Of course it goes without saying that we hope you’ll buy UNBORED for all the 8 to 13-year-olds you know. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could also easily purchase the materials for some of the activities to create one mega-gift?
We’re on it! Here’s our Super Handy 2012 UNBORED Holiday Gift Guide, complete with everything you’ll need to make four of our favorite activities. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we recommend our favorite books of the year that weren’t written by us.
LED Glowies and Throwies (pages 22-23)
These colorful bursts of shining light are especially fun during long, dark, winter nights. You can use them to add a temporary pop of color to a dark space or toss them (throwie, get it?) onto a metal object, such as a mail box or parking meter. (Don’t throw them at cars–you could chip the paint.)
- At least 20 10mm diffused superbright LEDs. Try to get a mix of different colors
- 20 3V lithium batteries, size CR2032
- 20 nickel-plated , disc-shaped, 1/2″diameter x 1/8″ thick rare earth magnets
- Strong 1″ electrical tape
No Sew Stuffed Animal (page 120)
This is a perfect activity if you’ve only got an hour to spare. Find a few stray socks, pour in some rice, add a few hair elastics, and voila–instant stuffed animal cuteness.
- Old socks (no holes!)
- 4 rubber bands or hair elastics.
- Uncooked rice
- Permanent markers
- Pom poms, googly eyes, or stray fabric for eyes
Illusion Knitting (page 144)
This is a great activity for a kid who already knows how to knit. Illusion knitting is when you knit in a way that creates a pattern that can be seen from only one angle. Sneaky! You can also use these same materials to yarn bomb (page 196-97)
- 100 grams each of two contrasting yarn colors (worsted weight, smooth texture)
- Size 7 knitting needles
Make Zines and Mini-Comics (page 236-37)
Classic no-screen activities that can turn into a life-long passion, as our interview with graphic novelist James Sturm shows (see pages 69-70).
- Several sheets of white 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
- Pen (this is a fancy pen–you can get any black ink pen that works) and pencil
- Optional: Kneaded eraser
- Scissors, glue stick, old magazines and newspapers (for making collages)