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. I think I want to do the bubbles with my toddler who is love with bubbles. I am a Simple Kids follower.
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  2. Well, its not really a craft, but on Rae’s list of summertime preservation ideas, I would definitely love to camp outside overnight with the kids this summer.

  3. I also subscribe by feedburner.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    I hope a win a copy of this book- it looks great!!!

  5. I’m always on the lookout for a new twist on my favorite oatmeal cookie. I’m looking forward to trying out her recipe for Oatmeal Pecan Cookies!

  6. I also subscribe to the newsletter!
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  7. …and to your rss feed!
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  8. I also am a feedburner subscriber!
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  9. what a lovely looking book. we are going to try the dandelion flower paintbrushes.

  10. i am also an email subscriber
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  11. i’m also signed on for the Simple Living Media weekly newsletter
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  12. MomStarr says:

    bubbles!! We love bubbles….fun for all ages!!

  13. MomStarr says:

    i am a subscriber to simple media

  14. We’d pick the bunny to sew first!! I made something similar at the age my eldest is now, and would love for to do the same and have it for years to come!! The bubbles would also be a hit for all 3 on a lovely day outside!

  15. I’ve got corks that have been looking for a purpose. I think my son would love the cork and hankie parachute project

  16. I’m a subscriber to Simple Kids and love it!

  17. I’m a subscriber to Simple Living Media weekly newsletter. Thanks

  18. Trish White says:

    I just subscribed to your newsletter.

    I also would love to do vegetable and fruit prints with my girls.

  19. My daughter would love making the paper dolls.

  20. I like the painting with flowers idea.

  21. i like the idea of using a flower as a paintbrush! think i will do this one!
    Amy in CA

  22. I subscribe via email!
    Amy in CA

  23. I get the simple living media newsletter via email! and love it! 🙂
    Amy in CA

  24. We’d love to try the hanky parachute idea!! Thanks for the giveaway! :o)

  25. I subscribe to the newsletter

  26. and via feedburner 🙂

  27. Sarah W. says:

    Love the cork and hankie parachute…and the summer preservation ideas…and the recipes. Great book.

  28. I’ve been wanting to make Hot Milk Cake and I may do it from her recipe
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  29. I signed up for the newsletter! Can’t wait!

  30. I am now a follower too! Loving the blog and can’t wait to see more!
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  31. I absolutely love the idea of using clovers for paint brushes! That is so beautiful and I can’t wait to try it out! It’s somethin we can do in the trailer…now to find where I stashed the watercolors! lol Thanks for the chance to win this book! It looks amazing!

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  32. What a great giveaway! This is something I need for the kids! We would have fun making the choc pudding or buttermilk pancakes. thanks!

  33. i signed up for the newsletter.

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  35. I already subscribe to Simple Kids – pick me!

  36. I already subscribe to Simple Living Media Weekly via email. I hope I win the book! It would be lovely to have as we start summer! We love arts ‘n crafts at our house!

  37. I’d love to make the simple cork and hankie parachute that Rae outlines. I remember the absolute magic of parachutes when I was little. My favorite firecrackers at 4th of July were the ones where 3 parachutes came out when it exploded. We played with the parachutes and forgot about fireworks! It will be fun to make a parachute for my little one to play with…no need to wait for 4th of July now!

  38. I am already a subscriber to Simple Kids.

  39. I also am a subscriber to the Simple Living Media Newsletter :o)

  40. Okay, I totally love the idea of Everyday Cupcakes! This is my kind of recipe. Why should they be reserved for parties? Cupcakes everyday!

  41. like to try the Red Clover Blossom Paintbrush


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  42. I’m a email subscriber
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  44. Adriana says:

    This looks like a perfect book for my little ones! I love the idea of making cupcakes EVERYDAY!!! My kids absolutely love cupcakes!

  45. Tracy Smith says:

    Oh – I’d make the cupcakes for sure. They are favorites of ours. I also signed up to recieve your newsletter, get e-mail updates, RSS feed, and bloglines on my ipod!

  46. Jennifer says:

    My daughter has been asking for sewing crafts, so those would be the first we would do!

  47. Jennifer says:

    I am a subscriber via e-mail, too!

  48. I’m going to try the best chocolate pudding recipe with my daughter – yum!

  49. I am a subscriber – Thanks!

  50. We have her Crafting Fun book from the library right now with all sorts of projects bookmarked. We have to get Cooking Fun book though — her Everyday Cupcakes look yummy!