When we last checked in with dad blogger Mike Adamick, he was making a crab cam with his daughter. That wasn’t the only trick up Adamick’s sleeve, and the proof is his new book, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Superhero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families.
Try to say that three times fast. Preferably while making your child a duct tape crayon wallet.
You might know Adamick from a variety of places. His work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Times and KQED radio. Or not. It happens.
But thank the stars Adamick parked his content into a book. And a seriously cool one at that. Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects has DIY stuff for dads of any handiness level. And some of the projects actually include multiple ways to do them – for example, while making the Superhero Cape, readers get the choice of a making one from fabric and making one from an old t-shirt.
Each project consists of a quick blog-type intro, a “here’s what you need” section and a numbered “here’s what you do” section. Sometimes there are also “dad tips” that might give you an alternate way to do a step – or just offer you a kind warning.
There’s some – dare I say – awesome projects in the book. Simple stuff like the superhero cape or homemade goo slime, intermediate stuff like making a bow and arrow, and difficult stuff like a backyard swing set. No, seriously – Adamick tells you, in simple steps, how to make a swing in your backyard. If that makes you feel timid, you can also just follow the instructions for his rope swing instead.
The best thing about Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects is that no matter your handiness level, no matter whether you’re more at-home in a workshop, garden, art studio or a kitchen, there’s something for everyone – and even the difficult projects are presented in a way that isn’t terribly daunting. Though I generally don’t know my way around a toolbox, I saw a couple of projects I felt comfortable taking on. And what’s even better is that many of the projects are inexpensive as well! We’d all love to be the guy that made his kid a roller coaster in his backyard, but most of us only have enough scratch for a drink coaster.
And let’s talk about how important it is for kids to make things. Creativity is so important for kids and having cool projects in Adamick’s book – many of which request some form of recycling and repurposing – is a great way to get kids thinking about the origins of the products and stuff they see and use on a daily basis. And, if nothing else, Adamick can teach you the proper way to melt old, broken crayons into one big one (in a cool shape), so the book’s worth the cover price just in that lesson alone.
Crafty dad? Artsy dad? Not so much? Know a dad who’s looking for more DIY projects to do with his kids? This book’s perfect for them. With everything from indoor terrariums to outdoor seesaws, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects doesn’t disappoint.
Pick it up wherever it is you buy books today!