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The Amazing Dad: More Than 400 Ways to Wow the Kids is a book packed with magical moments that will captivate your child's imagination; foolproof bits of fun that have been passed down by fathers, grandfathers, and nutty uncles who only seem to come around when someone is serving a holiday dinner. Ken Preuss and Giovanni Livera - the Authors!

Many of the ideas will be new to you. A few may be variations on moments you have already mastered. Some may be childhood favorites that have been buried in your memory, waiting to be rediscovered and relived.

Reading the book will produce more fun than you can possibly imagine. It will provide you with powers beyond your wildest dreams. It will present you with secrets for sharing moments that will create lifelong memories for you and your kids. Transcend the ordinary! Transform yourself into The Amazing Dad!

Here is the table of contents from The Amazing Dad. The book is divided into ten parts and fifty chapters with gems to fit every dad style. We've included a short description of each part as well as a sampling of some of the secrets revealed. Enjoy!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
HINTS IN HIDING THIS BOOK
BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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PART I
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE ACROBAT OF ANATOMY
Dad raises hairs with eye-popping tricks that will have kids laughing their heads off. Using facial features and assorted limbs, he spins a toothpick propeller on his nose, removes fingers from his hand, and converts his entire body into an amusement park known as "Daddyland."

CHAPTER 1:
DADDYLAND: CONVERTING YOURSELF INTO AN AMUSEMENT PARK
ROLLER COASTERANTI-GRAVITY MACHINESUPER SLIDEFLIGHT SIMULATORTRIPLE-TROUBLE TREETOP THRILLRIDEPONY RIDE
THE DADDY-GO-ROUND: 10 WAYS TO SPIN YOUR KID

CHAPTER 2:
DIGIT DECEPTIONS: A HANDFUL OF FINGER FUN
REMOVE A FINGERADD A FINGERBREAK A FINGERFIND A FINGER FOOL A FINGERPULL A FINGER

CHAPTER 3:
USING YOUR HEAD: FANTASTIC FACIAL FOLLIES
PROBOSCIS PROPELLERCRACKABLE NOSEWASHABLE EYES CONTROLLABLE TONGUEUNCLOGGABLE EAR AMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE AMAZING TEETH OF GREAT UNCLE HARVEY

CHAPTER 4:
SLAP IT TOGETHER: FIVE FUNNY FIVES
THE BODY QUAKETHE WINDMILL(ONE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY) FIVEHOMEMADE HANDJIVEFAST-FIVE GAME

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PART II
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE ARCHITECT OF ADVENTURE
Dad builds excitement everywhere. He constructs sand volcanoes, talking snowmen, and fantastic forts both inside the home and out. He enlivens a trip to the beach with a thrilling search for buried treasure. (Map included in the book!)

CHAPTER 5:
FANTASTIC FORTS: EASY INSTRUCTIONS FOR DYNAMIC DESIGNS
WINTER-THE FROZEN FORTRESSSPRING-BACKYARD CABANASUMMER-POOL PALACEFALL-LEAF-PILE LODGE10 QUICK-AND-EASY INDOOR FORTS

CHAPTER 6:
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: CLEVER CARDBOARD CREATIONS
AWESOME AUTOBIG SCREEN TV SET *EASY-MAKE OVENFUNNY FISH TANKJACK IN THE BOXPERFECT PLAYHOUSEPERFECT WORKPLACE ROYAL PALACESUPER COMPUTER

CHAPTER 7:
SNOW BUSINESS: A FLURRY OF FROZEN FUN
WALKY-TALKY SNOWMANHANDSTAND SNOWMANAMAZING DAD MOMENT- UNPREDICTABLE FOOTPRINTSBLOCKS OF ICECLOSE-UP SNOWFLAKES SNOW ICE CREAMWRITING IN THE SNOW

CHAPTER 8:
MR. SANDMAN: BUILDING EXCITEMENT AT THE BEACH
BEACH VOLCANODADDY MUMMYSAVE THE SOLDIER/PROTECT THE PRINCESSQUICKSAND10 THINGS TO BUILD BESIDES SAND CASTLES 10 COOL TOOLS TO USE IN SAND

