- Young Adult Nonfiction
- The Kidult Handbook: From Blanket Forts to Capture the Flag, a Grownup's Guide to Playing Like a Kid
The Kidult Handbook: From Blanket Forts to Capture the Flag, a Grownup's Guide to Playing Like a Kid
“Kidulting” is a thing, and it’s growing! Especially popular among millennials, the term “kidulting” refers to engaging in activities from your childhood, sometimes with a grown-up twist. Psychology Today points out that playing like a kid helps you look at the world with fresh eyes—or “beginner’s mind”—which allows you to slow down and focus.
The Kidult Handbook is a fun and informative guide to healthy escapism through play. Much like adult coloring books, kidulting is a way of focusing your mind on something fun and creative to relieve stress. But this book goes way beyond just coloring—it includes 160 ideas for fun, from timeless classics like building blanket and pillow forts, to generation-specific ideas, from millennials to boomers. Interspersed throughout are fun facts and trivia about games through the ages. Most activities are unplugged and screen-free, and range from solitary pursuits to ones you can share with a friend or two. Feeling young again has never been so easy!
I really liked the pop trivia on some activities that included fun facts. For example, the oldest operating roller coaster in the US was built in 1902 and is located in Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA. There's advice to make activities better under the Pro Tips and ways to make some activities fun for everyone.
Not only does this book take me back to my childhood, but it also gives me ways to connect with my daughter. It gives me plenty of ideas to bring fun back into day-to-day life. We get stuck in a rut by running out of ideas, so THE KIDULT HANDBOOK came at a good time. I also like how it reminds us how much fun we can have without technology always playing a part.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to adults who are looking for things to take them back to their childhood or who are trying to find a way to connect with their child. I would also recommend it to teens who are bored and it could be a welcomed break from technology.