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Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects Paperback – May 6, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054411454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544114548
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The only thing better than DIY is DIWHOF (Do it with Help of Family). This wonderful book makes that possible. Mark Frauenfelder is the Founding Geek of the Maker Movement and he does not disappoint. This book will not only provide you weeks of fun, but it will foster creativity and technical savvy in your daughters. Plus you'll make a robot that draws. I mean, come on!" —A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"Every dad should 'make cool stuff' with their daughters. You will have great father-daughter time working on the projects in Maker Dad and it may even spark a lifelong passion for technology. My dad bought home a TRS-80 computer when I was 11 and then signed us up for computer lessons at RadioShack. With this book, you can introduce your daughter to the world of robots, magic, music and more!" —Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot and CEO of CyPhyWorks

More About the Author

I'm a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. I am the editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine (http://makezine.com) I co-founded bOING bOING magazine, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Wired Online. I write a monthly column for Playboy called 'Living Online,' and was the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (Putnam-Berkley, 1995). Find out more about me at http://boingboing.net

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This is a great book full of high tech, low tech, complex and simple father and daughter projects.
Morimoto
Highly motivated parents who already do lots of DIY projects with or without their kids will find plenty of fun things to do here.
Bob Knetzger
This DIY soft cover book for dads and their daughters(although moms and boys could be involved, too!)
mk

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mk TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
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This DIY soft cover book for dads and their daughters(although moms and boys could be involved, too!) offers a couple dozen projects ranging from science to magic to music to artistic to silly.

We have two daughters ages 7 & 10, and since I'm off on Mondays, mom takes a break, and we do Daddy-daughter day. We homeschool and always are looking for various learning activities that capture the imagination, encourage creativity and allow the children to participate wholeheartedly. This is a neat book that spells out all kinds of fun and education as well.

There's a short intro explaining the nature of making mistakes, a page for the Maker Dad Toolbox, stuff like, rat-tail file, surform shaver, pen-type soldering iron, brushes, screwdrivers, and such; however, you can pick out your project and put together your material list as needed.

He features differing degrees of difficulty(more like time involved), and gives a short talk about how the idea came to pass, a list of what's needed and a step by step guide with pictures(ours were in B&W for the advanced reading copy- not sure if they'll be in color-would be nice).

So far, the projects we've done have turned out as expected: make a antigravity jar- pretty basic magic trick requiring tape, thread, metal clip jar with lid, magnet and a pair of scissors; some woodworking tasks like making a simple "Mid-century Chair- Dad needs to do the jigsawing; make a giant bubble making wand- took a bit of work and right conditions to get it going.

These projects require, obviously, supervision, but the key, I think, is to allow the youngsters to do as much of the work as possible, which can be hard for a do-it-all dad to stand; however, it may take longer but that's more and better time spent with them.

Overall, a well laid out DIY book to entice quality fun time for parents and children together- more is needed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bibanon1 VINE VOICE on April 23, 2014
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I love that this book is filled with fun projects for fathers and daughters to do together. And I also love that the projects aren't necessarily gender-based. There are lunchbox guitars and video games and hand tools and longboards and antigravity jars. Cool! The projects are explained quite well and I love the variety of projects that are on offer. That being said, my one big complaint is why this book had to be targeted at fathers and daughters. Why not just dads and kids? I am not a fan of gender-based marketing in anything. Especially books like this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sondra McClendon on June 20, 2014
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I loved making things with my Dad in his workshop, and it wasn't until I was a teenager that I realized how special I/he was for those experiences. Now, as a young adult, it's even clearer how stronger I am as a woman for it. There is a Verizon commercial running right now about how impressionable girls are to adult's unintentional gender-normative language around hobbies, that I think is fabulous and totally related to the goals of this book. At the end it points out that 66% of 4th grade girls like science and math, but only 18% of college engineering majors are female.

I love the activities in this book, almost as much as my husband and daughter do. They had a ball with the lunchbox guitar and have their sights set next for silk-screening. This is not the first book I have bought at the beginning of summer vacation for project ideas, but it's definitely one of the best. Another I highly suggest is The Boy Electrician. My husband had it as a kid and has recreated some of the projects with out daughter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schwartz VINE VOICE on June 11, 2014
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I was excited to get this book, because I enjoy doing little projects around the house with my daughters. And there are some really, really neat projects in here, although most are likely best for kids at least slightly older than mine. It is clearly written, with step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, and the author's personal notes give you context for each project.

I don't think, though, that I'll be making many of the projects in the book, mostly because I don't have the tools to do so. Looking at the helpful list of tools you'll need, there are some things I'd imagine would be in every house (hammer, pushpins, scissors) and others that might not be (30-watt soldering iron, rotary cutting tool, Surform Shaver). Investing in the tools to make everything in this book is quite a big step if you're not sure you'll be able to actually execute the plans with any degree of competence, and I can see how people who aren't skilled at using the tools could be put off by that.

If you've got a ton of tools already, though, this is a great book that will give you some good ideas on things you can make with your kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pleureur. on June 19, 2014
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This book has an interesting range of ideas for the fairly advanced "maker"/crafter -- most assume a fair amount of tools already owned and experience already gained. Only one seems a "girl" project -- an ice cream sandwich necklace, and it could easily be made but not onto jewelry. There are a fair number of electronic projects. I suspect most people who know how to make these things, or who could understand the directions, don't really need this book. Lots of good inspiration, but not for the beginner.

*I received a free advance reading copy with black and white photos.
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