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Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford is so good it hurts—’cause you know that if your own dad had had this book in his hands, your childhood would have totally rocked. “Chock-full” doesn’t even come close to describing the teeming nature of this tome. The fun photos, cool diagrams, clear instructions and handy cut-out templates run the gamut from wacky home decorations and gadgets (like setting up a Bunk Bed Communicator) to subversively educational science projects (like getting sucked into a Gravity-Defying Black Hole) to zany party ideas (like making Radioactive Sports Drinks).”

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“Hey, dad, want to ratchet up your coolness quotient? Pick up a copy of Scott Bedford’s new book.”

Chicago Tribune

“I made the mistake of leaving this book on the coffee table recently where my nearly 5-year-old scooped it up, spent 30 minutes paging through it and then cornered me in the kitchen with a list of projects from it he wanted to make. . . .Moms, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friendly neighbors would all make good ring leaders for these projects. . . .My son was enchanted.”
–ApartmentTherapy.com

“A treasury of 67 clever, exciting and imaginative projects. ... Getting kids to make and create instead of simply consume and use is a challenge for parents. ... Made by Dad provides a good place to begin.”
Wall Street Journal

“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. . . . What’s not to love? This engaging compilation is clever and entertaining. A fantastic book.”
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About the Author

Scott Bedford is, by day, creative director at Velti, an ad agency in London, and by nights (and weekends) a Webby Award–winning blogger and occasional columnist for Make magazine who creates really cool stuff with and for his two young sons. He lives with his family in London, England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761171479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761171478
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It all began in Starbucks. My boys were getting restless and I was trying to enjoy my Latte, in desperation I grabbed a handful of wooden stirring sticks and constructed a simple house that could lean up against my cup, the kids were impressed, and slightly amused, and spent the next ten minutes trying make their own one. I enjoyed the rest of my Latte in peace and quiet!

In that moment I remembered something I had forgotten since becoming an adult; that there is an enormous amount of joy gained from making things, even simple things, and that this joy is not in the quality of the finished product, but in the process of making itself. That was the beginning of whatimade.com.

Today that same approach to making can be found in "Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff", I hope it will inspire you to unleash your inner-child!

Customer Reviews

Well illustrated, well written, and fun projects.
D
This is a great book for any dad looking for ideas for activities to do with the kiddos.
V. Testerman
I can see that as he gets older, this will be a fun, go-to book for all things cool.
Alba

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sister Diane on June 6, 2013
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This is one of the very few project books I've seen that made me giggle my head off. Scott's ideas are so funny, and I can imagine these projects surprising and delighting kids (grownups, too). And I love that all these projects are made from materials lying about the house: cardboard, scrap paper, markers, a craft knife. Some projects take just a few minutes, some are day-long projects you can build with your kids, and some are for adult hands only.

Every step of each project is illustrated with the author's cool drawing style. You get to walk through every step of construction visually, which, for projects like these with a little engineering genius behind them, is stellar. I give this one a total A+ in the instructional department. There's also a lot of great stuff with moving parts, or hidden magic, or a little science. Many of these projects would be great learning tools for kids.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on October 29, 2013
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I got this for my husband for fathers day, it's really good but my kids are 4yrs old and the stuff is for a little bit older kids. so we will put it away for a while until kids are bit older.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tahoe Bride on October 27, 2014
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My son got this when he was six and has been pouring over the blueprints for almost a year. We have built a few of the projects and they are so much fun. You don't have to be an artist as long as you aren't a perfectionist. Let kids draw how they like and they will have a great time. I also bought a similar book that is a mom version, but it doesn't have as many pictures. I think he will like it better when he is older. For now, kid, dad AND mom are having a great time with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gramsha on August 6, 2013
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My grandson loved this book when I gave it to him; along with a bag of marshmellows and spaggetti to do one of the projects!
Great variety of things to make. Useful games and art work...
Wished I had gotten this at the beginning of the summer instead of at the end! (So does my grandson)
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wheetree on November 23, 2013
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For starters, these are not blueprints by any means. At best they are templates. I was expecting and hoping for something along the lines of the Popular Mechanics books my dad once had with actual blueprints to build cool stuff. This is all cardboard cut-out kitchen table projects. No garage/basement/backyard type stuff in this book. This is more the type of stuff my Grandmother would make for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2013
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I bought this book to use in my classroom for my students to make some of the projects. I have been very impressed by the high quality of the illustrations and presentation. The book is full of fabulous, creative ideas. Great work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on March 1, 2014
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I just bought this book for one of my girlfriends who is a very crafty and creative single mom of a 9 year old. I flipped through it and I'm a little embarrassed to give it to her. I was going to embellish the cover to say "MOM" instead of "DAD" but I decided not to incase she wants to re-gift it to someone less creative. I wouldn't really describe most things in the book as "cool" and most can be made by your child without any help from dad or mom...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 6, 2013
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This was an awesome book that had a ton of amazing ideas within it. What was best about this book was how the author laid out step-by-step instructions for all of the creations, making them easy to create (especially with the illustrated directions)!There are so many things in this book that I am now planning to make with my own kids. Thank you Mr. Bedford for sharing these with all dads, bravo!

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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