As I've said before, I'm the father of a five year old. And she, like me, has her habits and routines. There are certain things she likes to do with dad and certain things she just likes to do with mom. That's cool, but sometimes I want to just surprise her with something. Usually it's something I've bought. But, while searching Boing Boing this morning, I found this post on a book that could be of help to me and other dads just like me.
I found Be the Coolest Dad on the Block just in time. Subtitled "All of the Tricks, Games, Puzzles and Jokes You Need to Impress Your Kids (and keep them entertained for years to come!)," this book is filled with stuff that has delighted my kids. The authors manage to cram an awful lot of great ideas into 186-pages. There are things to make, like bows and arrow, fire-starting kits, garbage bag kites, and instructions for making animated movies with Lego bricks. There are games to play on in cars and on plane rides and answers to questions like "Why is the sky blue?" and "Why is the sea salty?" I like the list of "misconceptions" the authors encourage you to share with your kids ("There's a parallel universe on the other side of mirrors where people exactly like us do exactly the same things.")