Father's Day Time Capsule
Decorate the outside of a coffee tin with a picture of the child. Aslo write "A Time Capsule for Father's Day 2001" and frame with child's artwork.
Inside the "Time Capsule" put the following items.
1)The child's hand print with a hand print poem on a sheet of paper. (If the lid to your coffee tin is recessed make the hand print out of dough in the lid. This will add to the decrotive outside).
2)The child's foot print with the poem "Walk A Little Slower Daddy" on a sheet of paper.
3)An "All About Me" sheet so the father can remember special things about his child at this age.
4)An "All About My Daddy" sheet
5)Misc. art work done by the child
6)Pull the mother aside and ask her to either give you some special items to put inside or save them herself and put them in before the child gives the "Time Capsule" to daddy.
Hint: I plan to start this project the Monday before Father's Day. We will make 1 item a day.
I think this will make a very nice gift that will be treasured for years to come.
Items needed: construction paper, scissors, photo of child, yarn, stick (something that can be used for fishing pole).
Cut out fish shape big enough to fit a child's picture on it. glue to one side.. on flip side write " I'm Hooked On You Daddy!! Happy Fathers Day ( the year and date)."
Buy small size terra cotta flower pots at any craft store (pretty cheap), have children paint any color or design. Then buy bendable wire to hot glue (teacher, of course) inside flower pot. Take Children's pictures in different poses and glue/tape to wire that is sticking out of flower pot. Dad has a bouquet of priceless pictures! I did this with my pre- schoolers! Dads loved it!
This year my preschoolers will take your everyday frozen juice cans and glue all types of pasta shells on with tacky glue. They'll choose either gold or silver spray paint and I'll spray the can for them. These make great pencil/pen holders for his desk.
Cut out the shape of a hand saw using constructions paper, wood, or any material you wish. Print "You're the best Dad I ever SAW!" Add a picture or hand print. Great gift!!!
We make Weather Rocks suitable for a rock theme or for Father's Day. Have each child find and wash a good sized rock, preferably a little flat and the size of a small to medium potato. Cut many (20) lengths of yarn in the color of your choice. Tie the yarn at the halfway point with another piece of yarn to make a hanger at the top. Divide the yarn into three sections and braid about halfway down. Insert the rock and continue to tightly braid leaving just enough for a fringe at the bottom. You can tie the yarn just above and below the rock to make it more secure. We had the children print and laminate the following verse to attach to the Weather Rock.
You are now the proud owner of a Weather Rock. Please hang outside on a nail.
If your rock is wet it is raining. If your rock is moving it is windy. If your rock is warm it is sunny. If your rock is white it is snowing. If your rock is gone you've been ripped off!
Cut some brown construction paper in rectangles. Punch holes in one long side and two short sides of the two pieces. Let children lace the two pieces together. They can decorate it. This makes a great wallet for dad.
For Father's Day , we made frames for our dads. One we took the child's picture with a stuffed dinosaur and we sponge painted the frame with dinosaur shapes and it read " You are a "Dino"mite Dad!! and the second frame we dressed up the children in fishing gear (life jacket, fishing hat and had them hold a fishing pole) and then we took their picture and wrote "I never have to fish for your love, Dad!" and then I made a fish out of fun foam and then got some real fishing line and glued it so it looks like the child caught the fish!! The dads loved them both!!
We had the children cut out a head shape from poster board. Then each child was given paper to draw glasses, mustache, eye color, mouth, nose and hair. We then glued it onto the dad head cutout and made our very fabulous dads.
My first grade students created a mini first aid kit for their dads. We decorated a small Pringles can with a paper that included the poem 'For your bike, your boat or your car. So you will be MY hero, wherever you are!' Inside we put a pair of latex gloves, 1 darning needle on a paper labeled 'for slivers', 2 antibiotic ointment sleeves, 2 cough drops, 2 emery boards (1 cut in 2 halves), 3 gauze pads, 4 safety pins, 5 cotton balls, 6 Band-Aids, etc. Great counting lesson as well!
Materials you need: ~heavy construction paper or poster board ~old magazines ~scissors ~glue
First, cut out a bunch of pictures from the magazines that describe the dad or have to do with some hobbies he enjoys. Then, glue them on to the paper making a collage of magazine cutouts. Then cut it out in the shape of a tie. The dad's loved it!
