September 19, 2011

Made to Play {Book Giveaway--2 Winners}

As the parent of a very active and curious little boy, I'm often looking for things to amuse and entertain, and cheap, thrifty ones at that.  Blogs are a great resource, because we all know how inventive and clever bloggers are!

One blog I frequent (and most recently bookmarked this post, for a future project), is Made by Joel.  In a sea of crafty mom bloggers, it's refreshing to come across a dad's take on things.  Joel Henriques, the blog's author/editor/founder, is about to release his first book on October 11th, aptly titled Made to Play: Handmade Toys & Crafts for Growing Imaginations.
It's 208 pages of homemade fun, including projects made of wood, paper, fabric, and found objects--definitely my kind of craft book.
Photo of Slotted Building Discs from Joel Henriques, Made by Joel
Made to Play is filled not just with projects you can copy, but encouragement for making the projects your own by modifying the designs or materials.   I like that Joel uses items like cardboard, magazines, wire, and scrap wood to create his imaginative and imagination-sparking creations.

I'm eager to make some of this stuff with and for my boys, including the Portable Zoo, with paper animals contained in a mint tin and perfect for toting in your purse for use in places like doctors' offices.

The projects are pretty easy, save maybe for some of the ones involving wood where you'd need a scroll saw and wood-burning tool, but as the author writes, you can certainly substitute cardboard for the wood.  The point is to create simple, play-provoking toys for and with your kids.

And Joel's instructions and illustrations for the projects are also pretty simple and straightforward, making it easy for non-crafty adults and older kids to follow along without fumbling.
I highly recommend pre-ordering the book, and am looking forward to trying out many of the projects myself.
WIN IT!
Two lucky readers will win a copy of
Made to Play!
To Enter
Visit the Made to Play book page and leave a comment with why you'd like to win the book and which project most appeals to you.
Extra Entries (you must complete the first mandatory entry before doing the extras.  Also, leave a separate comment for each one):
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link (2 entries)
  • Subscribe to my updates
  • Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect
  • If you're a Fan of Katydid and Kid on Facebook leave a comment letting me know
  • Share this post on your Facebook page and leave the link (I'd love it if you tagged me or the sponsor in your post)
  • Follow @katydidandkid and tweet this giveaway, leaving a link to your tweet in the comments. You can tweet once per day (leave a comment each day). You can copy and paste my tweet if you'd like: #Win a copy of Made By Joel 's new book, Made to Play @KatydidandKid #Giveaway
US mailing addresses only. One entry per household.
You must do the first entry in order to enter ("I want to win, thanks!" comments will NOT be considered). You will have until Sunday October 2nd at 11:59pmEST to enter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator the next day and notified by email.I'll also post the winners on my blog HERE. If I don't hear back from the winner within 72 hours, I'll pick another.
 Disclosure: I received a copy of Made to Play for review purposes.

52 comments:

  1. What a cute craft book! I love the doll house furniture!

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  2. I love the doll house furniture!

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  3. I follow your updates via Google Reader.

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  4. I would LOVE to have this book to make things with Raileigh. Out of the projects I saw, I would love to make the zoo blanket

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  5. subscribe via google reader

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  9. We love to craft (& recycle) & have an over abundance of supplies. We'd LOVE to have your book to learn more from you.

    Thanks,
    A

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  10. I would like to win because it's a fun way to craft and bond with my children.
    I would like to try the Bottle-Cap Tambourine

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  12. I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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  13. following you on twitter @left_the_stars
    I tweeted your giveaway

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  14. the doll house furniture looked really neat my children love doing crafty things

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  15. What a lovely way to interact and create with your children. I love the restaurant animals. Good stuff here. Count me in.

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  16. I'd like this book because I love to learn to be creative in new ways.

    I'd like to make the Abstract Vertial Puzzle.

    Nancy
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  17. I am an email subscriber.

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  18. I follow via GFC: allibrary.

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  19. I would love to win because I am sure that I would love the crafts in it as well as the kids I know would.

    Drawing with Vintage Buttons sounds like it would be fun.

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  20. I am following you using GFC.

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  21. I'd like to win this for my neice so we can do the project Modern Doll House and Doll House Furniture together.

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  22. I Subscribe to your updates.

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  23. I Follow your blog publicly via Google Friend Connect as nightowl.

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  24. I'm Fan of Katydid and Kid on Facebook.

    Kimberly B.

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  25. I would love to win the book because I have a daughter who adores craft projects. Paper animals project is my favourite

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  26. Those portable zoo animals are very cute. I read Joel's blog and know that anything he has in the new book will be worth making.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. I would love to win because my nephew would enjoy making the Shadow Puppet Theatre

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  32. Abstract Vertical Puzzle would be fun

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  34. Love these kind of books! Shadow Puppet Theater sounds like fun!

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  37. I would love to win this because I am constantly looking for new and unique craft projects to do with the kids I babysit for! I think I would love the Modern Alphabet Game craft! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  38. I'm a GFC follower (kconklin1028), thanks!
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  39. I'm an email subscriber, thanks!
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  40. This would be great to go along with my homeschooling. The wooden Spool Birds would be fun to make.

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