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Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


Research has shown how important YOU are to your children and how as a dad the things you do, and keep on doing, really count, whether you live with them, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters. This site is dedicated to all dads but will be of special relevance to the single dad. Remember, you are half the reason your children exist and they need you whether you live with them or not. As their dad, you have what it takes to make their lives successful and fulfilling no matter how often you see them. This site is about all the positive things that we as parents have to offer our children.
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A fabulous material for making structural models very quickly, it's lightweight and it bends and cuts beautifully

foamboard sheets Also called Poly-Board or Foamcore, Foamboard is a wonderful lightweight but rigid cardboard 3mm to 5mm thick made from sandwiching a layer of Styrofoam between two sheets of high quality faced thin card. Itís so easy to cut and fold to give nice clean professional looking bends (see explanation below).
. . . The glue gun works a treat on it so using the glue gun and some Foamboard you can quickly knock together some impressive models. The TARDIS (Advanced Models) is made from Foam Board.
. . . Foamboard is interesting from a kidís point of view, because it is lightweight, yet stiff. It is a very rewarding material to use, because the finished models look and are robust and the excellent surface will take a range of paint finishes from markers to emulsion to spray paint. Great for creating something special for homework or to take into school.
. . . The most useful board to go for is probably 5mm thick, A2 size, as this size will cover you for mostly every project.
foamboard folding

To bend Foamboard, cut a vee shaped groove in one side being careful not to cut all the way through and fold. If you want a really strong fold, run a line of glue gun glue along the bottom of the vee shaped groove before bending into shape.
. . . Ofcourse you shouldn't write off other types of board. We are bombarded with packaging these days and they are generally made of a wide range of engineering quality materials. The sides of plastic washing power bottles are thin sheets of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Fruit juice cartons are usually waxed or PE coated and foil lined (cut one open and look inside) medium weight card. These materials look great when used on a model. For flexible sheets (small) try cutting open a old tooth past tube. Many toothpaste tubes as multilayer barrier plastics with a foil lining; magic stuff for putting the finishing touches to a range of great models.



Different types of cardboard easily available

range of cardboard sheets


  1. thin, lightweight card from breakfast cereal packaging or craft shop, useful for small models and surface finishing touches. Bends and cut easily with scissors.


  2. Thick pulp board, the sort you find on the back of a sketching pad. Good strength, poor at bending and difficult to cut. You will need a craft knife and will need to be very careful when cutting.


  3. Corrugated or fluted packing board. Readily available at your local supermarket, where they throw away tonnes of cardboard boxes. Can be strong, good bend one way (along the flutes), reasonably easy to cut using knife or strong scissors. Glues well with glue gun.


  4. Medium thickness foamboard. Reasonably expensive at about £3 (do proper web search for cheapest and buy on line). Needs sharp knives for cutting but cuts and folds very nicely. Glue gun works well on foamboard. Difficult to get radius bends.


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I have yet to meet a child (or in fact an adult) who didn't enjoy some form of creativity. Everyone is born with an innate desire to invent, create and make things, that's why humans have been so successful. Children are the most creative individuals you can ever hope to meet, with wonderfully flexible minds and amazing powers of imagination.

print, fold, keep making things out of paper

Children make stories and invent games and play for hours from the most basic starting points. If a piece of paper can be an areoplane, then a scrumpled piece of paper can be a crash-landed airplane. As their dad, you are in a unique position to help develop your children's creativity and problem solving abilities using the ever resourceful child
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skills you have learned and mastered as an adult. Dadcando.com has loads of exciting making and doing projects. For some youíll only need five minutes, with others, whole afternoons will dissolve away. Some of the projects need only a piece of paper, while for others you will need some old packaging junk and some basic making equipment. Some projects are easy whereas others will help you and your children develop more advanced scratch building skills.

The Project instructions on dadcando are high quality, and whichever projects you download, youíll find that all the Project Instructions have been carefully designed to be very clear, and for the most part very cheap to make because the bits you need to make the model cost nothing or are free bits of rubbish that you would normally throw away!

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Youíll find that not only are all our projects completely original, but they are all designed to be fun and relevant to kids. The projects have been designed with you in mind. Quick easy with really satifying results, so that even if time is short you can get the most out of the time you have together. Making and doing with your kids is about giving your children the most valuable thing you can give them, your time. Our Making projects are about solving problems together and having something at the end to keep and play with. Anything you make with your children will be very special to them because you spent the time together making it and they have something to keep that they can be proud of.

Make a Funky pompom Most of the instructions come with printer patterns to make sure that all the things you make look as good as possible. Print them out at A4 or US Letter size on an ink jet or laser printer. Depending on the speed of your connection, some of them may take a little longer to download (although none of them are much bigger than a megabyte, and most are much smaller). This is because we only want you to use downloads of the highest quality, so we think that the wait (if there is any) will be worth it.

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MicroCards are miniature playing cards that can be printed out on one sheet of paper. Just cut them out and play on the go!

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