There’s no shortage of science project books for parents and kids. Anyone can tell you how to make your own rock candy crystals or rockets powered by Mentos and Coke. But – call it nepotism or playing 8Bit favorites – I really like Mike Adamick’s Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments. It was released almost one year ago – ICYMI – and answers all the tough science questions kids tend to ask.
Mike had sent me his first book, Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects, which had a bunch of sweet do-it-yourself projects, like superhero capes and those books where you open up the cover and there’s a hidey-box inside. It also had a handful of daunting projects, like building rope swings, teeter-totters and old fashioned fruit crate scooters. Fo’ real. You can see that Mike loves DIY more than anyone, and even talked about my nerdy perler projects in an article on Parade. No shame here. My favorites game is fierce.
This book, Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments, will teach you rad stuff – even how to make Mentos/Coke rockets and candy crystals. My favorite thing about the book is that it answers the perennial kid question, “why?”
We don’t often talk about kid’s books here since we don’t want to have to talk about all of them. But when we do, it’s something wonderful to us.
Ahmet Zappa’s Because I’m Your Dad is so simple that it’s that kind of wonderful. A kid’s book about a dad, written by a dad? We’re sold.
Child-humor cartographers and heads behind How To Be A Dad, Andy Herald and Charlie Capen, made co-sleeping official with their book The Guide to Baby Sleep Positions: Survival Tips for Co-Sleeping Parents. In it, we get 30 diagrams of possible nighttime positions you’ll find your baby in.
If you’re not already familiar with How To Be a Dad, just head on over there and check it out. It’s okay, we’ll wait.
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.
A study by the National Literacy Trust found that one third of UK dads aren’t encouraging their children to read. This figure is up 30% from 2009, the last year that data was available on the topic.
The study also found that the number of mothers who are never seen reading has been relatively steady at one-in-six.
Reminder! You can share your stories of fatherly triumph with Hogan Hilling and Al Watts – and you might appear in an upcoming book! But you’ve got to act fast – the deadline is this Saturday – June 30!
Hilling and Watts are fathers and writers whose upcoming book and website project are titled: Dads Behaving Dadly: Chronicling the Fatherhood Revolution.
The two dads are looking to chronicle involved fathers in the United States and Canada.
So you’re going to be a father. Congrats! You’re about to enter the most awesome and most terrifying stage of your life! Starting today, your life is going to get complicated; there’s so much to think about, so many things to buy, and so many things you’re going to need to baby-proof.
But enough of that baby talk. You need some gear – that is, non-baby gear – to make fatherhood easier. And while we can tell you about the coolest crib sheets, best baby monitors, or the bottles that won’t give your kid gas, we’d rather have a man-to-man about all the things you haven’t yet considered
Want to know about all the gear us 8BitDads use to transform themselves into superheroes? Then read on.