FATHERS DAY CRAFT IDEAS

Footprint Stepping Stones

Materials Needed:

  • plaster of Paris
  • water
  • decorations – marbles, buttons, glitter, beads, small pebbles etc.
  • 23cm round cake pans (disposable).

Method:

Mix plaster of Paris as instructed and pour into the round pans. Let sit until it is firm enough for a print to stay in it. Press child’s foot into it (not too hard though!). Trace child’s initials and date into it. Allow the child to decorate the footprint. Let set until hard (a few days) and then remove the stepping stone from the pans.

My Dad Rocks Paperweight Craft

Find and clean small rounded river stones for each child. Decorate the rock with collage paper, smaller rocks, paint, googly eyes etc. Write My Dad Rocks! Let dry.

Following in your Footsteps

Have children dip one foot into paint and step on some paper. When dry, cut out the footprint and attach to sturdy card stock and write on the bottom:
I’m Following In Your Footsteps, along with a picture of the child on the card.

Heart Grass Pots

Materials needed:

  • planting pots (1 for each child)
  • potting soil
  • heart shaped cookie cutters
  • grass seed
  • water.

Method:

Have the children fill their pot with soil until just about full.  Place a heart shaped cookie cutter on the soil.  Cover the soil inside of the cookie cutter with a thin layer of grass seed. Cover the seeds with more soil. Water the pot. Remove the cookie cutter.  The grass will grow into a heart shape!

EXTENSION: Before planting, have the children decorate the outside of the pot with markers, stickers, etc. and then glue a picture of the child on the pot.

SONGS

I love you
I love you
For all that you do.
I’ll kiss you and hug you
‘Cause you love me, too.

Someday When I’m All Grown Up
Someday when I’m all grown up,
I want to be just like you.
To follow in your footsteps,
that’s what I want to do.

Daddy, Daddy
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Daddy, daddy let me say
I love you in every way
I love you for all you do
I love you for being you
Daddy, Daddy let me say
Have a happy Father’s Day

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

Daddy says:
Play this game like ‘Simon Says’, but replace Simon with Daddy.

Daddy/Father May I?
Played like the old game ‘Mother May I’.
Replace Mother with Daddy or Father.

Animal Families:
Talk about animal families…what do we call a baby chicken, baby dog and so on.

Big/small
Create large and small animal shapes and have the children sort them or tell you which is bigger.

PARENT IDEAS

“I take a picture of my children holding a ‘Happy Fathers’ Day’ sign. Their dad keeps the pictures in a small photo album. When he adds his new photo each year, he looks back at the old ones to see how the kids are growing.”

“We hire dad’s favourite family movies; have all of his favourite munchies on hand and pile up together on the sofa for a family movie marathon!”

“We make dad ‘King for the Day.’ He even wears a crown made by his girls!”

“Every Fathers’ Day, we dip the kids’ feet and hands into fabric paint and stamp them onto fabric squares. I add their names and the date with a fabric pen. When we have enough squares, I plan to make a quilt for my husband. His hospital shirt with our kids’ first footprints will be the centre and the squares will show how they’ve grown.”

For more Fathers Day ideas try searching these sites:

Father’s Day – A to Z Teacher’s Stuff
Father’s Day Projects – About.com
Crafts For Father’s Day – Crafts & Recipes
Father’s Day Fun & Games – BlackDog
Father’s Day Crafts – Danielle’s Place
Father’s Day Activities – DLTK
Father’s Day Crafts – Enchanted Learning
Father’s Day – Perpetual Preschool
Music & Songs – Preschool Education
Father’s Day Ideas – Mail Just 4 Me!!
Father’s Day at Family Corner