The arrival of Father’s Day may serve as a difficult reminder for children of deployed daddies. Engaging your child in a craft to honor their dad, though he may not be close enough to hug, could ease the separation and give Dad something to smile about. Below are several ideas to get your child into the spirit of Father’s Day by creating send-able gifts for your special guy.
Create a slideshow or flipbook – Ensure that dad doesn’t miss a moment while he’s gone by creating a simple slideshow or flipbook. Smilebox.com provides charming slideshow templates set to music that you can send through e-mail for free. Simply select and drag your favorite photos into one of hundreds of templates and chose your theme music. Snapfish.com is a great resource for creating flipbooks or other photo keepsakes for low cost. (Enter DADSDAY2010 for a 20% select Father’s Day gifts) Have your child help you select special photos and choose a colorful background just for Dad. Have fun adding humorous captions.
World’s Greatest Dad Trophy – Using everyday household items, help your child create a trophy in honor of Dad. Kaboose.com provides simple instructions using foam coffee cups and a cereal box. Fill it with Dad’s favorite candy and he’ll have a special relic no matter where he is.
Fingerprint coffee mug – Send Dad his own, singular coffee mug, personalized with fingerprints from his kids. Use a plain coffee mug and enamel paints to produce a lasting and useful souvenir. See kaboose.com’s detailed instruction for this adorably unique gift.
Home photo gallery – Use an old toaster pastry box to form a model of your house. Cover it with construction paper, decorate like your home, and glue family photos to each side. Not only will this sweet craft remind Dad of home, but also the special people waiting for him there. Click here for more detailed instructions.
Write a poem – Have your child write a poem or draw a picture for Dad. They can help to pick out colored construction paper and cut out or draw a creative design, then add the poem or picture for a framed look. Your guy will be touched by his child’s simple words.
Make a card – Anyone can shop the aisles at Hallmark. For a more meaningful gift, you and your child can create your own card. Add drawings, stickers, pictures, and more to craft a truly unique card that Dad will cherish.
Create your own ceramics – Spend a fun afternoon at a local ceramics store and fashion your own crafts to send to Dad (make sure to pack them well before mailing!). Most ceramics stores offer a variety of products from mugs to picture frames. A few local stores to check out:
- Made By Me – 1685 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
- Glazed – 184 Washington St, Gloucester, MA
- Clay Dreams – 183 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
- You’re Fired – Stores in Bedford, Salem, Concord, and Nashua
- Time to Clay – 228 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH
- Clayground – 5600 Post Rd, East Greenwich, RI