Father's Day Card - "MY GREAT DAD" Ask your child the following questions and record their answers. Perfect with preschool age children as they are old enough to understand the question but still young enough to give you some priceless answers.
My daddy is years old.
By: June, 2000
In working on a Father's Day card with my "just-turned-three" year-old, I wanted to come up with something easy yet just a little bit different. So we did the standard construction paper one-fold card, then made a handprint in poster paint on a white sheet of paper. We cut it out, pasted it to the front of the card, then glued a piece of knotted yarn to one finger. Inside, I printed, "Who could forget a Daddy like you on Father's Day"? This could easily be adapted for Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day, etc.
I ALWAYS make my father's day crafts. For Fathers Day this year I picked out my Dad's favorite activity (playing piano) and drew him playing it in "Picasso style." This activity can help youngsters learn about famous artists and let them experiment with different angles and shapes!
Just like Daddy Frames:
*1"cardboard matting frames from the dollar store *a suit coat, dress shoes & tie *film & camera *finger-paints *self adhesive magnetic strip
Have the kids each dress up in the outfit and take their pictures in advance. Allow each child to paint the matting frame and sprinkle with some fine glitter for an extra cool effect. Gently glue the picture to the back of the frame when finished. Add a strip of self adhesive magnet to the back top edge of the frame!
Last year for Father's Day my Pre-K class made cards. We provided them with tracers of various tools: hammer, screwdriver, saw, and ruler. They traced, cut out and glued their tools to a sheet of paper with the message: I could not have built a better daddy! The dads LOVED this!
In my 2s class, I helped each child paint their hand with fabric paint, then print it onto a new handkerchief. I then took a colored permanent marker and wrote a message including the date, and the child's name. Some kids wanted to dictate their own note to dad, others I just wrote Happy Father's Day 2000. Love, Cory It was inexpensive and relatively easy.
I am a 4-H leader. For Father's day we purchased pencil boxes had the kids decorate them with all kind of things , like nuts bolts and things and made the dad's a first aid kit for their car, boat or shop we bought a large box of Band-Aids and split them and we bought boxes of 4x4 gauze and split those also.. things like that and it was less expensive made great gifts.
Our preschool had a bunch of key chains printed with the wrong address, so we decided to use them for Father's day gifts. We covered the side with the wrong address with sticker paper (in any color). The other side was left blank for the children to glue on all kinds of buttons. Once the buttons were dry the children painted over them with glitter glue for an added effect.
When my son was in daycare, they wrote a poem and then put the children's footprints on either sides of the poem and gave them to all the fathers. The poem is: Footprints "Walk a little slower daddy," said a child so small. "I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they're hard to see; So walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me. Someday when I'm all grown up, You're what I want to be; Then I will have a little child Who'll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true; So walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you."
Last year for Father's Day I did silhouettes of the kid's profiles. I used a clip -on desk lamp (that what we use during our nap times to do work in the classroom) and directed the light onto a wall (about 6-8 feet away), had the child sit in a chair looking to the side (so that I got a shadow of their profile), hung a light colored (white, I tired drwing it on a black sheet of construction paper, but it didn't show up as well) sheet of paper on the wall, and then with chalk (yes, chalk, white) I traced their profile. Once I was finished, the kids helped me lay a sheet of black construction paper over the chalk tracing and very carefully transferred the silhouette onto the black paper by rubbing over it. Then I was able to follow the chalk lines and cut out the silhouette. I glued the silhouettes to whole sheets of construction paper (lt. blue for boys, and pink for girls).
Then I cut out cameo pictures from pictures of them I had taken with fancy scissors and glued them onto their silhouette.
On the back of the construction paper, we glued a Father's Day poem that I had found on the web (don't remember which one) and the kids signed (wrote) their names on them.
I used the gold paint pens and wrote the date in on the front at the bottom of the black silhouette, and had them laminated.
The dads all loved them. It was a different twist on the usual picture in a picture frame.