CHAPTER 9:
A TREASURED MEMORY: AN ENCHANTING QUEST FOR A PIRATE'S CHEST
HOW TO SET IT UPHOW TO PULL IT OFFTHE TREASURE MAP

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PART III
THE AMAZING DAD AS CAPTAIN CREATIVITY
Dad turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. He creates birthday surprises and snappy snapshots, and makes puppets, props, and costumes from virtually nothing. His most memorable feat is turning five sheets of newspaper into a towering tree to deliver a wonderful message.

CHAPTER 10:
BIRTHDAY MIRTH: MAKING SURE GETTING OLDER NEVER GETS OLD
THE BIRTHDAY TREEBIRTHDAY SONG *PEPPERONI PIZZA SURPRISE AMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE MOST POPULAR KID IN THE WORLD BIRTHDAY FRACTIONSQUARTERS FOR QUARTERSTHE HALF-BIRTHDAY PARTY

CHAPTER 11:
FLASHY PHOTOGRAPHER: SUGGESTIONS FOR SNAPPY SNAPSHOTS<
"CHEESE" SUBSTITUTESPICTURE IN A PICTURE IN A PICTURECAMERA SCAVENGER HUNTPHOTO COMIC BOOKAMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE ADVENTURES OF SKIPPY

CHAPTER 12:
POP'S PUPPET PRIMER: WHAT TO USE, WHERE TO PERFORM, AND WHAT TO DO
10 THINGS TO USE AS A PUPPET10 THINGS TO USE FOR A PERFORMANCE SPACE 10 THINGS TO DO WITH PUPPETS

CHAPTER 13:
SEW? WHAT!: QUICK AND EASY COSTUMES AND PROPS
BINOCULARSBOOTSCHEF'S HATCROWNHAWAIIAN SKIRTINDIAN VEST, KARATE UNIFORMMAGIC WANDMEGAPHONEROBOTPOINTED CAPSHERIFF'S STARSHIELDSTETHOSCOPESPACE HELMETTELESCOPETOGA AMAZING DAD MOMENT- MASQUERADE MYSTERY

CHAPTER 14:
POP'S PAPER TREE: FIVE LESSONS TO GROW ON
CREATING THE PAPER TREEPRESENTING THE POEMFIVE LESSONS TO GROW ON

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PART IV
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE CHAUFFEUR OF SHENANIGANS
Dad makes every moment in the family car a real trip. He honks the horn with the glove compartment, teaches kids to magically change traffic lights, and turns long journeys into traveling game shows. When the car needs cleaning, he converts the chore into a car wash carnival.

CHAPTER 15:
DRIVE 'EM CRAZY: CREATING CHEER WHILE YOU STEER
PASSENGER HORN PRANKRADIO CONTROLLED CARRED LIGHT/GREEN LIGHT SPLASHY SNEEZEPARKING PLACE PRAYER AMAZING DAD MOMENT- MAGIC LIGHTS

CHAPTER 16:
DESTINATION SENSATIONS: STRONG TIPS FOR LONG TRIPS
ROVING REPORTERSCRAZY CHALLENGE LISTAMAZING DAD MOMENT- FATHER'S THEMED TRIPS10 "DON'T LET THEM GET BORED" GAMES

CHAPTER 17:
TRAVELING TRIVIA: A GAME SHOW ON THE GO
THE THEME SONGTHE INTRODUCTION/INTERVIEWTHE SOUND CHECK THE CATEGORIESTHE GAMETHE END

CHAPTER 18:
GOOD CLEAN FUN: THE CAR WASH CARNIVAL
THE AMAZING MR. BUBBLEFINGERSMADAME TOO-SUDS HOUSE OF WAXSQUIRTING GALLERYWINDOW FUNHOUSE THE HOMEMADE RAINBOW FINALE

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PART V
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE AMAZING DADINI
Dad astounds the kids with grand illusions featuring a commonplace items. He pulls stuffed animals from empty boxes, passes soda cans through tabletops, vanisheds coins into thin air, and makes randomly selected cards reappear in astonishing places. He even manages to read his child's mind!

