Painted Animal Checkers Inspired by Martha Stewart's New Book

I am a little crafty and I'm a mom of two crafty little boys. Even when I am making DIYs for the blog, I always have my boys on the side making something, too. I want to share with you a great new book, Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share. This book is chopped full of great ideas for kid's activities that even you will want to recreate, all beautifully captured and styled by the amazing crafters at Martha Stewart. I remember, before I had the boys, there was the gorgeous magazine called Martha Stewart Kids, and I have always wished it would come back. This is the answer to my call. More projects than we can make all ready to go and easy to execute. 


In this book, there are a whole slew of goodies I want to make, but I can only show  you one that we did. I recreated the beach checkers, but with my own spin on it. Lord knows I never need another reason to paint mini plastic animals gold, but I happened to find another one. Pink elephants and gold lions (and other animals) are a great way to add a little fun to this easy to make and transport checkers game.  

I first sprayed those favor plastic animals with plastic primer and let dry. Then I let the boys go to town on the pink ones. They only protested a little bit and we decided our next set needs to have neon green instead. I painted the gold ones with spray paint. The coating was easier and they dry faster this way, the boys said I cheated. Ok, fine.

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Pop those animals in a muslin bag and carry them to the beach, a weekend away camping, or you can just have a really fun set for your coffee table at home. Kid's love getting messy painting the animals with craft paint. 

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So all you need to do to WIN our prize pack is leave a comment below before 12pm PST next Wednesday, July 24th. Tell us about your favorite kid craft from childhood or one you love making with your littles and you could win. Winner will be chosen randomly. The prize pack from Martha Stewart includes “a copy of Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids and some fun surprises from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection.” Easy and fun? Perfect.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for free to review. All opinions are my own.  

UPDATE: We have a winner! Erinn who said, "I always looked forward to a trip to the museum. I would come home and try to replicate the art with paints and crayons." Erinn is our lucky girl and will be receiving a copy of Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids and a goodie box from the folks at Martha Stewart. Thanks everyone for your entries and congratulations, Erinn!