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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.
Floating Submarine
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A very easy and quick way to make a great bath toy that really floats

juice bottle submarine


I think if you want a beginning, this is it. One evening as bath time approached there appeared to be a distinct lack of new and exciting bath toys.
. . . "Dad, can you make something for us to play with in the bath? Something that's really cool and really works?"
. . . I rescued an empty cordial bottle from a one way trip to the bin and armed with that, an empty trigger spray bathroom cleaner bottle, a glue gun and a can of grey undercoat I found lurking in the shed, we started to make our first model. How hard can it be? I thought... Well actually not that hard at all, in fact really easy actually. About half an hour later and just in time for the bath, we were putting the last finishing touches to what was going to be the start of a long line of junk made models and hundreds of hours playing with my children, devising plans, getting to understand how they think and realising their inventions and dreams in 3d. And of course, it was the beginning of something that turned into dadcando.
. . . That first submarine has lasted years, and is still knocking about and getting the occasional bath time outing. After all the engineering plastics used for packaging are so way over specification, that things made from them will most likely outlast me!
. . . So now you can do it too, because this project is a really easy place to start. This sub looks the part and really floats because itís partially filled with stones, sand or gravel from the garden. (I dried it out in the oven quickly this sterilises it and stops it going moldy. Getting the submarine to float properly was easy, but it demonstrates one of the key tricks to making successful models that get played with over and over. Think back to what it was like for you as a child, what things were important in your toys? Why were some toys better than others? For me, a submarine would have been no good in the bath unless it had floated half under the water, and floated upright.


Safety first
warning triangle on whiteRemember, if you use containers to make children's toys, take care to make sure that they are thoroughly washed out. Make sure that no bits can fall off easily and make sure that there are no sharp corners that could scratch or hurt. Never give a plastic toy you have made to a child under three years of age, because they are likely to chew it and small parts or bits of plastic (like lids for example) can come off and become a cocking hazard.

TIP:
Give the Sub a number that is special to you and your children, like your house number or age.

The instructions are so easy to follow, and the download comes in both US Letter size and A4. Just click on the size you need, to download it, and get ready to be a master boat builder.

Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcandodownload US Letter printable from dadcando




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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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Sam and Olivia′s boats

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