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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

‘Make and Takes for Kids’ Book (and Giveaway!)

This giveaway is now closed. But keep reading. This book is awesome.

Marie is one of my peeps. Like sister-quality peep. We’ve worked together, run together (okay, I did the driving, she did the running, but who’s keeping track?), played together, eaten together, slept together (one of the best conference roommates ever), been pulled over for drunk driving together (no one was drunk, and the cop thought he was a real funny guy…he wasn’t…see “Incident #2” on this post for details). You get the drift. We’ve done a lot together. And I love her to pieces. So I am SUPER excited to share some Marie-ness with you today.

On top of being a totally amazing person, Marie has an amazing blog. And now she’s taken that amazingness and put it in a book! That’s right, Marie just published her first book! I’m so happy for her! Yea Marie!!!

Make and Take for Kids published by Wiley is Marie’s new book and it’s just as great as I was expecting…and I am not just saying that because I love Marie. It really is fabulous. Case in point: after my copy came in the mail last week I set it on the coffee table. It was the first thing Cate noticed when she got home from school. She immediately picked the book up, perused her way through all the fun projects, and sat down to make a turkey. Not kidding, within five minutes of opening the book she was already in the thick of a great project, without any help from me.

Cate’s Crafty Turkeys…Thanks to Marie’s Inspiration!

The projects are perfect for kids of all ages and are organized by month, so they are seasonal as well. Everything is clear and organized well and the photography is great. There are also fun food-related projects! Yum, yum! Given that it’s the holiday season, this would be a great gift for the anyone who likes crafting with kids…parents, teachers, grandparents. In fact, I think it would even be a great gift idea for the kids themselves!

Since the holidays are all about giving, Marie is offering up a free copy for one of you lucky people! As always, simply leave a comment on this post by Midnight PT on Monday, December 5. The randomly-selected winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 6.

If you are in the thick of holiday shopping or are just dying to get your hands on the book NOW, Marie’s book should be available at all major bookstores or you can find it online at Barnes and, and

Good luck with the giveaway!


  1. 1
    Alison Poirier

    Simply, I need this book! Totally something I will use all the time.

  2. If I win I’ll find some crafty kids to share this with!

  3. 3

    how fun! this looks great….

  4. 4

    Audrey would love that! She’s always making craft projects!

  5. 5

    This would be a great Christmas gift!!

  6. 6

    Looks like a great gift!

  7. 7

    Looks fun!

  8. 8

    I think my family needs this 🙂

  9. 9

    Would help give us something to do when stuck inside this winter!

  10. 10
    Anna mckeown

    Yes please!!! Looks awesome!

  11. 11

    I would love this! But would I keep it or give it as a gift…?

  12. 13
    Jana Blomquist

    I would love this to give to my daughter who runs a pre-school.

  13. 14

    This would be a fantastic Christmas gift!

  14. 15
    Colleen Sanders

    what a fun idea!

  15. 16

    Would certainly come in handy at my house!

  16. 17

    This would be great to give as a Christmas gift!

  17. 18

    I’m not such a creative person myself, but my daughter can’t get enough of drawing and crafts. This book full of ideas and instructions would make us both happy.

  18. Crafty kid + super un-crafty mom = this book would be cherished in our house! 😉

  19. 20

    I can not wait for my daughter to get a little older so we can do crafts together!

  20. 21
    Nikki CB

    Looks great! I’ve really enjoyed your posts over at Make and Takes. We’d have a lot of fun with this.

  21. 23
    Barbara Baker

    Sweet. fun for Grandmothers and their grandkiddies!

  22. 24

    This Grandma would love this!

  23. 25
    Sheila K.

    Great giveaway””this would make a wonderful gift for my niece!

  24. 26
    Kelly C.

    Perfect book for rainy day activities..actually, it’s perfect for ANY activities:)

  25. Oh my Annie would be thrilled to have this book…crossing my fingers!

  26. 28
    Lisa Kozik

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese! We are subscribed to Make and Takes blog too and have done so many projects (and pinned them on Pinrest). How awesome to have these ideas all bundled together for “at our fingers” access.

  27. 29

    My daughter would love to have this book!!

  28. 30
    Shauna W.

    This looks perfect for third graders – I can’t wait to try it out!

  29. 31

    Love it. My kids would love this.

  30. 32

    Love her website! Thanks!

  31. 33
    Jen Ketcher

    Would love this! Totally into kids crafts.

  32. 34

    Wonderful gift for a grandchild!

  33. 35
    Liz Brown

    I love Make and Takes! Great giveaway!

  34. 36

    My oldest is three and I have been trying to get in the habit if having crafts for us to do together. This would be a great resource

  35. 37

    Looks great!

  36. 38

    I’ve been looking for new projects for the kids!

  37. 39

    What a fantastic idea. A book like that would definitely help me be more crafty with my 3 year old. I am terrible about thinking up fun things for him to do when we are home. Maybe this book could save us some money an help us do cool crafty stuff at home instead of going out and depending on others.

  38. 40

    Think Isabella would have a blast with this book!

  39. 41
    Donna L

    This would be perfect for my granddaughter.

  40. 42
    Teresa R

    I have so many nieces and nephews, it would be so fun to do crafts with them…..heaven knows I already have every single supply needed.

  41. 43
    Wendy C

    I’d love to do any of these activities with my boys.

  42. 44

    I would love to use this with my son and niece and nephews!

  43. 45

    Fun! I’d love this book to keep my little punks busy.

