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Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


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A fabulous material for making structural models very quickly, it's lightweight and it bends and cuts beautifully

foamboard sheets Also called Poly-Board or Foamcore, Foamboard is a wonderful lightweight but rigid cardboard 3mm to 5mm thick made from sandwiching a layer of Styrofoam between two sheets of high quality faced thin card. Itís so easy to cut and fold to give nice clean professional looking bends (see explanation below).
. . . The glue gun works a treat on it so using the glue gun and some Foamboard you can quickly knock together some impressive models. The TARDIS (Advanced Models) is made from Foam Board.
. . . Foamboard is interesting from a kidís point of view, because it is lightweight, yet stiff. It is a very rewarding material to use, because the finished models look and are robust and the excellent surface will take a range of paint finishes from markers to emulsion to spray paint. Great for creating something special for homework or to take into school.
. . . The most useful board to go for is probably 5mm thick, A2 size, as this size will cover you for mostly every project.
foamboard folding

To bend Foamboard, cut a vee shaped groove in one side being careful not to cut all the way through and fold. If you want a really strong fold, run a line of glue gun glue along the bottom of the vee shaped groove before bending into shape.
. . . Ofcourse you shouldn't write off other types of board. We are bombarded with packaging these days and they are generally made of a wide range of engineering quality materials. The sides of plastic washing power bottles are thin sheets of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Fruit juice cartons are usually waxed or PE coated and foil lined (cut one open and look inside) medium weight card. These materials look great when used on a model. For flexible sheets (small) try cutting open a old tooth past tube. Many toothpaste tubes as multilayer barrier plastics with a foil lining; magic stuff for putting the finishing touches to a range of great models.



Different types of cardboard easily available

range of cardboard sheets


  1. thin, lightweight card from breakfast cereal packaging or craft shop, useful for small models and surface finishing touches. Bends and cut easily with scissors.


  2. Thick pulp board, the sort you find on the back of a sketching pad. Good strength, poor at bending and difficult to cut. You will need a craft knife and will need to be very careful when cutting.


  3. Corrugated or fluted packing board. Readily available at your local supermarket, where they throw away tonnes of cardboard boxes. Can be strong, good bend one way (along the flutes), reasonably easy to cut using knife or strong scissors. Glues well with glue gun.


  4. Medium thickness foamboard. Reasonably expensive at about £3 (do proper web search for cheapest and buy on line). Needs sharp knives for cutting but cuts and folds very nicely. Glue gun works well on foamboard. Difficult to get radius bends.


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This is your guide on how to easily make your models look great using a few simple tools and supplies. If you get the right glue and paint, then you can make a fabulous model out of more or less anything. tube of acrylic paint Here are few tips about getting the right stuff, so that you wonít be wasting your time waiting for rubbish glue to dry or paint that doesnít bullet point permanent markercover the surface properly. One of the things that frustrated me as a child was the rubbish stuff we kids had to use when doing any kind of craft work.

Professionals and art studios use a whole range of proper graphic products: Performance glues (hot melt glues, double sided sticky tape, and Spray Mount), really sharp knives (scalpels), dense (permanent markers and lightweight but stiff mounting boards, (foamboard) that are now all available cheaply on the web or every in DIY shops, Red LEDand all make it possible to make more or less anything and make it look superb. So really there is no reason to waste the valuable time you spend with your kids trying to make things using feeble glues that take forever to dry, felt pens that rub off on your hands, or useless cardboard that doesnít fold right. Get a few nice bits and pieces and make your place an Aladdinís Cave of wonderful making and doing things.

spray mount canThe idea of making things with or for your kids is that you work on these projects together. For some of the more complex ones you will be doing most of the work, but as long as they are participating then they are learning and getting confidence from seeing how to solve problems and follow a plan. Some of the projects especially the paper folding and maybe even the easier pompom ones are suitable for children to tackle on their own, but whatever their skill level they should never be left alone with potentially dangerous equipment.

Craft knives and scalpels are very sharp and should never be used by a child, or left unattended where children are making stuff.

Glue guns get very hot and the melted glue is not only very hot but also very sticky. Children should not be allowed to use a glue gun unsupervised and if they are using it under supervision they need to be shown which bits get hot and learn how to use the glue without getting the hot melt glue on their fingers. safety warning symbol If a burn occurs get the glue off the finger as quickly as possible and run under cold water for at least five minutes. Turn your glue gun off after using it and put it to the back of the work surface out of reach, while it cools down. Make sure the wire isnít trailing anywhere that might get tripped over. (All sounds like common sense, but we have had every type of minor accident!)

Superglue (cynoacrylate) sticks skin together permanently. In the hands of adults this feature can be tricky, in the hands of children superglue is downright dangerous and children should never be allowed to use it under any circumstances.

Permanent markers are just that; permanent, and will mark clothes, permanently, best to wear old clothes or an apron when doing painting and using permanent markers. They also mark table tops and carpet rather nicely and will bleed through one layer of normal paper to mark a table top underneath, so always put down another sheet of paper under your work, if using a marker to draw on paper.


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