Saturday, March 20, 2010

Catching up. #1 Dangerous Things!

My husband recently bought the book: Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) by Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler. It's well worth the price. I agree with the premise that if all corners are rounded and everything is made of plastic, our children miss out on a lot of learning/creative opportunities.

We chose ten things from the book, invited our neighbors to the north, and made a day of it.

Here are a few of the photos:

Dinner cooked in the dishwasher. (And, yes, we washed dishes on the bottom rack!)
Launching a hot air balloon in the family room (it sorta worked!)
Smashing thrift store dishes (this was a definite favorite!)

The end result in the garbage can.

An overcooked peep fresh from the microwave (the grapes sparked a little, the CD's were a spectacular three seconds and the marshmallows were HUGE!)

Taking apart appliances. This one was another fav. We took apart a printer, a joy stick, an adding machine, a keyboard and a telephone. Lot's of cool parts inside!

This is our bomb in a baggie right before it exploded!
Girlie-Whirl about to lick a 9-volt battery!
We didn't get any good pictures of the super glued fingers but it was a big hit. No dry ice to be found so that didn't happen. But our neighbors said they're going to plan a whole day around dry ice and invite us over! Can't wait!


  1. OH MY GOSH! You guys are the COOLEST parents ever!

  2. Thanks for sharing your event - nothing makes me happier than hearing about families getting together with Fifty Dangerous Things! The plates instead of bottles is a great variation (which I hope you will share when we get our new site up at

    All the best,

  3. Wow!
    I wish I had done something like that, instead of having my children feel like they needed to experience 50 dangerous things themselves.
    I'm going to have to check this book out.
    Get my grandkids doing dangerous things. I'm kind of an awesome grandma like that.

  4. Nice job families! What a fun time.

  5. I'm sure you had an exciting day, It looks like a ton of fun. Never a dull moment (when your hubby is behind the adventure!! Hugs

  6. You are the most exciting parents ever! I can't show this to my kids, they would be so jealous!

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