Materials needed: plain unflavored yogurt, food coloring
A Father's Day Gift. We go out to our sand box. The children take off one shoe and sock. They make a foot print in the sand. (moisten sand if it is too dry, with a spray bottle) Mix up some faster plaster or plaster of Paris and pour into the foot print. You can tint the the plaster pink or blue it you like. It takes about 1/2 hour to harden. remove from the sand and let it dry overnight. Rub off the sand with a paper towel or soft paint brush. The children can then paint it and give their Dads a great paper weight for Father's Day. It becomes a real treasure when they are grown!
On Father's Day last year, the children in my class decorated large-sized cookies (made by the teachers of course!) with frosting, M&Ms, and other cookie decorations. They loved making it (and eating the art) and it was greatly appreciated by the dads, uncles, and "special friends" in their lives.
My preschool class is making change holders for their Dad's for Father's Day. I purchased packages of plastic ashtrays at "The Dollar Store" (3 ashtrays to a package), tile grout, and a box of washers, bolts, nuts and screws (at Wal-Mart). The children will spread the tile grout around the outer edge of the ashtrays. (You could also use empty tuna fish cans or other containers.) Next, they will select the various hardware items and press into the grout. (Use close supervision to make sure the children do not put the pieces in their mouth!) Let dry overnight. When completely dry, they can be decorated with glitter glue to jazz them up with color. I wrote the following poem to go along with the gift:
I made this little gift for you I made it by myself
Have each child sign their own name, if they can.
Decorate a baby food jar with tissue paper and watered down glue fill with Hershey kisses and hugs, and attach this poem .
When I am at school, or when we are far apart,
Father's Day Mats you can get mats from carpet companies, Free. children dip feet in paint, walk across mat, then sponge paint letters DAD. looks great. you will need extra helpers on this day.
Someone donated clean, empty paint cans to our program. We used "apple barrel" paint to put hand prints on them, then wrote MY DAD CAN FIX ANYTHING on them. We filled them with paintbrushes , hammers, nails from the dollar store.
Add powder tempera paint to a little bit of shaving cream and then let children draw pictures with their fingers for their father for Father's Day. After drawing, each work of art should be allowed to dry over night. It's great fun and it smells great too!
Cut out a tie shape from felt or fabric. Have the child make a fist and pant the under side of the hand with fabric paint and then paint the fingertips to make a footprint do each hand opposite each other. Then write with a fabric pen " I want to follow in your footsteps daddy" At the bottom write the child's name and date.
Father's Day Pennants for the Dads who are, and even those who aren't, sports fans: Buy any color craft foam at a craft store. Cut out a "pennant" shape (about 8 1/2 x 11" size). Cut a hole for a picture, slightly smaller than the size of the picture. Let the children decorate the pennant by gluing on small collage items (buttons, macaroni, beads, etc.) or use something like fabric paint if you wish. When dry, glue child's picture to the back and cover with construction paper the color of the pennant if you don't want the picture back to show. On the front, write with marker or pen, "I'm your biggest fan" or something similar. The child can sign his/her name if they are able to and if they left enough room! Then, insert 1 colored drinking straw into another drinking straw (to be the stick that holds the pennant up so you can "wave" it) and hot glue the "stick" (straws) to the back of the pennant. Please e-mail me if you have any questions!
We did this last year at my preschool... Get a long stick from a tree, attach a long string with a fish from construction paper at the end. On the fish write.. "I'm hooked on you Daddy!!" The children can dress up their fish with googily eyes, or beads. We even put their pictures on them. The dads loved them!!!
Crazy Tie Decorating The kids can decorate one of dad's most craziest tie depicting his favorite hobby. Example: Fishing -use fishing gear.
We made air fresheners for our fathers. We cut out felt and sprayed it with cologne. We then glued the flannel to a pre-cut out construction paper pattern and added a string. On the top we glued the same pre-cut pattern and let dry. I placed them in a zip lock bag with the child's name on it. The children love to give this gift because it smells great.
Materials Needed.... T-shirt, tempra paint, paint marker
This is a very cute father's day gift. Turn the shirt over to the back side, in the middle of the shirt have the child put his/her handprint. After the paint dries, above the handprint write with the paint marker..."My Dad deserves a pat on the back." Put the child's name and date below the hand print! Cute Father's Day gift!!!
