Helping Your Toddler Make Special Gifts for Father’s Day

happy familyWhen it comes to Father's Day, there is no absence of craft ideas that you and your toddler can make to commemorate dad and make him feel special. Making handmade gifts can not only make the day more meaningful but can also create special memories and family heirlooms that will be appreciated even more as time goes on. Once your baby is old enough, around 18 months or so, they can help you create a masterpiece for dad.

If your dad loves to barbeque, one of the easiest crafts to make him is an apron fit for a king. Start by purchasing a paintable apron from your local craft store and some fabric paints. You can decorate it with hand and footprints or allow your young Picasso to go wild with the colors. Personalize it with “King of the Barbeque” or some other catchy phrase and you will have a gift that dad will be proud to wear all summer long.

If the dad in your life, your own or your husband, can't get enough tools of the trade, try making a monogrammed and hand painted hammer for him to keep in his toolbox. Purchase an inexpensive wooden hammer (or ax) and allow your kids to paint to their hearts content. It may turn out so beautiful he will want to hang it on the wall in his tool shed.

For the dad who is all business, making him a craft that he can show off on his desk at work is a memorable gift. Start with a wooden, pre-made decorative shelf and paint it solid black. Then, let your kids go on a scavenger hunt looking for decorative rocks that can signify each member of your family; big rocks for mom and dad and smaller rocks for each of the kids. Allow your children to glue on google eyes and use a label maker to personalize it. Once the whole thing is put together, seal it with acrylic sealer spray and like magic it will become the centerpiece of his desk.

Pictures always make a personal gift as well. You can allow your children to personalize a photo frame with markers or paints and put in the most beloved picture of your family. For a more homemade feel, your children can make their own frames out of construction paper and make a collage of pictures for dad. Another great idea is to get a large poster frame and make a giant scrapbook picture for dad. Allow the kids to leave their handprints on the canvas and help them paste pictures onto the background. When it's over a meaningful poem or short saying it will make it extra special.

Of course, you cannot forget the cards. With glitter, paint, markers, crayons, construction paper and a little help from mom – even the youngest kids can create handmade cards that will become a memorable keepsake.

Of course, you can also order personalized photo products or other gifts for dad that will pertain to his interests. Keep in mind that as your children get older they will take special pride in creating gifts for dad all by themselves. You will be teaching them the all important lesson of how good it feels to give and do for others. Whichever route you choose, remember that you don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make Father's Day special.

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