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Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
Geek Dad
Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
Paperback      ISBN: 1592405525
The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys

Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery.

Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can:

-Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons

-Construct the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever," a guaranteed thrill ride

-Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs

-Create a customized comic strip or your own board game

-Transform any room into a spaceship

-Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

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Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables
Grow
A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables
Hardcover      ISBN: 1611804027
A delightful guide--packed with games, activities, and extras--that will satisfy the garden-curious and get families excited about growing their own fruits and vegetables.

Have you ever wondered how plants work? Or why we eat the fruit of one plant, but the leaves of another? What's the big deal about growing things--and how do we decide what we need to grow in the space we have? Discover the whole life cycle of food, from sowing and saving to planning and planting, and--most exciting of all--harvesting the food you've grown. In Grow, you'll get all the inspiration and knowledge you need to get out there and start planting.

Included inside:
- A visual guide to the world of plants--what they need to grow, how to care for them, and more
- Grow your own pizza How to plant for a recipe, with fruits and vegetables in pots or a whole vegetable garden
- Pull-out activities, including a runner-bean growth chart, a Fruit Pairs game, Rainbow Taste Wheel (turn the dial to find out which vitamins are found in each fruit and vegetable), and four sheets of stickers
The Boy's Book of Outdoor Discovery, (the World of Boyhood Library)
The Boy's Book of Outdoor Discovery, (the World of Boyhood Library)
Hardcover      ISBN: 0811703053

A handbook on exploring nature and enjoying the out-of-doors in city or country, including such topics as SOS signals, gardening, observing wildlife, kite flying, and fishing.

Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family
Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family
Paperback      ISBN: 071123695x

Education does not always need to take place behind a desk, in a classroom or with a teacher. Family time is just as important as school time, and these 52 Ed-ventures provide parents with a fantastic bank of ideas to support and enhance their children s formal schooling. Each exciting adventure can easily be fitted into a weekend.

Chapters include Buildings to See, Places to Go, Travel & Transport, By the Water, Country Life and Culture & Entertainment. Within each activity there is plenty of scope to help your children develop enquiring minds, including ideas on what to do before you get there, while you re there and when you get back, plus tips, suggestions and ways of encouraging different ways to learn via reading, listening, visual, sensory and physical means.

Whether you re visiting a wind farm or stepping on to a train, visiting an historical building or looking at a sculpture in your local park, Learning Outdoors provides all the educational stimulation you and your children need for some great Ed-ventures in the open air.

50 Gardening Projects for Kids
50 Gardening Projects for Kids
Hardcover      ISBN: 0831779411

Introduces gardening equipment and techniques, and provides instructions for fifty seasonal projects, from planting potatoes in the spring to growing a hyacinth for Christmas

The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Dangerous Book for Boys
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061243582

The bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.

In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun--building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world's best paper airplanes.

The completely revised American Edition includes:

The Greatest Paper Airplane in the WorldThe Seven Wonders of the Ancient WorldThe Five Knots Every Boy Should KnowStickballSlingshotsFossilsBuilding a Treehouse*Making a Bow and ArrowFishing (revised with US Fish)Timers and TripwiresBaseball's "Most Valuable Players"Famous Battles-Including Lexington and Concord, The Alamo, and Gettysburg Spies-Codes and CiphersMaking a Go-CartNavajo Code Talkers' DictionaryGirlsCloud FormationsThe States of the U.S. Mountains of the U.S.NavigationThe Declaration of Independence Skimming StonesMaking a PeriscopeThe Ten CommandmentsCommon US TreesTimeline of American History

* For more information on building treehouses, visit www.treehouse-books.com and www.stilesdesigns.com or see "Treehouses You Can Actually Build" by David Stiles

Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids
Touch a Butterfly
Wildlife Gardening with Kids
Paperback      ISBN: 1590309170

Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart.

Gardening with children is a pleasure in itself, but when you learn to include wildlife in your plans, gardening becomes an even more joyful family experience. Creating a garden that invites wildlife opens up a wider world of nature for investigation, inspiration, and delight. Begin to see your yard from an animal's perspective; discover plants that attract colorful birds and bugs; embrace sensory experiences that native plants and creatures bring; and understand how your yard fits into the surrounding landscape. Along the way you will discover simple ways you can actively support wildlife in your immediate environment, no matter where you live. This family-friendly guide to wildlife gardening leads you on a path to discovery, where trees are transformed into bird and animal habitats, where sunny spots are revered for dragonfly viewing, and where your entire garden becomes an animal-welcoming kingdom.
Munch! Crunch! What's for Lunch?
Munch! Crunch! What's for Lunch?
Paperback      ISBN: 0753454602

Munch Crunch What's for Lunch? looks at the science of food and answers such questions as: Why does bread rise?

Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play
Imagine Childhood
Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1590309707

For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points--activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They're about the process of getting there. They're about the conversations that happen while making things together. They're about getting to know the world inch by inch. They're about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They're about living in childhood . . . regardless of your actual age. They're about being a kid.

100 Family Adventures
100 Family Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0711236615

The adventure ambassadors our current generation of cotton-wool kids urgently need' Daily Telegraph. Adventure is out there - you just have to go and find it These days children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens: computers, phones, games, television. This brilliant book provides inspiration for families to swap 'screen time' for 'green time' and shows how any family, wherever they live, can get outside and enjoy outdoor adventures together. Packed full of tried and tested outdoor activities, this valuable resource bank groups the adventures into themes including Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather, and each section has activities ranging in difficulty. From making a rope swing to scrambling up a stream, from spending a day without electricity to going on a charity bike ride, from exploring a rockpool to camping on an uninhabited island, wherever you are, whatever age or ability, this book has the perfect adventure activity for your family. With sensible but enthusiastic instructions written by parents Tim and Kerry, and added remarks, advice and jokes from children Amy and Ella, this is the perfect book to get your family out of the house and adventuring in the great outdoors