Crafting with Kids Book – Review and Giveaway

When the lovely and talented Jennifer Casa contacted me to see if I would like to do a review of her fabulous new book, she had me at “hello”! Also??  Would I like to host a giveaway for one lucky reader to win an autographed copy?? Umm.. yes, please!!

Crafting with Kids is part of the Teach Yourself VISUALLY(TM) series, and it’s chock full of amazingly inspiring projects — each with clear, easy to follow instructions and plenty of photos to help guide you through. You may know Jennifer through her well-loved blog, JCasa Handmade (Love!!).

Emily and I had a difficult time picking a project to do because they are SO MANY we want to try!! For the purposes of this review, we chose the Patchwork Lanterns and were able to use items we already had on-hand — added bonus! I especially loved how each project gave a time estimate (very handy), and listed exactly what materials were needed. Plus, each step of the process has a color photo, so you can easily see how it is done.


As soon as we had our materials ready, Emily was super-happy to get started!! We had lots of colorful fabric scraps to make our patchwork lanterns!


…and I think they help brighten up our craft studio, don’t you?? We have big plans to do many of the other creative projects in this book too!!


Now the fun part — One very lucky Frugal Family Fun Blog reader will win an autographed copy of Teach Yourself VISUALLY(TM) Crafting with Kids by Jennifer Casa!! To enter for your chance to win, just leave a comment on this post telling us why YOU like to craft with the kiddos! Giveaway ends Saturday, June 4th @ 6:30pm EST and winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. This prize can be shipped world-wide!!

Good luck!!!


  1. It’s a chance to have some downtime with my lads, focus just on them, and watch their creativity take off!

  2. Ooh, how fun! I’m a newbie to your site, and I’m loving it! Thanks so much for all your ideas. I love to craft with my girlies because, first, it brings them such joy! And second, at ages (almost) 2 and (almost)3, crafts are great alternatives to technology–sad that I already am fighting that at such early ages, huh?

  3. Summer vacation starts this week for my grandchildren… and wouldn’t this book be great for those “empty” ( sure! LOL!) weeks stretching ahead? Seriously they both love to craft and we could have a ball making these projects! And so would I!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. We craft because I want my kids to nuture their creativity and to understand the value of home made.

  5. I love crafting with the kids because it keeps them away from the electronics and lets their creative side come out.

    I adore Jennifer Casa. She bought a quilt top from my etsy shop a couple years ago to use in her gorgeous creations!

  6. My nearly 7 year old daughter is really into making collages right now. I enjoy watching her creativity with using lots of different materials.

  7. Melissa Foster says

    I love to create things with my kids because they are always so proud of their accomplishments and I just adore crafts in general.

  8. i craft with my (almost 6) girlie because it is blessed time together learning about each other, a move away from consumerism, and a way to engender a respect and love for hand-made. i love to watch her creative process…she is a process/structure girl so i originally thought it wd be a way to release her from those confines…but she seems to approach creating in a very thoughtful structured way.

    always looking for fresh ideas, jennifer’s book wd be an inspiring resource.

  9. I like to craft with my daughter because it fosters her creativity and imagination. Also because it’s fun!

  10. It’s just fun! And I love to see what they create and watch the intent expressions during the “making”.

  11. It’s relaxing, gives us time together, makes memories, and hopefully teaches them some skills and confidence to try more crafts in the future!

  12. Honestly I very rarely craft with my kiddos. The mess and the business of doing a project tend to keep me from taking the time. What I like about this book though are the clear precise COLOR pictures and instructions. Having a time estimate would be so helpful for planning purposes as well.

  13. Awesome! I’ve used Jennifer’s tutorials before, and they’re soooo fantastic! I craft with my kids, well…because that’s just what we do lol! 🙂

  14. My daughter and I would love to check out this craft book. Thanks for the chance!! 🙂

  15. Craft time with my kids is my favorite quality time because I get to share the fun in making new things. My guys love making presents for others with their own hands. Also, I get to turn into a big kid again and get my hands dirty too.

  16. I like to craft with my daughter because it’s so COOL to see her imagination come to life.

  17. Raven In A Blue Room says

    I like to craft with my kids because it’s a speial way of bonding

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  18. Susan H. says

    My 4 year old daughter gets so excited when it’s time to do a craft. She’ll keep at crafting activities for a long time, no fussing with her brother, either. Peace at home, priceless.

  19. it is so much fun love watching their imagination at work

  20. My girls love doing crafts! It’s always fun to see what they come up with!! My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  21. I like crafting with my kids because it’s a great opportunity to interact with them and see their creative sides.

  22. super giveaway

    My daughter loves craft and I love to watch her beautifull and creative little face!

  23. I like to craft with my boys because it let’s me see a different side to them and their abilities. They surprise me every time with their ideas!

  24. It’s great bonding time for me and boys. Plus, as an OT, they get to work on their fine motor skills 🙂

  25. I love love love crafting because it keeps our days full and leaves us with reminders of our fun times together. Plus, I feel like I’m doing my daughters little brain and imagination a lot of good, exposing her to different materials and projects!

  26. I craft with kids for numerous reasons. It’s often a compliment to a theme we’ve been exploring. It’s fabulous fine motor and creative development. They BEG for it and it’s fun!

  27. Nikki T. says

    i love crafting with my little guy because it’s an awesome way to spend time together, be creative, and help him develop in so many ways!

  28. We love to do crafts to spend time together and be as creative as we can be. We do the ones with no predetermined outcome.

  29. I love crafting with kids so much that I made a job out of it. I teach art at a Boys & Girls Club, and I love finding new projects to do with all of the kids. I’ve even done some crafts and art projects with the kids that I did when I was their age in school, so I know that art is something of a tradition to pass on to each generation and give the kids fond memories to look back on as they grow older. Plus I love the creativity they have and how sometimes they will look at a project and give it a whole new spin with their ideas!

  30. I love craft and my kid learn a lot with them.

  31. I just think it’s fun to be creative and it’s always exciting to have something around that YOU made or to give it as a gift.

  32. i love crafting with my daughter because it’s something we both truly enjoy. It’s a chance to get dirty, be creative and just plain have fun together.