The Dangerous Book For Grandads by Jeremy Hobson is a beautifully nostalgic book designed to encourage and inspire Grandads to get active and engage with their Grandchildren in true old fashioned hands on activities.
It’s vintage imagery and scrapbook layout play out fond childhood memories for us oldies and for children they stimulate questions and conversation about what childhood used to be like for their parents and grandparents … it’s definitely a book to leave out for little and big hands to thumb through.
Each activity is informally written with broad suggestions and top tips to start you off. They range from at home jam making, whittling, gardening, garden camping to further afield adventures like canoeing, hiking, fishing and geocaching.
If your a grandad who doesn’t get to see your grandchildren very often, don’t despair. There are great ideas in the book that could work beautifully over the internet after the holiday visit to you.
- Photographs and text updates on the bug house they build when they came for a visit in the holidays
- Photo’s of your latest fossil or fungi find
- Additions to the curiosity/nonsense museum you set up with them (I LOVE this idea)
In an age where parents work long hours and children spend more time indoors and in front of technology, Grandads (and Nana’s) are perfectly positioned to encourage children to get out and experience ‘old style’ fun. The time kids spent with Grandads (and Nana’s) is always memorable even if we don’t realise it at the time. It’s an opportunity for both to learn, discover and grow again and often grandads can get grandchildren involved in activities that they might ordinarily say no to.
As the author mentions …’even surly young teenagers, who might throw their hands up in horror and stomp back to their bedrooms in disgust should a trip out together be suggested by their parents, will happily indulge in an expedition or shed/garage project pioneered and put into practice by grandad.
I love everything about this book and I don’t think it’s just for grandads. It’s actually brimming with brave, unique ideas and activities (with an emphasis on getting active) that can be done with any family member. It’s about passing on knowledge, learning together, creating memories and above all having fun … and that includes remembering the ones that we have long forgotten!