Father's Day is a fun holiday to celebrate dads and everything they do for their children. It is a tradition for children to make their dads a present for Father's Day instead of purchasing a gift at a store or in addition to a store-bought gift. Allow the child to decide what he wants to make for Father's Day. Provide materials and guidance, but allow the child to make as much of the craft alone as possible.
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Purchase a few tools with wood handles, or use some already in Dad's garage. Sand the handles with sandpaper to remove any current finish. Paint the handles with a base coat of your chosen colour. Allow the child to embellish the handles of the tools with whatever images he wants. Place Dad's initials on the handle. Allow the paint to dry for two or three hours. Paint over the entire handle with a urethane seal to prevent the paint from chipping when Dad uses the tools.
Clean a plain coffee mug with a degreasing cleaner or dish soap. Allow it to dry completely. Purchase some enamel paints in various colours for the child to paint onto the mug. Make sure to give the child protective clothing as enamel paint can ruin clothing. Allow the child to paint whatever designs she wishes onto the mug. Allow the paint to dry for 48 hours before wrapping or touching the mug. You can also dry the paint in the oven for a few hours to eliminate some drying time.
Reusable Lunch Bag
Wash out an empty coffee bag with dish soap and hot water. Place a mixture of 2 tbsp baking soda and 2 or 3 cups hot water into the bag. Shake the bag for 30 seconds, then close the bag and allow it to sit for two hours. Rinse the bag with water and allow it to dry. Use scissors to cut the bag into a 10-inch square shape. Place a small piece of Velcro onto one corner of the square. Place another piece of Velcro onto the opposite corner on the other side of the square. Repeat for the other two sides of the square. To use this sandwich bag, place the sandwich into the middle of the square. Wrap one corner of the bag over the sandwich. Fold the opposite corner up and use the Velcro to secure. Repeat for the other two corners.
Purchase an inexpensive wood frame at a craft store. Allow the child to paint and embellish the frame as desired. You can embellish the frame with objects that Dad likes, such as pictures of tractors, tools or golf equipment. You can even glue washers and nuts to the frame. Place a special picture of the child with her father inside the frame. Make sure to add the date so Dad can always remember when he received the special gift.
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