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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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Feather Quills
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Easy to make, real writing, Magical Feather Quills

If you want a quill like the one Harry Potter and his Professors of Magic use, now you don’t have to buy an owl, catch a hippogryph or sneak up on a phoenix, all you need is right here on dadcando. This project won’t take you much more than 20 or 30 minutes and you’ll be able to say (as they always do) that no creatures were harmed in the making of your quill (mythical or otherwise).

. . . Download, print out and follow these instructions which will show you how to make any of the quills. You will need one set of instructions and then one template printable for each quill you want to make. The instructions and all the template printables are available in both A4 and US Letter size downloads just click on the one you need to download it.

Feather quill instructions

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Phoenix Feather Quill template printable


The Phoenix is a sacred firebird bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. It lives for 500 years but before it dies, it builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs and sets fire to them so that both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The Phoenix is able to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible. As you’ll probably already know, phoenix tears can heal wounds.

. . . What you write with your phoenix feather quill should be fiery and true, because you never know; your words might live on forever.

make your own phoenix feather quill fantastic printable template Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcando download US Letter printable from dadcando

Snowy Owl Feather Quill printable template

The Snowy Owl, just like Harry’s Hedwig, (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the owl family Strigidae. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. Its thick plumage, heavily-feathered feet, and coloration render the Snowy Owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.

. . . The Snowy Owl is a particularly powerful and nomadic bird, used to flying long distance and settling in a range of habitats, hence it’s suitability for carrying post and messages for all types of magical folk.
. . . When writing with an Owl Feather Quill, your writing should be intelligent, honest and true, because an owl always knows where it is going.

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Hippogryph Feather Quill printable template

When Mare and Griffin meet and mate
Their offspring share a curious fate.
One half is Horse with hooves and tail,
The rest is Eagle, claws and nail.

According to Thomas Bulfinch's Legends of Charlemagne, the Hippogryph is a strange beast indeed: Like a griffin, it has the head of an eagle, claws armed with talons, and wings covered with feathers, but the rest of its body is that of a horse. It is a very rare creature, as it is the product of the union between a griffin and a horse, and as everyone knows, the griffin regards horses as prey. The Hippogryph is able to fly as fast as lightening but is easier to tame than a griffin, making it suitable as both a steed and a pet.

. . . When writing with this quill, approach your text with respect, while you may scribble as fast as lightening, with a Hippogryph Feather Quill the pen truly is mightier than the sword.

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tuskel's Feather Quills
Posted by tuskel - Although I love the phoenix feather quill, printer ink is very expensive, so I decided to make a few Hedwig quills. :) So I used just white paper, and drew the feather on freehand. Originally, I made two of them, red and blue, but one got lost the very next day. I also tried to cut the little fluffy strands feathers have near the bottom, but paper isn't very durable, and being right where you would have to hold on, they have got quite crumpled.Spacer
IsisOfSun's Feather Quills
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luppie05's Feather Quills
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jokate's Feather Quills
Posted by jokate - I made these for my sons Harry Potter Birthday party and put them in the pass-the -parcel. The kids loved them!Spacer
snaily's Feather Quills
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puffleprincess's Feather Quills
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yoyomax12's Feather Quills
Posted by yoyomax12 - Pheonix feather quill penSpacer
bayoubooks's Feather Quills
Posted by bayoubooks - We had a Hogwarts workshop on 7/24/09. This is one of our 'students' with her finished phoenix feather wand! Doesn't she look pleased with the result?Spacer
ella14's Feather Quills
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jimpatt's Feather Quills
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sausages's Feather Quills
Posted by sausages - I made these lovely quills for my little brother and sister for christmas, and they loved them! I would recomend that you make an ink pot too!!!Spacer
miekz's Feather Quills
Posted by miekz - I liked to make them, my little sister was very happy with them :).Spacer
harrypotter123's Feather Quills
Posted by harrypotter123 - This quill is in the ink pot i made.Spacer
Gaddian's Feather Quills
Posted by Gaddian - I did something a little different with mine. Out of cardboard I cut one piece in the shape of a feather, and after designing and painting it just how I wanted, I attached the pen and wire to the cardboard with some glue. I put the pen into a straw which was painted gold to match the rest of the feather, and it gave it some grip. Spacer

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advanced model homemade ghost detector
Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, they’ll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ‘Dad - can we make something?’ 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 children’s 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, you’ll 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. It’s very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. It’s 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

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