Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred – A Book Review for the Boys

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As my 6 year old son is just starting to lose interest in crafty projects, I was looking for more exciting big boy projects. My husband is an electrical engineer by trade and prides himself at being a geek at times. I like the geeky side of him, the smart side that teaches my kids all about science. He’s able to teach and entertain at the same time. One of the reasons that I married him is because I knew he would be a good dad. Ok, enough mushiness. I came across the book, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred and knew it was the perfect project book for Elijah and Daddy.

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred Book Review

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a book packed full of fun projects, crafts, and all things geeky. What I like about this book is that it comes with simple, easy to understand instructions and the crafts are cheap. One thing I’ve learned about crafts is that they can end up costing a lot of money after buying all the materials. This book uses items often found in your junk drawer or garage.

picture of Snip Burn Solder Shred is geeky stuff to make with kids
Snip Burn Solder Shred is geeky stuff to make with kids

The first section of the book is dedicated to kids. These are fun projects that you can do as a family or one-on-one with your child. For the kids projects, you could make a Treasure Chest, a Switchbox, Sock Squid, PVC Teepee, Mesh Screen Printing, Pirate Dicing Game, Tickle Jolt Box, and small Go/Tafl Game. Don’t all those activities sound perfect for boys?! Way better than bead necklace making! We gotta let our boys be boys, Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred encourages it! (Of course girls will enjoy this book too!)

The next section is all about music and sound. You’ll learn how to make a $10 Electric Guitar, XRay Talking Drum, Thunderdrum, an Amp, Stomp Boxes, and more. The last section is focused on everything that flies, Cardboard Boomerangs, Pop Can Flyer, Water Rocket, Robot, FedEx Kites, and the ever-exciting Marshmallow Muzzleloader.

Check out this video on a simple project on how to make a Water Rocket, any kid would be amazed by this!


If you have a growing boy and still want to connect and bond with him, get the Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred book and have fun! This is a fun book for a rainy day or weekend project. It is not only a fun and bonding time but an educational time as well.

Buy Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

You can buy Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred on the No Starch Press website for $24.95. Also available on

Win Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (3 Giveaways) (Closed)

No Starch Press is offering 3 winners their own Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred book.

Updated: 3/31/11 Winners Announced: Pat, Deb, and Heather M

30 Day winning rule does not apply to this contest. For complete contest rules, please see our Contest Statement and Blog Disclosure.

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on March 27, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 24 hours to respond!

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to No Starch who provided the products for review & giveaway.

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130 thoughts on “Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred – A Book Review for the Boys

  1. Mary Gardner says:

    I “liked” Elijah’s Artwork photo & “liked” the Kidorable page as mary gardner

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  2. Jason says:

    Another thing I liked on the site is Getting Started With LEGO Trains


  3. Kowanda says:

    I commented on the radient flooring post in the House Remodle post #1
    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

  4. Pingback: 3/12/2011: Giveaways Added Today | A Life In Space

  5. sheila says:

    I love your website. I would love to win this for my son. He is quite the DIY man. He even had Bob Villa’s autograph. I like you on facebook, and twitter.

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