Fathers Day Ideas for Preschoolers and Toddlers to Celebrate Dad!

Preschoolers and toddlers love to celebrate a holiday! Use easy Fathers Day ideas to help your child celebrate Dad or Grandpa.

Father's Day is a perfect day to help preschoolers begin to think about other people and their likes and dislikes. Help your child to figure out what "Daddy" likes... Sports? Fishing? Building? Cars? Music?

Fathers day gifts and cards can be personalized for any Dad or Grandpa. Your preschooler can make a handmade gift, fathers day craft, or card. Daddy has to work or is far away? Help your child pick out and send a special Fathers Day ecard.

Spend quality time as a family doing something Dad loves... Take a hike through the woods... Attend a baseball game... BBQ in the backyard... Go to a concert...



More Fathers Day ideas, crafts, and activities...

”One in a Melon” Fathers Day Card
Make Daddy or Papa smile with this adorable Father’s Day card.

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

Daddy’s Helper Gift Toolbox
Dads will get a kick out of this thoughtful and personalized gift. And... this Fathers Day idea will help your preschooler 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!

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 olds 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 lots of 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!



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