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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.


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Always use the right knife for the job

stanley knife and craft knife

Use scissors when you can because they are much safer, however, there comes a time when you have to use a knife to cut something out. We are assuming that you know how to use a knife carefully. Most model makers have a few "battle scars" from slips made with very sharp knives when rushing, tired or not paying attention. However, if you are careful, cutting something out with the right knife will give you a very good finish.
. . . Craft knives come in a wide range of different shapes and sizes, but the most useful and easiest to use are the two pictured here. For jobs that donít require fine detail and are too tough for a scalpel, the utility or box cutter knife (commonly known as a Stanley knife after the company that first manufactured it in volume) is very handy. The smaller craft knife, which has a long blade that can be snapped off at intervals to keep it sharp, is also useful, but if you have a Stanley knife and a scalpel (or x-acto), then you have most things covered. The design of most craft knives, allows the blade to be retractable for safe storage. Even so these pieces of equipment should always be stored somewhere out of reach of, or out of bounds to, your children.

Safety first
warning triangle on whiteSharp knives should never be used by children, and you should be careful when using them. You can teach your kids a great deal about responsible use of equipment and having the appropriate amount of respect for risk, by example when you use any knife to cut out something for them.
. . . A Stanley knife will make short work of most forms of packaging and the vase project was made from start to finish in about 20 minutes just by slicing up a couple of empty plastic bottles.



When planning what to cut and what shape to cut out for your model, itís best to draw on the surface using a thin permanent marker so that you can make a neat cut in the right place. When cutting round a bottle, to make a straight cut, hold with the end to be cut in the palm the hand you write with while holding the marker. Hold the marker still against the bottle where you want to cut and draw round the bottle by revolving it without moving the pen. That was you will get a nice horizontal line. Take care when cutting the necks of bottles, these are the thickest parts and are often impossible to cut with any knife. The best way to cut through the neck of a plastic bottle is with a junior hacksaw. Using a junior hacksaw is fun and safe for kids because of the small saw teeth, and teaches them how to use a saw.

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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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Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, theyíll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ĎDad - can we make something?í Unless you follow a ready made project plan, working out what you are going to make is sometimes the hardest part of the project, and if you donít know what you are making at the start, you invariably end up with an unrewarding mess at the end.

At the planning stage, you are governed by four things: The available materials, your tools, your and your kid's ability and the time you have. advanced making post-it note The good news is that there are making projects to fit any mix of abilities and facilities. Your materials will be a mixture of junk lying around the house, and the odd bit of some special stuff that you can buy very cheaply. The equipment that you need can almost be limited to a glue gun, some spray paint and a permanent maker. That just leaves your skill level, and to be frank, you donít need much to make a nice model or toy with your kids that they will love.

When you have decided what you want to make, the first thing to do is get yourself some reference. Search the web and have a look at pictures of the real version of what your kids want to make. Print some off to guide you. home made Ratchet and Clank ray gun

This ray Gun was based on a weapon in one of my childrenís favourite games console games, Ratchet and Clank.

Once you have your reference pictures, have a look at what materials you have. Old plastic bottles, boxes, and bits of card are the obvious ones, but get creative. Think of all the things you have in the attic, shed or garden. An old plastic football, a bit of garden hose, a toothbrush, or a piece of aluminium grille are all great starting points for a neat project.

The great thing about making something from a console game is that it gets the kids off the game and into some really imaginative play, running round the house or garden, while still feeding into the world of their game.

advanced making TARDIS door sign If you can, use the computer design and print out label and graphics that will enhance your model. Dadcando's TARDIS project is really finished off by printouts of the Police Phone Call Box sign, and the smaller door sign, and on this project, we have already drawn up and laid them out to make the job really easy.

But you might need something more than just junk, if you are going to make really realistic models. Foam Board is a superb model making material, which will enable you to make just about anything which has a box like shape. The TARDIS and K9 were both made almost entirely from Foam Board. For things that have curves, where no plastic packaging is suitable, youíll have to resort to Polymorph, papier mache, or Plaster of Paris bandage.
advanced plaster of Paris bandage roll To use Plaster of Paris bandage, simply cut it into 300mm (1 foot) long sections off the roll and pull through a saucer of water. Itís very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. Itís great for scenery, very satisfying to use and easy to paint with water based paints when it is dry.

advanced LED usage To add the finishing touches to an advanced model, nothing works better than a bit of light. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brilliant for this. They are low power, low current drain (meaning that they last a long time on the same battery), they can be very bright and are small, so they can be put almost anywhere in a model or homemade toy. You can find out more about LEDs in the Useful Stuff You Need section on dadcando.com.

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