February 25, 2010

Dangerous things that Gever Tulley wants your kids to do

Parents, would you let your kids:
- Poison their friends?
- Explode a bottle in the freezer?
- Cook something in the dishwasher?
- Put strange stuff in the microwave?
- Make a bomb in a bag?

According to Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, these are exactly the kinds of things your kids should be doing—that is, after they get bored of supergluing their fingers together and licking 9-volt batteries. As a follow-up to his TED talk (featured on our Playmaker Blog), Tulley has written a book, boldly titled Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

It’s not that Tulley wants your kids to hurt themselves. His goals are noble: To reclaim the spirit of invention and discovery for our children. In an age when kids tend to be overscheduled and parents tend to be overprotective, sometimes we forget that a dose of mischief might do us all some good.

If you’re skeptical, read an interview with Tulley on Wired.com.

safety, discovery, invention, book review, childhood