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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,469 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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Overall, I think this would be a great book for EVERYONE, not just maker dads and their daughters.
Mindy
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 is a great book full of high tech, low tech, complex and simple father and daughter projects.
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12 of 13 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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6 of 6 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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7 of 8 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mindy VINE VOICE on June 1, 2014
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I got this because my husband loves making things on his workbench and I thought it would give some ideas of things to make with our children.

The good:

Some of the projects on here are really neat and there’s a large variety of them. There’s things to cook, woodworking, paper crafts, electronics (transistors) jewelry and lost more. The lunch box guitar project looks complicated but also pretty awesome, the drawbot is interesting, and of course, you can’t go wrong with giant bubbles. The book I got was in black and white because it is an advanced reader’s copy, however the final one you receive will be in color which makes a huge difference because this book has lots of photos of the entire process and the finished product. It’s great for visually oriented people. Each project has a rating of either E for easy and quick, M for moderately challenging and C for challenging skill builder so you can choose which is best suited to your level of experience.

I also give the author props for including electronic things, like how to make a Retro Arcade Video Game. Yes, it requires a specialized program, Scratch, to make it, but the program is free! What a great way to introduce kids to computer programming!

The bad:
I know this is a pet peeve of mine, but why are these projects marketed towards just fathers and their daughters? There’s plenty here for boys to enjoy and moms too! Do we have to pigeonhole our children and ourselves? Can’t we just make it “Fun projects to make with kids!” (Okay, I’m off my soapbox now…)

And yes, some of the projects do require a lot of time and some uncommon supplies, but to me, this is not a detractor. You’re spending quality time with your kids making something that he/she will be proud of and like.

Overall, I think this would be a great book for EVERYONE, not just maker dads and their daughters.
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