Review of Up Up & A Play – a new Kids Activities Book

Jill Holtz

April 30, 2015

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In a new kids activities book “Up, Up and A Play: Over 80 Engaging Crafts and Activities from the Past to Ignite Your Child’s Imagination”, children’s activity blogger and mum, Mary Rose Keane, invites you into her Irish childhood, trading today’s chaos for yesterday’s simplicity. Find out what our parent reviewer thought of it.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book to review by the author. I was not paid for the review and the opinions in this review are entirely mine.

What is it?

“Up, Up and A Play” is new book with old pastimes reimagined for present day. It aims to “invigorate the imagination with old activities made new again.”

Who is it for?

It’s for parents, to give them ideas (and maybe memories from their own childhood) for simple things to do with their child.

upupandaplayAmong the many pastimes, you will find:

  • Vintage crafts
  • Games for rainy days
  • Activities for the great indoors & great outdoors
  • Recipes for nostalgic foods and drinks
  • How-to guides for old-fashioned birthday celebrations, traditional party games, and vintage picnics (including snacks and decorations!)
  • Seasonal traditions and holiday ideas for special occasions (Easter, Halloween, and Christmas)

Tell us what you thought of it

up up and play fortune teller jillMary Rose wrote and self-published this book and I have to say she did an excellent job. The book is high quality with lovely pictures of each activity, nicely written text and simple instructions that are easy to follow.

I liked the style of the book in that it feels retro but it is written for a modern audience. It’s got a nice mixture of activities between recipes, crafts, games and songs.

For example, we had fun making fortune tellers – remember them? All you need is a piece of paper, scissors and some markers. We spent a pleasant half hour creating our fortune tellers then had much hilarity telling each other’s fortunes!

It would make a lovely gift book, but also nice to own a copy for yourself to dip in and out of when needed, for example for parties or seasonal activities.

up up and play ice lolliesMarks out of 5

I would give this a 5 out of 5. The quality of the content and the writing are top notch and I think any reader would enjoy this book again and again.

Where can I get it?

“Up, Up & A Play” is available to buy on and and you can follow Mary Rose on Facebook.

Over to you now. Have you seen “Up, Up and A Play” yourself? What did you think of it? Tell us in the comments below.

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Published On: April 30th, 2015 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: February 26th, 2018 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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