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This Book Made Me Do It

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Published: 20 Sep 2010

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Knowledge comes in all shapes and sizes, and How To Do Everything celebrates it in all its vastness and variety. The reader will learn not only how to make a barometer, but why barometers matter, and how to use them to forecast weather.

Readers will be provided with clear step-by-step instructions on everything from hacking their gadgets and toys, to making clouds in bottles, and creating music from the most surprising of everyday objects. There is something
here for the hobbyist, the amateur, or just the fantastically curious.

Because of the range of activities in this book, it will appeal not only to children but to the whole family. The educational value of How To Do Everything is well hidden behind its simple approach. Practical applications of reference subjects from physics and chemistry to natural history and the arts will lure even the most reluctant learner to discover amazing things about the world around them.

There is much discussion today on the need for children to learn how to think, how to create, and how to work not only independently, but in groups. This lively and engaging book through its clarity, levity, and well-researched information will keep readers of all ages busy learning, making, creating, hacking, thinking, and doing for a very long time.
How To Do Everything is divided into six sections: Making, Doing, Thinking, Exploring, Playing, and Hacking. Each section will be colour-coded and there will be a cross-referencing device which will enable the reader to go from one activity to another in an informed yet organic way. Each section will have a gallery spread to alter the pace and to give the reader extra information on subjects ranging from butterflies to knots.

CHAPTER 1 - AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
Juggle like a pro
Cool string games and rope tricks
Mind-boggling magic
Math genius - baffling number tricks (super-fast addition, guessing the number, fun with a calculator)
Create shadow puppets
Make sound effects
How to make a whistle and other homemade musical instruments
Learn some basic piano chords and to play a tune
Basic guitar chords to start you strumming
Pick up some moves to impress on the dance floor
Moonwalk like Michael Jackson
Have fun with astrology
Fortune-telling and palm-reading
Amazing and impossible optical illusions
Find your blind spot
Mind over body - body illusions that reveal how the body doesn't always do what it's told
International communicator - how to greet people all over the world,

CHAPTER 2 - FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Speedy snacks - six delicious and healthy things to make when your tummy's rumbling
Four mouth-watering ways to stack a burger
Make a club sandwich and other classic fillings
Choose your pasta - a gallery of pasta shapes plus some simple sauces
Top a pizza - how to make the dough and six different ways to finish it off
How make and flip a pancake, plus sweet and savory ways to fill it
Cookies that melt in your mouth - no need to say more...
All about eggs - boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, or make a tasty omelette
Bake a special cake - a stunning cake to make for a celebration
Sweet treats - chocolates, fudge, and other things to make for gifts or just because you're greedy
Delicious drinks - the ultimate hot chocolate, whip up a smoothie, and cocktails for kids
Eating techniques - how to use chopsticks, eat spaghetti, and avoid other international food faux pas
Grow your own food - yummy things to grow with or without a garden

CHAPTER 3 - GET CREATIVE
Fun with paper - incredible airplanes, neat boxes, and boomerangs
Origami - four works of art made simply by folding paper
Papier mache projects, from piñatas to masks
Weave a friendship bracelet
Basic knitting stitches and instructions for making a groovy scarf and a mobile phone sockie
Tie-die a groovy T-shirt
Die using batik techniques
Balloon twisting - how to survive making balloon dogs, swords, swans
Carve a ghoulish Halloween pumpkin
Egg-citing designs for Easter gifts
Printing projects using , potato print or similar
Make and use a quill pen, and
Weave a colorful basket from magazines and other cool recycling makes
Make and fly a kite
Three ways to launch a rocket, using water, air, and elastic bands
Clever photography - techniques for hilarious photo tricks
Let there be light - make a tic-tac torch
Fun things to make with LEDs

CHAPTER 4 - EXPLORE THE WORLD
Set up an aquarium/terrarium
Watch tadpoles become frogs
Hatch butterflies from caterpillars in the kitchen
Catch a bug/spider (indoors)
Attract moths with socks (?) or build a moth "trap"
Build a compost heap - mainly for recycling but also wildlife
Set up a wormery
Set up an ant farm
Put up a bird feeding station
Make a hummingbird feeder
Put up a bat roosting box
Put up a bird nesting box
Grow a pip or three
Re-pot a plant
Plant a tree (bare-root; containerized)
Pan for gold
Try water divining
Hunt for fossils (and meteorites)
Make brilliant bubbles
Make a windsock or weathervane
Make a rain gauge
Monitor storms - and work out how far away they are
Do some cloud spotting - cloud gallery
Work out your carbon footprint - and how you can reduce it
Grow glittering crystals
Try the Mentos and coke trick
Make a miniature "volcano"
Make a battery from a lemon/potato
Make a microscope from a water drop
Make a simple water clock
Make an electromagnet
Make a hot-air balloon
Look at the Moon
Check out some planets
Track the International Space Station and other satellites
Make an eclipse viewer

