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Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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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.Read more ›
--Deborah Wassertzug, Brooklyn NY
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book has too many words for my 8-year-old niece. Also, a lot of projects her mom wouldn't allow her to do!Published 1 month ago by Carla Braden
This is going to be a present for a very smart 11 year old I know, and I can't wait. It's filled with all sorts of challenging projects and brain-teasers that made to move kids... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maezeppa
I have really enjoyed this book, and I recommend it.
I am giving this 4/5 stars because it has a lot of learning mixed in with activities. Read more
So much info for a child to absorb and become more independent with. From cooking to bike repairs to creative thinkingPublished 6 months ago by amanda adams
Wonderful book. Bought it for my 9 year old who can't get enough of the fun projects and chapters in it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Rice
My son's new favorite book--hard to wrestle it away from him. So many wonderful ideas about activities for summer fun with the kids!!Published 8 months ago by Kimberly L. Fraher
It is lengthy, and if your kids don't enjoying reading, they may be intimidated by this book. When you open it, the print is kind of small and its a good sized book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Laake