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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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A fabulous material for making structural models very quickly, it's lightweight and it bends and cuts beautifully

foamboard sheets Also called Poly-Board or Foamcore, Foamboard is a wonderful lightweight but rigid cardboard 3mm to 5mm thick made from sandwiching a layer of Styrofoam between two sheets of high quality faced thin card. Itís so easy to cut and fold to give nice clean professional looking bends (see explanation below).
. . . The glue gun works a treat on it so using the glue gun and some Foamboard you can quickly knock together some impressive models. The TARDIS (Advanced Models) is made from Foam Board.
. . . Foamboard is interesting from a kidís point of view, because it is lightweight, yet stiff. It is a very rewarding material to use, because the finished models look and are robust and the excellent surface will take a range of paint finishes from markers to emulsion to spray paint. Great for creating something special for homework or to take into school.
. . . The most useful board to go for is probably 5mm thick, A2 size, as this size will cover you for mostly every project.
foamboard folding

To bend Foamboard, cut a vee shaped groove in one side being careful not to cut all the way through and fold. If you want a really strong fold, run a line of glue gun glue along the bottom of the vee shaped groove before bending into shape.
. . . Ofcourse you shouldn't write off other types of board. We are bombarded with packaging these days and they are generally made of a wide range of engineering quality materials. The sides of plastic washing power bottles are thin sheets of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Fruit juice cartons are usually waxed or PE coated and foil lined (cut one open and look inside) medium weight card. These materials look great when used on a model. For flexible sheets (small) try cutting open a old tooth past tube. Many toothpaste tubes as multilayer barrier plastics with a foil lining; magic stuff for putting the finishing touches to a range of great models.



Different types of cardboard easily available

range of cardboard sheets


  1. thin, lightweight card from breakfast cereal packaging or craft shop, useful for small models and surface finishing touches. Bends and cut easily with scissors.


  2. Thick pulp board, the sort you find on the back of a sketching pad. Good strength, poor at bending and difficult to cut. You will need a craft knife and will need to be very careful when cutting.


  3. Corrugated or fluted packing board. Readily available at your local supermarket, where they throw away tonnes of cardboard boxes. Can be strong, good bend one way (along the flutes), reasonably easy to cut using knife or strong scissors. Glues well with glue gun.


  4. Medium thickness foamboard. Reasonably expensive at about £3 (do proper web search for cheapest and buy on line). Needs sharp knives for cutting but cuts and folds very nicely. Glue gun works well on foamboard. Difficult to get radius bends.


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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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