Playful Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids


Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids


Price: $24.95

  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Imprint: STC Craft
  • Trim Size: 7 34 x 9 14
  • ISBN: 9781617690457
  • Page Count: 144
  • Illustrations: 60 full-color photographs, 150 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • Rights: World/All

Perfect for after school or a rainy Sunday, Playful is a charming collection of 26 unique, modern projects for adults to make with and for young children. Divided into five categories—Playful Dress Up, Playful Toys, Playful Paper Crafts, Playful Repurposing, and Playful Art—the low-skill, high-style, low-cost projects include a tiger piñata, a parade of paper puppets, and a dollhouse made out of cardboard and bright duct tape. Sweet and straightforward, this enchant­ing book is sure to inspire many happy, colorful hours of making—and make-believe—among adults and the children they love.


“A piñata, like this bright design from Merrilee Liddiard’s new book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids, just says Party!”
“I certainly recommend this book if you are looking for fun activities to do with your kids at home.”
Dominique’s Desk
“Merrilee’s book offers billions of ideas that are surprisingly doable, and in a world where we frown upon play and elevate productivity, I admire her bravery to put down the phone and make something with her kids.”
Design for MiniKind
“Everything about it is scrumptious. Every project, every photo, all the little details. Buy it so you can make fun, imaginative, totally doable projects with your kids. And buy it because the attention to detail will inspire you!”
Design Mom
“Thankfully, books and supply kits that encourage children to truly create are also available these days. The best of the books—like Merilee Liddiard’s new release, Playful—may provide instructions for creating a dollhouse or a cardboard-and-paint menagerie, but they also promote open-ended arts-making by encouraging parents to keep found objects and recycled materials on hand for kids to use when the mood and inspiration strike.”
Working Mother

About the author

Merrilee Liddiard is the creator of, which was named "Best for Kids" by Babble in 2012 and voted into Babble's top 100 blogs in 2013. In addition to heading up kids crafting weekends for GAP Kids, Liddiard has contributed to Family Fun, Parent & Child, and La Petite magazines, among others. She has illustrated 30-plus middle-grade novels, children's picture books, commercials, toys, and games.