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Painted Hammers

For Fathers Day I go to the local dollar store and buy hammers, all Dads could use a hammer. I then let the children paint the handle of the hammer and I then spray paint a layer of clear acrylic over it to keep the paint from rubbing off. It has always been a big hit with my kids and their Dads.

Father's Day Treat Bag

Have each child put the following snacks in a paper bag and staple on a note explaining the significance of each.

Tootsie Roll - to show the big "roll" you play in my life.

100 Grand Candy Bar - to show you how much you are worth to me.

Bag of Popcorn - to let you know that without our "Pop", our family would not be "corn"-plate.

Bag of Peanuts - to tell you I'm "nuts" over you.

Hershey Kiss - to show you how much I love you.

Mint - to show my appreciation of your comment-"mint" to me.

Roll of Lifesavers - for how you protect me from danger and show me right from wrong.

~ Family Fun Magazine

Drawing Collection

One of my favorite gift ideas was to start a collection of the kid's drawings (all on same size paper) and artwork and put them into a three-ring binder. We would decorate the covers with stickers and pictures of the child. The parents LOVED these, and I am sure they kept them forever. Takes advance planning, though.

~Submitted by Elisabeth

Snack Cans

We decided to make "snack cans" for father's day. Small coffee cans, cleaned up, decorated by the children and then filled with a mix of pretzels, peanuts, etc. Dads always appreciate food, LOL!

~Submitted by Renee from Mass.


I have one for you: picked it up from our files from our association. Trace the babies feet onto construction paper. These will be butterfly wings. Cut out a contrasting piece of construction paper for the body; same thing for the antennas. Glue them onto a larger piece of construction paper and write above and below " I LOVE YOU DAD - FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY SOUL.

I'm doing this for all my kids, big and little...

~Submitted by Danielle from Michigan

Coffee Can Treats

We took big coffee cans and I painted them with primer. Then the kids put their handprints on them, names and Happy Father's Day 2000. We made chocolate covered pretzels and tomorrow we will make cookies. I got little packs of coffee and they each have a book "Daddies" I got with some free scholastic points. We'll put all this in (I just put tissue paper in each can) and give to them tomorrow (as I only have one dcg on Fridays). I can't remember who I got the coffee can idea from (I think I changed it a bit) but thank you! They turned out great and were very easy to do.

~Submitted by Cindy

Car Air Fresheners

Last year for Father's Day I had the children make car air fresheners for their dads. Cut two black circles out of construction paper. Have the children paint one - we used gold and silver liquid watercolors. On the other circle paste, a picture of the child cut a little smaller than the circle. In the border write "You make my world go 'round Happy Father's Day!" Cut up air fresheners to put inside or spray with the other kind. Punch a hole on top and add yarn. I hope this makes sense. They turned out cute.

~Submitted by Beverly in NJ

Father's Day Wallet Card

Cut cards from card stock the size of a credit card. Let the kids paint, draw, collage, or decorate the card in any way that they would like for their daddy. When finished, laminate the cards. Daddy will have the perfect wallet size piece of artwork to remember their child by.

~Submitted by Laurie in OH

Stepping Stones

We will make stepping stones again this year. This will be the fourth year and everyone just loves them. The kids put their handprints in the cement and then write their name and the year.

~Submitted by Doreen in MN

***** Step By Step instructions for making Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones

We made the stepping stones this year for Father's Day and had no problem, We used Quikrete cement and placed it in a styrofoam meat tray, then after the children placed their hand in it, they decorated it with stones and marbles. They have come out great! We added this poem:

My hands were once so tiny.
I needed so much care.
Thank you so much, Daddy.
For always being there!

~Submitted by Gloria in Kansas

I used cement mixed in the wheelbarrow, and when it was set a bit imprinted their hand or foot, wrote their name and the year, and inset marbles and large beads. It worked out great, still have them in the garden from 3 years ago, but it did take several days to set. ~Submitted by Sandy in Ontario

Father's Day Footprint Craft

Print the following poem out in a very large footprint and then have the child make a footprint
over the words with watered down tempera paint. Laminate it and put a string on the back for hanging.

