50 Dangerous Things

Practical / Parenting

50 DANGEROUS THINGS (you should let your children do)
by Gever Tulley & Julie Spiegler
October 2011 – New American Library

An activity book about danger, safety, and the incredible world around us. 

In a time when children are too often coddled, 50 DANGEROUS THINGS (you should let your children do) reminds readers that climbing trees is good for the soul, and that a pocket knife is not a weapon. Full of exciting ways children can explore the world around them, this book explains how to “Play with Fire” and “Taste Electricity” while learning about safety. With easy-to-follow instructions, it includes:

• Activities, like walking a tightrope
• Skills, like throwing a spear
• Projects, like melting glass
• Experiences, like sleeping in the wild

Gever Tulley was fortunate to grow up in a world full of possibilities and adventures. He and his big brother were free to explore their environment and invent their own projects while growing up in the wide-open rural environs of Northern California and interior British Columbia. Their curiosity was encouraged by their parents, who instilled early on a sensible approach to their experiments. In 2005, Gever founded Tinkering School to teach kids how to build things. After years of creating playful hands-on projects for kids of all ages, Gever wanted to share with a wider audience the discovery that comes from this directed “fooling around.” 50 DANGEROUS THINGS (you should let your children do) is his first book on the subject.

Julie Spiegler is a project manager and editor who has collaborated with Tulley on virtually all of his projects.