Daddy Craft Day

Daddy Craft

I am titling this post Daddy Craft Day but really anyone can have fun doing these, I usually buy craft kits for my husband and son to enjoy together because they come with instructions and I can leave and not bother them more than taking a few pictures! My son loves to create and my husband likes to make concrete things so kits like these are perfect!  This was a gift from a dear friend for my son’s 3rd birthday and I saved it for a weekend daddy project.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a craft kit- they are using Creativity for Kids Set of 3 Fast Car Race Cars which is not recommended for kids under 3, and honestly I would not allow my child to do without close supervision until at least 6. There are many small pieces. Also newspaper to cover your tables , water and a damp cloth to wipe up spills. Daddy Craft
  2. Let them dive in. They painted. Daddy Craft
  3. Then we took him out of the house for a few hours, because waiting for the paint to dry was torture for a 3 year old. Daddy Craft
  4. When dry they added the stickers that came with it. Daddy Craft
  5. They they raced them- well they still are racing them days later.  My mom came into town and my son very proudly explained that he made these with his dad, NOT his mom. So even if you aren’t the parent or caregiver that normally does creative things , grab a kit and sit down and enjoy the fun that comes from making something with your child.  From my family room , I heard my son say to his dad “Daddy I like doing things with you.”  That is all that needs to be said! Daddy Craft

Books About Dad

Daddy’s Song by Leslea Newman was a big hit with my son. The book is a lullaby that a father sings to his daughter before bed. It’s whimsical and at times down right funny. The illustrations by Karen Ritz keep up with the whimsy and make it all seem like a silly dream. Then the end of the book brings us all back to reality with the most important message, that even if all these silly things did happen and turned the little girls world topsy turvy, that her dad would be there and still love her. Big thumbs up from us for this sweet but not sappy book!

Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild. I was so happy to discover that this author wrote a daddy book to compliment “Piglet and Mama” which I reviewed and loved for Mother’s Day. Papa pig and piglet are playing and piglet thinks she may have made her daddy very angry and worries about his love for her. The other farm animals help by reassuring piglet and finally she finds Papa pig and the other animals were right he does love her more than anyone in the whole world.

A Father Like That by Charlotte Zolotow touched my heart. I have always been lucky to have a dad who was involved and present in my life, but this book is about the opposite. A little boy is telling his mom about what he wants in a dad, because he doesn’t have one. The book covers so many things dads do or don’t do, and while the dream dad isn’t perfect he is fair, loving and kind. I was tearing up as the book neared the end because I was wondering how the mom who was hearing all of this was going to react. Throughout the list of things the dad would do there were things for his mom too, mostly her being able to take a break and rest. Which made me feel sad that a little boy would have to worry about his mom, but I am sure that is all too common. The end pushed me over the edge, and my son who was drifting off to sleep while I was reading popped up and wiped my tears which made me cry harder because he was taking care of me. It ends with his mama saying that even though he may never have a father like that , that one day he can be a father like that. Great book for all families.

Comments

  1. says

    Piglet and Pa Pa. Oh my goodness that book looks adorable. I’ve always been a sucker for piglets, though. My girls love when Daddy gets involved with crafts. Your post just reminded me that I have some wooden cars stashed away for all of us to paint together- family night activity. Enjoy your Friday- hope your pregnancy is going well. :)

    Jen
    Creative and Curious Kids!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Fairies Galore! =-.

  2. says

    Oh, just reading about “A Father Like That” made me burst into tears! My son is so lucky to have a terrific Dada, I know firsthand because I didn’t have one. It’s nice to know that there are books that acknowledge all kinds of families, though.

    My husband is definitely not the crafty one around here, but I should remember to have a project ready for him to do with CJ occasionally, too. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Adrienne says

    LOVE the suggestions! 2 of the 3 are in my Amazon cart as I type! I am always looking for great Father’s Day things – -and even though these are for my sweet girl I think we will give them to daddy for Father’s day!! :) Thanks for the reviews. Keep ‘em coming!
    .-= Adrienne´s last blog ..The Best Decision of my Life =-.

  4. Sandi says

    Ok – now we need to see a picture of the car that DADDY painted!! I found similar wooden cars in the dollar spot at Target a few weeks ago and the kids painted them. Very fun!!
    .-= Sandi´s last blog ..This Week’s Friday Freebie – Pretty Ballerina =-.

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