CHAPTER 5 - SURVIVE IN THE WILD
Avoid getting lost - make a sun compass, a magnetic compass and learn to navigate using a watch
Navigate by the Sun and the stars
Find the North Star and the Southern Cross in the night sky
Use a compass to fix your position on a map
Navigate on water using landmarks
Survive in bear country
Wrestle an alligator
Fend off a shark
Distract wasps; repel mosquitoes etc
Bee/wasp sting; mosquito bite
Deal with a snake bite
Get out of a quicksand
Use your trousers to stay afloat
Cross a swamp
Build a raft
Survive an avalanche, climb out of an ice hole, dig a snow cave and treat hypothermia. Brrr!
How to make a cozy igloo
Make simple shelters - wherever you find yourself
How to put up and get in a hammock (and stay there)
How to drink from a cactus
Finding water in the desert
Basic first aid - treating burns, cuts, sunstroke, etc.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
Fish for dinner? Techniques for catching a fish with a hook and bait, trolling for mackerel and tickling trout
How to light a campfire and then cook on it
Tying useful knots
How to use a lasso
How to explore and leave no trace
Imitate an owl call, a mouse squeak, and other animal noises

CHAPTER 6 - GET SPORTY
How to warm-up and keep fit - basic exercises, how to do them and why
Tricks with balls
Throwing techniques, and how to bowl baseball and spin-bowl a cricket ball Deliver a killer tennis serve
How to slam dunk
Spin a basketball on your finger
Four impressive football skills
Score a soccer penalty every time
Throw an accurate frisbee
Skim a stone on water
Walk the dog with a yo-yo
Do an Ollie and other skateboard tricks
Brush up your bike and fix a puncture
BMX bike tricks (BMX)
How to swim and dive without a splash
Snorkeling
Life-saving
How to surf - the basic techniques
Sailing a boat - and making your way back
How to row a boat and paddle a canoe
Climb up a mountain using ropes...and abseil down
How to snowboard
How to Ice-skate
Indoor games - how to win at arm-wrestling and thumb-wrestling
How to play marbles and jacks
Classic board games - basic rules of chess, draughts, and backgammon
Classic card games - six games to play with a pack of cards

Endmatter
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

ISBN: 9780756668815 Pages: 192
Size: 215.9 x 276.225mm Age: From 10 To 17 years

Description

Reviews

Knowledge comes in all shapes and sizes, and How To Do Everything celebrates it in all its vastness and variety. The reader will learn not only how to make a barometer, but why barometers matter, and how to use them to forecast weather.

Readers will be provided with clear step-by-step instructions on everything from hacking their gadgets and toys, to making clouds in bottles, and creating music from the most surprising of everyday objects. There is something
here for the hobbyist, the amateur, or just the fantastically curious.

Because of the range of activities in this book, it will appeal not only to children but to the whole family. The educational value of How To Do Everything is well hidden behind its simple approach. Practical applications of reference subjects from physics and chemistry to natural history and the arts will lure even the most reluctant learner to discover amazing things about the world around them.

There is much discussion today on the need for children to learn how to think, how to create, and how to work not only independently, but in groups. This lively and engaging book through its clarity, levity, and well-researched information will keep readers of all ages busy learning, making, creating, hacking, thinking, and doing for a very long time.
How To Do Everything is divided into six sections: Making, Doing, Thinking, Exploring, Playing, and Hacking. Each section will be colour-coded and there will be a cross-referencing device which will enable the reader to go from one activity to another in an informed yet organic way. Each section will have a gallery spread to alter the pace and to give the reader extra information on subjects ranging from butterflies to knots.

CHAPTER 1 - AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
Juggle like a pro
Cool string games and rope tricks
Mind-boggling magic
Math genius - baffling number tricks (super-fast addition, guessing the number, fun with a calculator)
Create shadow puppets
Make sound effects
How to make a whistle and other homemade musical instruments
Learn some basic piano chords and to play a tune
Basic guitar chords to start you strumming
Pick up some moves to impress on the dance floor
Moonwalk like Michael Jackson
Have fun with astrology
Fortune-telling and palm-reading
Amazing and impossible optical illusions
Find your blind spot
Mind over body - body illusions that reveal how the body doesn't always do what it's told
International communicator - how to greet people all over the world,

