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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids Paperback – November 29, 2010
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"The thing that I found instantly appealing...is the absence of..."assumed stupidity" on the part of the reader....The underlying assumption of intelligence, caution, and ability in the reader is refreshing." -- Ben Okopnik, Linux Gazette
"Seriously: order this soon." -- Rob Malda, founder of Slashdot.org
"Culled from the curriculum of what the author fondly calls 'The Hippie School for Troubled Youths,' these creative projects share a down-to-earth sensibility." -- Bruce Stewart, MAKE magazine.
About the Author
David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. He developed the projects in this book at an alternative school, with plenty of feedback from his students. His fiction has been nominated for a Nebula award, and has appeared in Asimov's, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and the forthcoming Steampunk Reloaded anthology. Nelson is a co-creator and frequent contributor to Poor Mojo's Giant Squid (www.squid.poormojo.org), now in its 10th year of weekly publication.
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Find him online at www.davideriknelson.com
or follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/SquiDaveo
Top Customer Reviews
Or just for folks who are looking for some new projects to make.
When I received the book I was super excited about all the projects that there were to make, they are useful things that you can make with your kids so that they can not only have new toys or games to play with, but they also learn about what goes into making things!
Take the $10 electric guitar, perfect for my cousin Kolt, you'll remember him from this post about him playing guitar for Annabella. This was the perfect project for us to make together and I think I had just as much fun making it with him as I did learning about how a guitar works!
Not only can you make an electric guitar for $10, but it teaches you how to play the guitar that you just made, of course its a bit different from a regular electric guitar (Kolt was sure to point that out) But its amazing to see how all the simple parts of the guitar come together to make music!
These projects are easy, they do require some time and a few tools. Of course usually a trip to the hardware store to get the required elements. But they are almost always cheap and the projects that you can make from the book are fantastic.
Another great project? How about a "dirt cheap amp"? Yes, we do focus on music here in our neck of the woods. Lean how to work with circuits (yep I 'm learning too) If you hit up yard sales (or in our case the basement) for old speakers and switches you can make it for about $2
My favorite project in the book? The "Cheap Mesh Screen Printing" So simple I had everything I needed except for the mesh screen.Read more ›
The ideas/projects within this book are great and are ones that will leave indelible memories for you and your children.
I highly recommend this book as I know you will also find some great projects to try out for yourself!
The technical writing is clear and faultless, punctuated with hilarious asides from the author. For whatever you child is into, there is a project to spark their imagination and give them the simple (and cheap) elements to create something fun. In an age when buying kids Things seems to be the way of life, I endorse using a book like this to help create Experiences with your child.
And boy are these projects COOL!
Construction techniques covered include basic wood working, electronics including soldering and attaching components to a breadboard, sewing, screen printing, PVC building, use of butane torches, and reading electrical schematics.
Difficulty ranges from the very simple to the moderately complex. e.g. a sock "squid" project uses a sock plus basic sewing skills to make a sock puppet/doll. The $10 electric guitar not only introduces the basic guitar, but adds options such as reverb, tremolo, and a fuzztone amp as additional projects. Pop can flyers, water rockets, steam driven boats, robots, kits, and marshmallow cannons are all to be found here.
While the book could be used independently by a 12-15 year old adolescent, it's strength is that it draws an adult into the project to collaborate with the child. Some of the simple projects would appeal to a 3-5 year old child, while others would be dangerous to teach to a younger child but would be appropriate for many children over the age of 10-12 if supervised. There is some danger involved in using electronics tools such as solder irons, serious burns can results of the child isn't taught the safe use of the tool. But the children can be introduced to the safe use of these tools before they have the necessary coordination to do most of the projects themselves.
A 27 page appendix is included.Read more ›
* Complete parts list and photo of assembled parts and tools for each project. (It's fairly easy to determine the complexity of a project just from a glance at the parts and tools photo.)
* A nice overview of the electronics components in the back, plus a quick-and-dirty soldering/desoldering tutorial as well.
* The author starts Part I with some of the simplest and most fun projects for young kids... my son already wants me to build him the treasure chest, so I think I know what we'll be cutting this weekend. He's already asking for the PVC teepee, though, so that might have to come first.
* The author does a good job of providing plenty of reference websites, including those where he got his inspiration. A lot of how-to books don't do this, so it's nice to see the author giving credit to others for many of the projects here.
* The music section contains a lot of projects for building a simple amplifier, fuzz box, and stomp box... the schematics are easy to follow. (That said, the schematics DO require a little bit of understanding of electronics in order to lay out the circuits properly...)
I have no doubt that I'll be reaching for this book many times over the years as my boys grow. This book had to take a lot of time to put together with so many hands-on projects, so the author deserves a round of applause for such a great collection. I'll be recommending this book to my son's friends and their parents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great ideas,plans and directions variety is great good book with doable fun projects.Published 19 days ago by Process
Although great content, the book is ruined by extremely poor binding. When you are working on projects, you need to keep the book open to a page. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mdkz
Lots of fun projects to do with your kids. None of the projects in the book are overly complicated for you and your kids.Published 23 months ago by J. Johnson
As a musician and diy electronic enthusiast, I found several projects in this book to work on. The directions are very clear with plenty of pictures to help you along the way. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by joey joe jo yo yo
My son and I will soon be trying some of these products. They seem simple enough for beginners like us.Published on May 13, 2013 by FrijolesMang
Yes, these are some fun and cool projects to make with your kids. But there seems to be quite a few musical instrument projects. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Grant Fritchey