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Great for everyone, not just fathers and daughters
, June 1, 2014
This review is from: Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects (Paperback)
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.
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!
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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