Christmas Gifts for Kids to Make for Dad

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Christmas Gifts for Kids to Make for Dad
Kids can treat their dad to homemade Christmas gifts. (dad image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Every dad loves to receive a homemade gift from his child. When kids make a gift, they are flexing their creative muscles and developing a generous heart. Encourage your kids to put a smile on their father's face this Christmas by helping them make one of these simple crafts.

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Homemade Soap

Homemade soap is simple and fun to make. It's a perfect gift for kids to slip into Dad's Christmas stocking. For this inexpensive project, kids will need clear or white glycerine soap, soap dye, bath confetti or beads, candy moulds, a measuring cup and a Popsicle stick for stirring. Put the chunks of glycerine into a microwave-safe measuring cup and melt per the package instructions (usually 20 seconds at a time until completely liquefied).

Once melted, pour the glycerine into a mould to harden. Add dye or other decorations at this time. Allow to harden for at least 45 minutes before removing from the mould. When the soap is done, wrap with cellophane and tie a ribbon around the end.

King Dad Crown

Dad should always be treated like a king, of course, but kids can create this Christmas gift for him to make it official. Get together the following materials: two letter-sized pieces of heavy cardstock, aluminium foil, glue, scissors, construction paper, glitter and foam letters. To figure out the circumference of Dad's head, measure the inside of one of his hats with a piece of string. Line up the cardstock and use the string to determine how big to cut the base of the crown. The base should be about 3 inches wide. Cut triangles out of the cardstock and glue them around the top of the crown.

When the glue is dry, carefully cover the crown with aluminium foil. Cut gems out of the construction paper to decorate the crown. Use glitter on the tip of each crown point for sparkle effect. Use the letters to spell out "Merry Christmas, King Dad" on the front of the crown. When everything is completely dry, staple or tape the two sides together to form the crown.

Loose Change Tray

Christmas is the perfect time for kids to make dad something he always needs - a place to put his change. Younger kids can tackle this craft using a cleaned styrofoam tray (the kind that vegetables come in) and acrylic paints. Instruct them to paint the tray however they like and let it dry completely. Older children can paint unglazed pottery (an ashtray works well) and then have it fired in a kiln at a pottery store.

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