CHAPTER 19:
ABRA-KID-ABRA: THE AMAZING DADINI'S MARVELS & MINI MIRACLES
THE UNCANNY CANNOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T THE BEAR FROM A BARE BOXTIE 'EM IN STITCHES

CHAPTER 20:
PRESTO CHANGE-OH: THE AMAZING DADINI'S MONEY MAGIC
CLASSIC COIN VANISHCOIN FROM THE AIRCOIN FROM THE EAR *COIN FROM THE NOSEAMAZING DAD MOMENT- GRANDPA SILVERGUESS WHICH HAND POCKET CHANGETHE FAST FLINGTHE CARD AND COIN CHALLENGE

CHAPTER 21:
WHAT A CARD: THE AMAZING DADINI'S COOLEST CARD TRICKS
THE CARD FORCEREVELATION 1: THE MIND MELD REVELATION 2: 51 CARD PICK-UPREVELATION 3:THE ERASED MESSAGE THE CARD BENEATH THE TABLECLOTHYOUR KID'S AN ACE

CHAPTER 22:
DAD GOES MENTAL: THE AMAZING DADINI'S MIND READING MADNESS
COLORVISION CRAYON CAPERTHE PRECISELY CALCULATED SURPRISE THE PSYCHIC SIDEKICK

CHAPTER 23:
MORON MAGIC SHOW: SUPER-STUPID SLEIGHT OF HAND
THE MORON MAGIC MUSICTHE MORON MAGIC ROUTINEAct One: FLYING FINGERSAct Two: LINKING RINGSAct Three: MUSIC MUFFLER Act Four: WACKY WATER GLASSAct Five: VANISHING LEG

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PART VI
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH
Dad showcases a multitude of talents performing for and with his children. He coverts household items into musical instruments, invents dances named for animals or appliances, clowns around with classic bits of slapstick, and, to cap things off, teaches his kid to juggle hats.

CHAPTER 24:
LEADER OF THE BAND: LOONEY TUNES FOR LOONIER INSTRUMENTS
THE HARMONI-COMBTHE NOSE GUITARTHE RAISIN BOX TRUMPETTHE GRASS FLUTETHE STRAW WHISTLETHE PHONEY KEYBOARD

CHAPTER 25:
DANCING MACHINE: CUTTING UP WHEN CUTTING A RUG
TANGOTWO STEPHOKEY POKEY HOKINESS AMAZING DAD MOMENT-WEDDING DANCERINVENT-A-DANCE

CHAPTER 26:
CLOWNING AROUND: CLASSIC BITS AND SLAPSTICK SCHTICK
THE PRATFALLTHE DOUBLE TAKESILLY FACE FUNNY EXIT10 GREAT WAYS TO GET A GIGGLE

CHAPTER 27:
ACTING UP: IMPROVISED SKITS THAT ARE SURE-FIRE HITS
WHO/WHERESECRET SAYINGSPREPOSTEROUS PROPS SHOW TIME: A NIGHT AT THE IMPROV

CHAPTER 28:
HALF-HIDDEN HA HA'S: CORNINESS BEHIND COUNTERS, COUCHES, AND CORNERS
SILLY SMOOCHKNUTTY KNOCK-OUTTHE CANOE THE ELEVATORTHE ESCALATORTHE SKATEBOARDTHE STAIRCASE

CHAPTER 29:
A TIP OF THE CAP: CHAPEAU STUNTS AND ASSORTED HAT TRICKS
HAND TO HEADFOOT TO HEADHAT TOSSHAT GRAB DOUBLE HAT GRABHAT JUGGLING

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PART VII
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE MVP (MOST VALUABLE POP)
Dad shows how to be a good sport by having a great time. He plays silly gags with baseballs and footballs, makes amazing shots with basketballs and pool cues, and shows off splashy ways to enter a pool. He turns the beach front and the home front into perfect putt-putt golf courses. (Great hole designs included in book.)

