Summer Dares

The Daring Book for Girls (2007) and The Double-Daring Book for Girls (2009)
by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.  Published by William Morrow.

I noticed the other day that someone in my house had brought these books out.  Are you familiar with them?  The Daring Book for Girls and The Double-Daring Book for Girls are full of low-tech crafts, activities, facts, and history for girls.  (If you have boys, you may be familiar with The Dangerous Book for Boys.)

I've had the books for a few years now.  The girls have had to grow into them.  But let me show you why the books are so precious to me.


Yes, those little strips of blue construction paper?  Those are Mr. B's bookmarks.  He went through these books, finding all the activities he wanted to be sure and do with his daughters someday.

He did this a few years ago.  All of a sudden, the girls are older and ready to try some of these things.







I want us to be a little lazy this summer, and lots of regular playtime is great.  But I would love to get to some of this stuff this year!

Here are a few more things I'd like to try:

  • Big Sis has been pestering Mr. B and me to make one of these for years.
  • I am in love with these and I want to hang them everywhere.
  • My girls always manage to spill their bottles of bubbles, so I think this is brilliant.
  • 'Tis the season for grilling!  Looking forward to this and this...
  • I want to do or keep doing everything on my Magical Outdoor Stuff for Kids pinboard.
  • And when summer gets hot and I start to hate it, I have my Summertime pinboard to remind me of what's nice about the hottest season.
I don't know how much we will do this summer, but I hope to have fun trying!

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  1. I'm not familiar with these books but they do look amazing. Lots of opportunities for parent-kid fun activities. The star ornaments are lovely! I hope you guys have so much fun this summer.

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    1. We've just finished gathering some sticks for our stars. I'm going to hot glue the shapes now, then I'll bring some paint and paintbrushes and maybe some raffia to rehearsal tonight, so the girls can craft in the park while I rehearse. :o) I'm pretty excited about this one!

      And the books are great. :o)

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  2. FUN! I've always wondered about these books! Love those star thingys! I've been writing down my summer fun list today, and then I'm gonna have J do hers and then we throw it all into a jar and pick the activities out day by day....:)

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    1. I bought the books when they came in as bargain books. Seriously, my husband is the biggest fan. There's so much in there! How to Do a Cartwheel, How to Be President, Famous Cowgirls, so much to read about!

      I love your jar idea. I think we're going to steal a little stick tree idea I saw on Family Fun today. Big Sis got quite excited about it. ;o)

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  3. So awesome. Will be finding the " boy" versions for CT. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. The boy versions came first. A friend of mine at work bought them for his sons and recommended them to everyone. I was so excited when the girl version arrived! Have a lovely day!!!

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  4. What a great book! I would love to try to make some of those crafts/projects. It's a good summer book for the inevitable boring days!

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    1. There's so much in there, and the girls will be able to grow into the books. We have lots of time to try to get to everything. I love that.

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  5. I've been wondering about those books for a while! I love that Mr. B went through and marked the activities that he was most interested in!!! That is precious! It is so nice to be at the beginning of a summer of possibilities isn't it?

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    1. I still remember the days he sat doing that. I actually bought the second book after he'd marked up the first one. He was furloughed from his job, and was the one at home with the girls the most. They were only 4 and 2. Most of the things in the book were for older kids, but he was making plans. :o)

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