Have you come across Imagine. Make. Believe. yet? You may have seen me sharing some of their lovely printables on my Facebook page but I wanted to take a minute to tell you more.
My friend Janelle has been working on this idea for ages now with the help of her 4 clever kids. Between them they have a created a fabulous quarterly kids magazine that you can download from their website. It is chock full of crafts and activities for kids by kids with pictures of how to make everything you see. The concept is that it be for kids to make by themselves from items that won’t break the bank and encourage their creativity and imagination. I love her concept!
Janelle is an artist herself as well as a crafter of many talents and she has clearly passed on her love of making to her children. These kids make a great team! Between them they create the ideas, draw the pictures, make the samples and help put it all online. The details in the instructions is fabulous.
My Little Miss spent an afternoon poring over it trying to decide hat to make first. Would it be the Royal Cushions or the Banner? There is a cartoon strip story early on the magazine, but she told me very excitedly that there was also a play for the story and “she just wished we had more kids so we could put on the play!” There are costumes to make and props for the characters, then there are games related to the Royal theme and a bunch of recipes to try. If you were ever planning a Royal themed party, this is the all the work done for you! The whole lot is delivered to your email Inbox and you can just print off the pages you need to.
As well as the huge magazine, there is a website with lots of little freebies, like this handmade Advent calendar made from egg cartons and milk bottle lids. Seriously. Can you tell it is handmade? I think it looks pretty amazing!
So I’m telling you: if you have kids, you need to subscribe to this magazine. It will cost you much less than taking them all to McDonalds and be much better for them! You can get each magazine separately for $5 or subscribe to the whole year – 4 issues – for only $16. You can even buy a subscription as a gift for someone else. So easy! Shop here.
Disclosure: Janelle is a friend but I would be sharing this crafty kids magazine even if she were not! All opinions are my own and I was not paid for this post. We did receive a copy of the magazine to review.