So we're about half way through the summer and your kids have gone through every toy, video game and watched enough tv to burn the tv glow on to their eyeballs. And then it happens. A morose child drags himself into the kitchen and says, “Mom, I'm bored. What can I do that's fun?”
Your response can be, “If you ask me again, you can go pull weeds!” Or, you can whip out a piece of magic. You can give the kids days, probably weeks, of fun and sometimes bordering on unsafe activities that will keep them out of your hair and probably outside. This little bit of magic is about as big as a piece of paper, hardback, covered in old-fashioned gold letters and full of all the fun things that you remember doing as a kid:
- Skipping rocks
- Code talking
It's also chalk-full of cool stuff like American history, famous battles, a guide to fishing and geography, a dash of Shakespeare and how to play poker. Okay, basically if you have seen Up! this is the dream book for Russell.
I'm talking here about The Dangerous Book for Boys.
I bought a copy for my oldest son several years ago and it is one of his favorite books.
He reads it all. The. Time.
And my daughters regularly sit down with it, too.
If you want your kids to excitedly tell you what they built today instead of moping around or zoning out in front of The Legend of Zelda (Part 14), this is the book for you.
If you wish your kids had a little bit of scouting without actually joining, this is the book for you.
If you have a grandchild whose parents need a little more excitement in their lives, this is the book for THEM.
Here's a sample from the forward:
In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage. The one thing that we always say about childhood is that we seemed to have more time back then. This book will help you recapture those Sunday afternoons and long summers – because they're still long if you how to look at them.
Do you want to know something else amazing about this book? It's only $12.95. I have no idea why the price is so low. I remember the original price being $24.95 so maybe this isn't a permanent price.
Honestly, for all the great activities and information in this book, the publisher could easily sell it for $30+ and no one would complain.
So do you want your kids to enjoy the rest of the summer and maybe do and learn things they never have before? Now is your, and their, chance!
P.S. If you haven't seen Up!, you are missing one of the most poignant starts to a movie ever. Go rent it.