With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about crafts that honor the fathers (or father figures) in your students’ lives. These 10 unique ideas are guaranteed to make Dad feel loved and special. Plus, these Father’s Day crafts for kids are all easy to do and don’t require expensive supplies.
1. Keychain Love
Source: And Away We Go
With this craft, Dad will be able to have a sweet little reminder every time he grabs his keys. For this craft, each student will need a few paint chips, washi tape, and a key ring. To make this even more special, choose Dad’s favorite colors or maybe even his favorite sports team’s colors. For younger students, you might consider typing or writing out their responses for them.
2. Crafty Cubes
Sources: The Plaid Palette
This crafty cube doubles as a paperweight for Dad’s office. It is also the perfect opportunity to work in a geometry lesson about cubes. Each student needs a wooden cube, Mod Podge, and six decorations, one for each side of the cube. Students can customize the six sides with messages; alternatively, students can use photos to make a photo cube.
3. Finger Painting With a Message
Sources: Clare’s Little Tots
Most children enjoy finger painting, and this craft uses it to create a card that is partly reminiscent of abstract art. Students can use pre-made dad-centric templates, or they can cut out their own templates to reinforce scissor skills.
4. DAD Photo and Poem
Source: Happy Home Fairy
With a little bit of planning (i.e. holding a photo session), your students can create this card. Not only will Dad get a snapshot of his child at this age, but he’ll also get to read the little narrative written by his child. You can grab the free printable by visiting the Happy Home Fairy’s website (link above).
5. Rustic Photo Frame
Move over, macaroni frames, rustic twig frames are here to stay. Bring in the twigs or have the class spend a little extra time during recess gathering them. In the process, you can also work in a little science lesson about twigs (e.g. why some branches stop producing leaves).
6. Comic Book Coasters
This craft isn’t technically for children, but with a few modifications, you can use it in your classroom. You’ll have to skip the spray paint (or just do it ahead of time). You also have the freedom to swap out the content if you don’t want to use comic books. If you do want to use them, just cut out comics from the newspaper. You can also have students bring in pictures, old comic book pages, or even hand-drawn notes.
7. D-A-D Card
Source: Preschool Crafts for Kids
Cards are a classic Father’s Day gift, but this one adds a little spunk to the ol’ standby. Students can practice their scissoring skills by cutting along these curves. They can also decorate the card with paints, stickers, and other designs that represent their dad.
8. Scribble Mug
Source: I Heart Arts and Crafts
You can get these white mugs for about one dollar at Walmart. You’ll also need paint markers and geometric shapes stickers. Students use the stickers to design their mug and then scribble over the message. Once they’re done coloring, students peel off the stickers to reveal the artwork underneath. To make the paint hold, bake the mugs for about 30 minutes. (You’ll have to take them home to do this or send them home with instructions for baking the mugs.)
9. Hooked on Daddy
Source: Apple Blossom Day Homes
It just wouldn’t be a Father’s Day craft roundup without a handprint craft, now would it? While mothers get handprints turned into flowers, dads get fishing-themed handprints. You can do this tracing method, or you can use tempera paint and put handprints on each card. Depending on the student’s age, you could have them handwrite the bottom portion of the card, making it more personal.
10. Father’s Day Goodie Bags
Source: Little Family Fun
A goodie bag that also looks like Dad’s favorite shirt? Perfect! All you need is paper bags, craft paper, and tape. You can either send the bags home as is or send them home filled with candy, cookies, or other little treats. Tip: Be sure to grab a few sheets of camo-patterned craft paper for any dads who are in the military—or just love hunting!
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