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Cautionary Tales For Children
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.
Hubble Space Telescope
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Make your own model satellite, just like the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space telescope made from junk

For thousands of years humans have gazed up into the velvety blanket of the night sky in wonder. There are countless trillions of billions of stars in the universe, but we can only see a maximum of 2,500 of the brightest ones with the naked eye (from any given spot on earth). Galileo Galilei was the first person known to have looked at the stars and planets through a telescope. His discovery that Jupiter had moons of its own lead him to conclude that the Earth was not at the centre of the universe, but merely a planet orbiting the sun just like the other planets in our solar system.
. . . The trouble with looking at stars from the earth is that you have to look through the thick, warm and slightly wobbly atmosphere, and that cuts down the amount of detail you can see. It's because of this, that the best telescopes are situated on top of mountains where the air is thinner and there is less of it to look through.
. . . In the early 1920s scientists realised that a space based telescope would not suffer from the problem of having to look through the atmosphere and so would allow the study the universe in much greater detail. However, it wasn't until the 1970's that the human race had both the resources and the technology to send a telescope up into space; and after 20 years of development, the Hubble Space telescope was launched in 1990.
home-made space telescope

As a joint effrot between the European Space Agency (ESA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Hubble Space Telescope is an impressive piece of kit. Designed to be serviced by astronauts while in space, it has been visited by Shuttle crews five times. It's roughly the size of a small truck and weighing in at just over 11 tonnes, it's good to know that it is about 350 miles (560km) above our heads, as it whizzes round the world once every 97 minutes at an amazing 17,000mph (27,000kph).

home-made satellite from toilet paper tubes

However, all these facts pale in to utter insignificance compared with what the Hubble Space telescope has helped us see. In 1995 the Hubble stared deep into space for ten days and built up an image of what it could see stretching right to the edge of the visible universe. The image it showed us is mind blowing. In an area of sky that is only the size of the eye of a needle held at arm's length, the Hubble imaged at least 1,500 galaxies. Given that each galaxy has around 500 billion stars in it, in just that one tiny portion of the night sky, the Hubble was looking at a mind bogging 750 trillion stars. Now with that thought running through your head, go and make a model of the Hubble Space Telescope just to remind yourself how amazing the universe really is.

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Make toys from junk
cordless glue gun
You can make the most incredible toys using just about any old junk. Kids love things to be quick, so get busy with a glue gun with its instant, incredible sticking power and the ability to glue almost anything to anything. Suddenly an old detergent bottle has so many exciting possibilities. cordless glue gun Combine that with a can of quick drying spray paint and a permanent marker, and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to be, well, a rocket scientist, or an engineer, or a magician. The toys you can make from junk are amazing and the most fun to play with and you’ll find you can add engineer and magician to your growing list of titles. Simple, easy to follow downloadable instructions and graphic printer sheets will help you and


your kids make the most fantastic looking models. This canoe was made out of two shampoo bottles and really floats; great
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All our downloads
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couldn't be easier to follow, with projects from the simplest to the most advanced, all explained in beautiful pictorial detail. The instructions are all original and like nothing else you'll find on the web. What’s more, we've made them all and had a lot of fun making them, so even before you start, you'll know it can be done. On dadcando you’ll find projects for every skill level, and my kids have play tested every model, so we know they work in the playability department as well.

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In fact, it must be said, often they have more play value than expensive shop bought toys.. Don't worry if you don't have exactly the same junk as us, making things from junk is not an exact science; let your creativity and problem solving skills show through. When making from junk there are no rules. Start collecting empty packaging right now and within a week or two you'll have enough to build your first model from Junk.

Making stuff from junk is a great way to recycle your rubbish, and very soon, just like your children, when you see an empty ice cream carton, a wire coat hanger, or a used Tetrapak you won't see rubbish, you'll see a rocket port, a ship, or a dog kennel.

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