Father’s Day is a day to honor Dad as well as all the other men–grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers, big brothers–who have played a special role in your life. It is a day to show the father figure in your life that you love and care for him. Plan a barbecue for Dad and invite family as well as friends who are close to him or just let it be you and him. Search ideas for handmade Father’s Day cards and presents, special poems, and snack recipes in our Father’s Day crafts, activities, and games sections.
You’re a Great Catch Father’s Day Card
Give each child a 9-inch paper plate. Cut out two small triangles from one side of paper plate to make the tail section of the fish. Glue on a seashell for the eye. In the middle of the paper plate write, "To Dad (or Grandpa, etc.), You’re a great catch!" Apply glue a thin layer all around edges of the fish and onto the tail. Sprinkle some sand on the glue while still it is still wet. Shake off excess sand. Have each child tie a piece of yarn about 14-inches long (fishing line) to a 1-foot long stick (fishing pole) and attach a paper clip to the other end of the yarn. Punch a hole where the fish’s mouth would be and hook the paper clip through it.
Anyone Can Be a Special Father Framed Art
On a piece of colored construction paper, write this saying at the bottom: "Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy." Have child press paint-covered hands to the upper corners of the paper. Add a picture of child in between the handprints. To make a frame, mount the construction paper on a larger sheet of colored tagboard and decorate with stickers, glitter, dry pasta, etc.
Take a piece of construction paper and hold it like a hot dog bun. Fold the top down to the bottom. Next, take the paper and turn it so that the fold is on the right side. Then, going down about an inch from the top, on both sides of the paper cut about 2 inches in but not all the way in to the middle. These two cuts will make the collar if you fold the two pieces down to the middle. Add a wallpaper tie. Optional: Cut the folded side so that it opens up and write a poem inside or add a pocket and fill it with "coupons" for Dad.
I’ll Save Your Place, Dad Bookmark
Heavy paper, child’s photo, markers and crayons, and contact paper. Cut a small strip of construction paper or tagboard (about 2 inches wide by 3 inches long). Glue child’s photo to one end of the strip. Write the words "I’ll save your place, Dad." Have child decorate it. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper.
Father’s Day Gift Idea: Snack Can
Cut a piece of construction paper to fit around a coffee can. Let children decorate the construction paper with stickers, paint, markers, crayons, glitter, etc. Glue decorated paper to the coffee can and then cover the paper with clear contact paper. Next, make a Father’s Day snack to put into the cans. Mix fish crackers, pretzels, raisins, cheerios, and popcorn together. Fill the can with the snack.
Here’s a great and simple gift that you can make for dad that he’ll really love–a coupon booklet filled with special favors you promise to do for him. Dad can cash in a coupon any time he’s ready for a little break or a helping hand. To make the booklet, fold the sheets of 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper in light colors into 3 equal parts. Cut along the folds, creating the coupons. Draw a line the length of a coupon on each coupon and write the favors on the lines (for example: one big hug, one whatever Dad wants, one take out the trash, etc.). Use your creativity to decorate each coupon, adding stickers, glitter, etc. Staple the coupons together to make a little booklet.
My Dad Rocks! Paperweight
Mix some glue with some water and brush mixture on a small, smooth rock. Tear some tissue paper into small pieces and place them on the rock until the top and sides are covered. On a piece of paper write "My Dad Rocks! and glue it to the top of the rock. Let dry. To finish the paperweight, use a brush to paint and cover the rock with a generous amount of the glue/water mixture.
Things to Do with Dad – Father’s Day Activities
With children, make a list of things that they can do with their dads or other special men in their lives (fly a kite, plant a vegetable garden, lie underneath the stars, build a birdhouse, play catch, make popcorn and watch a favorite video, pack a picnic, go for a bike ride, read a book or spend time on the computer together, take a walk and pick up as many treasures as you can find while you are walking (like bottle caps and bits of wire) and make a sculpture with your findings and some glue, etc.).