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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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A very sharp knife traditionally used by surgeons that's great for cutting out detail in relatively thing materials

scalpelx-acto knife It deserves a special mention here because it is the cutting tool of choice for the graphics and model making industry. Typically craft knives are differentiated from other knives because they have removable, disposable blades, allowing them always to be sharp as possible. Because of its medical heritage, the scalpel has a huge number of different shaped blades and handles available so it is easy to get confused, but it does make it one of the most flexible knives available.

Make sure you use a 10A blade
Each blade type has a number, as does each handle variant. For model making you only need one blade shape, and thatís the one pictured here, No. 10A. (Note: Do not get a No. 10 (that's 10 without the A) as this type has a curved blade edge and is very difficult (dangerous even) to cut with against a ruler), and one handle variant, Handle No. 3, again, thatís the one pictured here. Change the blade regularly so that it stays sharp and you donít have to press too hard when cutting. If the material you are cutting is thick or tough, then use a stronger craft knife rather than risk pressing so hard you snap the scalpel blade. The blades are sold singly, in little foil packs of five, or in boxes of 100. However, a box of 100 bought on-line is only twice as much as a pack of five bought in my local art shop, so like anything it is most definitely worth buying in bulk.
. . . In the US the craft version of the trusty scalpel is the X-Acto Knife, although becuse of it's slightly stiffer blade, the X-Acto bridges the gap between scalpel and the heavy duty Stanley knife.

Safety first
Scalpel blades are extremely sharp and are perfect for cutting foamboard, thin card or paper with the neatest edges. warning triangle on whiteAs with any blade, it should be handled with care and children should never be allowed to use a scalpel, that is definitely a dad's or mum's job. Be careful when changing the blade, because it is easy to slip and scalpel blades are very sharp. Be careful when model making using a scalpel and always put it out of reach of your children when using it, and after use, remove the blade and put it back in its packaging so that it doesnít jab you when youíre rummaging around in the kitchen draw later on.


Tip: Because of its very fine point, a scalpel is perfect for cutting round small details. But remember, a scalpel is so sharp it will cut through more than just the layer you want to cut, always cut onto a surface that doesnít matter if it gets marked. warning triangle on whiteYou can get a proper cutting mat, but any piece of thick cardboard will do; most graphic designers resort to the back of their drawing pads in an emergency. However, a self-healing cutting mat is probably a wise investment, it extends the life of your blades, makes cutting with blades more controllable (it slows the blade down as you cut with it) and will save you making horrendous marks and scratches in your kitchen table top.



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dadcando.com is about you and your children and the great things you can do together, so it just wouldnít be complete without a gallery of your models and the things that you or your kids have made. This gallery is part of the original dadcando. Before you could upload your pictures directly into projects, dadcando visitors emailed their pictures and we put them here in this special section.
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William's Pompom

Over the next few months, we are going to slowly develop this section to show all the other creative projects that you have been working on. What we'd like to see are pictures of projects that do not use dadcando instructions. If we like them enough, we might even make proper dadcando projects out of them and put your name on them as designer and inventor of that project. Just send us a picture with a few words about why or how you did it, or if you have the time a full description for someone else to follow, so that they can make it too.

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