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  • Published: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Description: 352 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781608196418
  • 1608196410

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Unbored : the essential field guide to serious fun

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Call number: Y 790 Un

Available Copies: Malletts Youth, Pittsfield Youth, Traverwood Youth

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"Explore the world, test your limits, dare to be different, have fun, get unbored"--P. [4] of cover.

"Unbored is the most original, entertaining, and instructive all-in-one book for kids ever published -jam-packed with information, ideas, and activities for children and their parents to share together. Vibrantly designed and illustrated, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable, but get kids engaged in the wider world--and provides information to expand their worldviews, too, inspiring them to learn more. Right at the age where kids start to disappear into various screens, Unbored encourages them to use those tech skills in creative ways. Activities parents will remember from their childhoods are presented alongside bold new possibilities: science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board game hacking, code-cracking, geocaching, skateboard repair, yarn bombing, stop-action movie-making - plus tons of trivia, best-of lists, and forward-thinking ideas made accessible to kids. Unbored expertly walks the line between cool and constructive: parents will appreciate its wisdom and humor, its lessons in civic-mindedness and self-esteem, as well as its anti-perfectionist spirit. Kids will just think it's awesome"--Provided by publisher.

Community Reviews

Great things to do when bored!

These ideas are great for kids who get bored often! There are lots of cool ideas that only require common household items!

Irritating Format

The book was HEAVY, and the format is like a graphic novel. There were some good activities and some not-so-nice activities in the book, but the comic-book-like format make it irritating to read.


A fun book filled with some great ideas. I would have put more activities in but did enjoy the little history of sections.

Worthwhile for a few

Overall, you won't find the majority of these doable or worthwhile, but my sons have enjoyed reading it and a few of the items have provided afternoons of fun. And "the Game" has been around for weeks now...

Filled With Great Ideas for Kids

Unbored is a book designed to help kids occupy themselves. It has many many different ideas inside meant to catch and keep a child's attention, and offers a great variety of activities. There are several book and movie lists included, a wide variety of themed crafts, songs to sing, games to learn how to play, etc. This book is highly recommended!

A bit quirky, but fun

Meant to engage the 'kid' demographic, and using a bit of anti-parental thinking (one activity offered is 'rules of combat', albeit with rules to try to minimize any hurt feelings or actual bumps/injuries) it overall is something kids may pick through and take away an idea or two.

And it's not all about 'subversive' activities--the guessing game 'Botticelli' is also described. Having been casually/now-and-then looking for the rules of that game, this book's standing gained quite a bit once I saw that item.

But the offerings are tremendously varied--there are quirky bits of history, ideas for projects, some of which are DIY crafts and others of which are meant to improve one's community. Kids are encouraged to use their heads and explore new outlooks.

It won't REALLY solve the 'Mom/Dad, I'm bored' problem, but it could be a useful resource.

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