Geekdad –Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share

Geek Dad.inddScience and Imagination

It’s fun to be a geek.

Geeks get to engage in games that require imagination. They love science and discovering how things work.

In fact, it might even be cool to be a geek.

Because of their inquisitive nature, geeks find interesting solutions for problems that are usually addressed in a more mundane way. Essentially, geeks love to play, but in playing they get to simultaneously build and learn.

Packed with projects that will suit any timeframe and budget, this book will at the very least, convert you into a Geekdad. The cover says it all: Raising Geek Generation 2.0.

Project Ideas Galore!

As you try out the book’s many great ideas, transform yourself into a kid again.

After all, why go out to buy a lamp when you can build one with LEGO bricks and compact discs? Or if you create a great board game, you just might be able to sell it and make millions!

Collated by Ken Denmead, engineer and editor of the Geekdad blog on Wired.com, the projects are categorised into something suitable for every gender and personality type in the family:

• Make your own geeky games and crafts

• Geeky activities for the great outdoors

• Awesome accessories

• Geeky kids go green

• Build/Learn/Geek

• Geek Potpourri

Fun for the Holidays

If you are tearing your hair out trying to occupy your children during school holidays, fret not.

Geekdad has plenty of projects to keep everyone busy. Turn to page 54 and 55 on how to build a LEGO Holiday Tree. Then go to page 117 for instructions on how to add treelights by using the Fireflies Project.

Many dads who grew up playing computer games and watching Star Trek will feel right at home in this “Geekdad” space.  Get hold of the book so that you can have “Science Camp at Home” during school holidays. Find it in a shelf of the library near you, crying “Beam me up, Daddy.”

Nonetheless, if you still need more project ideas after reading his book, Denmead has provided a comprehensive list of websites, including:

1. ducttapeguys.com

The Duct Tape Guys will teach you how to make a wallet out of duct tape (and much more!). You can also catch them on Youtube.

2. origami-club.com

It is not just cutesy – it’s practical. Start off with easy origami and move on to make useful stuff. Looking for gift wrap? Get your kid to make a box to pack your presents instead.

3. patternsforcolouring.com

Simply print out pages from the Pattern Library and find creative ways to bind the pages into a book. Or, keep them loose and display them around the home after your child has finished colouring them.

These websites are a treasure trove of ways to lose track of time.

Find out more about Geekdad-Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead at the Geekdad book website.

Also catch free Geekdad podcasts on iTunes.  It features regular chats about the posts on GeekDad.com, discussions about parenting in the digital age, and raising your kids in your geeky image.


Reference:

1. Denmead, Ken (2010) Geekdad -Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, Gotham Books, New York, USA.


About the Author: The Dads for Life Resource Team comprises local content writers and experts, including psychologists, counsellors, educators and social service professionals, dedicated to developing useful resources for dads.


First published on 27-12-2011.

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