Coming Soon to Chicago Children’s Museum

A new interactive exhibit opens in the Chicago Children’s Museum on June 1, 2014: Danger 101: Daring Deeds for Curious Kids

According to the press release, “Using Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do, …

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What Autumn Leaves Are For

Topic #28, Climb a Tree, suggests that the proper way to get out of a tree is to climb down – but there’s a lot to be said for this approach:

“That’s not safe! How do they know there …

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#48 – Explode a Bottle in the Freezer

In the category of “finding the silver lining”, our pal (and recent guest contributer), Deb Nies turned her freezer disaster into a laboratory for scientific exploration.
Kitchen Adventure

Following the inadvertent bottle break, we hypothesized why the bottle broke where it

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The Roof is Interesting

Topic #19 – Stand on the Roof

Up on the Roof

I think Kevin is on to something when he says “I had fun knowing they were learning science.” Doing something adventurous creates a context where kids experience a heightened awareness, and the …

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A Space to Tinker, A Place to Think

Aiden has a new workshop:

For a child to have a place where they can go and tinker with things on their own, well, it’s a rare thing these days. Working away, responsibly and quietly by yourself, for hours …

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Dangerous Assignment … Choose Your Own Dangerous Things

Dad? What are cooties?

It’s one of the oldest questions known to human existence, right? Okay, well, that might be slight exaggeration, but it does seem to be a “right of passage” sort of question that all kids face …

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Take a Hike … Without a Map

Hello all. My name is Mark Heisten. I’m this week’s guest blogger. And I’m the father of two sons, ages eight and five, who have numerous bumps, scrapes and bruises (and early-onset wisdom) to show that they fearlessly get …

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A Dangerous Season


Summer seems to draw out nostalgic feelings in every adult. Personal memories frame our expectations for our own child’s summer activities. I am certainly no different but my ‘tween daughter is growing up in a huge city with barely …

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Warning, Danger Ahead

“Oh, you may get a few little cuts and scrapes — that’s inevitable. But don’t hurt yourself just because you didn’t pay attention to what you were doing.” 
— from Introduction to “Fifty Dangerous Things”

Gever’s words are at …

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Okay, I couldn’t resist sharing this

My old work colleage Eddie Hernandez blogs about a very tinkering-oriented way to clean a children’s toy castle repurposed as a hamster habitat.

Added on edit: Eddie pointed me to this earlier entry wherein his young engineers build

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