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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.


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Choose the right glue for the right job, otherwise you will waste a lot of time waiting for things to dry

selection of differnt glues

There are a range of glues available for use in the home. Poly-vinyl acetate or PVA glue (called Elmerís Glue in the US)but can also called white glue or wood glue is a tough rubbery polymer. Your kids will be familiar with PVA because it is used extensively in schools. From a model making point of view, for most applications, nothing is a substitute for the power and speed of a glue gun, so in my house, the PVA glue tends to stay in the cupboard. Nevertheless, itís still is a superb wood glue, where the water based glue vehicle can really wet out the surface and soak into the wood, to give a strong joint that is often stronger than the surrounding wood. The trouble with PVA is that it is not good at sticking polythene or polypropylene, which are the two most common packaging plastics, and used in most Making from Junk models, and it takes ages to dry, which means that kids lose interest in the project or have to wait overnight to see the results of their handiwork.
. . . However, PVA is still an excellent glue for papier mache projects, like the robot head which was made over a blown up balloon. To use PVA for papier mache it is best to water it down a bit (no more than half and half water) and pour the glue onto a dinner plate so the paper can be soaked through more easily. (A mixture of newspaper torn into strips and absorbent kitchen roll in strips or crumpled up into balls provide quick bulk is good for papier mache).
. . . Doing a project like this will be great fun and very messy, so although most PVAs are washable, your kids shouldnít be in their Sunday best when they are getting PVA all over themselves. Donít bother buying tiny little bottles of PVA (like the one shown) go to a builders merchants and buy a 2.5 litre bottle of PVA Bonding. Itís basically exactly the same as the expensive wood glue, but even for those volumes itís a fraction of the price. If you want a handy pack to use round the house or on little paper projects, decant some of it off into an old shower gel bottle, but remember to write on the bottle what it is in permanent marker or some one who doesnít know what youíve done could be heading for one gloopy hairdo!
. . . Glue sticks and two part resins are OK but not as useful as Spray Mount and a glue gun, which respectively replace them. Glue sticks tend to be lumpy, although they are easy and safe for a child to use. Two part resins are very strong, but they take time to cure, can be very messy and do not stick packaging plastics together that well. Once they are mixed up they are very liquid and for many jobs, you might have trouble keeping the glue exactly where you want it. For just about every model making project, where a two part resin could be used, glue gun glue will work better and be easier.

Safety first
warning triangle on whiteSuper glue (cyano-acrylate) is very good at sticking skin together (there are medical grades approved for closing wounds), and great care is needed when using it. Children should never be allowed to use super glue. It sticks vinyl (PVC) together very well, so is useful for mending most types of blow-up beach toys (use an old vinyl tax disc holder or window sticker as the patch), but is not suitable for most model and toy making projects because it is so thin and designed to stick broken surface together that match perfectly.

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golden snitch model
Harry Potter is all done. Of course there are rumours of an eighth book and the fact that we still have two films to go (as the last film will be split into two). It's going to be a long summer, but November will come round soon enough and the bitter sweet joy of seeing another HP film will be tempered by the fact that there is definitely only one more after that. Nevertheless, while you wait, thereís always more than enough magic in the air for you to recreate events at Hogwarts, the Burrow or the Ministry of Magic, by making your own models of Hogwarts wizarding paraphernalia.
wizards wands models Homemade wizardís wands, Golden Snitches, or beautiful writing quills and loads of other Potteresk things are all here, ready for you to download on dadcando.

lyras model alethiometerEven if youíre just a muggle and have had enough of Harry Potter, there are plenty of other magical fantasy stories to keep you interested in the Magical Art of Making. All the Chronicles of Narnia are all being turned into films, as are the stories of Lyra in the books of His Dark Materials trilogy. Whenever we see interesting things in these films and stories, we will bring you them as best magical fantasy craft projects, so that you can turn your hand to making magic, and conjuring up some really cool stuff to amaze your friends.

Victorian domed glass case made from soda bottle real writing phoenix quillNow you can make your very own Victorian Domed glass display case, from a 2 litre soda bottle, to display all your favourite projects and artifacts really beautifully. With our simple instructions, the results of just an afternoon's making will be really cool, good enough to be film props in fact, and better than anything you can buy, because you made it yourself.

Or why not make a beautiful writing quill from either a hippogryph, phoenix or snowy owl feather . And because no quill would be complete without its own ink pot, there are also some easy to follow instructions and printables, for making the most fantastical, magical Ink-pots.

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