Moms, we only have a week and a half until we indulge the men in our lives on Father's Day!! Whether it is Dad, Granddad, Uncle, or Friend, surely there is a man in your child's life who would cherish a sweet gift from your little ones! We are going to post a few ideas, and feel free to comment with ideas of your own for your fellow PRS Moms to glean from!
1) Father's Day Time Capsule:
Start this project a week ahead, so you only have to make one item per day - it also keeps your little one thinking about Dad all week long...
- Coffee can, oatmeal container, or Pringles can
- Recent photo of your child (or better yet, one of child and Dad together)
- Construction paper or other paper
- Crayons, markers
- White paper
What to do:
- Cut construction paper to fit around the can like a covering, glue picture to paper and have child decorate with crayons or markers, including date - June 17, 2012. Title the page "A Time Capsule for Dad"
- Glue construction paper to the can.
- Include these items in the can (and add some special ones of your own)
- Child's handprint (paint the palm of hand with washable paint and press on paper, label with date)
- Child's footprint (made the same way)
- A biography page about Dad and child - suggested items to include - "My dad is ___years old. He weighs ___lbs and is ___feet tall. His hair is ___ and his eyes are ___. My dad likes to _________________, he likes to wear _________, his favorite food is _____, his favorite TV show is ______. It makes my dad happy when ___________. I really love it when my dad ___________." Include the same type of information for the child.
- Examples of artwork created by the child.
- Special items that the child wants to give dad (a special rock, button, toy, etc. with a note about why the item is special to the child and why s/he wants to share it with Dad.)
2) Family Tree
The second craft we love is a family tree. We always love handprints, and over the years, time has proven that the crafts that are "kept" - the ones that make it into the forever memory boxes - are the ones with handprints and footprints.
For this one you need:
Posterboard or canvas for background
blue, green, and brown washable paints
Black sharpie or black paint with brush to write
What to do:
Lay out your canvas and paint the tree trunk, let dry.
Have each family member paint their hand and then place a handprint on the tree.
Let each print dry between prints.
Personalize and frame if desired.
And there you have it - two very sweet and keep-able Father's Day gifts. Moms, if you have other links or ideas, feel free to post them in the comments below and we can all learn from each other!