts with the kids but sometimes I need extra ideas, and this would surely help! :)

  22. Cat says:

    Well, hes a bit too young to get crafty with yet (4 weeks), but I am very excited to create with Jasper as he gets bigger.

  23. nanda says:

    My 2 little ones will be in Heaven with that ( and the mom much more:)

  24. Leigh says:

    My girls would love to do the projects in this book. We are always looking for new ideas. Please let us win!

  25. Carolyn says:

    Such a cute book!

  26. Stacy says:

    This looks like a great book!

  27. PYR says:

    I have 4 kids (oldest is 6) and during the winter afternoons when there is no playground, I am always looking for fun indoor projects to do with the kids. This book would be perfect!

  28. sarah says:

    I have just started crafting with my 2 1/2 year old twins, we would love this book!

  29. Maryellen Sunga says:

    Id love use it with my little niece and nephew!

  30. Tiffany says:

    I have a growing little boy that needs lots of activities! This would be fun!

  31. Hui says:

    Our only son would love this!

  32. Sandy says:

    With the holidays around the corner, and money so tight this would be perfect for my grarddaughter. At 2 1/2 she wants to do everything by herself and then is so proud with whatever she does. And who wouldn’t love a gift made by her:)

  33. Alice H says:

    What a great giveaway. I would definitely use this book with my toddler and even my older 2 would probably get involved.

  34. amy says:

    thanks for all the fun giveaway contests!

  35. Talia says:

    Our school would love this book!

  36. Laurie says:

    My two girls LOVE crafts. We live in rainy Seattle so we are always looking for fun things to do indoors. Crafts are always top on their list and they love when I introduce new things for them to do! This book would be perfect!!

  37. emilie says:

    My 6yr neice and I live far from each other but see each other at least twice a month and one of those times is craft day. She would love this book.

  38. sara walker says:

    This book is so cute!! I’m always looking for fun crafts to have the little ones do and get to show off to everyone!! I have to get this book!!

  39. charityboren says:

    This looks like it would be great!

  40. Mansi says:

    I’d love to get my hands on this book so I can do some fun, creative and educational stuff with my 2-year old girl! IN winter, its hard to keep them entertained indoors as it gets dark, gloomy and chilly outside, and this book would be a godsend!:)



  41. Anna says:

    I love coming up with creative ways to bless and spend time with my niece. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  42. skylexa says:

    I love this, I would love this for my little kiddies in my class

  43. Margaret says:

    My boyfriend is doing an after-school program with children and I know they would get a kick out of these cute ideas–especially the egg carton characters… those are too great! I also think my boyfriend would enjoy these crafts… :)

    Happy early Thanksgiving!


  44. Anne says:

    Oh, my little guy would LOVE this!

  45. Missy M. says:

    I would love this to use with my 4 year old and her best friend

  46. Susan D says:

    my 2 year old son would love making these crafts!

  47. Andrea says:

    My 4 year old loves arts and crafts! This would be perfect for her!

  48. Danielle says:

    My little guy would love something like this, as would I! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  49. Shanna D. says:

    I can’t wait to do these kind of projects with my little girl! She isn’t quite old enough but it will be fun when the time comes!

  50. Erin says:

    I would love to make the crafts with my kids!! I love those egg carton characters.

  51. Maryx says:

    My niece and I are avid crafters and just can’t get enough of these makes and takes! We have craft nights more often than I have party nights with my friends, I’m sure! This would be a great addition to our get togethers.

    Great blog girls! I just can’t get enough!