Archive » November 1, 2012
By Terri Schlichenmeyer, Contributing Writer
You are about to make your mother crazy.
Thatís because youíve mastered every video game in the house, watched every movie she rented for you and clicked through cable several dozen times. Youíve managed to tease your sister, torment your brother and Mom is next in line.
Youíre about to say youíre bored, which means youíre about to get into big trouble. But before you do that, why not find Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen.
It might single-handedly save your whole family from complete craziness.
So youíve got a few days off from school. Itís a holiday, a weekend, or just some sort of break and youíre glad for the time but you donít exactly know what to do with it. Thatís where this book comes in, because itís filled with pages of excellent ideas.
Letís say, for instance, that youíd like to get rid of your boredom by exploding things. Unbored can help, with instructions on safe ways to make a big mess. Youíll need a grown-up around, so find one who likes to get dirty. There are a lot of games in this book, including ones that donít require a board or dice. Learn, for instance, some farting games. Find out how to play different kinds of games with jacks. Learn how to get freaky fit with friends. Or learn pankour, which can be done in your own back yard Ė even in the snow!
If music is your favorite thing in the world, learn how to rock out with help from Unbored. Find out what youíll need to build a band, take a quiz to help figure out which instrument is best for you and watch a few good movies about music.
Speaking of movies, this book has all kinds of great suggestions for films and books youíll definitely want to check out.
Find out how to turn your bathroom into a spa. Redecorate your bedroom, then organize it. Find some new crafts. Learn how to cook, read a food label, and conserve water. Read up on trivia. Take good care of your pets. Tell a politician what you think (they really do care). Eliminate bullies. Train the grown-ups in your house. Save the planet. If youíre like most parents, the ďBĒ word makes you channel your father by telling your kids youíll give them something to do. Instead, give them Unbored.
With all kinds of activities for both indoors and out, authors Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen keep children busy with information, ideas, get-outside movement and down-time that doesnít involve anything electronic. There are pages for quieter readers here, and kids who arenít able for action. Then there are pages for kids with a streak of renegade in their blood and restlessness in their feet.
The nicest part about this book is that itís great for sharing; in fact, youíll almost want your kids to do that. Add whatís here to a little down-time, and 9-to-15-year-olds will find it to be crazy fun.
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen
c. 2012, Bloomsbury, $25 / $26.50 Canada, 352 pages