This is an excellent book for kids and their parents. Older children can look through and choose designs to create themselves and parents can make figures with younger children. That was actually one of the reasons I bought it: I liked that the book can grow with the child and still be useful a few years down the road, even if bought for a 2 or 3 year old. There are a huge number of motifs to choose from, and the pictures are very easy to follow, even for those who aren't very artistic. We used this book to make some of our own cards, and you can use these designs on cards, to decorate envelopes, pictures, etc.
You can use stamp pads or just paint your fingertips with a paint brush, which is what we usually did. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some very easy and quick crafty/artistic activities to do with children!