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100s of fantastic projects to make with or for your kids, to suit all skills and all illustrated with our famous beautiful instructions
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Wizardry and Magic
The Dragonry
Make Toys from Junk See this Favourite Project
Craft Projects See this Favourite Project
Fabulous Paper Planes See this Favourite Project
Origami Paper Shirts See this Favourite Project
The Funkiest Pom Poms See this Favourite Project
MicroBooks See this Favourite Project
Handmade Envelopes See this Favourite Project
Advanced Models See this Favourite Project
Your Models See this Favourite Project
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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.
The most fabulous and original making treats in store for you
Dragonolia Shop 1929

Visit our newest section, The Dragonry, and read extracts from the life story of Kaptin Scarlet, the bold adventurer and dragon hunter, as you easily recreate some of the most gorgeous models that will bring your dragonís world alive.
. . . Of course, everyone knows that by the 1920s there was a Dragonry in almost every big city, but the days of shops like the one shown in this rare picture were already numbered, as the supply of dragon materials dried up with first the protection and then the inevitable extinction of these strange and beautiful beasts.
. . . Now there are no dragonries left on the high street, but don't worry, we are keeping the myth of the dragon alive with some absolutely beautiful projects specially designed for you, in our very own online Dragonry (details here).

make your own harry potter wand
Dadcandoís wonderful Making Section is crammed full of delightful craft and making projects designed to be easy to make and give fantastic results. Whether youíre a beginner or a bit more experienced, there will be something here for you. make your own envelopesLike hundreds of thousands of people you could make our world famous Wizardís Wand, just like the ones used in the Harry Potter films, or see how easy it is to bind and cover your own moleskin notebook using an old pair of jeans, shaun the sheep pompom styleor just fold up one of our cool looking paper planes. New projects are being added every week, and we make sure that theyíre always original and fun. Have a look at our funky pompoms, theyíre unlike any pompom you have ever seen, and you donít even need wool to make a pompom, the Spooky Flowers and Giant Black Widow Spider projects show you how to make a great looking pompom with just a plastic bag. And even if you don't know your scalpel from your X-Acto or your glue gun from your glue stick, dadcando is here to help. Our Useful Stuff You'll Need section gives you the heads-up on the few simple supplies you might need to make your models just perfect, and give you the confidence to know exactly what you need from your nearest craft store or on-line, armed with a few facts about what is best to get.

Making stuff from Junk is a great way to recycle
Many of the projects on dadcando are designed to use things that you would normally throw away. foamboard tardis animatedThe Making Toys From Junk, Wizardry and Magic and the Advanced Models sections have plenty of projects where almost the only materials youíll need are taken from things recycle logothat you would have normally just thrown away. How to make everything from Spaceships made from shower gel bottles to Microcans for dolls houses made from old felt pen lids is graphically explained.

Getting the most from your craft time
At dadcando we are passionate about making things fun and inventive. Thatís why youíll find that all our projects incorporate an inventive angle and something to set you and your childrenís imagination alive. To get started, you can just download our origami shirts and fold it up, but then, once you have done that you can make up one of our blanks and then design and colour in your own one and see how creative you can be. Because the lives of our children are so hectic these days, we have made the projects quick to do, and quick to get great results. With a bit of practice really cool things can be made in well under an hour, which means when the kids say...design and colour in your own shirt "Iím bored, what can I do?" you know that dadcando will provide a quick fix. Sit down with them and make something with them for an hour and then theyíll want to play with what theyíve made for the rest of the afternoon.

Register with dadcando for loads of great benefits
You have to register with dadcando to download. Of course, registration is easy, and when you have registered as well as being able to download any project you like, youíll get loads of other benefits as well.
. . . As soon as you are a member you get your very own dadcando MY PAGE, then, whenever you download a project a little picture of that project is automatically stored on your MY PAGE. As a member you can:
  • Favourite any project
    and the ones that you favourite are shown in your own personal project menu

  • Post pictures
    of the projects that you make from dadcando instructions

  • Leave and receive comments
    about projects and yours and other memberís models

  • Chat with other members
    about their projects and select them as your friends

  • Stand a chance of winning a pack of our brilliant new game, Plop Trumps
    just by uploading pictures of the things that you make

Win Prizes for making stuff and posting pictures of it on dadcando
Homer's DohNut made from a carrier bag We love to see what youíve made. So once youíve made something, why not up load pictures of it on to your MY PAGE, itís really easy. Then not only do you get to see your beautiful models up online but your friends can see them and you can inspire other dads, and children (and loads of mums too) all over the world. As well as that, just by uploading pictures of the things you made, you are also automatically entered in our weekly competition to win a pack of our pootastic new card game, Plop Trumps. Each week the competition starts again, so if you donít win this time, then thereís always a new model and next week.
. . . Whether you win or not, when you up load a picture of any project you have finished, your picture will be are automatically shown at the bottom of that project, for everyone to see when they browse through the site.

Do you think you have an idea for a project?
Mama Bryna's hair tieDo you think that you have an idea for an original project that would be nice to see on dadcando? If you do, weíd love to hear about it. Tell us about it and if we think itís the sort of thing dadcando members would like to make, then weíll make it in to a real project and credit you as the designer and inventor. Youíll have to make the project and photograph each step so that it can be drawn up and turned into a proper dadcando download, or you can even draw up the steps yourself. Itís fun to see your work published. Check out Mama Brynaís Hair Tie to see an example of a project designed by one of our members.

So what are you waiting for, itís time to get downloading and get making.

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Making stuff is fun!
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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
in you.

paper airplanes printables Powerful stuff
when combined with the practical
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.

Happy making!

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