From Publishers Weekly
When Lee was a child, his father read manuals on bass fishing, figure drawing, basketball and other pastimes, so that he could teach his son how to be an "all-American boy." Now a physician and a dad, Lee has struggled with teaching his children how to do things like catch fish and throw balls. He offers this book as a solution: from baking bread to spinning a yo-yo to eating with chopsticks to making a paper airplane, the volume explains when to start, what you need, and basic technique. Lees approach is friendly and down-to-earth; for example, when explaining how to play catch, he writes, "Lets start with the basics. Kids arent stupid. When something comes flying through the air at them, their instinct... tells them to get the heck out of the way." He also addresses common problems and shares trivia and jokes related to most of the skills, making this a playful and refreshing parenting guide.
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From the Inside Flap
Knowing how to fold a paper airplane can make you a better parent!
Well, maybe not better, but you?ll certainly have more fun with your children, who understandably assume that you know how to do just about everything. If they only knew! Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite
is for parents who want to teach their children what they really want to learn--even the skills you never mastered or haven't practiced in a few decades. This book contains clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for teaching more than twenty little life skills that every child should know, including how to:
? Work a yo-yo
? Build a fire
? Eat with chopsticks
? Skip a stone
? Fly a homemade kite
? Throw a Frisbee
While you teach your children, you get to learn the skills too, or at the very least improve on them. Activities range from practical, like locating the constellations, to completely frivolous fun, like turning a blade of grass into a musical instrument. Some are simple enough for four-year-olds, and others will appeal to the most jaded adolescent. Each skill is illustrated and is rounded out with fascinating trivia (did you know that the world?s largest sand castle measured six stories high?) or funny jokes. Age-appropriate information is given for each skill, but they all have one thing in common: You and your kids can do them together!