Celebrating Dad

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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.

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl.
  3. 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.)
  4. Shape dough into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet and flatten to ½-inch thickness.
  5. Use pea gravel to spell out “Dad Rocks.” Press stones gently but firmly into the dough.
  6. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until completely dry.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
  8. 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.

  1.  Line up Popsicle sticks side-by-side on a flat surface.
  2. Place two pieces of tape across the top and bottom of sticks to hold together. Turn sticks over.
  3. On the non-taped side, glue photo onto the Popsicle sticks, making sure you put glue over the entire surface, including the edges.
  4. Place picture sticks under heavy books for 24 hours or until dry.
  5. Pull tape off the back.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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).

  1. Draw and cut out a 4-inch circle from cardboard for the trophy base.
  2. Paint toilet paper roll and circle yellow.
  3. On the cup, write “World’s Best Dad” with markers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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