This book has lots of great ideas for family activities. The concept of "bad art night" sold me, but the first project we actually did was creating a "banging wall" in the yard. Getting the old pots and pans to hang up and utensils to hit them with was the most fun part! There's nothing like wandering Goodwill with a 5-year-old vigorously testing the bangability of various kitchen items. I read through the book and then reread it and took notes (it was a library book). It's nicely written even if it does make me feel just a teeny bit substandard as a mother. I bought supersize embroidery supplies and can't wait for the cold weather so we can see what cool abstract pillow covers my son can make!