Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father’s Day Ideas

U. S Congress recognized Father’s Day in 1966 when then President Lyndon Johnson signed the declaration of the third Sunday in June.  However the holiday was not established until President Richard Nixon in 1972 established it as a National Holiday.
Crafty things for children to make on for Father’s Day.

Mouse Mitt for Computer Mouse

Materials:  Felt, scissors, Stapler, and glue


Place the mouse on a piece of felt and draw a large shape mouse shape around it.    Cut out the shape and make another one out of the same shape. Put the computer mouse between the two pieces of felt and staple all sides except for the one with the cord. (i.e. mouse tail) With another color of felt cut out “DAD” shapes and ears eyes, and nose shapes.  You could use small goggle eyes.  Then glue on to felt.

A Hug for You Card

Materials:  Construction paper, Scissors, markers, and glue


Draw a circle on the construction paper and embellish with items that would represent your face or have you parent take a picture or give you a picture you can enlarge of your face. Cut out a 18 x 14 inch rectangle, which will be your arms and the glue you head in the middle. Now trace your both hands and cut out, then glue one at each end. On the construction paper write with marker this phrase “Here is a big loving hug for you on Father’s Day!”  Fold the arms so that the hands overlap.

All about Dad Poster

Materials:  Construction paper, scissors, markers, cardboard, gold or silver foil, ribbon, glue, snapshots, old magazines or catalogs, poster board


Think of things you love about your dad.  Then write them down and then make medals by covering cardboard circles with foil and gluing ribbon on the back. Cut out smaller circle of paper and glue on the foil. Write what the medal is for i.e. Best Gardner”, “Best Golfer”.  Cut dad favorite things from magazines or catalogs and then glue.  On the top of the Poster in Large letters write “ALL ABOUT DAD”. At the bottom write a message and your name and date.

Happy Family Dolls

Yes, I stated DOLLS.  Child will need adult help with this project.

Materials:  Small rubber ball, craft knife, plaster of Paris, disposable container, construction paper, markers, scissors, tape, and glue.  (The disposable container could be a cleaned out air freshener container.)


Adult will need to cut the ball in half to form 2 bowl shapes.  Prepare the plaster of Paris in the disposable container according to the package instructions.  Pour plaster into each ball half, and let harden.  In the meantime, draw and cut out two faces. (You would make the whole family. Just increase the directions.)  One face looks like your dad and then the other yourself.  Make two paper cones to fit the top of rubber balls-they should look like upside down ice cream cones.  Close the cones with tape, and glue them onto each half of the rubber balls.  Glue a face on each cone.    The Japanese call them daruma.  The meaning is “wishing” because they are made without eyes.  The person who it is made for get and eye draw after each wish comes true.
Food items for Dad

Giant Dad Cookies:

Adult may need to help with this project.

Ingredient:  4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cups of butter, 1 /2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon lemon  extract, 4 egg yolks, 2 mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, electric beater, rolling pin, empty 1 pound coffee can with top and bottom cut out and edges smoothed down, small bowls, food coloring, spoons, paintbrushes (never used or baking brushes), spatula, and cookie sheet.

Directions:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl mix butter and sugar, cream together with mixer, then add flour mixture a little at a time, stir well.  Roll out dough on to clean counter.  Use a coffee can to cut out circles. Then carefully lift the cookies with spatula onto cookie sheet. 
To make the cookie paint--- Put an egg yolk into small bowl with few drops of food coloring.  Stir well.  For each color you want, you will need another egg yolk in a separate bowl.  You can just paint them different colors, make designs, or write “Dad,” “I Love You”, etc. 
Bake the cookies for about 14 minutes or slightly brown, Cool and serve.  Eat!!!

DAD Snack

Ingredient:  Unsweetened dry cereal, pretzels sticks, mixed nuts, goldfish or small rice crackers, seasoning salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce margarine, oil, bowl, spoon, measuring cup and spoons, two saucepan, baking sheet, jar stickers, ribbon.
Make a jar for the Dad Snack.

Directions: Mix in large bowl a handful of the following cereal, pretzel, nuts, and goldfish/rice crackers.  Add 1 tablespoon of each seasoning salt, garlic, Worcestershire sauce.  On stove melt ½ cup margarine with ½ cup oil in saucepan.  When margarine melts pour over cereal mixture.  Spread on baking sheet.  Bake in oven.  Set oven at 250 degrees.   Cook mixture for 1 ½ hours, and stir every fifteen minutes, Cool and fill into container.

Fun fact:  Dad’s flowers it is acceptable to give a red rose to a father who is living and a white rose for the father who is deceased.

Happy Father’s Day to one and all dads!

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