Geek Dad by Ken Denmead

Geek Dad

Geeky science experiments, geeky contraptions, crafts that only geeks can fully appreciate Geek Dad is light years ahead of books on intelligent fun. Techie parents everywhere are charged about these geeky DIY projects to share with their young geeks in training.

Details Geek Dad

TitleGeek Dad
Release DateMay 4th, 2010
GenreParenting, Nonfiction, Science, Reference, Childrens, Family

Reviews Geek Dad

  • Art
    I've been a fan of the website for quite some time, so to see these ideas (sort of a Best Of List) was a great surprise. Mr. Denmead does an excellent job giving us a broad range of Geekily awesome projects, from the absolutely free to somewhat pricey. Probably my favorite part of the whole book is actually the prologue, wherein he discusses the differences between a Dork, a Geek and a Nerd, complete with a Venn Diagram! Highly recommend this boo...
  • Mark
    The author asserts that all parenting books only suggest things to do to your kids, not with your kids. To the contrary, such books do exist, they're just not usually called parenting books. This book does fill a gap in the children's activity book genre that are mostly cutesy crafts and proto-manly projects that have not yet been updated to account for cheap and commonplace consumer electronics and the rising popularity of geek, hacker, and make...
  • Jeffrey
    Ken Denmead is a crafty guy but, much like the geek stereotype, his talents don't really include writing.The book, after an introduction that tries too hard to validate the "Geek Dad" concept, contains a number of activites and/or experiments for parent & child to work on together. They vary from simple glue/sticky tape to serious electrical/computer programming level activities. The instructions are mostly accessible but Denmead enables that acc...
  • Ryan
    It should be renamed "Lego presents Geek Dad." almost every single project involves Legos. This shows lack of creativity. There are so many other materials that can be used. I also didn't like the nature of the projects. They're too simple. I'm all about simplicity, but when I read two or three in this book thati could have come up with on my own: I don't have too much respect. I looked to this book for ideas, not for things I could have thought ...
  • Christopher
    OK, so this book says it's not designed to be read front-to-back, which is precisely what I did. Hey, it was nearly Christmas and I was out of book and didn't want to go buy anything when lovely presents were likely on their way.So there are bunch of different projects in here of varying level difficulty, geekiness, and relevance to my life. I was a little disappointed at the assumptions of suburbanity - many projects assume access to a backyard/...
  • Sandie Lee
    Geek Dad? So Much Fun!Is your dad or hubby into projects? Would he be considered a Geek? If you answered yes to these questions (or even if you didn't) I have the perfect Father's Day gift.Geek Dad by Ken Denmead (a self-proclaimed Geek) is filled with 30 original, fun and fascinating projects Dads (and moms) can do with their kids. I was totally in awe of these cool ideas and found myself wishing my dad was still with us so we could try them out...
  • Karen
    I bought this for my husband for Christmas, along with Handy Dad and he picked out some projects to do with my son right away. He definitly falls into the "Geek Dad" category - he loves to take things apart and attempts to "refurbish" way too many things around the house. This book focuses that energy! I've already pre-ordered the next Geek Dad book for Father's Day.
  • Rebecca
    I got this for my husband, but read it myself, too. There are some pretty cool projects here, although they're all a little too advanced for our toddler. I think my favorites are the idea of using a solder pen to draw circuitry on paper to make origami with electrical components and the idea of turning the chore chart into a roleplaying game. To be revisited in a couple years.
  • Prashant
    Ken Denmead might be a geek but needs he help on writing. Project books (not parenting book as claimed by the author) need lots of pictures and steps which is missing here. Also, the book has a lot of references to North American cultural aspects which I could not relate to like Dungeon & Dragons. Many of the projects are expensive. Yet the projects look wonderful to do.
  • Andrew
    Disappointing. The easy ideas are so old that everyone must have tried them before, while the rest are very strange or way too ambitious.And let's not even talk about spending 15 pages explaining, in detail, a complex system to use Dungeons & Dragons concepts for a home reward scheme.Who could this book conceivably be correctly targeted at???
  • Jirka Janák
    Přečteno jedním dechem :) Ne teda slovo od slova, ale dost na to abych pochopil ideu/podstatu většiny projektů, aby mě napadlo pár dalších, a abych se těšil, až je budu všechny realizovat. Jediné co zamrzí, že na většinu z nich si budu muset ještě nejméně 5 let (spíš více) počkat, ale i tak. Dobrá práce :)
  • Erik Dewey
    This is a decent book, but I guess I was looking for more interesting projects. It might be that I've done things like make my own boardgame with the kids so most of the projects didn't inspire me greatly, although the slip and slide has definite potential.Personally, I'd have liked to see a wider variety of projects, maybe with a little science thrown in there to amaze the kids.
  • Nancy
    This book would be great to try some of the projects with your own kids in a one-on-one setting, but not so great for a librarian looking for programming ideas to do with a roomful of teens. Most of the projects just sound too geeky, too involved, or require large items or need to be done outside. They're great projects. But just a little too much for me for right now.
  • Kelly
    Meh! This book had great potential, but was not as detailed, in-depth, or sciencey as I'd hoped. Much of the book detailed how to invent board games, pretend play, or play with your legos. BUT - some projects using LED's or arduino boards were cool. If you want a more scientific build book - get a MAKE Magazine project book.
  • Chet
    Interesting, but I did not rush out and start doing any of the projects with my grand kids. These projects generally take some planning (and buying of supplies). I will use it as a reference, such as planning an activity for the next holiday.
  • Mark
    All it took was reading the weak chapter on "building a board game with your kids" to turn me completely off to this book. The template was an insipid roll'n'move design that was, just from reading the rules, guaranteed to drag on much too long. My 6 year old comes up with better game ideas.
  • Philip
    This project book reads like a collection of blog posts... because it is! I found a few good project nuggets in there we will try. It has a wide range of genre projects, so you will probably find at least a few of interest to you.
  • Lisa Szczepanik
    I love this book! we have several of the projects bookmarked for summer days & the ones we've tried have been big hits with my tweens and their friends.
  • D M
    more like creepy social outcast dad
  • Derek
    Great ideas, but there aren't a lot of easy to do items in here.
  • Daniel Clark
    Lots of fun projects. My boys still grab the book once in a while and ask to do a project.
  • TJ Anderson
    pretty good. But you could probably just check out the blog and come up with a few of your own and be just as well off.
  • Bryan
    Some hit-or-miss ideas in here, but at least half a dozen really solid ones.
  • Peter Jones
    My kids are too young for most of these... And I don't have most of the supplies for the ones that would otherwise interest me. But interesting to skim thru for free (from the library)
  • Samantha
    Ready to get our geek on. So many fun projects.
  • Aaron
    Kind of lame?
  • Eric
    While it has some cool projects for families to do, I was really turned off by the restrictive way the the book defines the concept of a geek.
  • Jeff
    A great group of fun geeky project ideas, that I can't wait to start (trying to) replicate with my boys!