What Shall We Do Today?

What Shall We Do Today?
60 Creative Crafting Projects For Kids

Author: Catherine Woram
Ryland Peters & Small
August 2009
ISBN: 9781845978877
160 pages, 300 color photos, 9' x 9.25"

My Review: I enjoyed this book!  In fact, I have marked several of the projects to complete over the Thanksgiving holidays. For this review, I completed the Snow Globes project on page 129. Max and his friends had so much fun doing this project. The Snow Globes were so easy and relatively fast for my 5 year old's attention span -- a perfect combination!

The projects range from the classics; Paper Mache, Finger Puppets to some newer projects; Crystallizing Pansies, Modeling with Balsa Wood. The color pictures are bright and descriptive. The instructions average around 5 step and are easy to follow.  The items needed for the crafts are simple to find.

The book is divided into 4 sections; Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Very creative!  Some of the additional projects I can't wait to try...Pompoms, Peanut Heart, Pumpkin Birdseed Feeder and the Snow Globes (see below for my pictures & snow globe tutorial).


From the Publisher: For children, the experience of creating is every bit as important as the end result. Making, baking and growing will fire their imaginations and offers an inspiring alternative to endless hours spent in front of the computer or TV screen. What Shall We Do Today? is packed with more than 60 colourful, fun and imaginative projects by Catherine Woram, designed especially for boys and girls aged between three and 12 years. The book is arranged by season, and each section is crammed full of ideas for fun crafts, great gifts and pretty decorations to keep children busy during the long summer days and rainy afternoons alike. Every project can be completed using readily available materials and in five or fewer steps – just follow the step-by-step instructions and you can't go wrong!


Here are the Snow Globes from page 128.  Max had a blast adding all the ingredients to the jar and picking out an ornament.  The night before we planned to make these snow globes, I glued all the ornaments to the lids and let them dry overnight. I also sealed the ornament with a spray polyurethane. This is not noted in the instructions.

I bought all my items from Walmart.
1. Glass Jars
2. Distilled Water
3. Glycerin
4. Clear Liquid Dish Soap
5. Glitter
6. Strong Waterproof Glue
7. Ornament/Figurine
8. Craft Silicone Sealant, optional


Glue the ornament to the jar lid. Let dry overnight and spray with sealant (polyurethane).

I used baby food jars for the smaller snow globes.

Fill the jar with distilled water. Get it as full as you can but take into consideration the weight of the ornament.

Add approximately 2t of glycerin, 1/2t of dish soap.

Add 5-6t of glitter.

Add silicon sealant around the lid for a leak proof seal. Shake & enjoy!



Because I loved this book so much, I am giving away a copy! If you follow my blog, you are already entered. For an additional entry and to increase your chances of winning you can do the following:

(+1 entry) Twitter about this book/contest with the link to this post, make sure you leave me a comment telling me you have twittered.

(+1 entry) leave me a comment, any comment!

Contest ends Friday, November 27th. Canada & US Residents Only (Sorry!).


You can buy What Shall We Do Today by Catherine Woram from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

**Thank you Marny from Ryland Peters & Small for the opportunity to review this book**




Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

What a cute craft idea! And I'm always up for more ideas so count me in for the giveaway.

mysteryhistorymom said...

I have this on my wish list for Christmas! I saw it at Lowe's and loved it! Please count me in! Thank you so much!:) Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

mysteryhistorymom said...

I am a follower! Yippee! Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun giveaway! I'm already a follower.

Brittany Larsen said...

yahoo! i'll always enter in to get a craft book - it'll help pass the time this winter! i'm also a follower!!

Jennifer@Pieces of Me said...

Love the snowglobe idea!
I am a follower!

Anonymous said...


Mary said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!!

Callie Bright said...

I love that Idea. And I so need that book. If I don't win. I will be buy one or two or three. To give as Christmas gifts. What a great idea.

Callie Bright said...

I love that Idea. And I so need that book. If I don't win. I will be buy one or two or three. To give as Christmas gifts. What a great idea.

Janet said...

My friend loves snow globes, perfect idea for my kids to make for her.

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love the idea of a mini-snow globe! How cute. :)

LIZZIE G said...

Looks like lots of fun ideas~

Mary Lynn said...

How fun!! I will have to try this with my girls. They will love it.

Mandy said...

What a fun project! Yours turned out adorable.

Moore Minutes said...

WOW!! Super cool project! I would love to do this with my boys. I'm bookmarking this. Thank you. Thank you for doing a giveaway too! Exciting. :)

Rachelle said...

I remember making snow globes when I was little and never thought to make them now, flash from the past for sure!

I'd love to win a giveaway! :)

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Great giveaway! I would love to have a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

i have been wanting to make one of these snow globes for awhile now! i think you have inspired me to do so! i would love to win that book! looks like fun! thanks! julie@jam-n-jilly.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

GREAT giveaway! New follower. :)

Shana said...

You just solved my dilemma of what crafty item to do with the kids after Thanksgiving dinner! I'm going to go follow and tweet now to get more chances to win... that book looks awesome!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

saw this on martha stewart's website a few days ago and want to try it. yours turned out very cute!!

Tesseraemum said...

Very Cute! I need all the ideas I can get! Love your site btw! Sheri

Wendy said...

I am always looking for new craft ideas ~ these look fun!

Wendy said...

I am now a follower :)

duchess said...

Great project - can't wait to make some with my kids.

Karen The Graphics Fairy said...

So cute! I did these with my kids one year, and they loved them.

Mama Thompson said...

I LOVE new craft ideas...this is going on next year's list...when the little one is a little older...I see too many disasters for this year...:)

Georgia Girl said...

Love this cute idea! Count me in for the giveaway. Thanks for doing this.

Georgia Girl said...

I am now a happy follower!

Anonymous said...

Cool!!! I would love to be entered. and I'm going to be a follower...woohoo, 2 entries!

AnchorsAway said...

I hope you try the peanut heart and let us know about it!

my mom would love to hang these around her garden because she has a lot of little critters like squirrels that come by!

Rhonda said...

That is too cool! Love that! Thanks for a great giveaway too!

Ms_Pea said...

I am a follower and would love to win this for my two neices! I live in Wisconsin and we have about 4 months of winter ahead of us, so having some craft ideas in my back pocket would be very handy!

Veens said...

Wow! That is really a good book! and it looks so easy too!!

Enter me for this drawing! :)

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dymphna said...

I volunteer at a nursing home and this would be a great book for the residents to do when we have visits with children

Hoosier Homemade said...

Cute craft! And the book sounds really neat! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Jblanton said...

I love simple crafts books- they are easier for me..lol Following your blog. THanks


Jblanton said...

I tweeted about this contest


Jblanton said...

I would love to make the ornaments shown on the front cover. THanks


Ellz said...

I tweeted this giveaway


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Ellz said...

I am already a follower

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Pam said...

Looks like a very fun book. I could use it with my Girl Scout troop! Thanks for the giveaway and I love the snow globes.

Cackleberry Homestead said...

Great review - I'm always looking for little projects to do with my boys and these look fun - I know they would love the snow globes.

M.O.T.B said...

I try so hard to think of things to do with my two year old. We have projects every week (or at least I try) when I get home from work. I would love this book!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome idea!! You are so creative. Perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for the small ones. The book would be a great starting point for me!

Melissa said...

I would love to win. I've been following your blog on google reader for a while now. Does that count for an extra entry?

thanks for your generosity!