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Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) Paperback – December 11, 2009
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About the Author
Gever Tulley was fortunate to grow up in a world full of possibilities and adventures. He and his big brother were free to explore their environment and invent their own projects while growing up in the wide-open rural environs of Northern California and interior British Columbia. Their curiosity was encouraged by their parents, who instilled early on a sensible approach to their experiments. Gever's famous rule while babysitting: "If you're going to play with fire, be sure to do it outside." (Note that this was in the ever-wet yards of coastal Northern California, not the tinder-dry inland desert!) In 2005, Gever founded the Tinkering School to teach kids how to build things. He created the school since he believes we all learn by fooling around. Grand schemes, wild ideas, crazy notions, and intuitive leaps of imagination are, of course, encouraged and fertilized. After years of creating playful hands-on projects for kids of all ages, Gever wanted to share with a wider audience the discovery that comes from this directed "fooling around". Fifty Dangerous Things (you should let your children do) is his first book on the subject.
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If you're a worried parent that wonders how far to let your kid go, this would be a good start. You can start off with easy, low-risk activities and then gradually choose more challenging ones as you and your child gain confidence.
The best age for kids to use this book (in my opinion) is 6 to 10 years old. Older kids will appreciate some of the more difficult activities (like "build a bomb", which is all about chemical reactions and making a Ziploc bag pop). Younger kids will need to stick to the very simplest activities.