Handmade keepsake gifts are always a hit on Father’s Day, but when your little one is a toddler, we know it’s hard to find crafts and gifts they can do. Our preschool in Raleigh put together a round-up of some fun Father’s Day crafts that any toddler can help make and that every dad will love!
Popsicle Stick Roll Up Card
Instead of the standard construction paper card, we love this roll-up card made from jumbo popsicle sticks that tells Dad all the reasons he’s awesome! Perfect for hanging in the office or even keeping in a desk to look at during those rough days. This is a long-lasting gift that will be treasured for years to come.
- Jumbo popsicle sticks
- Markers (preferably washable unless you’re feeling brave!)
- A glue stick (an extra strength one if you have it)
- Construction paper or card stock
- Hole punch
- Let your toddler decorate 8 wooden craft sticks with the markers. They could also use paint for this!
- Cut out card stock or construction paper around 4 inches x 5.5 inches.
- Ask your toddler what their five favorite things about dad are (or any number is fine!) and write the answers on the construction paper.
- Line up the craft sticks in horizontal rows, and add glue to the construction paper (don’t skimp on glue!), and press the paper into the sticks.
- Roll up the card after the glue is dry and tie it with a ribbon.
Image and idea courtesy of Michaels.com
Lego Building Memories Jar
This cute jar is more than a fun gift, it’s a great way to encourage time together and do away with any “I’m bored” grumblings (from both Dad and your toddler).
- A Mason-style jar (or upcycle a jar you have on hand!)
- Lego bricks – the larger Duplo style work great
- A marker or Sharpie
- Printable label or cardstock with a hole punched through and ribbon.
- Ask your toddler what they love to do with Dad – storytime, Lego, movies, wagon rides, drawing.
- Write one activity on each Lego with the Sharpie
- Drop bricks in the jar
- Label the jar – you can print a label, “Building Memories with Dad,” use cardstock to print a note, or go simple and use construction paper that your toddler decorated.
Dad and your toddler can pick an activity out of the jar during free time together, and when it’s done, they can stack activities completed outside of the jar to show the memories built together!
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom
Salt Dough Handprint Frame
Salt dough is fun to work with, kid-friendly, and lasts forever, so we love using it to create handprint keepsakes! Plus, you probably have everything you need in the pantry, making this great for a last minute craft.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of water
- Mod Podge
- Paint (optional)
- Biscuit cutter/cookie cutter, or mug (just something to cut a shape into dough)
- Favorite picture
- Glue stick
- Mix salt, flour, and water into a dough – if it’s too sticky, add a bit more water. Your toddler will love mixing and stirring! Then knead to create a dough that can be rolled out.
- Roll out the dough into a 9″x 6″ rectangle or other preferred shape that’s about 1/2″ thick. (this doesn’t need to be exact, you can customize it depending on hand size and picture size).
- On the right side, cut a hole for the picture using the biscuit cutter or preferred implement.
- On the left side, have your child press down into the dough with their hand to create a handprint.
- Your child can paint the dough if they’d like.
- Bake the dough to dry it out in the oven on it’s lowest setting for 2-3 hours.
- When it’s cool, seal it with either Mod Podge or a spray sealer
- Add a picture that’s slightly larger than the opening and glue or tape the edges to the hardened frame.
Father’s Footsteps Card
This is one of the sweetest gifts we’ve seen that any dad will treasure, and it’s so simple, too!
- Dad’s shoe, something with tread works best
- Two colors of paint
- White card stock or poster board cut down to a preferred size
- Paint brush
- Clean the bottom of the shoe so there’s no dirt, then, once it’s dry, paint it one of the colors of paint.
- Press the painted shoe directly onto the card stock or poster board and let it dry for a few minutes.
- Pour some paint onto a plate and have your toddler step into it, then help them place their foot in the center of the shoe print on the card.
- Write “Following in Daddy’s Footsteps” or something similar.
- Place in a frame once dry
Courtesy of Crafty Morning
Happy Father’s Day from Primary Beginnings
We wanted to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day from Primary Beginnings. If you’re looking for a caring, nurturing environment at a 5 star child care center in Raleigh, contact us today at our North Hills Drive location at 919-785-0303 or our Spring Forest location at 919-790-6888 or schedule a tour below!