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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.


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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Perfect T Shirt painting made easy

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Painting a T shirt is so easy, it's a perfect way to spend the afternoon and, what's more, you have something great to wear at the end of it. Either you can paint the T-shirt for your children or they can do it themselves (which is more fun). Either way theyíll love wearing the end result. The best part is that you can buy plain white T shirts incredibly cheaply, so painting on them is no more expensive than painting on a big piece of paper. You canít beat personalising your own clothes, and itís much more fun, so much cheaper and about 1000 times more personal than buying a slogan or branded T-shirt.
. . . Wondering what you should paint? You can get ideas from anywhere, off the web, from the TV or from your kidsí latest favourite film release. Fabric paint is not expensive and if you only buy a few colours you can mix a bit of acrylic paint with them to get the exact colour you want.
. . . The key with any designing or making project is to have a good idea of what you want to do before you actually start making. Getting an idea worked out beforehand isnít some magic gift that some people have and some people donít. Firstly, itís a trick anyone can learn, and secondly whoever is doing the designing, however experienced they are, they have to work at it a bit. All you have to do is start with something you like. Simplify it in your mind, or on paper, so that you are not making your job too difficult; remember simpler is better. More often the best images that look really good on a T-shirt are the simple, striking images. If you feel moved to include text or a slogan in your design, then type it up on the computer first and increase the font size so that it is as big as you can get it then printing it out and incorporate it into your drawn design. Youíll be able to trace round the words to get a really professional finish. This project comes with a blank template of some little T shirts so that you can start sketching out your ideas right away. Donít necessarily jump at the first idea you have, develop it, refine it and make it better. Any extra effort you put in at the beginning getting the design right will pay off in the finished article.

finished painted T-shirt


Younger children might not have the patience to see the whole project through. Get them to design the T shirt on the little T shirt blanks and then enlarge the image and paint most of it on to the shirt yourself, leaving a small bit for them to finish off.
. . . Hand painted T shirts make a wonderful and very inexpensive gift, so if youíre wondering what to give someone for a birthday present, why not paint them a T shirt. Follow our instructions for the best results, just click on the paper format you have, to download it.

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We can't wait to see the pictures of what youíve made. Kids love it when the things you made together are published, so go on upload a picture of what you made. It's easy, just go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and we'll put one of them right here in the project picture gallery.

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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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