CHAPTER 30:
DAD'S A SPORT: ALL-STAR ATHLETIC ANTICS
QUARTERBACK SNEAKVANISHING POP UPCOOL POOL SHOT 10 BASKETBALL SHOTS TO TRY OUT AND TEACH THE KIDS

CHAPTER 31:
STROKES OF GENIUS: COOL SHOTS AND CREATIVE COURSES
STACK 'EM UP POP UP SHOTPOOL CUE PUTTAMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE HOME-MOVIE HOLE-IN-ONEGOLF COAST PUTT PUTT PALACE

CHAPTER 32:
MAKING A SPLASH: WHIMSICAL WATER PLAY
DOLPHIN RIDEROCKET LAUNCHMAGIC MASSAGE WAVE MAKERLITTLE SQUIRTFLOATING FOUNTAIN 10 COOL WAYS TO MAKE A SPLASHY ENTRANCE

CHAPTER 33:
WRESTLEMANIAC: SAFE AND SILLY SKIRMISHES
TRICKY TICKLE FIGHTTHUMB WARSBALLOON FENCING STARING or SMILE CONTESTGRASS BATTLEPILLOW FIGHT 10 PILLOW FIGHTING MANEUVERS TO TEACH YOUR KID AMAZING DAD MOMENT- PILLOW FIGHT PHRASES

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PART VIII
THE AMAZING DAD AS THE MAITRE D' OF MAYHEM
Dad combines mealtime with playtime and serves up a large helping of laughs. He floats forks, shoots straw wrappers, bounces rolls, makes a set of teeth from an orange peel, and turns a cloth napkin into a walking, egg-laying duck.

CHAPTER 34:
DINNER MUSIC: TERRIFIC TUNES AT THE TABLE
GLASS-ICAL MUSICGLASS HARP DINNER BELLSRHYTHMIC SPOONS

CHAPTER 35:
HI HO SILVER: HANGING SPOONS, FLOATING FORKS, & CUTTING UP WITH CUTLERY
SPOON ON YOUR NOSEFLOATING FORKA WELL BALANCED MEAL AMAZING DAD MOMENT-A SHARP-LOOKING STUNT

CHAPTER 36:
EXTRAORDINARY STRAWS: BEING HIP WHILE YOU SIP
FLYING WRAPPERWRAPPER WORMWRAPPER FROM THE EAR STRAW KARATEBACKWARDS STRAWSPITBALLS AMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE BEVERAGE BAFFLER

CHAPTER 37:
NAPKIN NONSENSE: A PUPPET, A PLAY, AND A COUPLE OF PUZZLERS
CLOTH NAPKIN DUCKPAPER NAPKIN PLAY CLOTH NAPKIN KNOTTORN AND RESTORED NAPKIN

CHAPTER 38:
DAD'S ON A ROLL: BAFFLING THE KIDS WITH BREAD
RUBBERY ROLLFLOATING ROLLCOIN IN A ROLL BLOW DART DAZZLER

CHAPTER 39:
GO NUTS WITH FRUIT: PRODUCING LAUGHS WITH PRODUCE
PRE-SLICED BANANANUTTY SNEEZE GAGORANGE PEEL TEETH PEANUT GALLERYTHE GREAT GRAPE ROUTINEWALNUT SURPRISE WATERMELON PIT SPITTIN' SPOT

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PART IX
THE AMAZING DAD AS MR. MYSTERY
Dad masters all things mysterious. He defeats a "Haunted Hand" which leaps from his jacket, produces photographs of flying saucers, and fascinates the kids with the lowdown on legends and superstitions. When it comes to wishes, he knows what to wish on and ways to make the wishes come true.