"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.

Father's Shirt

Take a piece of construction paper and hold it like a hotdog bun. Fold the top down to the bottom. Then take the paper and turn it so that the fold is on the right side. Then go down about an inch from the top and on both sides of the paper cut about 2" in (on each side) but NOT all the way into the middle. These two cuts make the collar if you fold the two pieces down to the middle. Add a wallpaper tie and it is precious. You could cut the folded side so that it will open up and put a poem on the inside. You could add a pocket and fill it with "coupons" for dad.

Pencil Holder

Cover a nice size or oddly shaped jar with masking tape ripped in small pieces, making sure it is covered well overlapping in all directions. Once covered wipe on brown paste shoe polish with an old rag. Rub in well. Apply again and wipe again. It looks like leather when done. Really neat to hold pencils etc. for their desk.

Key Chains

Cut off curved sides from meat trays. Have children decorate using permanent markers (I know it's hard for the young ones to keep permanent markers off everything, so you may need to keep an eye on them.) With a black permanent marker write your message. I had the children write it with a pencil first and then trace with a marker. We used the message Happy Fathers Day. With a sharp instrument make a hole in the meat tray close to the edge but not too close. Write the kids name and the date and any other special message also with a permanent marker. Now the really neat stuff. Place the meat trays on a cookie sheet lined with foil and place in a low oven for 2-5 minutes. (Keep an eye on them as they tend to roll up and stick together) The meat trays heat up, shrink and get hard. I added a key ring in the hole and made key chains for Father's Day. The mother's in my class were very upset and jealous that the fathers were getting this.

Stress Ball

Fill a latex examination glove with clean sand. I used it out of our school sandbox so I sifted it first. I will let the children do all of this. Fill the glove until its very full. Then tie it in a knot. I will let the children decorate it with permanent markers all colors. On the palm, area writes: To the best Dad, Hands Down! On the fingers add smile faces. : ) add hair etc...Write: I Love You down the fingers. Write Happy Father's Day on the back palm area. Add fingernails, color them red. Add rings ....get creative. Now this blob hand is a great item to set on a desk. It's very unique. It can be posted. Add your rings to the fingers. It can hold small cards. Great stress reliever. You can lay it flat & press down on the palm area to make an indentation. It can hold small coins. I don't think many dads have these. When I was experimenting with the gloves all my co-workers wanted one. Keep in mind that you want the glove to be full so that the fingers stand upright. You also need to squeeze out any air that is inside the glove so you don't have a bubble. It is very easy to do.

Key Holder

Material for each project: one 2 X 5-inch rectangular shaped piece of 1-inch thick wood, 2 or 3 screws in type cup hooks, paint, spray type varnish (for teacher use only), sawtooth hanger.

Have children paint the wood as they'd like. Write their names on the back (teacher can add the year, too). Screw in the cup hooks at the bottom section (the 2-inch side) of the rectangle. Attach sawtooth hanger to the top of the back for hanging on the wall. When finished, the teacher can give a quick spray of a finishing varnish to keep the paint from chipping or rubbing off the key holder.

Wrapping Paper

Let the children wrap their gifts in wrapping paper they have made from newsprint stamped with fish-shaped sponge painting (or car/truck sponge shapes).

Paper Weight

What about a rock paperweight, have your kids paint it any colors they want to add that eye's that move, a felt nose, mouth, ears, tail, etc. Put felt on the bottom of the rock and walla you have a paperweight. Good luck.....

Candle Idea

Get candle wax and small candle holders. Pour the wax in and insert the wick and its ready to burn.

