Dad checks his son's closet for monsters, teaches him to play basketball and never complains about reading the same story over and over. Dad's birthday is an opportunity for his toddler to show his love and appreciation. Toddlers don't keep secrets well, so help him create a gift a day or two before the birthday to cut down on the chance he'll spill the beans.
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Arts and Crafts
Most toddlers love creating drawings and paintings, and these gifts will make priceless keepsakes that Dad will hold onto long after his toddler is grown up. Art projects that feature the child's hand prints will be especially heartwarming. Help the child paint his hands and press them onto paper to create designs and patterns. Dad may receive dozens of doodles and paintings from his child, so make the birthday gift special by buying a picture frame made of plain wood or cardboard that the toddler can decorate with markers or paint.
Gifts that he can use at work will constantly remind Dad of his creative little one. Help the toddler make coasters by forming pieces of clay into discs. When the clay hardens, help him paint the coasters with finger paints. A toddler can also decorate small boxes or jars for his father to collect pens or coins in. Help him glue wooden craft sticks together to create a box or let him paint a clean, empty jar with designs.
Any father can enjoy an edible gift, and letting toddlers help make food gives them an introduction to following directions, measuring and mixing. Find a recipe for Dad's favourite cookies and help the toddler measure out ingredients. Mixing the ingredients together will be a challenge, but he can give it a try. This is also an opportunity to teach him about kitchen safety and that only adults should touch the oven. The toddler can also help make breakfast or dinner for his father.
Expose toddlers to books regularly so they can learn to identify the letters of the alphabet and learn to love reading. Making his own book also gives each toddler a chance to bond with his father at story time when they reread his book together. Ask the child to draw pictures of things he enjoys doing with his father or things his father enjoys doing. Ask him to explain each picture and write his words along the bottom of each page. Laminate the pages to protect them, punch holes along the side of each page and tie the book together with yarn.
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