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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118083369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118083369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MAKE AND TAKES FOR KIDS: 50 projects to make with kids

Crafting isn't just playtime; there's a purpose to all the gluing, cutting, and coloring. Children are learning hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving, math, teamwork, and individual expression. In Make and Takes for Kids, popular craft blogger Marie LeBaron brings her creativity and her training in early childhood development together in a truly original children's crafting book.

Outlining the learning objectives and skills that children will attain as they complete each activity, this book gives you 50 kid-friendly crafting and cooking projects that celebrate each month. You'll get simple instructions for making:

  • A wintry January filled with a snowman smoothie and a snow-bug hat

  • A February rich with a lovely heart bookmark and heart-shaped pretzel bread

  • A lucky March with leprechaun gold coin cookies and glitter clover cards

  • An April hopped up with chocolate-dipped crispy rice eggs and a watercolor coffee filter umbrella

  • A sunshine-filled May spiced up with Cinco de Mayo sombrero cupcakes and a tissue paper Mother's Day card

  • A summery June beefed up with Father's Day meatball golf balls and a milk jug toss game

  • A jubilant July with sparkly wands and patriotic berry ice cream boats

  • An August in the outdoors with a pine cone bird feeder garland and flameless kid's campfire

  • A back-to-school September with a teacher's pet rock paperweight and silly apple sandwiches

  • A spooky October with googly eye cards and monster milkshakes

  • A thankful November with pine cone cookies and leaf rubbing turkey feathers

  • A December to remember with a stained glass paper menorah and a spiral paper Christmas tree mobile

  • And much, much more

If you're a parent, teacher, or caregiver looking to enhance the time you spend with young children, Make and Takes for Kids makes it easy to have fun crafting with kids.


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Some good ideas.
Kari
I was given this book as a gift and am putting it to great use.
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The colorful book is beautifully layed out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Tiu on January 19, 2012
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Sometimes I run out of crafty ideas. Marie LeBaron's book "Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year" (Wiley) arrived and I devoured it cover-to-cover.

Marie LeBaron uses her background in early childhood development and creative edge to develop kid-friendly projects. But what sets this book apart is the fact that she outlines learning objectives and skills associated with the projects. The creative process is the focus for the kids, not necessarily the final project. However, if you're looking for inspiration to make new things to sell, this is not your book - personal use only.

The projects are organized by months with four projects per month, some have five. The colorful book is beautifully layed out. And, like a good educator, LeBaron gives a nice overview (at the beginning of the book) of basic supplies needed, which you probably have lying around in your house or they're easily found at a craft supply support. The "simple instructions" for seasonal and holiday creations, edible and decorative, are exactly spot-on.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beckie Farrant on November 9, 2011
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We are having a blast with this book! My 5 year old son is devouring it and wants to make every project for the month of November. We already made two projects from the book and my son's goal is to make them all. They are super engaging ideas perfect for the mom, teacher, grandmother or babysitter. I highly recommend this book if you have little ones in your life who are artistic!

Beckie Farrant
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Sharon Brown on November 26, 2011
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Make and Takes for Kids by Marie LeBaron is a f-f-f-f-FABULOUS family craft book. Let me simply tell you why:

You won't spend $187.56 at your local craft store to finish any of the projects, heck you won't spend over a few dollars or nothing at all for most of them. They are all *affordable* crafts.
They are crafts that like the title says that the KIDS can do, which a lot of crafts out there for kids, they really are too difficult, time consuming and you know for a fact in the finished picture that a kid didn't even TOUCH that craft project.
You know what you skim through a craft publication and you decide which ones you could actually see yourself doing and usually there is a big handful...but there are a quite a bit you feel that are too over the top or too lam-eo? Well NOT with this book. My daughters and I decided that we would do 47 out of the 50 crafts. That is really amazing that that many appealed to us!
The directions are clear, the pictures are such fun, the layout of the book is perfect and the organization of the crafts by the months of the year is just the best way to do it.
The ideas! Lots of them are just so simple and clever you think now why didn't *I* think of that! They are the crafts that are such good ideas that you tell a friend, who tells another friend and soon every class party at your elementary school is doing that particular craft at the next class party cause it was just so darn clever!
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Great book for parents. Entertain & educate kids by creating crafts, which is better than purchased crafts or computer games
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