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Floating Submarine
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A very easy and quick way to make a great bath toy that really floats

juice bottle submarine


I think if you want a beginning, this is it. One evening as bath time approached there appeared to be a distinct lack of new and exciting bath toys.
. . . "Dad, can you make something for us to play with in the bath? Something that's really cool and really works?"
. . . I rescued an empty cordial bottle from a one way trip to the bin and armed with that, an empty trigger spray bathroom cleaner bottle, a glue gun and a can of grey undercoat I found lurking in the shed, we started to make our first model. How hard can it be? I thought... Well actually not that hard at all, in fact really easy actually. About half an hour later and just in time for the bath, we were putting the last finishing touches to what was going to be the start of a long line of junk made models and hundreds of hours playing with my children, devising plans, getting to understand how they think and realising their inventions and dreams in 3d. And of course, it was the beginning of something that turned into dadcando.
. . . That first submarine has lasted years, and is still knocking about and getting the occasional bath time outing. After all the engineering plastics used for packaging are so way over specification, that things made from them will most likely outlast me!
. . . So now you can do it too, because this project is a really easy place to start. This sub looks the part and really floats because it’s partially filled with stones, sand or gravel from the garden. (I dried it out in the oven quickly this sterilises it and stops it going moldy. Getting the submarine to float properly was easy, but it demonstrates one of the key tricks to making successful models that get played with over and over. Think back to what it was like for you as a child, what things were important in your toys? Why were some toys better than others? For me, a submarine would have been no good in the bath unless it had floated half under the water, and floated upright.


Safety first
warning triangle on whiteRemember, if you use containers to make children's toys, take care to make sure that they are thoroughly washed out. Make sure that no bits can fall off easily and make sure that there are no sharp corners that could scratch or hurt. Never give a plastic toy you have made to a child under three years of age, because they are likely to chew it and small parts or bits of plastic (like lids for example) can come off and become a cocking hazard.

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Give the Sub a number that is special to you and your children, like your house number or age.

The instructions are so easy to follow, and the download comes in both US Letter size and A4. Just click on the size you need, to download it, and get ready to be a master boat builder.

Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcandodownload US Letter printable from dadcando




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spyro's Floating Submarine
Posted by spyro - I did this all on my own. I used a big felt pen for the main colour, so it isn't sprayed.Spacer
texasmacuser's Floating Submarine
Posted by texasmacuser - This was made with a couple of cola bottles, a medicine measuring cup and part of a spray bottle. It was fun to make and looks really great!Spacer
 



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Funky pompoms
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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 they’re 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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