Summer has arrived (FINALLY!) This month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart contains crafts and activities that will help celebrate your favorite Dad or Grandpa. Many of these crafts, activities, and printables are only available to Craft Your Kids Smart subscribers.

Preschool Learning and Crafts has many other great ideas for Father's Day crafts, gifts for kids to make, and summer crafts and activities.

I hope you enjoy the ideas on the site and in this month’s newsletter. As always, please feel free to forward this newsletter or pass the site along to friends.


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”One in a Melon” Card
Make Daddy or Papa smile with this adorable Father’s Day card. What is learned/ practiced: creativity, fine motor skills.

Supplies
  • Paper (red and green)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Picture of your favorite Dad or Grandpa
Directions
An adult will need to prep steps 1-3 for younger preschoolers.
  1. Fold red paper in half
  2. Use a bowl or other circular object to trace a half circle
  3. Cut out half circle so that the card opens into a full circle
  4. Cut out small squares of green paper (great way to use scraps from other projects… even toddlers can cut squares from strips of paper!)
  5. Glue green squares around the outside of the card
  6. Use black marker to draw “seeds” on the inner part of the watermelon
  7. Glue picture in the center of the watermelon
  8. Write… “Daddy… You’re One in a Melon!” on the front and sign/decorate the inside of the card

Tie Card
A cute and easy Father’s Day card that preschoolers can do with little help from you (some younger preschoolers will need help cutting out the tie.What is learned/ practiced: creativity, fine motor skills, scissor practice

Supplies

  • Tie printable
  • White paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Crayons, markers, stamps, stickers

Directions

  1. Print out the tie printable onto white paper
  2. Cut out tie and tape together at the top to create a card
  3. Decorate

Daddy’s Helper Gift
Toolbox
Dads will get a kick out of this thoughtful and personalized gift. And... your preschooler will learn to think about what other people like. The template is for a “Toolbox”, but you can create this Father’s Day gift for a Dad who loves… golfing (golf bag and clubs), grilling (apron with BBQ tools), or come up with your own idea!

Supplies

  • Various colors of construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Craft sticks or popsicle sticks
  • Glue stick

Directions

  1. Print out Father’s Day Tool Template
  2. Cut out and color each tool
  3. Fold the bottom of a full sheet of paper up about 2/3 of the way… leaving the top 1/3 to create the handle of the toolbox. Staple or tape the sides to create a pocket.
  4. Ask your preschooler to suggest ways he can “help” Daddy. Write each task on a separate tool. (My 4 year old's ideas were… “Be a good listener.” “Clean up my room.” “Help him fix things.”)
  5. Tape or glue each tool to a craft stick and insert the tools into the toolbox
  6. OPTIONAL: On the front of the toolbox write the poem …
    Daddy,
    Although you are as big as can be,
    You still need some help from me.
    Just pick a tool with a job to do
    And you will see how much I love you!
    Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day Ice Cream Party
Preschoolers will love to help set up (and enjoy!) this Father’s Day Party idea.

Gather and set up:
  • Dad’s favorite ice cream and toppings (chocolate sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream, cherries…)
  • Bowls, spoons, and ice cream scoop (Great gift ideas: make a special ice cream bowl for Dad at a “paint your own pottery” shop or buy matching ice cream bowls and scoop)
  • Hungry kids and Dad
Enjoy!

Father’s Day celebration for the Sports Fan Dad…

Activities
Spend quality time as a family this Father’s Day. Play some of Dad’s favorite sports… set up a mini-obstacle course, go swimming, play a family baseball game, or go for a hike in a local park.

Gift Idea
Preschoolers can make Dad his own “#1 Dad” trophy out of a paper bag, construction paper, and pipe cleaners. Fill the bag with surprises for Dad… tickets to his favorite sporting event, golf balls, fishing gear, new running shorts, a sporting goods gift card.


Have a Happy Father's Day!


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