If I had to spend all summer with a group of kids and only one book, I know what I’d pick: Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen’s Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. This book is a marvel. It is full of activities, experiments, ideas to explore and plans to change the world. Want to know how to make a cigar box guitar, play a clapping game, recycle batteries, or conduct an interview? Want to know the secret history of young adult novels, the best-ever musical movies, or how to “train your grownup to curse without cursing?” Those are only a few of the 46 activities in Chapter 1. And there are three more chapters!
Want to see more? The book has a website full of unboring ideas. Explore the LED Glowies or begin learning to write fan fiction. You can’t get as much detail as you would in the book, but it’s enough to get you started and have a lot of fun.
So be unbored this summer. I’m going to be on a blog break for the month of July. I think I’ve left you plenty to do. Enjoy! I’d love to hear which activities are your favorites.