Looking for the perfect present for your Dad? Well, look no further... I have put together a list of great gifts that you can easily make. Put on an apron, set up your supplies, and get creative!
This one is for the younger child: it makes a perfect first father's day present. Paint the child's foot with fabric paint and have them walk up (or down) a wide based tie. Daddy will love wearing this very special tie on his very special day!
This works for a son giving a gift to his father. (Girls, see Mother's day) Get a piece of mounting board (available at craft stores for about $1 -$2. You will need either 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 size. Splatter paint the board with two colours (dip a brush in paint and flick the brush in the air and the paint will make neat splatter marks on the board... *NOTE best done outdoors on a large garbage bag and make sure you wear an apron). Let dry. Find a picture of you and your Dad together and either copy or print this poem to go beside it. You can frame the picture and poem on identical pieces of construction paper if you like.
Little Eyes Upon You
There are little eyes upon you
and they're watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do.
And a little boy who's dreaming
of the day he'll be like you.
There's a wide-eyed little boy
who believes you're always right.
His eyes are always open
and he watches day and night.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do,
For the little boy who's waiting
to grow up to be like you.
Tool Memo Pad
Sand a small square piece of wood; smooth and paint itthen let dry. Using a gluegun, glue a large bolt to the wood. Punch a hole large enough to fit on the bolt near the top of some notepaper. Place the paper onto the bolt. Place a nut on the top and screw it on a couple of times. Attach a pen with a piece of twine or rope to the base of the bolt for note taking. Dad can use this in the garage or in his workshop for recording measurements.
Remember to get permission to use any photos before beginning this project. Trace a credit card shape onto bristle board. Use a recent photo of you and Dad together or use many photos to make a collage from when you were a baby until present. Make sure the pictures are small and can fit on the card. Long shots work best. Cut the photo's and arrange on the card. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, paste them on. When we made these, we added a special touch - apply lipstick to your lips and kiss the corner or center of the card for a special kiss to Daddy. Laminate or mac tac the card for durability. We added the following poem to the back of the card...
My Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what I have on my mind.
He is someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
My Dad is one
of my very best friends!
He's proud of my triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
My Dad can be patient
and helpful and strong.
In all that I do,
my Dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in my heart.
And each year that passes,
I'm even more glad,
more grateful and proud
just to call him my Dad!
Make Craft Clay. Create a circle or oval shape large enough to fit handprint about 1 inch thick. Have child press handprint into the clay. Let dry. This will take a couple of days and you will need to turn it over CAREFULLY twice a day. Once dry, you can paint the handprint. This poem is great to print off and include with the handprint plaque gift.
Daddy, take my hand in yours and you will plainly see,
How very much I need you now to love and care for me.
Then as my little hand grows, I will need you even more.
Everything I do in life, I have never done before.
Teach me to be kind and loving, sharing and forgiving.
Show me through your acts of love the pure joy of living.
The years will pass by quickly and one day I will be grown,
I will pass what you have taught me onto children of my own.
Keep this handprint with you and remember when we’re apart,
The special love between a child and Daddy's heart.
Jewel Case Photo Frame
A cd case makes a great photo frame. Place a photograph on one side of the frame and this poem (printout below) on the other.
You're always their to guide me through
Each step along my way
Thank-you Daddy for being there
And Happy Father's Day!
Before glueing the poem into the jewel case, dip your foot in paint and stamp a footprint onto the piece of paper in a light coloured paint so the poem shows through; then let dry. This will only work for younger children, older children will need to print the page with the poem at the top and use their hand to create 2 foot prints on the page. To create the footprints, close your hand in a slight fist and dip the baby finger side into paint and stamp onto paper - this will create a foot shape. Then dip your finger into paint to create the toes for the footprint.
Open the My Dad document. Fill in your answers on the page and print. Draw a picture at the bottom of the page. Frame for Dad!
Dad Cupcake Toppers
Happy Father's Day Card
Father's Day Colouring Page
Father's Day Maze - Boy
Father's Day Maze - Girl
I found these poems on the internet, but do not know who the authors are... They are beautiful! If you are the author, or know who is, please e-mail me so I can give him/her credit for the poem.