Celebrating Dad With Gifts from the Heart
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the dads and other male role models in our lives. Rather than spending a fortune on gadgets and gizmos that break or collect dust, why not make Dad something meaningful to show him you love and appreciate him? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
“Dad Rocks” Paperweight
Items needed: 1/4 cup salt; 1/2 cup flour; 1/4 cup water; mixing bowl; cookie sheet; 1/2 cup pea gravel; acrylic sealer spray.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl.
- If dough is too sticky, add small amounts of flour until it is pliable. (Tip: don’t add too much flour or the dough will crack when dry.)
- Shape dough into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet and flatten to ½-inch thickness.
- Use pea gravel to spell out “Dad Rocks.” Press stones gently but firmly into the dough.
- Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until completely dry.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Spray with acrylic sealer to preserve your paperweight.
Personalized Picture Puzzle
Items needed: wide Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors (8 or 9); white glue; tape; Exacto knife or scissors; photo of you and Dad; ribbon.
- Line up Popsicle sticks side-by-side on a flat surface.
- Place two pieces of tape across the top and bottom of sticks to hold together. Turn sticks over.
- On the non-taped side, glue photo onto the Popsicle sticks, making sure you put glue over the entire surface, including the edges.
- Place picture sticks under heavy books for 24 hours or until dry.
- Pull tape off the back.
- With an adult’s help, use an Exacto knife (or scissors) to cut the Popsicle sticks apart. (Tip: to cut uniform lines, use an extra Popsicle stick as a line guide.)
- Stack the sticks and tie them with a ribbon.
“World’s Best Dad” Trophy
Items needed: yellow paper cup; toilet paper roll; cardboard; pencil; yellow tempera or acrylic paint; paintbrush; glue gun (low setting); scissors; construction paper; markers; gold glitter (optional).
- Draw and cut out a 4-inch circle from cardboard for the trophy base.
- Paint toilet paper roll and circle yellow.
- On the cup, write “World’s Best Dad” with markers.
- To create handles, fold construction paper in half. At the folded end, draw a handle resembling the shape of the number “7” that is about 2 ½-inches high. With paper still folded, cut out shape, then cut along the fold to make two corresponding handles.
- Make a small fold at each end of the handles, dab with glue and press onto each side of the cup to secure handles. Let dry.
- Place glue on both ends of the toilet paper roll. Glue one end to the bottom of the cup, and the other end to the cardboard circle. Let dry.
- Apply glue to entire surface then sprinkle with glitter, if desired.
Father’s Day Books
Visit your local library sometime before Father’s Day and check out these subject-related books you and Dad can read together:
- “Father’s Day” by Anne Rockwell
- “Froggy’s Day With Dad” by Jonathan London
- “Hooray for Father’s Day!” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- “A Perfect Father’s Day” by Eve Bunting
Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and two grandchildren.