CHAPTER 40:
CREATURE FEATURES: COMICAL CHARACTER CREATIONS
LITTLE BIG MOUTHTINY TOTDADDY LONG LEGS MR. SHORTY * CREATURE FEATURE ARCHIVES

CHAPTER 41:
THE HAUNTED HAND: AN OFF-HANDED AND DISARMING FEAT
HOW TO CREATE THE HAUNTED HANDWHAT TO DO WITH THE HAUNTED HAND THE HAUNTED HAND ROUTINE

CHAPTER 42:
PHENOMENAL PHOTOGRAPHS: PERPLEXING PICTURES OF THE PARANORMAL
LITTLE CREATURES8 LAKE MONSTERFLYING SAUCER

CHAPTER 43:
STRANGE AND SILLY SUPERSTITIONS: THE LOWDOWN ON LOVABLE AND LAUGHABLE LEGENDS
7 THINGS THAT GIVE GOOD LUCK13 THINGS THAT BRING BAD LUCK 7 MORE THINGS THAT GIVE GOOD LUCKA DOZEN OMENS AMAZING DAD MOMENT- KEEPING ME SAFE

CHAPTER 44:
GO WISH: WISHING WELL
REASONS TO WISHAMAZING DAD MOMENT- MAGIC MAILCREATING YOUR OWN CHARMS AMAZING DAD MOMENT- FISH WISHTHE RULES OF WISHING

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PART X
THE AMAZING DAD AS ULTIMATE FRIEND
Dad fulfills his most vital role by finding new ways to connect with his kids. He sends secret notes, tells amazing tales, and says "I love you" in uncommonly creative ways. He turns ordinary cards into Dad's Decoder Deck to share a special message, and ends the day with a poignant poem which praises his Amazing Kid.

CHAPTER 45:
JUST BETWEEN US: A CLANDESTINE COURSE IN COVERT CORRESPONDENCE
ABC 123PICTURE SWITCHERLOONEY LETTER SWAPSEGASSEM SDRAWKCABSPACE CASE10 PLACES TO PUT SECRET MESSAGESINVISIBLE INKFOGGY THOUGHTTHE SECRET KNOCKTHE SECRET PASSWORD AMAZING DAD MOMENT- THE SECRET HANDSHAKE

CHAPTER 46:
A REALLY BIG DEAL: DAD'S DECODER DECK
CREATE YOUR DECODER DECKWRITE YOUR SPECIAL MESSAGE HIDE YOUR MESSAGEDELIVER THE DECKDECODE THE MESSAGE 10 MESSAGE SUGGESTIONS FOR DAD'S DECODER DECK

CHAPTER 47:
I LOVE YOU: WONDERFUL WAYS TO SHARE THE WORDS
WRITE IT OUTPOINT IT OUTHAND IT OUTSIGN IT OUTTAP IT OUT DRAW IT OUTSQUEEZE IT OUTCOUNT IT OUTSOUND IT OUTFIGURE IT OUTGET IT OUT 10 WAYS TO SAY "I LOVE YOU" IN OTHER LANGUAGES

CHAPTER 48:
NOT THE SAME OLD STORY: TRULY ORIGINAL, ORIGINAL TALES
CLIFF HANGERSAD-LIB STORYAD-LIB RHYMEMAKE-UP MIX-UP TRUE-LIFE FAMILY ADVENTURESCLIFF HANGERS, CONTINUED

CHAPTER 49:
OFF THE WALL BRIGHTEN THE NIGHT WITH SHADOWS
THE INCREDIBLE GROWING CHILDTHE AMAZING MORPHING MAN THE WONDERFULLY HUNGRY HEADHAND SHADOWSPAPER SHADOWS

CHAPTER 50:
THE AMAZING DAD'S GRAND FINALE: GREAT WAYS TO END THE DAYS
SEVEN SURPRISES FOR SEVEN NIGHTSROCK-N-ROLL LULLABY 10 CLASSIC GOODNIGHT KISSESTHE AMAZING DAD'S GOOD NIGHT POEM

CONCLUSION:
PASSING IT ON SPECIAL THANKS

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