Book Review and Competition: Boy Craft Loads of things to make for and with boys (and girls) by Sara Duchars and Sarah Marks

15th February 2014 49 Comments

We have a fair few kids craft books in this house, some from when I was childminding and needed inspiration quickly. Many of them are actually quite repetitive with a few standard ideas recycled in different ways. Boy Craft is different, it is one of the most original craft books I’ve ever seen. I’ve actually been really excited by it which did come as a surprise to me.

When the book first appeared in the house my husband of all people thought it might be a bit sexist as its name implies its just for boys (although there is a small caption which includes girls). However, the very fact that its called Boy Craft has captured my 7 year old boys imagination and he hasn’t been able to put it down, even drawing up a list of things that he must do over this half term:
The boy has been really busy over the past couple of days trying out loads of the ideas. Our favourite easy one was the Scary Egg Eyeballs:
Fifi has been having loads of fun making superhero masks for her soft toys, between her and the boy nearly every soft toy or doll in the house has been turned into a superhero.

The book is bright, cheery, inspirational and an absolutely fantastic resource. In fact, I’ve got quite a few of the projects on my list to do with our Beaver group. 
I cant recommend this book more highly, it really has captured my children’s imagination and anything that can get a 7 year old boy interested in doing craft activities really has my most sincere thanks.
I’ve been lucky enough to be offered the chance to give 2 readers of Being a Mummy a copy each. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form and leave me a comment telling me what craft activities you enjoy doing with children the most.
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Boy Craft Loads of things to make for and with boys and girls by Sara Duchars and Sarah Mark is published by Frances Lincoln £12.99 paperback on 6th March 2014. You can pre-order here:

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The competition officially closes 22th February 2014 mid-day
One entry per household
There is no cash alternative 
The prize comes directly from the promoters 
Editors decision is final
UK entrants only
Winners will be contacted directly, if no response is received within 3 working days the entrant will be disqualified and another winner will be drawn and that person contacted

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  • Tracy K Nixon 15th February 2014 at 5:00 pm

    OMG loads – I love making things and don't mind glue or glitter or mess! I have really enjoyed making collages with my girls lately though – using fabric scraps, buttons and wool!

  • Jo Hutchinson 15th February 2014 at 5:02 pm

    decorating eggs with lots of colours or glitter

  • Zoe G 15th February 2014 at 5:28 pm

    We love loads, usually theme orientated like a card or a present for a birthday with lots of glitter, feathers etc

  • mummy24 15th February 2014 at 6:05 pm

    painting and making things!<br /><br />Ashleigh

  • Adeinne 15th February 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Painting pictures

  • Sarah Birkett 15th February 2014 at 8:16 pm

    building a robot out of scrap, or making a den

  • Holly Smith 15th February 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Anything with yarn or fabric 🙂

  • Rachael Jess 15th February 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I love painting with my boy – just purely because we can get really messy and have fun doing it.

  • clair downham 15th February 2014 at 10:12 pm

    we like glueing and painting

  • Pooky 15th February 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I like painting things and making paper crafts with my kids and I also love baking with them too.

  • clairew137 15th February 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Making cards and sock puppets

  • Anonymous 16th February 2014 at 2:15 am

    Painting.<br /><br />Rachel Craig

  • abbyed33 16th February 2014 at 12:17 pm

    just plonking loads of boxes, toilet roll tubes bits of foil and all sorts in front of them and letting them make their own creations…usually robots and spaceships

  • mellysocks 16th February 2014 at 12:37 pm

    colouring in doilies to make them pretty.

  • Helen Dickinson 16th February 2014 at 3:07 pm

    We love making pictures with stickers and crayons

  • Katie Witherington 16th February 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Painting and drawing

  • julie laing 16th February 2014 at 8:51 pm

    painting and knitting

  • Two kids,two dogs,the husband and me 16th February 2014 at 9:10 pm

    We love paper machier……anything messy

  • caydensmum 16th February 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Making kites

  • Isabell Whitenstall 17th February 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Painting is the favourite at the moment

  • liveotherwise 18th February 2014 at 12:44 am

    Our favourite crafts are usually bead related. Beads on pipecleaners goes down pretty well.

  • Jackie ONeill 18th February 2014 at 7:58 am

    jewellery making is the current fave

  • Tammy Tudor 18th February 2014 at 9:15 pm


  • Steph Lovatt 18th February 2014 at 10:24 pm

    we love getting messy with the glitter

  • rugmaker 19th February 2014 at 6:25 am

    Woodwork<br />

  • Isis1981uk 19th February 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Finger painting &amp; potato printing!

  • Sarah 19th February 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Painting and collage making

  • claire wilkinson 19th February 2014 at 8:56 pm

    anything that involves sticking or painting the messier the better

  • Jennifer Rhymer 19th February 2014 at 10:30 pm

    We make all our own greetings cards which is fun – lots of glitter, glue &amp; paper creations. The children are so proud of their designs and everyone loves receiving them 🙂

  • tarcsafalvi 20th February 2014 at 8:33 am

    my godson likes anything to do with glue and cardboard so we build houses, castles

  • kasza 20th February 2014 at 10:05 am

    Collage using natural materials

  • Emily Knight 20th February 2014 at 10:51 am

    Playdough and painting!

  • zeenie 20th February 2014 at 11:30 am

    we enjoy finger painting

  • Maria Jane Knight 20th February 2014 at 2:30 pm

    We love crafts in our house….creating puppets is a big hit at the moment….clue lots of pva, glitter, pipe cleaners and googly eyes.

  • Emma Davies 20th February 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Painting and play dough

  • Ian 20th February 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I have two daughters, and a Son. I love playing snooker / pool with my son (but only because I can beat him at that, – when we play xbox, – another activity we both enjoy – he always beats me hands down)<br /><br />With my girls, they enjoy making accessories for their dance costumes, as they both dance freestyle, and new costumes every competition are usually a must!. – we all enjoy doing this

  • Eva Trelfa 20th February 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Finger painting!

  • sheridarby 20th February 2014 at 5:12 pm

    making robots from cereal boxes

  • sjw01 20th February 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Taking bark rubbings 🙂

  • Daniel Stacey 20th February 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Love model making

  • Laura Hadland 20th February 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Anything with glue and found materials from a nice walk.

  • Lani Nash 20th February 2014 at 9:26 pm

    painting and sticking

  • diva1977 20th February 2014 at 10:40 pm


  • zebedee01 20th February 2014 at 11:13 pm

    We like making cards for family members 🙂

  • Alexandra Blue 21st February 2014 at 10:26 am

    making anything the children take pride in and can be used or given as gifts

  • soozwales 21st February 2014 at 11:23 am

    They like making things out of shells

  • Erica Price 21st February 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Painting is always fun

  • aaron milne 21st February 2014 at 7:59 pm


  • Natalie Crossan 21st February 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Painting is so much fun 🙂

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