Simple Father’s Day Craft

kid made father's day craft 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.

  1. 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. father's day craft
  2. Draw a tie on the backing of the contact paper. father's day craft
  3. Cut it out , peel the backing off and press onto the canvas. Add the letter stickers to spell out Dad, Daddy, Papa etc…craft for father's day
  4. Start painting!  My daughter started with a few good whacks of each color.father's day canvas art gift Then she carefully added pink and purple. father's day gift from kids paintingNormally 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 . ftaher's day canvasWhat 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.  father's day art when things go wrong
  5. 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 . father's day craft oops
  6.   I outlined the tie with a silver Sharpie. Now we just have to hide it until Father’s Day. father's day craft for kids


Need more ideas for Father’s Day ? Check out our Father’s Day Rocks Pinterest board. Also don’t forget to swing by our Facebook page because today I will be asking our community about what they are doing for Father’s Day … because I need ideas!

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Star Wars Folded Flyers – Crafting with Dad

In our house many tasks are divided between my husband and I . Household chores are shared but when it comes to crafting with our kids that is almost completely my job. Years of practice with other people’s kids and a love of creating has placed my hat in that ring almost 100% of the time.  Here’s the thing though I want my son to see my husband create things too. With a long commute , limited time together during the week, and weekends that fill up faster than I ever imagined they would it’s a tough task.

I don’t want to direct what they do, I don’t want to control their time together or make it a chore because that negates my purpose of them spending time doing something they both enjoy. I boss them around too much as is .

This is where Klutz Books saves the day. Cue the super hero music because they deserve it.  Crafting is often seen as a girly thing and not only is that a total myth but we are short changing our boys by thinking that. Just look at my blog my son loved crafting as a toddler but to be honest in the last few years I have had a harder time creating crafts that speak to his interests. This Star Wars Folded Flyer book got an amazing reaction from my son when I showed it to him and suggested he and his dad check it out.

Something I wasn’t expecting from this Klutz Book was how much actual reading there was. My son is a great reader but he doesn’t always like to do it if mom tells him to. As soon as I told him he could grab the book he flipped through it read all the VERY tricky Star Wars vehicle names and chose which he’d like to make.

Then they got down to business and let them be.  Which is hard for me to do. I would hear my son get a little frustrated ( he is younger than the suggested age of 8) and I’d hear my husband say maybe not the ideal thing to get him back on track. But I let them be because every child / parent relationship is different and where I may be soft on some things my husband is harder and vice versa.

I did sneak by to see how it was going and take a picture on the sly….

Working together!

Here are some tips from my husband after they made the flyer.

  • If you aren’t a regular crafter extraordinaire read through the directions first and maybe even make one of the flyers as an example. A few times my son seemed overwhelmed but had he had an example it would have seemed as easy as it really was.
  • There are enough supplies for many flyers of each style ( 30 in total) so don’t fret if something gets cut incorrectly. Klutz has you covered.
  • Don’t worry about making the wrong folds, just unfold and refold. The paper is super good quality and can withstand the manipulation.
  • Having the Star Wars theme music on in the background would be seriously awesome. ( I will remember this for next time).

All done.Play!

Crafting using all in one kits like this one from Klutz books isn’t just for parents unused to crafting with their kids , it’s also a great boost to your child who may have negative views about creating something. It’s an easy sell with their favorite characters attached to it. Best part is they are still working on their fine motor skills, they are still reading the instructions, they are still doing something constructive instead of vegging out in front of the TV and doing with a parent is still strengthening bonds . See why I said cue the super hero music? Wait it should be Star Wars music right?

Do you use craft kits? What do you love about them?

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Father’s Day Crafts and Books

I am so behind on Father’s Day this year , well to tell you the truth it always sneaks up on me.  I have some great new books to share and some of our favorite crafts from Father’s Days past. I hope you find something wonderful to make or inspire your own Father’s Day craft creations! If you want to see how we are celebrating Father’s Day I wrote a post about it on my blog ( if you are my husband do not click your surprise will be ruined! ).

Father’s Day Crafts

This year I found a bunch of new ( to me) books that all celebrate the relationship between father’s and kids ( mostly sons) but you can also check out our previously reviewed Father’s Day Books .

Daddy and I… by Eloise Greenfield is a great little board book about the every day things that a toddler son may help his dad with.  From painting, to shopping to stopping for some hugs this book is great for toddlers to see all the things that make up being a dad and caring for your family. It also has a great lesson about children pitching in to help keep a family going too.

Daddy Hug by Tim Warnes got a great yes vote from my 11 month old who enthusiastically signed ” more” after I turned the last page. Using a bunch of animals to illustrate all the things daddies are like strong, scruffy, hungry, tender… the author with the help of  illustrator Jane Chapman create a nice read aloud that walks the line between silly and touching very very well. I like this book and like how no matter what your daddy may be you will find him in this book.

Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Ulburg is a touching look at father’s and son’s and the complex relationship that develops at the same time as tackling bigger themes like discrimination and baseball.  A father and son share a love of baseball and specifically of Jackie Robinson. This book handles these multiple themes very well and will likely create a few lumps in your throat as you read the sometimes achingly honest text. I really liked this book and how it linked different kinds of discrimination, adversity and the way the human spirit can triumph over both.