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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.
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A very quick way to let your kids personalise your models giving them detail and character

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Surface decoration really makes a difference to the look of your models. You can paint them with emulsion or spray, but a very quick way to finish them off is by drawing on them with a permanent marker.
. . . Permanent markers write on anything, permanently, so be careful with your clothes. warning triangle on whiteThe best one to have for most uses is the bullet point type, like the medium one shown here, although it is useful to have a thinner one, the type of marker that is used to write on CDs or overhead projector film is ideal. And of course, because you want things to be fun, why not get a huge jumbo marker, they're not expensive and the kids are always have fun colouring in using such a big pen and such a lot of black ink! They come in a very basic range of colours, and are perfect for adding names and little details to models that you have sprayed or painted over all one colour. Always write something on your models, it is an important finishing step. Let your kids name the model and or think up and design imaginary organisations and logos. If the model needs a number, then why not use a number special to them, their age or their favourite number. Play is all about buying in to the fantasy and these finishing touches and little personalisations, add a huge amount of playability to any homemade model. Don't forget that permanent markers now come in gold and sliver and that they can be used to colour over a whole range of cardboards and plastics to give a good, bright, metallic finish, instantly.
. . . Before you actually put pen to model, first type what you want to write on your model, on your computer at about the right size, in a type font that you like or is particularly suitable, i.e. the NASA font for spaceships, or a stencil font for hardware, for example. Then using it as reference, copy the text onto the model using the marker. Or look for reference images of real versions of your model and copy their sponsorship and logos on to your model, youíll be surprised at the difference a few carefully placed graphics will make to your model.
. . . This floating canoe only took about 30 minutes to make. Itís not painted, but it is completely transformed by the name drawn on to it.


All the time we were making this, my son was itching to put the name on it. He came up with name, Waterdart 2006, even before we started making the model.



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We can't wait to see the pictures of what youíve made. Kids love it when the things you made together are published, so go on upload a picture of what you made. It's easy, just go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and we'll put one of them right here in the project picture gallery.

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This is your guide on how to easily make your models look great using a few simple tools and supplies. If you get the right glue and paint, then you can make a fabulous model out of more or less anything. tube of acrylic paint Here are few tips about getting the right stuff, so that you wonít be wasting your time waiting for rubbish glue to dry or paint that doesnít bullet point permanent markercover the surface properly. One of the things that frustrated me as a child was the rubbish stuff we kids had to use when doing any kind of craft work.

Professionals and art studios use a whole range of proper graphic products: Performance glues (hot melt glues, double sided sticky tape, and Spray Mount), really sharp knives (scalpels), dense (permanent markers and lightweight but stiff mounting boards, (foamboard) that are now all available cheaply on the web or every in DIY shops, Red LEDand all make it possible to make more or less anything and make it look superb. So really there is no reason to waste the valuable time you spend with your kids trying to make things using feeble glues that take forever to dry, felt pens that rub off on your hands, or useless cardboard that doesnít fold right. Get a few nice bits and pieces and make your place an Aladdinís Cave of wonderful making and doing things.

spray mount canThe idea of making things with or for your kids is that you work on these projects together. For some of the more complex ones you will be doing most of the work, but as long as they are participating then they are learning and getting confidence from seeing how to solve problems and follow a plan. Some of the projects especially the paper folding and maybe even the easier pompom ones are suitable for children to tackle on their own, but whatever their skill level they should never be left alone with potentially dangerous equipment.

Craft knives and scalpels are very sharp and should never be used by a child, or left unattended where children are making stuff.

Glue guns get very hot and the melted glue is not only very hot but also very sticky. Children should not be allowed to use a glue gun unsupervised and if they are using it under supervision they need to be shown which bits get hot and learn how to use the glue without getting the hot melt glue on their fingers. safety warning symbol If a burn occurs get the glue off the finger as quickly as possible and run under cold water for at least five minutes. Turn your glue gun off after using it and put it to the back of the work surface out of reach, while it cools down. Make sure the wire isnít trailing anywhere that might get tripped over. (All sounds like common sense, but we have had every type of minor accident!)

Superglue (cynoacrylate) sticks skin together permanently. In the hands of adults this feature can be tricky, in the hands of children superglue is downright dangerous and children should never be allowed to use it under any circumstances.

Permanent markers are just that; permanent, and will mark clothes, permanently, best to wear old clothes or an apron when doing painting and using permanent markers. They also mark table tops and carpet rather nicely and will bleed through one layer of normal paper to mark a table top underneath, so always put down another sheet of paper under your work, if using a marker to draw on paper.


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