Want to help your kiddo say a big thank you to their dad this Father’s Day? We’ve come up with some great ways for little ones to make dads feel special while having fun and getting creative along the way! Get engaged with your child using these three fun ways to make Father’s Day special:
1) Father’s Day Bookmarks
-Dads love to read! Give them something special to see every time they open up a book to whatever page they left off on!
- Colorful poster board
- Variety of stickers
- Small pictures cut from greeting cards
- Glue sticks
- Markers and crayons
- Clear contact paper
- Hole punch
What to do:
- Cut poster board into bookmark size. Place bookmarks, scissors, stickers, small pictures, glue sticks, and markers on a table for your child.
- Let your child decorate bookmarks using the materials.
- When he or she is finished, help him/her cover the bookmarks with clear contact paper to ensure that the materials will stay.
- Punch a hole in a corner of each bookmark so your child can tie tassels.
- Help your child make tassels by gathering several pieces of yarn together and tying them together at one end. Knot to the hole in the bookmark.
- Give to dad or grandpa to make Father’s Day special!
-For even more great activities like this one, check out “The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities for Children 3 to 6.”
2) Make a Snack for Dad!
-Encourage your kids to get creative in the kitchen by helping them prepare Celery Race Cars for Dad! It is an easy and healthy snack that will keep your child’s motor running!
- 2” pieces of celery
- ¼” slices of carrots
- Peanut butter
What to Do:
- Encourage your child to spread peanut butter into his or her celery “cars.”
- Spread peanut butter on the carrot slices with a plastic knife and attach them to the celery to create “wheels.”
- Make “bugs on a log” with celery, peanut butter and raisins!
- Help your child fill the celery with peanut butter and put raisins on the peanut butter. Now it’s time to eat his “bugs on a log!”
- You can also introduce a little science lesson by filling two cups with water and dropping in two drops of food coloring. Put a celery stick in each color and watch the celery turn different colors!
-Love cooking with your kids? Find more recipes to cook together in “The Budding Chef.”
3) Help Dad Drive in Style!
– Help dads keep their car organized by working with your child to make a Car Visor Clip!
- Clothespin, spring type
- Library pocket
- Cotton swabs or thin paintbrushes
- Non-toxic permanent marker
Make Your Gift Great:
- Paint the clothespin and library pocket using either the cotton swabs or thin paintbrushes.
- After the paint dries, glue the library pocket to one side of the clothespin.
- Use the permanent marker to personalize the clip by writing a title on the library pocket such as “Dad’s Car Clip.”
- Include a note with the gift suggesting that the recipient clip it to the car visor and use the pocket for parking stubs or loose change.
-The library pocket will last longer if it is laminated or covered with clear contact paper before attaching it to the clothespin. Laminate does not adhere to other materials well, so use self-adhesive Velcro to attach the pocket to the clothespin.
Add magnetic tape to the back of the clothespin to create a refrigerator clip that can hold papers. Use the library pocket for storing pens and pencils.
-Did your child like the activity above? Find more like it in
101 Great Gifts From Kids.
There are so many ways for little ones to help celebrate Father’s Day! For even more ways to get your children involved in hands-on crafts, check out our Father’s Day Activities Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/KaplanToys/crafts-for-fathers-day/