CHAPTER 2 - FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Speedy snacks - six delicious and healthy things to make when your tummy's rumbling
Four mouth-watering ways to stack a burger
Make a club sandwich and other classic fillings
Choose your pasta - a gallery of pasta shapes plus some simple sauces
Top a pizza - how to make the dough and six different ways to finish it off
How make and flip a pancake, plus sweet and savory ways to fill it
Cookies that melt in your mouth - no need to say more...
All about eggs - boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, or make a tasty omelette
Bake a special cake - a stunning cake to make for a celebration
Sweet treats - chocolates, fudge, and other things to make for gifts or just because you're greedy
Delicious drinks - the ultimate hot chocolate, whip up a smoothie, and cocktails for kids
Eating techniques - how to use chopsticks, eat spaghetti, and avoid other international food faux pas
Grow your own food - yummy things to grow with or without a garden

CHAPTER 3 - GET CREATIVE
Fun with paper - incredible airplanes, neat boxes, and boomerangs
Origami - four works of art made simply by folding paper
Papier mache projects, from piñatas to masks
Weave a friendship bracelet
Basic knitting stitches and instructions for making a groovy scarf and a mobile phone sockie
Tie-die a groovy T-shirt
Die using batik techniques
Balloon twisting - how to survive making balloon dogs, swords, swans
Carve a ghoulish Halloween pumpkin
Egg-citing designs for Easter gifts
Printing projects using , potato print or similar
Make and use a quill pen, and
Weave a colorful basket from magazines and other cool recycling makes
Make and fly a kite
Three ways to launch a rocket, using water, air, and elastic bands
Clever photography - techniques for hilarious photo tricks
Let there be light - make a tic-tac torch
Fun things to make with LEDs

CHAPTER 4 - EXPLORE THE WORLD
Set up an aquarium/terrarium
Watch tadpoles become frogs
Hatch butterflies from caterpillars in the kitchen
Catch a bug/spider (indoors)
Attract moths with socks (?) or build a moth "trap"
Build a compost heap - mainly for recycling but also wildlife
Set up a wormery
Set up an ant farm
Put up a bird feeding station
Make a hummingbird feeder
Put up a bat roosting box
Put up a bird nesting box
Grow a pip or three
Re-pot a plant
Plant a tree (bare-root; containerized)
Pan for gold
Try water divining
Hunt for fossils (and meteorites)
Make brilliant bubbles
Make a windsock or weathervane
Make a rain gauge
Monitor storms - and work out how far away they are
Do some cloud spotting - cloud gallery
Work out your carbon footprint - and how you can reduce it
Grow glittering crystals
Try the Mentos and coke trick
Make a miniature "volcano"
Make a battery from a lemon/potato
Make a microscope from a water drop
Make a simple water clock
Make an electromagnet
Make a hot-air balloon
Look at the Moon
Check out some planets
Track the International Space Station and other satellites
Make an eclipse viewer

CHAPTER 5 - SURVIVE IN THE WILD
Avoid getting lost - make a sun compass, a magnetic compass and learn to navigate using a watch
Navigate by the Sun and the stars
Find the North Star and the Southern Cross in the night sky
Use a compass to fix your position on a map
Navigate on water using landmarks
Survive in bear country
Wrestle an alligator
Fend off a shark
Distract wasps; repel mosquitoes etc
Bee/wasp sting; mosquito bite
Deal with a snake bite
Get out of a quicksand
Use your trousers to stay afloat
Cross a swamp
Build a raft
Survive an avalanche, climb out of an ice hole, dig a snow cave and treat hypothermia. Brrr!
How to make a cozy igloo
Make simple shelters - wherever you find yourself
How to put up and get in a hammock (and stay there)
How to drink from a cactus
Finding water in the desert
Basic first aid - treating burns, cuts, sunstroke, etc.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
Fish for dinner? Techniques for catching a fish with a hook and bait, trolling for mackerel and tickling trout
How to light a campfire and then cook on it
Tying useful knots
How to use a lasso
How to explore and leave no trace
Imitate an owl call, a mouse squeak, and other animal noises

CHAPTER 6 - GET SPORTY
How to warm-up and keep fit - basic exercises, how to do them and why
Tricks with balls
Throwing techniques, and how to bowl baseball and spin-bowl a cricket ball Deliver a killer tennis serve
How to slam dunk
Spin a basketball on your finger
Four impressive football skills
Score a soccer penalty every time
Throw an accurate frisbee
Skim a stone on water
Walk the dog with a yo-yo
Do an Ollie and other skateboard tricks
Brush up your bike and fix a puncture
BMX bike tricks (BMX)
How to swim and dive without a splash
Snorkeling
Life-saving
How to surf - the basic techniques
Sailing a boat - and making your way back
How to row a boat and paddle a canoe
Climb up a mountain using ropes...and abseil down
How to snowboard
How to Ice-skate
Indoor games - how to win at arm-wrestling and thumb-wrestling
How to play marbles and jacks
Classic board games - basic rules of chess, draughts, and backgammon
Classic card games - six games to play with a pack of cards

Endmatter
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

ISBN: 9780756668815 Pages: 192
Size: 215.9 x 276.225mm From 10 To 17 years

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