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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.
Junior Yahtzee
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Grown-up Yahtzee with a Junior score sheet, perfect for playing this great game with your kids, all you need is five dice.

Yahtzee junior score card

Yahtzee is such a great game to play with your kids, because adults and children can play the same game. However, the score sheet is normally too small for little hands and less than perfect writing, so if you want to play Yahtzee with your kids, why not try the dadcando.com Yahtzee Junior Score Sheet. The rules are the same as the grown-up version, itís just that the score sheet is a little bigger and has pictograms of the dice patterns that are required for each of the scoring rounds to make it easier for kids to play.
. . . All you have to do to play the game is download and print out the score sheet and then raid all the games boxes you have in the house to find five dice (any five will do, they donít have to match), and youíre ready to play.

The rules and game play

The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to fill up the patterns on the score sheet.
. . . The dice can be rolled up to 3 times in a turn to try to make 1 of the 13 possible scoring combinations or dice patterns.
. . . At the end of each turn the player must decide which pattern the dice best match and fill that in on the score sheet. However, the score sheet doesnít need to be filled-in in any particular order, but once a pattern has been filled in, it cannot be used again.
. . . If there is no free pattern that matches the pattern on the dice at the end of the turn, then the values of the dice can be added up and entered in the Chance box. However, if there is no free pattern that matches the dice at the end of the turn AND Chance has already been used then a zero must be written in any empty box that the player chooses.
. . . Each pattern has a particular score value (as shown on the sheet), with the highest value of 50 points awarded for the hardest pattern to get: Five dice of the same number, a Yahtzee.

The house rules

In the Upper House you donít have to get three of a kind to fill in any of the boxes, however, if you donít get at least three of a kind for each of the Upper House numbers, then your Upper House score will not equal 63 point and you wonít get the bonus.

In the Lower House if you can't match any of the numbers then you have to choose one box in which to score a blank.

  • A Full House is any matching pair and any other matching triple;
  • A Short Straight (also called a Low Straight) is any run of four consecutive dice, i.e. 1-2-3-4, or 2-3-4-5, or 3-4-5-6;
  • A Long Straight (also called a High Straight) is any run of five consecutive dice, i.e. 1-2-3-4-5, or 2-3-4-5-6;
  • A Yahtzee is any five matching dice and Chance is the value of the dice added together in any pattern.

  • Scoring

    The scoring for each dice pattern is described on the score sheet. After each player has had 13 turns the game is finished and the scores can be added together. If the scores of the Upper House add up to 63 points or more, then a bonus of 35 is added to the score of the Upper House.
    . . . The score of the Lower House is totaled and added to the Upper House score (including bonus) to give the grand total. The winner is the player with the most points.

    The dadcando.com Yahtzee Junior Score Sheet download comes in both A4 or US Letter formats, each with two score sheets, and so each has room for two games. Print it out and play it with your kids, itís great for brushing up their mental arithmetic.

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



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Playing games is a very important part of being a child. Through game playing children learn about strategy, the joy of winning, how to cope with losing, negotiation techniques and how to notice and understand a whole range of social cues, all of which will significantly improve the way they get along with people as they grow up. Playing games also develops the imagination. When kids play a game together they build a whole story round their game, each person has a character, a purpose and motives, all playing out their parts in the rich landscape of their imaginations.

research has shown that degree and quality of playtime a child has with its father is a vital factor in determining the growing childís sense of self-worth and confidence


Almost anything you do with your kids can and should be partly game (think of Mary Poppins finding fun in every chore), but it is important to set time aside for your kids when you are just playing with them for the sake of playing, rather than instructing them or caring for them. When you play together you enter their world and understand so much more about them and how they think, and you give them your undivided attention, some of the highest quality time your child can get. Scientific research studies have repeatedly shown that the degree and quality of playtime a child has with its father is a vital factor in determining the growing childís sense of self-worth and confidence.

Having your children's friends round for tea


You donít need to wait for a special occasion party to organise some games or activities. Having friends over for tea or the afternoon at the weekend is an important part of your childrenís social life. They wonít need much encouragement to invite their friends over to your house. Theyíll be proud to show off their other home and proud to show off their dad and the fun things that you do together. At times like these it is good to have a few games or Doing Activities ready to go, instead of letting them play on the games console all afternoon. You could plan to do one of the dadcando.com Making projects, (there are some that only need a piece of paper) or you could try out one of the party games in this section as an activity. Youíll find some great games in the Childrenís Parties page like the Egyptian Mummy game or the Treasure Hunt, either of which are perfect for when your kid has his or her friends over for tea.

Or maybe it's just time to put your feet up and relax together


When youíre all done and you all just want to put your feet up and cuddle up on the sofa, then watching a great film with your kids or reading a lovely story to them is a wonderful way to spend time together. We hope you'll find find our weekly review of films and books useful in finding a good film or book to curl up with.

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