EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
For a Father's Day Gift that
gives dad, grandpa, or other family guy a hug from everyone,
purchase a plain t-shirt and have everyone in the family make
handprints on it. We made ours with everyone's hands "thumbs
up" so it looked like arms were wrapped around grandpa, giving
him a hug. Complete directions are available on the
Kids' Crafts page.
Make Dad "King for a Day" with a Special Father's Day Placemat
Start with a piece of 9" x 12" construction
paper. Decorate it in any way you choose, using crayons,
paints, handprints, markers, stamps or cut and pasted pieces
of paper. When you are finished decorating the placemat, you
can either take it to a copy shop and ask them to laminate it
for you. (There is a charge for this service.) As an option,
you can cover both sides of the paper with clear ConTact®
paper to protect your artwork from spills at the dinner table.
do with old family photographs
family roots by sharing old photos. Make color copies to
retain sepia tones or scan them into your computer. Pass out
copies so that lots of people can enjoy those
one-of-a-kind old prints of relatives. Frame special photos as
Print them in a
family newsletter or post them on a family web site for
everyone to share.
copied and put on T-shirts, mouse pads, key chains or coffee
cups and give old photo gifts to those you love.
copied onto iron-on transfers and make a quilt. (Kits to do
this are available in craft stores.)
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
You can keep this simple and use
refrigerator dough for chocolate chip cookies or make your cookie dough from
scratch. Dad will love it either way. Instead of making a couple dozen
individual chocolate chip cookies, press all of the dough on a greased pizza
pan and bake it. You can use the same temperature that is called for in the
recipe but it will need to bake for a longer period of time. Check it about
every 5 minutes to see if it is done. Remove it from the oven and let it
cool. You can leave it on the pan or carefully remove it and put it on a
large plate or piece of corrugated cardboard that has been covered with
When your giant cookie has cooled,
decorate it with frosting. Use icing that is already in plastic tubes that
come with a few decorators tips; used canned frosting and put it into a
decorator bag or make your own using confectioners sugar or whipped cream.
(If you use a whipped cream icing, your cookie will require refrigeration.)
You can also put the decorator icing into a plastic sandwich bag and squirt
it out through a hole cut in one corner of the bag.
Craft a Pencil
Can for Dad
Wash and dry an empty can. A soup can with
the tab-pull lid is great because the opening edge is not as
sharp as cans opened with a can opener. Glue craft sticks
vertically all around the can. If you use craft glue, hold
them in place with a couple of rubber bands until the glue is
dry. If a hot glue gun is used, gluing should be done by an
adult or with adult supervision and a bowl of ice cubes handy
in case of a burned finger. When the glue is dry, paint the
sticks and decorate the can in any way you please. Use paint,
pieces of wood, craft foam, fabric, stickers, buttons or other
decorations. Give it to Dad to hold his pencils, scissors and
other small tools.
Put the FUN in Parenting!
Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy
Ideas for Tots through Teens
By Kas Winters
BOOKS FOR DADS & GRANDFATHERS
I Want You to Know Me
Also: Love, Mom; Mom
and Dad; Grandma; Grandpa;
& Grandma and Grandpa
Do something silly. Every family has their own silly things, so the
silly things that we do might not appeal to you and yours. Of course,
they might also make you chuckle. The guys like to play music with their
noses. (No, I can't explain how they do it, but it's hysterical to
watch.) They cross their eyes and make it look like one eye is chasing
the other. They are masters at making funny faces. Playing with words
and coming up with amusing meanings and nuances is another favorite
activity. Silly doesn't cost anything. It doesn't take a lot of time.
Silly does build relationships and make some great memories. Have a
silly time with dad on his special day.
Spend Some Time with Dad
What does dad like to do? Find a way to share it with him on his special
day. Play some music together, play a game of toss or miniature golf. Throw a
Maybe dad would prefer a game of chess or a day watching car races. Use
the time together to have conversations and give dad your attention.
Listen to what he has to say. You'll both be glad you did.