The space craft book review and giveaway

The space craft book review and giveaway

As you know I love doing creative activities with my children and so I am excited to share with you the latest craft book from one of my favourite kids’ craft blogs, Little button diaries. You might remember that I reviewed their last book The pirate craft book earlier in the year. The space craft book is similar to the pirate book in style. Again it is A4 magazine style with 15 projects. This time the theme is space and you will find clear step by step instructions and photographs showing you how to make space boots and helmets, a giant rocket den, puppets and a moon cake among others. There are even ideas for a space themed party. All the projects use widely available materials too. I would say that most of the crafts will include a lot of adult help but the end products will be used time and time again by your children. Templates are included at the back of the book too.

I asked Laura and Tia a few questions recently and you can read the full interview below. Don’t forget to read to the end and enter for your chance to win a copy of this great craft book.

I’d like to welcome Laura & Tia and say how much I enjoy your blog. Just in case any of my readers aren’t familiar with your gorgeous blog, why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourselves and your blog.

We started the blog four years ago when we were both on maternity leave with our first children. We’ve been friends since university and always loved crafting together, so we started the blog to record all the things we were making for our newborns. We never really thought anyone other than our mums would read it! We love filling it up with all the things we make.

You’re latest craft book is The space craft book. What made you choose space as the inspiration for this book?

Our kids were learning about space at school and they were so fascinated with it, so we started thinking about all the cool spacey things we could make. Our books tend to follow the interests of our children. As they’d been nagging us for a rocket den and space helmet we felt it was about time to write a book on it!

Can you tell us about the process of creating the book?

Well, first we sit and have a chat about what we’d like to go in the book, with a big mug of tea! We bounce ideas around until we have a good mix of projects, then we send them to our publisher. Once they approve we start the making process, testing out different materials and getting our children to try out all the things we make to ensure they’re sturdy and also fun to play with (if they’re not, we go back to the drawing board. Literally). Once everything is made we have a photoshoot and then sit patiently whilst our publisher works their magic!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

All over the place! We tend to get inspired by each other, other blogs and what’s in fashion at the moment. For the space book, we started reading about real space suits, helmets and boots – they’re so fascinating and complicated. And we talk to our kids and ask them what they think would be cool. They have WAY more ideas than us sometimes!

Do all your children enjoy crafts? How do you fit crafting into busy family life?

Our children are all really into crafting too, which is nice, and they love helping us with the makes for our books. It can be a bit exhausting when we’ve had a whole day making stuff and the kids want to get the paints out, but we try our best to remain enthusiastic (not always successfully). It can be hard to fit it all in, but it’s getting easier every year as half our kids are at school now. How we managed when they were all little… we have no idea!

What is your favourite art or craft material to use with your children?

Without a doubt, our favourite craft materials to use with little ones is double-sided tape and sticky back plastic. They’re great for mess free crafting – and there’s no waiting around for glue to dry.

Thank you for taking the time to share your inspiration and family crafting time with us. If this post has inspired you then why not enter my giveaway below where one of you will win a copy of this fantastic space book.

Giveaway

Giveaway time
One winner will be drawn at random by Gleam after the end date. No cash alternative. The prize is one copy of The space craft book, Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. The prize will be sent out by GMC distributions. The winner has 28 days to reply to the email. If no response is received within 28 days then another winner will be selected. Ends midnight Sunday 3rd December 2017.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

Disclosure – we were sent a copy of The space craft book free in exchange for this review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.

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38 Comments

  1. Andrea Upton
    November 25, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun, can just imagine the fun to be had building that spaceship, on the front cover, out of a big box!

  2. Fiona
    November 26, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    We love sharpie pens, so versatile!

  3. Clare H
    November 26, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    pipe cleaners!

  4. Tracy Nixon
    November 26, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    My boys would love this as they love space and take after me for their love of crafts!

  5. Chrissy Harris
    November 26, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    My little boy loves space and would love this book so much!

  6. stuart hargreaves
    November 26, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Houston we have a problem – only joking

  7. Lorraine Stone
    November 26, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Super book, looks well laid out and with lots of info for little ones!

  8. kelly L
    November 26, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    My so is space obsessed! This morning he told me that a new planet has been found made of diamonds, will need to look into to see how true it is!

  9. Kelly Glen
    November 26, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    There are some great ideas for projects in this book.

  10. Sarah Rees
    November 26, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    My son loves space and would love this – great way to keep him occupied

  11. Solange
    November 26, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    My son would love this book.

  12. Heather Hibbert
    November 26, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    This would make a great stocking filler for my stepson

  13. Caroline H
    November 26, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Oh, this looks different! I’ve been struggling to find something for one particular Christmas present and I thin that may be what this particular little girl who loves crafts but not girly, girly things may really enjoy.

  14. Sarah Mackay
    November 26, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Brilliant giveaway

  15. Sharon Worsley
    November 27, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    my little boy is fascinated by space and science

  16. Suzanne Jackson
    November 27, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Great giveaway thanks

  17. Ashleigh Allan
    November 27, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Looks great

  18. leanne weir
    November 27, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Fab prize

  19. Stephanie Keill
    November 28, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Me and my boys absolutely love everything to do with space this is fantastic.

  20. Sarah McVicar
    November 28, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    my little boy loves all things space at the moment, he’d love this xx

  21. LARA Latchem
    November 28, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    This book likes great

  22. Dean T
    November 28, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Looks like a fab book for a young kid who wants to learn!

  23. June Lord
    November 28, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    This looks amazing. My kids love arts and crafts and my son especially is fascinated with space.

  24. Michelle Ferguson
    November 30, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    My nephew would love this book, fingers crossed

  25. Jade Hewlett
    December 1, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    looks like a lovely book with lots of great ideas

  26. Katie W
    December 2, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    this looks great with lots of fun times

  27. Claire Little
    December 3, 2017 / 2:15 am

    thanks for the chance!

  28. Elzbieta Znyk
    December 3, 2017 / 4:43 am

    Sounds great!

  29. December 3, 2017 / 9:18 am

    My son likes saving plastic milk bottles for the classic rocket creations 🙂 this book looks great!

  30. Sarah Parker
    December 3, 2017 / 10:20 am

    my son would love this

  31. Danielle Graves
    December 3, 2017 / 10:21 am

    My little boy has a space theme bedroom so he would love this book and creating some space themed crafts to go in his room

  32. francis lee
    December 3, 2017 / 10:28 am

    thanks this would go down very well with the kids

  33. Jenny Rogers
    December 3, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    This would make a great gift for my godson; he loves craft activities and particularly enjoys making space rockets.

  34. lorraine kirk
    December 3, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    We are big space fans as you can tell from our email address!

  35. Rachell Lynch
    December 3, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    My kids love space and crafts so this book would be great

  36. Sian Hallewell
    December 3, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    my grandson loves space, this would be fab.

  37. Simone Griffin
    December 3, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    This looks like a fab book – perfect for my son and I 🙂

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