Father and son playing with toy carsIt would be nice if we showed the people in our lives how important they are to us every day. However, we get caught up in the activities and responsibilities of every day life. That’s what makes special holidays special! Father’s Day is one of those special holidays. It’s the day of the year set aside for kids to show their dads how much they love them and appreciate everything they do. Your child can show Dad some love in these three ways.

Make a Father’s Day Card

Giving Dad a card is the most common way to express love for Dad. But why buy one when your child can make one! Kids can personalize a card in ways that can’t be done with a mass-produced card. Supply the materials and let your child imagination go to work! All you need to do is supply construction paper or card stock for the cards, and some basic art materials like crayons, colored pencils, or paints. Your child can then paint or draw the card. Other objects can be glued to the card, too, whatever would be fun and might reflect Dad’s likes and interests. Pieces of macaroni could, so could small bolts or washers.

If your child needs a jump start on ideas, visit Danielle’s Place. It has some cute and clever card ideas, many of which use word play that so many gifted kids love. One card, for example, is based on the phrase “I love you to pieces.” Making the card is quite simple. Your child just takess puzzle pieces from an old puzzle and writes words and phrases, like “fun,” smart,” and “protective,” that describe Dad on the back of the pieces. These puzzle pieces are then pasted on a piece of card stock paper.

Write a Poem or Short Story

If your child is old enough to read, she is definitely old enough to write! Writing is a wonderfully creative and expressive activity, and I always say that it’s never too early to nurture and foster a love of fiction writing. Writing a story about Dad is a great way to help encourage your child to love writing and learn a bit about the process. The story doesn’t have to be long or complex either. It just needs to be about Dad. It can be about a special day or event spent with Dad or about what Dad does all the time, but from your child’s perspective. If Dad often goes out to play catch, your child could write a story about what that activity means to him. If the two play computer games together, the story could be about the games they play and the fun they have. The idea is for your child to let Dad know how much those activities mean to him or her.

The story can be written down or typed out (maybe with Mom’s help) and turned into a little booklet. If it’s long enough, it can even be turned into a little book. Pay a visit to the Bookemon site. You have to register, but registration is free. Once there, you can use a template or start with a blank book. Your child can then type the story into the template. Pictures and drawings can even be uploaded and included. That means, of course, that drawings would have to be scanned. But they aren’t necessary. Free clip art is available to use to illustrate the story. If your child is very young, she will probably need help, typing and using the site, but it’s really quite easy to use. The best part is that the book can be ordered and when it arrives, your child can wrap it up and give it to Dad! It’s not expensive either. A 20-page, soft-cover book costs just about $10.00. (If that sounds like a lot of pages, keep in mind that the font can be larger (as in children’s books) and it can be illustrated. We aren’t talking about chapter books here!

If your child likes poetry, she can write a poem and make it part of a handmade card. She could also put the poem on some nice card stock paper and frame it. If your child writes the poem out by hand himself, there really isn’t much need for more design work! That framed, hand-written poem will be very special just as it is! However, if your child wants more of a design on it, she can draw something small and simple. The poem really should be the most important thing, though!

Give a “Gift Certificate”

Gift certificates may sound like an “easy way out,” a way to avoid thinking of a good gift. However, your child can get quite creative with them. Rather than buy a gift certificate from some store, your child can make his own gift certificate. It’s fairly easy to make a gift certificate. After all, little more is needed than a slip of paper with Dad’s name, your child’s name, and what the certificate is for. Your child can design his own gift certificate from paper and pen or crayons and paints. Or he can use templates in Word (if he knows how to use them). But you can also download a printable sheet of three certificates your child can fill out.

The idea behind these home-made gift certificates is to offer Dad something he really wants. Your child could offer to complete a chore or activity – without complaining. You know how it is. Dad can ask Johnny to take out the garbage, but Johnny makes a fuss about it: “Do I have to do it now? Can’t I do it later? Why do I always have to take out the garbage?” A gift certificate can be for “Taking out the garbage with no complaints.” What your child offers to do depends on what Dad would most need or appreciate. It could even be for “One afternoon with no interruptions.” The blanks can be left blank, too, so that Dad can fill in what he’d most like. What’s nice about these gift certificates, too, is that it gives you an opportunity to talk to your child about what the gift means. If it is for no complaining when asked to take out the garbage, then when Dad uses the gift certificate, your child must absolutely not complain. That is his gift to Dad.

Carol BainbridgeFamily LifeHolidaysFathers Day,June Holidays
It would be nice if we showed the people in our lives how important they are to us every day. However, we get caught up in the activities and responsibilities of every day life. That's what makes special holidays special! Father's Day is one of those special holidays. It's...