Sand Candles

Fill a baby food jar with colored sand and insert the wick. Next, pour melted wax on top. (To make colored sand mix salt and food coloring then microwave for a few seconds)

More Sand Candles

Fill a shallow pan with sand. Make an impression in the sand, add the wick and pour the melted wax in the sand. Layer with different colors. After the wax has cooled remove the candle. Some of the sand will stick to the wax.

Father's Day Yummy Cup

Take a regular plastic cup (tumbler), bright colors are cute! Let the kids decorate outside w/marker. Help them write the occasion: Happy Fathers Day! Love you! etc... We used med. blue cups w/ light blue tissue paper stuffed inside the cup. Then let the kids fill w/ goodies for their Dad! We used a baggie of gummie bears, some gum, a small note-pad (on the first page we made a coupon for Dad to take the whole day OFF!).

Chef Hat

Chef's hats. We decorated them with their dad's favorite tees, fishing flies~rubber worns etc...they were too funny.

Another Card

Give your dad a special card for Father's Day. Gather construction paper, wrapping paper, 3 buttons, a photo or drawing of a child.

Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Cut two strips of construction paper. Fold the top end down across the strip at a diagonal. Glue them to the middle of the folded edge of the paper to make a collar. Cut a tie out of wrapping paper and glue to the "collar" of your card. Glue two buttons on the collar, like buttons on a shirt. Cut a square of construction paper bigger than the photo. Glue three edges of it to the right side of the card to make a pocket. Glue a button to the pocket. When the glue is dry, stick the picture of yourself inside the pocket of the "shirt." Write a special message to Dad inside the card to remind him that you think he's terrific.

Picture Frame Ideas

Make a Fathers Day frame out of picture matting with seashells to decorate it. Fathers Day frame is a cut-out of the child's hand.


Make Fathers Day coupons for chores, breakfast in bed, a big kiss, etc.


A card containing a poem from the child, dictate their answer to what do you like best about your father.

Father's Day Collage

Father collage from pictures of men and children cut from magazines - have them dictate a story describing their choices and what they mean.

Another Pencil Holder

A pencil holder, decorate a strip of construction paper in any fashion then contact paper it around a can brought from home.

Storage Containers for Dad

Decorate baby food jars for Dad to use in the garage to hold nuts, bolts, and screws.

Wind Chimes

We make mobile (wind chimes) out of old screws, nuts, and bolts. I got old scraps of wood and used fishing line to connect the nuts and bolts to the old piece of wood.

Nail Aprons

Decorate nail aprons & give to dad. I bought a bunch of permanent sharpie markers & some fabric paint. I'll let my kids put on a few hand-prints & use all those different colored markers.

Cute Tie

Get a plain white or off white tie and different colors of fabric paint. Dip the children's hands into the paint and press onto the tie making handprints. Put handprints all over the tie and let dry.........

Plate Tie

Use a 9-inch paper plate. Draw a circle in the middle of the plate - the circle should include the "flat part" of the plate that is in the middle, but not the "ribbed part" of the outside of the plate. Make a one cut through the plate in the ribbed area to get to the circle and then cut the circle out. You should now have a circle and a ring (the ring is the ribbed part). Draw the shape of a tie (the large diamond look) in the middle of the circle and cut out. Make sure the tie starts at one side of the circle and ends at the other side so your tie will be as long as possible. This cut out shape should look like the part of a tie you see laying on the front of a man's shirt when he is wearing the tie. Staple the tie shape to the ring shape. Place the staple on the opposite side of the cut you made through the ring shape. You should be able to slip the ring around your neck like a necklace and the tie shape should be resting on your chest just like a real tie. The ring around your neck is what holds the tie on. You may decorate your tie with crayons, markers, paint, glitter, buttons, sequins, or anything else you would like to add. You can also stamp or sponge paint your tie.

Soap On A Rope

In a bowl pour approx. 3 cups of soap flakes. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water with a few drops of food coloring added to it. With your hands mix the contents until it forms the consistency of playdough. To shape it, take a drop or two of vegetable oil and rub it between the palm of your hands. Then shape any way you wish. If you want soap on a rope, cut a piece of string and tie the ends together. Push the knotted end gently into your finished shape. To help with the shapes, you could also use cookie cutters or playdough molds. Let soap dry and set overnight.

