From Whip Up: Action Pack – A Kids Mini-Mag (and a giveaway, too!)

Jillian, my nine year old, and I have been having the best time together lately.  We’ve been creating origami boats, baking honey and cinnamon cake, drawing bees, and gathering the supplies for future adventures in lip balm and hand lotion making.

(This giveaway is now closed.  Winners will be announced in Sunday’s Link Love post.)

Wow!  Where is all this creative inspiration coming from, you ask?  From the March Action Pack – a new kids mini-magazine from Kathreen Ricketson of the popular blog Whip Up. I jumped at the chance for a review copy of this project because I knew it would be terrific.

Intended for boys and girls ages 7 and up “who want to do stuff” Action Pack is 20 plus pages jam packed with detailed instructions, charming photographs, cute illustrations, and idea after fun idea.  The March issue revolves around the themes of paper and beeswax.

From the magazine:

Action Pack is … “Science experiments that you can actually use, easy delicious recipes, simple craft projects that require minimal adult supervision, and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

Photo by Whip Up
At a mere $5 and ad free (something I certainly appreciate in a publication intended for children) and printable right from your home computer, this mini-mag has been the perfect boredom busting solution for the string of rainy days we’ve been experiencing.

I love that my daughter and I are making future plans together based on projects and recipes from Action Pack but there is also plenty in the magazine that she can do on her own, with limited supervision.

Photo by Whip Up

An Action Pack Giveaway

I have some exciting news:  Kathreen is generously giving away a copy of the March 2011 Action Pack to five Simple Kids readers!

To Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post telling us what your family is looking forward to doing and creating together from the Action Pack.

This giveaway will be open for comments until 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, March 5th.  This giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winners in my Link Love post on Sunday. Thanks!

Don’t want to wait to grab a copy of Action Pack?  You can pick up one at the Whip Up Shop today.

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

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  1. This looks great – i woudl want the science experiments as i think my girls would like that but my talents lie elsewhere – will be great to have planned ideas…

  2. I would LOVE to make the beeswax lipbalm with my kids! So neat!

  3. I would love to make the origami boats! What a great idea! Thanks!
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  4. Lisa Hight says:

    This mini-mag looks really Great! loads of fun and learning by doing.

  5. This looks great! My son would love to make and float the origami boat.

  6. I have a mad scientist on my hands as well! And with the upcoming birthdays, I’m sure he’d be game for making lip balm and lotion to give.
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  7. We would do the science experiments as we like science. Susan

  8. ~Heather says:

    Playing with beeswax – it smells so lovely and it’s so versatile.

  9. My kids seem a bit young for this magazine yet, but I’d love to give it to my niece and sister – it would enrich their homeschooling experience.

  10. My son LOVES Science experiments, so we would do it all!

  11. floating a boat and making a honey cake. my son isn’t 7 yet but we do lots of different things.
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  12. these look like something we’d love to do

    – How to make beeswax candles and recipes to make your own natural beeswax lip balm & hand-lotion with printable labels!
    – Recipes to make a yummy Honey & Cinnamon cake, & a healthy honeycomb lemonade.

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  13. Cindy L. says:

    The honey & cinnamon cake sounds so yummy! And I’ve been promising my oldest daughter we’d make some lip balm – perfect!

  14. We love any kind of crafts.

  15. Ruth Shepherd says:

    My kids would love to do these science experiments!

  16. Action Pack looks awesome. Thanks for letting us know about it! I home-school my 6 and 7 yr old kiddos. One is an art-lover and one is a scientist, so this sounds perfect. I love the idea of getting them outdoors. The origami floating boat would be a hit with all of us. Thanks!

  17. Jessica says:

    my son would be totally into the bees!

  18. Michelle says:

    My daughter would go crazy over the lipbalm!!

  19. My guys would love the boats and the drawing stuff. They’re super into drawing these days. I think I’d have to make sure we made the beeswax lip balm and candles :) Thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. my daughter would love love to do anything in the the pack – we have some beeswax stashed in the cupboard from some resident bees that departed and left their home

  21. my kids would love making the boats. with spring around the corner they are just itching to play with their sand and water table :)
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  22. Wonderful activities! My daughter would love the science experiments.

  23. Definitely the boats sound awesome!

  24. Honestly, I don’t know…I would just order a bunch of beeswax and work our way through! My daughter adores lip balm, so that’s definitely on the list. She also adores cake, so that too!!
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  25. We would do the science first, then head to the origami boat!

  26. I think my daughter would enjoy making the origami boats! This looks like so much fun!

  27. stephanie says:

    i know my son would love to float the boat and making candles looks fun! He also likes to cook.

  28. I’d love to make the origami boats with my kids. My son especially would like this as he’s been in an origami craze lately.

  29. Oragami boats…..they look cute! Not sure where to find beeswax, but I would have to go on a hunt!

  30. We would probably bake us a cake and make some candles!!

  31. I am a “Waldorfy” mom and 2nd grade teacher. I would love to use this with all my kids.

  32. My daughter would love the lip balm and my son would love to make the origami.

  33. the little beeswax dipped boats look SO FUN!!
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  34. My daughter loves it when we create together and she’d be thrilled to make the lotion together!

  35. My family would love it. Of the projects mentioned, I think my 7-yr-old son would love to make the origami boats and my 5-yr-old daughter would like to make the beeswax candles.

  36. Awesome. Our family would love to do the science experiments and make origami boats! FUN!

  37. It would be so hard to pick one, but I think my daughter would love the lip balm the most.

  38. Emily B says:

    Definitely the candles and lip balm, and the honeycomb lemonade–sounds yummy!

  39. our family would love these new craft ideas! thanks!

  40. I’d never heard of this blog before, love it! I’d most like to make the lip balm so I could give my little guy safer kisses : )
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  41. Jennifer says:

    Last summer we did our own Bee Week with bee related art, stories & food. It was a secret plan to keep my 3 year old busy & focused on something other than the fussy, squirmy newborn in our house at the time. We would LOVE a copy of this magazine to explore what other Bee activities are out there.

  42. Miranda says:

    I would love to try the cooking with my son.

  43. I’m pretty sure my daughter would love to learn about make hand lotion and lip balm.

  44. My two older children would like making their own lip balm out of beeswax. Especially with it still chilly in our part of the country. Plus what a great gift to give at birthday parties.

  45. Krista` says:

    I LOVE beeswax! I am currently exploring it with my sculptures, and would love to share more child friendly activities with my daughter!

  46. All of it! I used to make candles bt havn’t worked with wax with my 7 year old kids yet. Thanks!

  47. Bethany says:

    The beeswax lip gloss looks sweet! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Mary-Sue says:

    what a great idea for a magazine! sounds like it’s ideal for my daughter, who loves to DO stuff and is 9. thanks!

  49. christine says:

    My kids would love to make candles.

  50. I’d like to try the beeswax-bottomed boats. Sounds like a great publication! Thanks for the giveaway.