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Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family [Paperback]

Steve Caplin , Simon Rose
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2 Nov 2010
In their original and wildly inventive new book, bestselling authors of Dad Stuff Steve Caplin and Simon Rose show how you and your family can have more fun together -- the 21st-century way. From Google racing to geocaching, from code breaking to filmmaking to robot baiting, it's bursting with over 200 new, exciting and creative ideas, for rainy days and sunny afternoons, for children's parties and car journeys, for the few minutes before bed or the whole weekend, and for all ages from 3 to 103.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (2 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906964432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906964436
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fantastic Christmas present idea, both for parents and for kids.'
Vanessa Feltz

'Dozens of daft ways to entertain your offspring.'
Reader's Digest

'Jam-packed full of brilliant and inspiring activities for kids'
ActiveDad --...

About the Author

Steve Caplin is a technical whizz and the author of several bestselling books on computer graphics. He's passionate about technology, and likes nothing more than tinkering with the latest gadgets, software and power tools. He divides his spare time between playing the accordion and repairing his children's iPods.

Simon Rose is a film critic, award-winning screenwriter and author. He likes country walks and playing cricket, and loves trying out new games with his children. Simon plays the cello and the spoons. He's the proud owner of a shiny new MP3 player, and looks forward to hours of happy listening once Steve shows him how to use it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down. 28 Oct 2010
This is one of those books that once you start reading it you can't stop.

You want to try everything in it.

Absolute genius.

But perhaps the acid test is does it span the generations? Well my 12 year old whipped out his Flip video camera and started knocking up reverse video and he equally couldn't put it down. In fact he's been fighting his 9 year sister for it!

So I probably won't get a look in for a while.

Don't hesitate buy this book - it's a perfect Christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect stocking stuffer! 15 Dec 2010
Last year I gave out copies of "Dadstuff" to the parents and grandparents I know, and it was a massive hit. This year Steve Caplin and Simon Rose have done it again, with "Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family". It's packed with entertaining and imaginative games that the whole family can play--perfect for after Christmas lunch, and beyond! It's even organized to show you which ages would enjoy which games most. Some games require just paper and pencil, while others make use of GPS devices, mobile phones, etc. Simon Rose's film background is evident in the suggestions for movie magic. Very handily, the book includes several "on the road" games, for those long drives to the grandparents' house. It's the perfect stocking stuffer!

I don't know how on earth they come up with these brilliant ideas, but keep it up, boys! I'll need a new book next Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, fun!!! 24 Nov 2010
A hugely inventive and imaginative book!! Full of inspiration, easy to read and follow. A perfect Christmas gift for all the family - especially those of us with slightly less marvelous imaginations than the authors :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and games 9 Nov 2010
By David G
This is an absolute must for the 21st century family. The format enables quick reference to a suitable game for so many different situations in which families find themselves. There are games to amuse the children on journeys and to occupy them on wet, housebound days. There are games to get everyone out and about. Games for young children, teenagers and thise of middle age!
The book will stimulate all the senses and provide many hours of fun, games and exercise. This book should be a travelling companion and maybe you will need two - one to get dog eared in its travels and one to keep on the book shelf clean and ready for reading at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works for me 5 Nov 2010
By Aunty F
Even as a complete technophobe I really liked this book. Great games, and instructions that are easy to follow. I also liked the inclusion of 'old fashioned' games. Christmas present problems sorted as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired! 5 Nov 2010
Instead of bemoaning the impact of modern technology on family life, these authors have embraced it and produced a contemporary collection of fun games and pastimes to bring the generations together. Technology can be a great leveller - The children, at home with gadgets, feel empowered and enjoy showing off their skills while the grown-ups learn fast as they tackle these off-the-wall projects. Google racing? - I'm addicted! - and the sight of people stumbling round the house with a cereal box on their head is no longer considered unusual in our house. If your kids (like mine) disappear into their rooms as soon as they get home, this could just the thing to lure them out.
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