Homemade Fun by Rae Grant Giveaway

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I am so excited to announce that Simple Kids contributor and author Rae Grant has a new book coming out today – Homemade Fun: 101 Crafts and Activities to Do with Kids.

From Rae’s Note to Families and Kids:

“Homemade Fun is a tribute to simple ideas for childhood fun.  Many of the projects in this book are crafts that children have been making for generations. The directions and ideas are written to allow young crafters to try their hand at classic and imaginative projects with moderate adult supervision.”

Delightful Series

My family has thoroughly enjoyed Rae’s first two books in this series, Cooking Fun and Crafting Fun, and I can tell you that her third book is just as delightful!

Within moments of Homemade Fun‘s arrival at our house, my oldest daughter was in her closet with a flashlight trying out the shadow puppets and impressing her younger brother with her birds, dogs, and deer. We’re already planning that our next Family Friday Night will include Rae’s recipe for cheese pizza.

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The book is divided into six sections:

  • Hand Sewing and Embroidery
  • Papercrafts
  • Making Jewelry
  • Baking
  • Building Things
  • Toys, Games, and Pastimes

I have always appreciated that the recipes and crafts Rae shares are so fun and creative AND can be made with objects and ingredients you probably already have around the house.  Rae shares with readers her gift for taking a few simple, ordinary things and turning them into something truly delightful!

A Giveaway

Rae is generously giving a copy of Homemade Fun to FOUR Simple Kids readers!

To Enter:

  • Visit Rae’s blog, My Little Hen, and then come back here to Simple Kids and leave a comment telling me which of Rae’s recipes or crafts you’d like to create with your kids.

Bonus entries:

  1. Become a subscriber to Simple Kids via feedburner or email and leave a comment letting me know (if you are already a subscriber, you can leave a comment to let me know)
  2. Sign up for the Simple Living Media weekly newsletter and then leave a comment and let me know that you did (or let me know if you are already a subscriber)

This contest will run until midnight EST on Saturday, June 12, 2010. I will announce the four winners on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Good luck! I hope you win!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Cathy G says:

    I am definitely going to try easy cheesy brocolli soup – sounds yum! And the paper dolls look fab too!

  2. I have to say my littles would like the bubbles best 🙂 Loved her list of preserving summer and home made lemonade is definitely a fun summer thing!!

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  4. and of course I subscribe to the simple kids blog!
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  5. Her pictures of using red clover flowers as paintbrushes makes me want to give the wildflower paintbrush idea a try!

  6. Do I really have to pick just one? My son adores any cooking activity, but I think he’d flip over the parachutes.

  7. Oh, and I subscribe as well.

  8. I am already planning on making the homemade bubbles with the kids my husband and I are babysitting this summer – I can’t wait!
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  9. I already subscribe to the Simple Kids’ blog.
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  10. I just signed up for the newsletter!
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  11. AnnMarie says:

    I’d like to do the parachute. I didn’t think about it needing a weight before….have tried to parachute a little silk blankie and it never worked. Now I know what I need! And I think we’ll make a Dutch Baby, too!

  12. AnnMarie says:

    I subscribe via Bloglines.

  13. I like the simple bunny she has up right now. I am a regular reader of Rae’s blog – so much to be inspired by.

  14. My son would love the bubbles for sure! A perfect summer activity!

  15. I am already subscribed to Simple Kids.

  16. I just subscribed to the newsletter!

  17. I love the beet prints. I have lots of beets planted in my garden so I will definitely give this one a try.
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  18. I’m a subscriber.

  19. I get the newsletter.
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  20. the bubbles look great but I think my kids would LOVE the parachute hankies…

  21. signed up for simple living media newsletter

  22. signed up to receive posts via email. would love this book to plan our summer to keep my kiddos busy with some old fashioned fun.

  23. Katiedash says:

    I want to try her recipe for bubbles. My son loves to chase bubbles, and try to catch them!

  24. Katiedash says:

    I signed up for newsletter and email feed. Thanks

  25. The everyday cupcakes sound wonderful and I bet my kids would love them for an after school snack!

  26. I am a simple kids subscriber! And I love it!!
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  27. I subscribe to simple living media newsletter!
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  28. i am definitely going to try the bubble art with my three year old…maybe even this afternoon! also…i’m going to try out the cupcake recipe. who doesn’t love a good cupcake recipe? :o)
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  29. We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/06/homemade-fun.html
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  30. I would pick the Everyday Cupcakes. Yum! shondaet@gmail.com

  31. I subscribe to your blog by email. shondaet@gmail.com

  32. I signed up for your newsletter. shondaet@gmail.com

  33. Sarah O says:

    The beet prints look fun to make and would make some original paper products.

  34. Sarah O says:

    I subscribe to SimpleKids blog via GoogleReader.

  35. Sarah O says:

    I subscribe to Simple Weekly email.

  36. I can’t wait to make the bubbles when the sun comes out! The bunny is too adorable; wish I’d seen that around Easter time.

  37. I subscribe to Simple Kids via Google Reader.

  38. I subscribe to the Simple Living Media newsletter

  39. I’m so happy to see a bubbles recipe that doesn’t use glycerine! I love the list of summer activities for the future lost tribe of childhood too.

  40. I subscribe to simple kids via google reader

  41. I can’t wait to try the homemade bubble solution, and the hankie & cork parachutes!
    I am a Simple Living Media newsletter subscriber.
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  42. Make cupcakes and camp outside!

  43. Katie D says:

    I would love to try making her simple parachute. Love her blog and am looking forward to reading this book.

  44. Katie D says:

    I just subscribed to the newsletter for a second entry. Thanks!

  45. Definitely the hankie/cork parachute. My kids will love tossing that out our third-floor apartment window!

  46. I am a subscriber!

  47. I signed up for the news letter as well.

  48. I would love to try to make my own pretzels a home!

  49. I love the homemade bubbles and the cork doll’s table -too cute!


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