This Sunday is Father’s Day and at our house we keep it pretty simple. My husband like so many working parents commutes daily and doesn’t skip a beat when he walks through the door immediately switching hats from work to home. No matter how hard the day was it’s left somewhere in the miles between his office and our front door. For that and so many other things we are so very thankful. The best way to show Dad you love him is to spend time together. So we brainstormed all the ways my kids can show their dad how much they love him. There are a few rather random ones that might not work for your family but I hope many are good reminders for simple ways to connect. If you like our list I think you will love the ones my dear friends over at Kids Activities Blog posted today.
- Hugs and kisses.
- Draw him a picture.
- Make him some coffee.
- Make him a medal.
- Take him to a baseball game.
- Let him sleep in on the weekend.
- Play cars.
- Don’t be sassy.
- Make him a one of a kind t-shirt
- Thank him for working hard .
- Clear his plate at dinner.
- Play Go Fish !
- Make him a bookmark.
- Shoot some hoops.
- Make him cookies.
- Play chess with him.
- Read books together.
- No fussing at bedtime.
- Have a tea party.
- Help put away the laundry.
- Watch a game on TV with him.
- Hold his hand.
- Make him a painting.
- Listen the first time.
- Plant something in the garden together.
- Write him a story.
- Sing him a song.
- Play hide and seek.
- Do math drills together.
- Have a water fight.
- Make him a football.
- Help him with yard work.
- Make him a smoothie.
- Wash the car.
- Make him crispy bacon.
- Don’t scream.
- Play Rock , Paper, Scissors.
- Don’t eat the last cookie .
- Play soccer in the front yard.
- Buy him a new iron with polka dots.
- Go to a high school football game.
- Make him a card.
- Have a heart to heart.
- Go for a walk.
What did we miss? How do your kids like to spend time with their dad? Leave a comment and share!
Sometimes crafts don’t go exactly as you planned but you roll with it. When my daughter was given a new pack of Do-A-Dot Markers for her birthday I knew what I wanted to use them for. A few years ago my son made my husband a Dad Canvas for Father’s Day and today was my daughter’s turn at this simple Father’s Day craft. As you will see that the project did not turn out as planned but it’s still a great kid made present for Father’s Day. Here is how we made it.
- Gather your materials. You will need a canvas , some Dot-A-Dot Markers or any other paint, contact paper, letter stickers, a marker and scissors.
- Draw a tie on the backing of the contact paper.
- Cut it out , peel the backing off and press onto the canvas. Add the letter stickers to spell out Dad, Daddy, Papa etc…
- Start painting! My daughter started with a few good whacks of each color. Then she carefully added pink and purple. Normally if my daughter says she is done painting I would say great and move on but for a project like this there really needs to be lots of paint at least around the image so you might need a few tricks to keep your little one going . What I did with my daughter was to spin the canvas around to encourage her to paint all over, then I asked her to count to 5 while we both make dots , then 10, 11, 12 and then she counted to 27 all on her own.
- Peel off. Make a sad face, but only for a moment because this isn’t the end of the world. I had a feeling this was going to happen because my canvas was old and the stickers didn’t stick to it very well. You can always place a heavy book over it and let it sit for a few hours before painting. I left it up to my daughter and she wanted to paint over it. Do not make a child change their art . It’s their creation but if they ask don’t resist, it’s their art .
- I outlined the tie with a silver Sharpie. Now we just have to hide it until Father’s Day.
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By Jean Van’t Hul
Do you wonder what to do with all of the art that your kids produce? If your children are anything like mine, they draw and paint a lot. I’m often trying to think of ways to use or display their many masterpieces.
While I have a whole chapter on displaying, reusing, and storing art in my new book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity, I’m still always seeking out or thinking up new ideas. This spring, for my husband’s birthday, my daughters and I created t-shirts for him, using transfers of some of their recent drawings.
These T-shirts make great gifts and my kids were literally beaming with pride when they presented theirs.
Here’s how to make them…
Transfer a Child’s Drawing to a T-Shirt
- Children’s drawings
- Fabric transfer paper (This is widely available at craft stores, office supply stores, and online. If you have a white or yellow t-shirt, make sure to get the kind that says for light-colored shirts. And ditto for dark-colored shirts. You’ll need the packet that specifies dark colored shirts if you’re working with blue or black…)
- Ink-jet printer/copier
1. Copy your children’s drawing onto the fabric transfer paper following the instructions on the packet.
2. Cut out the image, rounding corners as you go as much as possible.
3. Match the drawings up with the T-shirts.
4. Iron your shirt to remove any wrinkles and then then position the drawings as desired.
5. Next, follow the packet instructions to iron the drawings onto the shirts. This will vary depending on whether you are transfering onto light shirts or dark shirts. It may even vary from brand to brand so make sure to read the instructions provided.
Here’s what we did:
For light-colored shirt transfers: Turn the transfer paper image side down. Iron the paper to the shirt. Let cool, then peel off the paper backing.
For dark-colored shirt transfers: Peel off the paper backing first and then arrange the image right side up. Cover image with ironing paper provided then iron the image onto the shirt. Let cool then remove the ironing paper.
Here’s my older daughter, Maia, pulling the paper backing off to reveal her owl drawings.
And here’s my three-year-old Daphne’s very first person drawing transferred onto an oatmeal-colored shirt after we (um, I) botched the first attempt onto the navy shirt by not reading the instructions properly. Ahem. So learn from my mistakes, folks!
This is not a difficult process at all, but the iron-on instructions are different depending on whether you’re doing the light or dark T-shirt transfers.
The girls wrapped the shirts with birthday paper and lots (and lots!) of tape and ribbon. They were SO excited to present their Daddy with the shirts they had made with their own drawings.
We’ve since made several more T-shirts using fabric transfers of their drawings. They each made a shirt for themselves. And I’ve heard rumblings that one or two might be in the works for me as a Mother’s Day present…
Jean Van’t Hul writes about easy and fun arts and crafts ideas at The Artful Parent and has a new book out, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity, that combines the whys and how-tos of children’s art with 60 all-time favorite activities.
Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you have been as busy trying to get settled in a new summer schedule as we have you are not ready. Even if you are more prepared than us there is still time to make something extra for a great daddy! Our 10 easy Father’s Day crafts can be made in no time and not only will the big guy love whatever you give him but your kids will have fun making it too.
Super Dad Medals
Tool Bench Pencil Holder
Father’s Day Key Chain & Poem
Father’s Day Card
Smart Phone Picture Frame
Toddler Made Book Mark
Craft Day With Dad
Father’s Day Tie Cookies