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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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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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Funky pompom turtleDadcando has some truly amazing funky pompom projects, and making a pompom couldn't be easier or more instantly rewarding. You don't even have to have wool, you can make a pompom from any lightweight plastic bag, bin-liner or sandwich bag.
snadwich bag pompom

This tiny little pompom was made from a transparent blue plastic sandwich bag. Perfect for making little pompom creatures to decorate the top of your pens and pencils.

step 1 of how to make a pompom, cut the discs

All you need is a piece of cardboard, which you cut into two same sized rings. step 2 of how to make a pompom, thread wool bundles

You bundle up some wool into 2m lengths and thread them through the rings about 8 at a time (or a plastic bag). step 3 of how to make a pompom, keep threading the bundles
Keep threading the wool through the ring until you can't fit any more through.

step 4 of how to make a pompom, cut the wool round the edge

Push the tip of a pair of scissors into the wool and between the discs inside and cut round the rim. step 5 of how to make a pompom, tie off the wool

Tie a few lengths of wool round the pompom bundle between the cardboard discs and then remove the discs by slipping them off the wool or cutting them.

step 6 of how to make a pompom, the finished pompom That's it. It couldn't be much simpler, but it is only the start. Both boys and girls love making pompoms and dadcando's projects have easy to follow instructions and the beautifully designed printed image patterns will make sure that your pompom looks fabulous as well as being something really wacky and memorable, and theyíre all so quick and easy to do.

So, beg or borrow a ball of wool off someone to get you going, or visit your local fabric shop and buy a ball or two. There are some crazy wools out there, have a look at the wonderful pompom William designed in Your Models, using a fun multicoloured wool. I guarantee once you start making pompoms with your kids, they won't want to stop.
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