When we first came across the book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do), the cover took us aback. It was almost a portrait of our childhood, a great deal of which was spent getting down and dirty with our adventurous selves.
The book is packed full of all sorts of ideas, projects and activities. Some of the more extreme ones being things like "Superglue Your Fingers Together" and "Play with Fire." There's 48 more, most of which are a little less dramatic, but all of which are built upon the precept of learning.
Though it sounds slightly scary to say a book is promoting children playing with fire, it teaches you that if they first learn to build a fire properly and how to handle it, than the playing with it isn't as dangerous — just like driving a car. You wouldn't let a teenager roam free on the roads without having learned to actually drive yet would you? Same concept.
The book is packed full of ideas that encourage parent/child interaction and is sure to be as fun for them as it is for you! You can pick up a copy for $25.95 over at The Maker Shed.