Father's Day Pop-Up Card

Materials: Pencil, Scissors, Glue, A ruler, 2 sheets of colored paper (approximately 8.5" x 11"), Crayons, Markers, Glitter

Hold one piece of paper with the short side at the bottom. Fold in half, bringing the top down. Firmly crease the fold with your fingernail. Using your ruler and pencil, make a dot at the center of the creased fold. Measure one inch to the right of this center dot, and using the ruler draw a straight 2" line (at a right angle to crease). Repeat the measure and cut on the left side. At this point, you should have two 2" slits at the top of your card. Open the card, positioning the center, cut out, section forward. It should form a cube when opened. Crease the front and bottom section of the cube, and close the card, folding the cube flat (facing toward you so that it pops up when you open the card). Take the second piece of paper and glue it to the other side of the card. Your Father's Day card will be rectangular (approximately 5.5" X 8.5") and will open from the bottom. For the pop-up, you can draw and then cut out a heart or other design of your choice (make it taller than the box - around 3" high and about 2" wide). Get creative. You might want to cut out a picture to place on the pop-up cube or glue on a family portrait. Put glue on the cube section only and fold the card closed, being certain the pop-up lies flat. Your design will pop up, covering much of the cube when the card is opened. Now the fun really begins. You might want to write Happy Father's Day on the front of your card, with a message to Dad inside. Color and decorate the card, inside and out using crayons, markers, and glitter. Use your imagination!

Father's Day Tie

Cut out ties about 8 - 10 inches long out of construction paper. Have the children decorate them with paints. On the back put their names and date and laminate it. Put a piece of elastic through two holes punched into the top on each side.

Pat On The Back For Dad

Materials: Men's T-shirts, Fabric Paint.

Have the children make hand-prints on the back of the T-shirts, then write, "This Dad Needs A Pat On The Back."

Souper Dad

Each child brings a can of their dad's favorite soup. Take a piece of construction paper the size of the can label. Let the children decorate the label using markers, crayons, stickers, etc. Make a tag that says, "Souper Soup For A Souper Dad." Put a stick bow on top of the can.

Dad's Bookmark

Cut a bookmark whatever size you would like. Have the children watercolor one side with Q-tips and on the other side put date and message to dad. When dry, laminate it and tie a ribbon through a hole punched out on top.

Father's Day Cards

Materials: Assorted colors of paint, Construction paper, Copier paper, Stickers, crayons, markers, etc.

Talk to 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 dads can then tear out the pages of the card and present them to the children when they need a "helping hand."

Snacks For Dad

Materials: Construction paper, Small coffee cans, Clear contact paper, Stickers, paints, markers, crayons, etc., 2 boxes of fish-shaped crackers, 1 large bag of pretzels, 1 large bag of raisins, 2 boxes Cheerios, Popcorn

First, make decorated snack food containers for Father's Day. Cut the construction paper to fit the coffee cans. Let the children decorate the construction paper with stickers, paint, markers, crayons, etc. Glue the children's decorated papers onto the coffee cans and then cover with clear contact paper. 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 this snack.

Puzzle Pictures

Materials: 8 x 10 pieces of posterboard, Various old puzzles with missing pieces, 5 x 7 pieces of construction paper, Paint, Glue

Using the paint, have the children make a handprint on the 5 x 7 piece of paper. Glue the hand-prints onto the posterboard. Let the children glue the puzzle pieces on the poster board, around the handprint to create a frame.

Pops Pencil Holder

Materials: Popsicle sticks, Glue, Paint (two or more different colors), Tomato sauce can (remove one end of the can and the paper).

Paint Popsicle sticks whatever colors you have chosen. When these have dried, glue them to the tomato sauce can. These make neat pencil holders for dad.

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