We try to keep Father's Day low-key around here (relaxation, BBQ, other manly forms of non-activity), but we also know that Daddy likes to open a little present as much as the next kid. If you're still scrambling for a gift, here's the perfect solution: Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share.
This book, inspired by the Wired blog of the same name (and, to which, some time ago, I was lucky enough to contribute), is full of the same sort of playful enthusiasm editor Ken Denmead and the rest of the GeekDads bring to their online writing.
Finally, inspiration for the indoorsy Dad who wants to bond with the kids over something other than touch football, but more than videogames! This book beautifully fuses geekiness with DIY, and there are creative projects that go way beyond the expected Legos and Coke + Mentos display. Create-you-own board game, windup toy finger painting, cyborg Jack-o-lanterns…the fun goes on and on.
Even better, there are outdoor projects that encourage the intellectuals out into the fresh air. How about setting up an outdoor movie theater? Or staging an outdoor version of your kid's favorite videogame? Think: A Mario-style obstacle course in your front yard.
There's so much fun, learning, and woot! energy in this book, I would venture to say it's a Father's Day must-have.
Win it! If I were smart I would have posted this review two weeks ago so you could have given your potential winnings as a gift! Alas, it's not to be. But I've still got three copies to give away…perfect for Geek Dads who want to share their bounty with friends. I'll randomly choose three Parenthackers who answer the following question in the comments:
What's the best Father's Day gift you've ever given or received?
I'll choose the winners tomorrow morning, 6/20/10, around 9AM PST! Good luck!