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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823085929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823085927
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Geek Mom offers far more than a chance for Mama to simply get her nerd on. It is full of projects and advice, home-science experiments and superheroes, games and tips. And even if you've never cracked a Sci-Fi book or seen an episode of Battlestar Gallactica, if you're a creative, clever, thoughtful parent, you'll dig this book." --BabiesGottaHaveIt.com

"No matter where you flip to in the book, you're bound to pick up a useful tidbit to fill up a snowy Sunday afternoon or a cool fact to wow your children. Best of all, the content is short and snappy. Topics are just the right length for that bedtime bite before you pass out at the end of a long day." --San Juan Parent

"Written by the editors of Wired's Geek Mom blog, this book offers a wide range of activities for geeky families: role-playing games, cooking, costume-making, science projects, and crafts." --Mark Frauenfelder, author of Made by Hand, editor of Make magazine, and founder of BoingBoing.net

"Every mom needs a copy of Geek Mom. Whether you're open about your geekiness or still in the closet, you'll love it!" --ImNotTheNanny.com

"There are ... projects that involve electronics, explosions and computers, so don't go thinking that being from moms makes the projects less cool in any way." --ALibraryMama blog

"Geek Mom is ADORABLE. It's filled with fantasy and science-y games, projects, and activities for parents, kids, and anyone who wants to feel like a kid again! I can't wait to share this with my son."
-- Danica McKellar, actress and bestselling author of Math Doesn't Suck and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape

"Make a monster! Throw a hobbit feast! Learn to LARP! Geek Mom shows you how to share fun projects with the next gen of artists, scientists, and tinkerers!"
-- Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book and host of Geek DIY web series

"Calling all mom geeks: Want to boost your kids' imagination and have some fun together too? The women behind the excellent blog Geek Mom have collaborated on a new book for families." --Parade

"The four women behind the Wired GeekMom blog…have put together a guide…full of tips for science-minded parents and their curious kids or, say, you. So skip the potato battery in favor of cooler ideas, like a homemade lava lamp." --Wired

"Whether you're a homeschooler, an avowed geek, or just a parent looking to try something new and interesting with a science or science fiction-minded child, this book is bound to be dog-eared and scribbled in and splattered with bits of food from a Hobbit feast. If there's one thing we geeks know how to do, it's have fun while learning." --CoolMomPicks.com

About the Author

Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams are the cofounders of GeekMom.com, a website where women can celebrate their geeky interests and discuss issues important to mothers of geeky kids. GeekMom's loyal followers--men and women, parents and others--flock to hear them talk at conventions around the country. GeekMom has more than twenty regular and occasional writers from across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Lots of great project ideas to do with the kids.
Melanie Meadors
You feel like you want to sit down and have coffee with the authors, who are Moms like the rest of us.
Patricia A. Vollmer
I feel the book offers much more than most project books do.
Ariane209

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on December 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a dude, and previously have enjoyed the Geek Dad project books very much. The Geek Mom book is another animal, with a different approach and contents, but one that ultimately I think even more highly of. The Geek Dad books are almost entirely project-focused: a few pages of a project, followed by another project, on and on. There are some good projects and recipes in the Geek Mom book, but the book also adds more than this, it helps inspire both in its adult reader (of either gender, I must add!) and the kids (or students, etc.) involved with the projects and recipes to *think* beyond the surface level of "Cool Project! OK what's the next project..." to approaching life as an experiment, as an experience of joy whether it's "build this gizmo" or noticing something odd about the vines snaking around a tree on a hike. It's about getting *out there* into life, a self-kick-starter package of "there's more to being human and especially being a parent than making sure the kid's 100% safe all the time, let's go ADVENTURING and take something apart". While the projects etc. are certainly suitable for all ages and genders, it is especially awesome that this book will (hopefully!) be enjoyed by lots of girls who can grow up to tinker and make and ask questions. Recommended highly for parents and teachers, and hopefully there'll be a book 2 with even more projects and such before too long.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Weldon on December 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I like to really use books I own. I dog-ear important pages, write notes in margins, leave scraps of paper peeking out for reference. Even if you prefer to leave your books in pristine condition, I dare you to manage that with GeekMom: Projects, Tips and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families.

You'll want to write YES! on adventures you tried immediately, like those showing you how to let even the youngest child test his or her superpowers. You'll want to mark pages with ideas you can't wait to use, like the ones explaining how to develop your child's love of writing by making up horror stories and great suggestions for exploring the everyday world right outside your door. You'll stain a few pages as you make sourdough starter from wild yeast, create natural tie-dye, or start your own blob. You'll happily crack the spine of the book a few times as you follow instructions for projects like painting with polarized light and making DIY battery light-up sculptures. And if you're anything like me, you'll be sketching designs right on the page once you read how easy it is to upcycle electronic components into beaded accessories. Keep this book out where it's accessible. You'll use it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Vollmer on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Even though the book is titled "GeekMom", don't assume that everything in the book is about comic books, Star Trek and video games. This is for any parent who wants to take their child's exploration of the world around him/her to the next level. The four authors bring a very wide background to the book, which covers every walk of geeky parenting, from science (lava lamps!, astronomy, geology) to crafts (sewing, knitting, electronics, tie dye) to how to balance taking advantage of the digital revolution (video gaming, robotics, safe navigation of the Internet). Other topics covered include role playing games, cosplay, and gardening.

The book's style makes this a fun to simply sit down and read with humorous, yet touching stories about these geeky ladies as they are faced with typical -- and sometimes atypical -- parenting decisions ...and then when you're done reading it, you can then keep it nearby as a reference book.

You feel like you want to sit down and have coffee with the authors, who are Moms like the rest of us. Throughout all of their stories and activity guides, a common theme prevails: "You know your child best." Everything advised here comes with that caveat. Every parent is different; every child is different.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ariane209 on January 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
We've been doing projects from this book since the very first day we received it. All the projects are just so tempting! Each project has a good background story, a clear list of necessary materials, and icons to indicate cost, time, age range, and difficulty. I only have a toddler and most of the projects are too advanced for her, but I've been able to do a lot of them with a little bit of modification. Some projects I did by myself and let her play with the results, but often she can help a fair amount.

I feel the book offers much more than most project books do. It's not just a clever list of projects, though it certainly is that. It also contains entire sections with information about various geeky topics, like historical figures (Ada Lovelace!), education, science, technology, crafts, music, and of course some geek pop culture. It's all great information that you can enjoy, and fun facts to share with your kids while you are doing the projects together.

It has been a great source of inspiration about how to be a parent while still embracing your geek side.
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By Maash on November 5, 2013
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I checked it out at the library and took me about two days of reading before i jumped to Amazon for a purchase!
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No need to be lost in the crowd of paper chain-makers, tie-dyers; hands in plaster parents at the next birthday party--be Geek Parents instead and create a new tradition!
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