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. Jessica says:

    This sounds wonderful! My son would love the science experiments.

  2. My kiddos and I would probably go for the lip balm first! So many great projects, this would be so great for March Break!

  3. Anything with beeswax sounds fun to me. It’s a supply we always have around the house.

  4. My daughter is nutty about oragami currently and all three of my kids go crazy over science experiments. This sounds like something we’ll be combing through and trying almost anything.

  5. Kimberly says:

    Do I have to share this with my kids? :) We would love the candles and lip balm, the boats, well, everything! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Shannon says:

    I am really trying to teach them to have fun in the kitchen, so some fun, kid-friendly recipes would be very welcomed. Thanks!

  7. my boys love anything to do with science and bugs, bring on the bees!

  8. Kathy C. says:

    I think that we would do the boats first, then the lip balm second. My son is 8 and would love making the boats for his little sisters. All 3 kids love floating things in water. What a cool idea!

  9. I have a budding cartoonist/artist in the house who would dig the bee drawing activity.
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  10. Allison Fambro says:

    This is awesome my Jakob would love this!

  11. I’m running out of activity inspiration after this very long and snowy Maine winter! An Action Pack sounds like the perfect solution!!

    Thanks for the chance!

  12. Lisa Fischer says:

    Thanks for this fun opportunity! We would love it all, no doubt, but my daughter would really like the drawing and cooking activities!

  13. Carrie S says:

    The origami beeswax boats stand out as the first thing my boys would ask to do. The Action Pack looks so cool! Thanks for this post. I’m glad I happened across it. :-)

  14. I am always needing new inspiration for fun things I can do with my girls (age 7 and 8). No doubt they would both enjoy doing fun things with mom from this magazine. Science experiments are definitely a fun option at our house!

  15. Genevieve says:

    I would love how to learn how to make those beeswax candles with my daughter!

  16. Sarah W. says:

    We’re in talks of getting a beehive, so the beeswax and bee themed projects are exciting!

  17. Kirsten says:

    I think my daughter would head straight for the lip balm!!!

  18. My daughter would absolutely love this! And since I’m not a very creative person it would be SO helpful to me. She’d especially love learning to make her own lip balm and lotion.

  19. Trish White says:

    I love being creative at home with my girls – lip balm will be first on our list! Thanks!

  20. this is right up my 9-year old daughter’s alley. seriously – i don’t know what she would want to do first. she loves bees! i think the beeswax boats would be a hit for her and her younger brother. thank you for sharing! xo

  21. My daughter would love the doing these! We love hands on projects at our house!

  22. StreuselMama says:

    This is great! I think we would try the candles first. It’s become a priority for my kids that we eat dinner by candlelight, and I can only imagine how excited they would be to have made the candles themselves. Thanks for this giveaway!

  23. New ideas for science experiments would be most welcome in our family! My 4 year old requested an “experiment party” last fall and it was a blast… more ideas for kid-friendly science would be lovely.

  24. Kimberly says:

    Beeswax dipped boat! How my son and I will enjoy!!!

  25. Catherine says:

    How cool! My daughter would love to draw bees and do origami.