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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608196410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608196418
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 5-8-This mixture of step-by-step how-tos, inspirational articles, comics, and excerpts from literature puts a priority on having fun and learning new skills, all while becoming more independent. An introduction by the editor of Make magazine and an opening interview with Tim Hodgkinson, editor of Idle magazine, make this intent clear. Four chapters loosely define the sections of the book and build from "You" to "Home," "Society," and finally "Adventure." Each section is subdivided further. "Society," for example, includes "Get Social," "Your School," "Save the Planet," "Make Your Own Media," and "Getting Around." Each subsection begins with an introductory article by a leader in the field. Additional articles, activities, experiments and games, lists of movies, time lines, how-tos, comics, secret messages, and section resources round-out the chapters. Activities range from traditional ideas such as knot tying to more current projects such as making "LED graffiti" or a "remote-controlled water blaster." They vary from sedentary to active and from indoor to outdoor with something for every inclination. Cartoon drawings appear on most pages, and photos are sprinkled throughout the two-column text. Many how-tos include illustrations. The book opens with a cautionary disclaimer, and additional safety and etiquette advice is included where needed. This resource will be referred to time and time again for ideas and inspiration for those unprogrammed days.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Lots of fun to definitely keep them unbored!
Jill M LaMastro
Depending on the age of your kids this can be an independent activity book or a shared guided activity book.
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Packaging was great as there was no damage to either book.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Karen E. Stout on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a grandmother with 6 grandchildren ranging from 1-13 years of age, and as a former teacher, now professor of education, I find Unbored a refreshing change to the usual litany of "educational" activities generated to be "adult-approved." Instead, the activities leverage creativity, imagination, links to a world becoming increasingly technologically- and media-oriented, and commonplace materials and equipment. The activities are also wholistic--requiring planning from beginning to end. Additionally, children and youth can engage on their own, with friends, and with family members--including watchful parents and grandparents.

As a grandparent who wants to actively engage with my grandchildren, I appreciate such activities as "Make a Secret Book Safe," "Experimenting in the Kitchen," and my granddaughters are waiting for me to help them, "Construct a Mouse House." I want to spend my time with my grandchildren in a meaningful way--not in front of a movie or TV eating fatty popcorn and drinking sugary beverages. I also appreciate that the book taps experience from my generation, such as being home alone and cooking for yourself, melting a record to make a bowl, marbles, paper football, finger games, etc. I increasingly fear that these activities are getting lost in the world of video games and smart phone apps--which is not to say that these are necessarily bad, but instead to point out that it's a rich world that we can share with our grandchildren.

As an educator, one concern I've had for a long time is the loss of project-based learning in our schools.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wassertzug on October 22, 2012
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Confession: My kids aren't quite old enough for this book. But the older one can read, and he's old enough to begin to aspire to bigger kid activities. And I'm still sufficiently in touch with my kid self to completely love the book as well. UNBORED has already staved off whines of, "I'm boooooooored." Once my kids are older, they can have fun with activities such as farting games and teaching me how to curse without cursing. Right now, we can already do some of the activities, such as geocaching, watching some of the suggested (and very fun-sounding) films, and getting crafty at home. I was a devotee of ZOOM! as a kid and treasured my copy of the ZOOM! Catalog. UNBORED is the ZOOM! Catalog for the 21st Century, and it couldn't have arrived at a better time.

--Deborah Wassertzug, Brooklyn NY
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Wolk on October 20, 2012
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When I flipped through this book and read some of the section titles to my grade-school-age son--"Weird Facts About Condiments," "Best Ever Stop-Action Movies," "Fool Your Friends Into Saving the Planet"--he jumped up from his chair and insisted on reading it right away. He spent the next two hours staring at it in fascination, occasionally running over to tell us about something particularly cool in it. (He's also fascinated by the parts of it that seem to be in secret code.) Clearly, the editors know what kids are into, and I can already tell that it's going to lead him into some awesome adventures. Very, very nicely done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on November 3, 2012
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Unbored is the perfect holiday book. It's packed with information, and with activities that kids will want to do on their own or with their families. It's smart and quirky and fun, and it goes well beyond what you would expect from a typical family activity book. I can't recommend it highly enough to families with kids who have ever complained that they're bored -- so, that's everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ABC on November 13, 2012
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The title says it all. Lots of funny stories, interesting facts and most importantly creative activities. Keep this book on the shelf for a rainy day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hp lover on November 13, 2012
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This is definitely the perfect field guide for making your own fun, but it's so much more than that. It includes parenting tips, home remedies, and other contemporary child-rearing advice. It contains amazing reviews of books and movies from a variety of genres. These authors have a scope of knowledge so beyond my own, that I might not otherwise have introduced these books and movies to my children. AND it's for older kids, because in my house we have definitely outgrown sock puppets and paper plate masks (although both might work for our first stop-action film - see p. 232).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By llieb on November 10, 2012
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My 8 yr old LOVES this! I keep catching him after bedtime with a flashlight reading and giggling & plotting. This is the perfect thing to distract the video game obsessed kiddo. He is digging it and we are supply shopping this weekend!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David A. Hirmes on October 17, 2012
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"Unbored" is amazing! It's like a time capsule of childhood fun.
This is the book that I have been looking for ever since I
had my daughter. I'm all for the car seats and bike helmets
etc, but childhood can seem so dull these days, so well...reasonable,
with no room for the mystery and discovery that makes
the world seem thrilling. I had fun as a kid and it wasn't always fun
the grown ups in my life made for me. I was an only child, always looking to
get unbored, and so I I ran around in the woods, made things out of junk,
climbed trees that were taller than I had the nerve for and generally
tried to see what would happen. Now I am a lily-livered adult, but I remember
the joy of building forts and cracking secret codes and doing explosive experiments.
I want my daughter to read this book in her bed at night with a flashlight after bedtime and
plot to take over the world with her friends...

By Jenny Offill (wife of David Hirmes)
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