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New York : Workman, [2013]
vi, 330 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"Projects you can build for (and with) your kids"--Cover.
Dad's toolbox. Materials, tools, measurements, tips and techniques -- Dangerous décor. Godzilla skyline ; Martian door decal ; Twisted pen caddy ; Flower power tank ; Magnetic bookends ; Earthquake coat hook ; Alien abduction mobile ; Beware of stuffed animal! ; Claw-though-the-wall picture ; 1-ton lampshade -- Home hacks. Snappy toast rack ; Trashy lights ; Titanic bookshelf art ; Sitting on eggshells ; Cat-trap birdfeeder ; "Stop the pigeon" weather vane ; Table leg moon mine -- Suspect science. Slingshot car launcher ; Spaghetti & marshmallow Eiffel Tower ; No place like home Twister ; Nontoppling T. Rex ; Extreme car ramp ; Marvelous marble bouncer ; Balloon ballast balancing act ; Teddy through the center of the Earth ; Rubber band rocket car ; Blazing volcano ; Gravity-defying black hole -- Geeky gadgets. Submarine vs. squid ; Milk shake monster ; Ratapult ; Atlantis escape chute.
Remote release zip line ; Eating Nemo ; Steampunk balancing robot ; Towering toy crane -- Covert creations. Sword transformer ; Reversible castle ; Snail soup decoy ; Customizable "keep out" sign ; Surveillance camera stash ;- Bunk bed communicator ; Priceless picture safe -- Arty party. Cheeky fortune-teller ; Mouthy monster trading cards ; Bee swarm chandelier ; Sneaky cake thief ; Radioactive sports drinks ; Snakes and ladders ; Whacky gadget army paper targets ; Saber-toothed spiders ; Modern fossils ; Shark bite paper plate -- Playful parenting. Giraffe growth chart ; Mommy rewards ; Zen napkins ; Frankenstein fling ; Pop-up roses ; Target place mat ; Mars pop-up card ; Trail of ZZZZs ; Rock, paper, scissors dice ; Hugs and kisses card ; "How deep is your love?" card ; Spider surprise card ; Jelly bean reward rocket ; "I love you this much" card -- Appendix: Project templates.
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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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