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Monday 20 July 2015

Review: Made with Dad

Made With Dad is a fun-filled, super-sized book of activities. At 250+ pages in length, there is something for everyone, from simple to advanced projects, and they really are designed to be a joint effort between child and adult.

Author Chris Barnardo started sharing parent-child creative experiences and ideas on his Dad Can Do blog about ten years ago. He describes the projects as practical problem-solving and Made With Dad as providing “a focus for time spent together” and “[revolving] around an adventure into the creative mind of the child and [awakening] the child in the heart of every dad.”

Made With Dad is filled with experiments, craft, DIY, cooking and other projects. Each has step-by-step instructions, and projects are interspersed with advice for parents and background information (safety, materials, equipment, science concepts and so on).

The book itself includes lots of diagrams and photos, and there is a complementary Made With Dad website with printable designs and templates.

It's difficult to choose where to start with this book, so here are some random highlights to whet your appetite:
  • Felt pen chromatography,
  • Bookbinding,
  • Shirt painting,
  • A floating submarine made from a soft drink bottle,
  • Dragon hunter's goggles,
  • Growing crystals,
  • Sugar mice,
  • Mobius strips,
  • A mini USB spotlight, and
  • Seed growing races.
Made With Dad is a great book, perfect for a gift, and promises a stack of enjoyment, both in its reading and application.

Title: Made With Dad
Author: Chris Barnardo
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781632207227
For ages: 8+
Type: Non fiction