Garden Stones-need marbles, old jewelry, broken dishes into small pieces, Hot Wheel cars, old coins domino playing pieces, seashells of any kind. You will also need a bag of Quick Crete sold at Home Depot and old buckets to mix it in. Once the mix is ready then you will pour it into a box about 11x16 or a12x12 about1and1half inches full will you might have to cut the boxes down so the children can place their objects in the mix. Once all items are in let dry for about 2 days then peel off the box and place in your garden.
First go to your local dollar store and purchase mats for frames sized 4x6 or 5x7 then let the children glue puzzle pieces onto the frame. When dried teachers spray with spray paint any color. Then tape the child's picture onto the back and add the caption I love my dad to pieces on the front. next take magnetic tape and add to the back to make a magnet.
Father's Day card. Get a large piece of poster board. Fold in half. Have child do foot print (right foot on left and left foot on right). Now draw a line down the center and two lines (dot) and you have a butterfly.
You can also do hand and say "Hands down - best DAD"
Have the parents send in a daddy size t-shirt. Paint the children's hands with puffy paint and have them make hand prints all over the shirt. When done write "I can't keep my hands off my Dad" Fathers love it.
I found this at a friends house: this poem printed at the bottom of a piece of paper -
Here are my hands one red, one blue
Children put their hand prints in the middle of the page along with their name. date can be added e.g. Fathers Day 2000, and name of your center.
Father's Day T-shirts
Materials: Daddy size white T-shirt, Fabric paint, puff paint, and your child's footprints
On the left side of the shirt or on the pocket you will write with puff paint, My child (kids) walk(s) all over me. Then in different color fabric paint, paint your child's footprint and put it all over the shirt going in different directions.
#1 Dad Trophy Cards. Photocopy picture of a trophy. Glue picture onto folded construction paper to make a card. Cut around the trophy so that some of the construction paper shows. Allow children to color picture and put gold glitter on it. Either inside or on cover write #1 Dad.
Father's Day Ties. This activity can be used for even the youngest child to give to Daddy. Purchase solid colored ties at a dollar store or other "cheap" store. I use the Dollar General. Using Fabric paints, have the child cover the tie with handprints. (Help smaller babies and toddlers with this). Then after cleaning hands, using the fabric paint markers, write, "Mary's Daddy" along with the date. This can also be done on T-shirts, ball caps, socks or other items.
For Fathers Day we the metal lids from frozen juice cans. Then we took a picture of the child and cut it to fit on the lid. To decorate we put rick rack around them. After they were dry we put a magnetic strip on the back. It made a great refrigerator magnet, my husband put our daughters on his tool box at work.
cut a neck tie shape out of a heavy construction paper. Have children decorate with paints, crayons or markers. Laminate once decorated. Cut a quarter size hole where a tie clip might go and insert a picture of the child as the tie clip. Add the child's name and date on the backside. Attached magnets securely. Great gift that lasts for years and may be displayed at work, on the frig, even inside a medicine cabinet, anywhere.
For Father's Day
Materials: Shaving creme, mirrors & camera
Have children spread shaving creme on their face. They can look in the mirror during or after. (It's okay if it gets in their hair or other places.) Then take each child's picture one at a time. After getting pictures developed, you can either make a frame or put it inside a hand-made card for Dad. Write a cute saying like: "Just like my Daddy" or "Daddy's little buddy".
Last year for father's Day we made a very inexpensive gift and the dad's just loved it!! We bought everyday Mugs and puff painted hand prints on them. Wrote the child's name and year on the mug. Then cut out a heart that said "A Mug and a Kiss for you. We filled the mugs up with kisses ...a great idea.
We ask the parents to bring in a daddy-size, clean, white shirt. The children create a picture or design on a piece of white paper using fabric crayons (found at any craft store or even, Wal-mart). I, then write "Happy Father's Day, love, child's name, and the date" BACKWARDS!!! Then we put the picture onto the shirt and iron the design onto the shirt. Use a low heat setting on the iron. It may sound complicated because it is hard to explain, but it is very easy to do. Sorry if I have totally confused you! Just buy the crayons and read the back of the box!!! Good Luck!
