Little Gifts, Big Love: Father’s Day Crafts for You and Your Toddler

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Once, the discovery of a little stone carving with a note of love, good wishes, and gratitude, from a child to his father, led to a belief that there may have been a celebratory day for fatherhood, ever since primitive times. How sweet it must have been for that father to receive such special sentiments from his child.

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There may not be many people carving letters in stone anymore, but one detail of that story remains the same, and that is: little ones simply love making things to give away. So, what better way to help your toddlers show their affection than to help them make their dads a handmade-with-love gift this Father’s Day?

Here are a few ideas you can use to help your toddler create a masterpiece of love:

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An Ancient Stone Carving

Take your toddler outside to find the perfect rock to “carve.” Let him draw pictures on the rock with markers and paint. Have him draw a message to his daddy. After he is finished, translate his “hieroglyphs” into English. Now your child has a priceless relic, paper weight, or trinket to present to his dad on Father’s Day.

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A Credit Collage

Take a piece of heavy cardstock and cut it down to the size of a credit card so it can be carried around in his wallet. Let your little one color the card, both sides, and then make a collage by pasting some photographs of your little one, and piece of fabric from one of her old, favorite outfits. Use anything that will remind her dad of her.

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A Handful of Love

Trace your little toddler’s hand on a piece of shrinking paper (you can find this at craft supply stores), have your child draw inside the outline of their traced hand. Cut out the outlined hand, punch a hole through it so it can be put on a key ring, and bake it. Dad will have a hand full of love to keep on his key chain.

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The Best Dad Barbeque Sauce

For the barbeque-loving father, make him a batch of homemade BBQ sauce. Find a recipe for a delicious grilling concoction. Let your little one help you measure the ingredients, dump them in a mixing bowl, stir them together, and make a special label for “The Best Dad Barbeque Sauce” to stick on a storage container. A nice steak dinner would probably pair nicely with the special sauce, too.

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F.U.D.G.E. Day Cards

Dads are not the only ones who play a big role in fatherhood. Perhaps there is someone who stands out as a very important father figure in your child’s life, and maybe you feel he is in need of some well deserved recognition too. This calls for a Fathers, Uncles, Dads, Grandpas, and Excellent Friend Day card! It’s so simple. Make a card that says “Happy F.U.D.G.E Day.” Have your child decorate it with his favorite coloring tool, and then adorn it with a decadent piece of fudge.

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Try making one of these gifts with your toddler this Father’s Day, and you’re sure to have a gift that will be treasured by Dad for years, and years to come.

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Little Gifts, Big Love: Father’s Day Crafts for You and Your Toddler

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4 comments

  1. marichinno says:

    These are some great ideas especially the bbq sauce.

  2. Staci says:

    I love the stone carving idea. My kids are always filling their pockets with their favorites rocks they have found.

  3. Leeana says:

    I have to say I never heard the F.U.D.G.E idea but its great! My son doesn’t have a relationship with his father. I am with someone knew, who is not his father or really a stepfather yet so this idea would help removed the ackwardness.

  4. I really like the F.U.D.G.E Day idea, with so many single parents its nice to have a way to show recognition for those special men in your life

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