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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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"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
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For those unfamiliar with electrical work and soldering, the projects start simple and get more complex. Similar goes for the wood-working.
At a minimum you need hand tools and a soldering iron ($10).
However, a band-saw, chop/miter saw and drill press will make the projects go smoother. To the chagrin of my wife, I am always looking for excuses to buy more power tools.
Many of the projects (skateboard, etc) would be of interest to a son as well but about 1/2 are definitely designed for girls.
Only thing missing: I'd love to have some "satisfying for children" educational background info on some projects, i.e., presented in a way that would provide suggestions for explaining what's going on to my daughters, such as why the silicon hardens, or why there's a capacitor in the circuit. They don't prepare you for that in grad school! :-)
Highly motivated parents who already do lots of DIY projects with or without their kids will find plenty of fun things to do here.
The less motivated parents who might be new to DIY projects will find good instruction and encouragement, and might actually try some of these projects. I like Mark's "you don't have to be an expert" and " embrace mistakes" attitude.
There's a great mix of topics.You and your kids will learn about electronics, wood working, cooking, programming, logic, etc. while you make fun kid-stuff like skateboards, magic trick, snacks, jewelry, and lots more.
Fun for moms and sons, too!
; - )