  44. 46

    My oldest would LOVE this book!

  45. 47

    As soon as I saw, “within five minutes of opening the book she was already in the thick of a great project, without any help from me” I was hooked!

  46. 48

    Love Marie’s blog and would love this book!

  47. 49

    hey you know S and I are always in the mood for another project! Send a book our way!!!

  48. 50

    Oh Wow, my daughters would LOVE this book. There are more pieces of colored, cut, glued, folded, stickered pieces of paper scattered around this house then you can count! 🙂

  49. 51

    This looks like a great book!

  50. 52
    Sara B.

    Looks great!! I think my son is getting to an age to appreciate crafts, but I’m just not that crafty.

  51. 53

    Yay! I love crafts and books! A double win for me and the students that I teach. I am a Montessori teacher and am always on the lookout for creative ideas for my students. They love, love, love to do projects. I very happy for you and your book!

  52. Great book, what neat ideas!!!!!

  53. 55

    If I don’t win the giveaway, I may just have to get myself a copy from Amazon.

  54. 56

    Sounds great!

  55. My grand kids would love this!

  56. 58

    this looks like so much fun!

  57. 59
    Stephanie P.

    Those turkeys are adorable! While I would give this to an actual child, I can’t say I wouldn’t do a few crafts from it myself before doing so!

  58. 60
    Megan Flowers

    My 2 1/2 year old is really starting to LOVE doing crafts. This would really help us find some ideas to keep us busy through the winter!!!

  59. 61

    Looks like a great book!

  60. 62

    please entertain my kids for me!! 😉

  61. 63
    April V

    I would LOVE this! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  62. 64
    Lindsey Barttels

    I would LOVE this! I’m always looking for ideas!

  63. 65

    This looks like tons of fun!

  64. 66

    My kids would love it!

  65. 67

    My niece will love this.

  66. 68

    We would love this book! Looks fantastic – I heart her blog as well!

  67. 69
    cs white

    This looks like such a fun book!

  68. 70

    Would love to give even more inspiration to my 3 busy boys who only stop to draw or read

  69. 71

    this would definitely get used in our house!

  70. 72

    the slithering snake is super cute!
    thank you for the chance at another awesome book give away!!

  71. 73

    I’m so happy for Marie! Can’t wait to see this book 🙂

  72. 74
    T sara

    My kids would live this!

  73. 75

    I love Make & Takes!

  74. 76

    Would love it for my kids & my students!!

  75. my nieces would adore this book!!!

  76. 78

    My boys would love this! Hooray for Make & Takes!

  77. 79

    I love how those aren’t the standard hand turkeys!

  78. My first grandchild, Jonas, is 3-1/2 and we are anticipating the arrival of granchild number two in a couple of weeks. I would SO love to be thought of as the “crafty” grandma and this sweet make and take book would help me immensely. Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Awesome! My kids would love this!!

  80. 82

    My 5 year old DD would love this!

  81. 83

    I would love this! And yes, I’d even share with my grandkids 🙂

  82. 84
    Angie .

    My best friend has twins that will be 2 in January. I would LOVE to be able to share this book with her and her little ones!!

  83. 85

    wow, my kids would both get so much use out of this! 🙂

  84. This book looks like it would be a super asset for me to look like the best craftiest mom in the world!

  85. 87
    Tara F

    My kids would love this book!

  86. 88
    brandi knight-howell

    would love to have this book and get some new fun things to do with the kiddos

  87. 89
    Gretchen J

    Would love this book for new ideas to do with our 4-H kids!

  88. 90

    I recently became a SAHM and would love this for my boys!

  89. 91

    Love it! I teach Pre-k, new ideas are always needed.

  90. 92

    what a great loooking book!

  91. 93

    3 kids, cold weather, yes please!

  92. 94

    My girls and I would love this book!

  93. 95
    Melinda Andreyo

    I would love this book. I enjoy the blogs. You both have wonderful ideas!

  94. 96
    Maria H

    Looks great!

  95. 97
    Jess S

    What a fun idea! And how neat that you get to support such a great friend this way!

  96. 98
    Whitney S.

    My son would love doing the projects in this book I am sure! I am really liking that it is organized month by month so you can find seasonal things to do easily! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  97. Would be perfect for my friend who loves doing crafts with the kiddos!!

  98. 100

    Randomly select me! 🙂

  99. 101
    Katie S.

    Looks like a great book!

  100. 102

    Looks like fun. We could get lots of use out of it.

  101. 103

    Awesome giveaway!

  102. 104

    Being a stay at home 3yr old daughter and I are always looking for fun creative arts and crafts projects to do.Especially in Buffalo we have very longgggggggg cold winters that keep us in house ALLLL WINTER =\ this book is everything im looking for!! =] happy holidays!!

  103. 105

    I am in the thick of holiday shopping myself. Thanks for the chance to win.

  104. 106

    I could soooo use this book to keep my 3 little boys busy!

  105. 107

    I love the website and would love to have the book!

  106. 108
    Lindsay Rutman

    me please.

  107. 109

    The book sounds great!

  108. 110

    The crafty girls in this house would love it!

  109. 111

    looks great!

  110. 112
    Megan Sheakoski

    Crossing my fingers! I’d love a copy! 🙂

  111. 113

    I love Make and Takes!

  112. 114

    I am not a craft person but this book makes it look easy.

  113. 115

    This would be right up my 5 year old’s alley! Thanks!

  114. 116

    Perfect for my 3 boys! Thanks!

  115. oooo. This is just what we need!

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