When is Father’s Day? It is June 15, 2008. And if you are wondering what kind of gift to get him from the kids – my answer is a homemade gift. There are many things your children can do, or help you make, for their dads this Father’s Day. There are many gift ideas for Father’s Day that are homemade if you do a little research. I think there is nothing more special than a gift made with or by your child’s hands. Here are some ideas; starting with a homemade Father’s Day card:
2 sheets of colored paper (approximately 8.5" x 11")
Hold one piece of paper with the short side at the bottom. Fold in half, bringing the top down. Firmly crease the fold with your fingernail.
Using your ruler and pencil, make a dot at the center of the creased fold. Measure one inch to the right of this center dot, and using the ruler draw a straight 2" line (at right angle to crease). Repeat the measure and cut on the left side. At this point, you should have two 2" slits at the top of your card.
Open the card, positioning the center, cut out section forward. It should form a cube when opened. Crease the front and bottom section of the cube, and close the card, folding the cube flat (facing toward you so that it pops up when you open the card).
Take the second piece of paper and glue it to the other side of the card. Your Father’s Day card will be rectangular (approximately 5.5" X 8.5") and will open from the bottom.
For the pop-up you can draw and then cut out a heart or other design of your choice (make it taller than the box – around 3" high and about 2" wide). Get creative. You might want to cut out a picture to place on the pop-up cube or glue on a family portrait. Put glue on the cube section only and fold the card closed, being certain the pop-up lies flat. Your design will pop up, covering much of the cube when the card is opened.
Now, the fun really begins. You might want to write Happy Father’s Day on the front of your card, with a message to Dad inside. Color and decorate the card, inside and out using crayons, markers, and glitter. Use your imagination!
Another great homemade gift is a recipe that the kids can help make for dad. Try this one out (not healthy…but if daddy has a sweet tooth its okay, it is his day):
No-bake Butterfinger bars
3 cups cornflakes, crushed
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
6 oz. chocolate chips
Heat peanut butter, sugar and corn syrup over low heat to melt (mom, you do this part, if you have young children). Stir in cereal. Pat into 8×8 greased pan.
Melt chips and spread on top. After it sets, cut into bars. This is a very easy, yet yummy recipe!
Finally, for some great homemade Father’s Day gift ideas (and much more) check out FamilyFun.com.
Moms help your kids use their creativity to make dad something truly special and from the heart this Father’s Day. Just remember, a gift made by your child will be a unique gift; a one of a kind gift! If you have a Father’s Day gift idea we would love to hear about it. Hope to hear from you! Enjoy Life!!!