Made by Dad
Made by Dad
67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Projects You Can Build for (and With) Your Kids!
Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761171478, 330pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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.
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.
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.