5 Fun Father’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids
Guest post by Sarah Danielson
Mother’s Day has come and gone, so it’s now time to start thinking about how to celebrate the other half of the parenting partnership. Since most kids will be out of school by the time Father’s Day actually rolls around in June, they won’t have their teachers around to offer crafty ideas for cards and gifts during class time, which means that Mom is on the hook for helping to ensure that the day meant for Dad is just as nice as the one she had. After all, dads deserve to be honored just as much as moms by their progeny. However, busy moms may not have a lot of time to go searching for gift ideas. So here are a few fun and easy crafts that the kids can get busy with.
- Cards. There’s no easier way to show Dad some love than with the simple sentiments of appreciation that can be provided with a greeting card. While you could certainly save some time by purchasing cards for the kids to sign, it doesn’t take much effort to make the experience even more special and unique with personalized cards. So bust out the craft supplies, print some family photos for the kids to cut up (they can each put photos of themselves on their own cards, for example), and help them think of the best way to tell their father that he is important in their lives.
- A photo frame. There are all kinds of ways that you could go about creating a personalized photo frame for Dad. The easiest option is probably to start with a plain, wooden frame that can easily be spruced up. You can get some decoupage glue and small tacks at the craft store and add all kinds of stuff to the frame, from lettering to photos to tiny charms. And if you really want to make it special, take the kids to a photographer and get a professional photo to put in the frame. Or if he’s into technology, decorate a USB photo frame and fill the interior window with tons of family pics.
- His favorite food…with a twist. If your classic Father’s Day breakfast includes pancakes in bed, why not pour the batter in letter shapes to spell the word “Dad”? Or if you traditionally make him a cake with a message written in frosting, change it up this year with cupcakes lettered in his favorite candy or sugar cookies that spell out your kids’ sentiments? You could even try designing a cake that looks like him.
- Personalized BBQ set. If Dad is like most men, he has taken on the role of the grill-master in your home. So you and the kids can surprise him with a personalized set that includes tools with him name on the handle (you can do them yourself or order online) and a grilling apron decorated with his kids’ handprints (use fabric paint) and the words “#1 Dad” or something similar.
- The story of his life. If you and the kids want to make a truly personalized gift for Dad, what better way than to put his own story into a book? You can pick critical (and humorous) moments from his life and have the kids tell the story in their own words or add the illustrations. The kids share a lot of special moments with Dad (playing sports, video games, and so on), so make sure to include at least one page where each child can recount their fondest memory with Dad.