This is to make neck ties for fathers. Even the youngest toddler can do this. Make a pattern for a necktie out of cardboard. Cut it out and then use it as your pattern. Using a solid color felt cut out the neckties. Attach a pin to the top to pin on. Let the children decorate with fabric paint or glue on items such as buttons. Invite your fathers to lunch with the children and present them the ties to wear at the lunch.
I treasured my "portrait" done by my kids on a large heavy duty paper. We took that same idea and made Daddy pictures at home. Its a cute keepsake and a fun look at yourself!
We did the watered down glue with tissue paper on a small glass bottle (or a baby food jar would work well) and decorated it with jewels and sequins. Then we filled it with Hershey's Hugs & Kisses and attached the following poem: When I am at school
Or when we're far apart,
You may get a little sad,
But you're always in my heart.
So here are some Hugs and Kisses For when I am away,
To remember that I love you
Each and every day.
Name: Alicia E-Mail: AliciaDug@aol.com
We cut neck-tie shapes out of clay or dough and let them harden. Then the children could decorate them with paint or markers. I sprayed them with a clear acrylic coating to preserve their artwork and attached magnets to the back. I also added a message on them (like #1 Dad) and put the child's name and date on the back.
Name: LeeAnne E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
white golf towels
fabric paint, all colors
Great gift for the dads that golf. Have the children put handprints on the towel with the fabric paint, drizzle fabric paint all over the towel. Let the children decorate the towel any way they wish.
Name: LeeAnne E-Mail: email@example.com
Painters hats, available at paint or hardware store
Fabric Paint, any colors
Have the children decorate the white painters hats with the fabric paint, we put handprints on the top. Very easy project the dad's love them!
Name: Debi E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Father's Day Towels
Purchase inexpensive bar towels at restaurant supply or warehouse store (I paid $10 for 24 white terry cloth towels)
Paint children's hand in their choice of bright acrylic paint and put open hand print near bottom edge of towel.
Let dry then put year and child's name on them. I use fabric paint (purchased after Christmas) for this part. We roll ours up and tie with curling ribbon, with a card attached that reads "Dad, Here's a helping hand for you, because I love you, yes I do!" and have the child sign (?) the card. These make great gifts that can actually be used!
Name: Julie E-Mail: BandJSouva@AOL.com
My sons preschool teacher cut out ties about 8-10 inches long made out of constrution paper. She had the class decorate them with paints. On the back she put their name and date, then laminated them and put a piece of elastic through two holes punched into the top on each side. My husband then wore the tie for dinner that night and my son just couldn't stop grinning.
Name: Jennifer E-Mail: email@example.com
A Pat On the Back For Dad
Have the children make hand prints on the back of the t-shirts, then write "This Dad Needs A Pat On The Back".
Submitted by: Ginny E-Mail: Msginnyedu@aol.com
"Souper Soup for a Souper Dad"
Each child brings a can of their Dad's (or special man in their lives) soup. Take a piece of construction paper the size of the can label. Let the children decorate the label..using markers, crayons, stickers. Make a tag that says "Souper Soup for a Souper Dad" (or Grandpa, Uncle,etc.), put a stick on bow on top of the can.
Bookmark's for Dad
Cut a bookmark whatever size you would like or copy a size that is
sold..use a paper cutter...watercolor one size with Q-tips the other side put date and
message to dad. when dried laminate, punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon into
the hole. You can use regular paint with Q-tips too. I also send a plant home
with the book mark that the children have planted before fathers day....Dad's love it...I
work with 3's and it has been a big success. I also let the children sign their
names any way they know how...which is usually drawing it.
Father's Day Cards
Talk with the children about things they can do around the house to help their dads. Then, help them make a "helping hands" Father's Day card.
Give each child 4 pieces of white copier paper and have them make hand prints on each
sheet. When they are dry, make a cover out of construction paper and staple the
children's papers inside. Let the children decorate their covers. The dad's
can then tear out the pages of the cards and present them to the children when they need a
Snacks For Dad
Next, make a Father's Day snack to put into the cans. Let the children help mix
the fish crackers, pretzels, raisins, cheerios, and popcorn together. Fill the cans
with the snack.
1. Using the tempra paint, have the children make a hand print on the 5X7 piece of paper.
2. Glue the hand prints onto the poster board.
3. Let the children glue the puzzle pieces on the poster board, around the hand
print to create a frame.