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Made by Dad : 67 blueprints for making cool stuff --projects you can build for (and with) your kids!
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Remember all the crazy things you made as a kid, like ramps for toy cars or contraptions for pulling pranks? In his first book, illustrator Bedford, who also blogs at What I Made, gets in touch with his inner child. With a host of silly projects, this title is directed at parents looking for interactive activities for their children. An introduction discusses materials, tools, and techniques, emphasizing which of them are kid friendly and which require an adult to step in (for instance, one project necessitates a blowtorch). The "blueprints" are arranged by general theme and are heavily illustrated with playful drawings (both step-by-step construction diagrams and illustrations of the creations in use). The author also includes templates to give extra help to those less graphically talented. Providing wild and wacky fun, Bedford's beautifully organized projects include an alien abduction mobile, a bunk bed communicator, and a jelly bean dispenser. Though there is no index, the detailed table of contents more than makes up for this oversight. VERDICT What's not to love? This engaging compilation is clever and entertaining. A fantastic book. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<p>The Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe. The Customizable "Keep Out" Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents. A Bunk Bed Communicator made from cardboard tubes ( "Psst! Can you keep the snoring down?" ). Clever, whimsical, and kind of genius, here are 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero that his kid(s) will adore.</p> <p><br> No screens, no hi-tech gadgetry. Made by Dad combines the rough-edged, handmade ethos of a Boy Scout manual or The Dangerous Book for Boys with a sly sense of humor that kids love. Scott Bedford, a creative director by day and Webby Award-winning blogger by nights and weekends, wields an X-ACTO knife, magic marker, and prodigious imagination to create endlessly delightful projects for his two sons. He knows that kids like contraptions and gadgets, things that are surprising--a chair that appears to be balanced on eggshells. Things that are complex--a multilevel city, with buildings, tunnels, and roads, built from old boxes around the legs of a table. And especially things with humor--the Snappy Toast Rack, made to resemble a crocodile's gaping mouth.</p> <p>The projects are shown in full-color photographs, and the instructions are illustrated in detailed line drawings that exude personality. Some are quick and simple enough to be done in a coffee shop; others are more of an afternoon project-- yielding hours and hours of rich, imaginative playtime.</p>
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