45 Ways To Show Dad You Love Him { For Kids }

45 ways to show dad you love him for kids father's day

 

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.

 

  1. Hugs and kisses.
  2. Draw him a picture.
  3. Make him some coffee.
  4. Make him a medal.
  5. Take him to a baseball game.
  6. Let him sleep in on the weekend.
  7. Play cars.
  8. Don’t be sassy.
  9. Make him a one of a kind t-shirt
  10. Thank him for working hard .
  11. Clear his plate at dinner.
  12. Play Go Fish !
  13. Make him a bookmark.
  14. Shoot some hoops.
  15. Make him cookies.
  16. Play chess with him.
  17. Read books together.
  18. No fussing at bedtime.
  19. Have a tea party.
  20. Help put away the laundry.
  21. Watch a game on TV with him.
  22. Hold his hand.
  23. Make him a painting.
  24. Listen the first time.
  25. Plant something in the garden together.
  26. Write him a story.
  27. Sing him a song.
  28. Play hide and seek.
  29. Do math drills together.
  30. Have a water fight.
  31. Make him a football.
  32. Help him with yard work.
  33. Make him a smoothie.
  34. Wash the car.
  35. Make him crispy bacon.
  36. Don’t scream.
  37. Play Rock , Paper, Scissors.
  38. Don’t eat the last cookie .
  39. Play soccer in the front yard.
  40. Buy him a new iron with polka dots.
  41. Cuddle.
  42. Go to a high school football game.
  43. Make him a card.
  44. Have a heart to heart.
  45. Go for a walk.

What did we miss? How do your kids like to spend time with their dad? Leave a comment and share!

 

11 Fun Math Activities For Kids

math for kidsMy kids love math. They get it from their father. I struggled with math from 4th grade on and I am determined that my kids won’t. Nothing we do can guarantee that our kids won’t struggle with learning but we can try our hardest to establish a strong foundation. Making math fun is a passion of mine . I want my kids to see it as a puzzle to solve , as a way to explain things and not as a hard thing they can’t do. These 11 math activities for kids are their favorite playful ways to work on math . They range in ability from toddler through the end of kindergarten but with minor adjustments could be used for almost any age.

Lock and Key Math
Pattern Towers
Lily Pad Math
Making Math Drills Fun
DIY Geo Board
Water Balloon Math Game
Hanging Out The Wash – Fine Motor Math
Monster Math
Lego Measurement
Counting Around The House
Estimation Jars

25 Books with Crafts To Match

craft ideas for preschoolWhen I started No Time For Flash Cards I started it with the intention of trying to give my friends who were at home with their kids some fun activities to fill in their day. When I taught I would always link the book I read at opening circle time with our art exploration for the day. It gave the students focus and padded the learning on both ends. We didn’t hit the kids over the head with facts or structure but a little themed continuity went a long way in our exploration of the chosen topic.  After more than 5 years of blogging I have paired countless books with crafts. Consider this list of 25 a cheat sheet. I hope you find it useful.

For the full craft tutorials click the craft title under each pair. The book title is an affiliate link and will take you to Amazon.com
 

craft for if you give a mouse a cookie 1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Puffy Paint Cookie Craft .

knight craft and book

2. Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage and Knight’s Shield Craft readmake14

3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert and Sticky Window Flower Garden readmake21

4. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Spider Web Walking . readmake19

5. Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington is a wonderful read before working on writing and counting with our  Count & Write Fire Trucks .readmake17

6. How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton and Paper Plate Pig Craftreadmake22

7.The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems goes perfectly with this Squeeze Painting Hot Dog Craft.

preschool craft

8. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and our popular Band-aid Fireflies Craft. craft for leo the late bloomer

9.Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus goes well with our Paper Bag Tiger Puppet. activity for alphabet under construction

10. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming is the perfect read before you Build With Letters.activities for the big red barn book

11. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown can be read before or after you play with this Farm Sensory Bin. tacky the penguin craft idea

12.Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester and our Simple Penguin Craft . craft for Frederick by leo lionni

13.Frederick by Leo Lionni and a craft especially made to look like Frederickalphabet craft with cars

14. Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson and our Car Alphabet is a great match! readmake9

15. Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and our Easy Peasy Paper Plate Frog Craft. craft for goodnight moon

16.Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and our Homemade Puffy Paint Moon.craft for the grouchy ladybug

17. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and our simple Ladybug Craft.trashy town craft

18. Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha has been a favorite for years and goes perfectly with our Shape Garbage Truck Craft. swimmy craft idea

19. Swimmy   by Leo Lionni is a wonderful to share while creating this cool School Of Fish Craft. craft for dinosaur vs the potty

20. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea will have your kids laughing and this Dinosaur Craft with have them using their fine motor skills. chicka chicka boom boom craft

21. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault was the inspiration for this craft. bulldozer books and craft

22. Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo is a great read before learning about shapes with the Shape Bulldozer. princess craft

23. The Very Fairy Princess Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton is sweet just like our Shape Princess Craft . cloudy with a chance of meatballs craft

24. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett is a perfect match for our DIY Weather Station. how to catch a star book and craft

25. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers goes so well with our Make Your Own Constellation Craft.

 

 

 

13 Patriotic Crafts For Kids

memorial day crafts

Next Monday is Memorial Day and whenever I do any patriotic posts I consult with my husband since he’s American and a former Air Force Officer. I on the other hand am Canadian. He explained to me that Memorial Day is really more about the start of summer but I can’t help but think that we as parents and educators should at least take some time out to honor those who served and lost their lives for us. My son is all about military history and as I explore this history with him I am reminded how much we all have to be thankful for. While you craft with your kids try to find ways to fit in some of those lessons at whatever level they are at… and then celebrate summer . Here are some of my favorite patriotic crafts .

Memorial Day Bracelets
Flag F Letter Craft
Playdough Battleground
Easy Red White & Blue Wreath
Marching Flag Craft
Star Cookie Cutter Prints
Sponge Painted American Flag
American Flag Place Mat
American Flag Cupcakes
Red, White & Blue Collages
Star Rice Crispy Treats
Red White and Blue Sensory Bin
Crayon Resist Flag Craft

10 Outdoor Activities For Toddlers

outside activities for kids We have been living outside lately and unless it starts really raining I am not sure the playroom will getting many visitors. Here are some of our old favorite toddler activities that my 2 year old and I have been re-visiting over the last few weeks. I hope you find something on this list to turn into an old favorite !

Color & Clean Car Wash
Sound Safari For Toddlers
Fly Swatter Painting
Sidewalk Chalk Games
Play In The Dirt
Painting With Nature
Gardening For Letters
Painting With Water
Backyard Car Wash
Color Hunt On The Go