1-2-3 Come Make Some Father's Day "Craftivities" With Me
My son-in-law is a huge superhero fan. Seems he's not alone, as Marvel comics is raking in millions of dollars cashing in on the craze. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design some superhero-themed Father's Day activities that I hope your kiddos will enjoy making for their dads.
The packet includes a Father's Day Batman card, as well as a Superman writing prompt card.
Students color the covers and then hinge them to the second page.
While doing research about superheroes, I came across a sweet simile poster. The link went no where and there was no author, so I decided to revamp it by adding my own superhero similes and incorporating specific superhero fonts that students could color appropriately.
I think it turned out pretty cute, providing a fun way to explain the concept of similes to your students.
My husband didn't quite get "classy as Batman" until I explained to him that Bruce Wayne was a millionaire and supposedly sophisticated. Even after I Googled characteristics of superheroes, it was still difficult to pinpoint some adjectives.
My daughter thought that Captain America was more protective than The Green Lantern, but I chose that term for him, because in researching each character, it seemed that The Green Lantern went hand-in-hand with the Justice League, Guardians of the Universe, and the Intergalactic Police, all of which I presumed were very protective. At any rate, I hope your kiddos find it amusing.
The Craft Caravan had a cute Super Dad coloring page, which inspired me to create several of my own. I designed a superhero head that children can draw in details to look like their dad and then complete the writing prompts on the right.
For another coloring page option, I drew the famous "ripped open shirt" of Superman, only the logo here is "Super Dad."
As with the above portrait, students fill in the facial features of their fathers. You can staple the simile page to this, or have students write why their dad is super on the back of their picture.
For a simple writing prompt activity, students choose one of two bookmarks to color and then write why they feel their dad is a superhero.
There are also two bookmarks that have an acrostic father poem on them; they come in black line, as well as full color.
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I made my samples with my little grandson. He's only 19 months old, but was happy to add his scribbles, and I think his papa will appreciate both of our efforts.
While surfing, I found a wonderful superhero dad poem and decided to include it in Kaiden's paper love cards for his daddy. If you like it too, click on the link to grab this FREEBIE over at Creat-Craft-Love.
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"Life hits you hard. But it takes three seconds to decide if you're a superhero or not. I am." -Hrithik Roshan
1-2-3 Come Make A "Tee-rrific" Father's Day Card With Me
As I stated in yesterday's article, I tried to make time so that my Y5's could create something for their dads for Father's Day. I know the end of the school year is often hectic, so I wanted to make several quick and easy "craftivities" that you could choose from, that would easily plug into your day.
A bit of interesting fun, but also educational. (Heaven forbid that we can't justify every little thing we do!) I'll be making several other Father's Day cards this week in the hopes that you can give your kiddos more than one option, as not all dads golf etc.
You could make up 2 to 3 examples and ask them what they want to do, then run off the appropriate number of each "craftivity". If you're lucky enough to be out of school, you can hopefully file these away for next year.
As with yesterday's "dynamite dad" card, the "My dad is 'tee-rrific' golf card" is also a writing prompt. Explain the "tee-rrific" play on words to your students. Brainstorm why they think their father is a terrific daddy.
List their ideas on the board as you review spelling. When students have completed their final draft they write it inside their golf ball card.
Run off the golf ball and inside circles on white construction paper or card stock. Run the tees and pennants off on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose, trim and assemble them to make their Father's Day card.
Younger students can simply do the craft or dictate their thoughts to a room helper, while older students complete the writing prompt. Adding a student's photo makes things extra special.
So that my card flipped open to reveal the writing, I hinged the 2 circles together with a small piece of tape stuck to the left side.
Glue the ball card to the top of your tee. You don't really need the pennant, but I thought it added extra pizzazz and fit right in with the golf theme. I glued the flag at a diagonal slant to the back of the ball.
Likewise, you don't need the grass, but I thought the 3D effect gave it that finishing touch. Simply fold a small piece of green construction paper in half.
Have students make cuts at the top, being careful not to slice all the way through; crumple the edges and then glue the tip of the tee inside.
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"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." -Alexander the Great
1-2-3 Make A Gift Baggie With Me
If you're still in school and want to make a sweet treat for your kiddo's to give their dad's for Father's Day, you may want to try this puzzle activity.
I designed two different puzzle headers: I love you to pieces as well as, we love you to pieces.
You can use the "I" header for a beginning of the year treat bag for your students, or a gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Use the "We" header for a gift for Secretary's Day.
You can buy bulk Reeses Pieces at Sam's Club. Have children put a few scoopfuls in a Snack Baggie.
If you're only making a few gifts for volunteers or secretaries, you can buy Reeses in a snack package or mini box, and attach your puzzle pieces to the top and bottom.
Run the headers off on white construction paper and have children color them lightly with crayons in an assortment of colors.
Add a bit more pizzazz by having students glue their school photo to a puzzle piece and then sign their name on yet another one.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Father's Day Booklet With Me
As I've stated in a previous article, daddies sometime get jipped out of a homemade gift or card for Father's Day, that their little one made in school, because many children are alreay on vacation, before that special day rolls around.
If you still have a few days or weeks left, you may want a sweet summer writing prompt for your kiddo's to work on.
This booklet makes a wonderful card for Father's Day and a nice independent activity for your Daily 5 or writing/reading center.
It's a nice review of a variety of Common Core State Standards, that students need to incorporate, as they work on their booklet.
Students use adjectives and verbs to describe their dad and then draw a picture of him.
Children can also cut out the happy Father's Day heart or the square and glue it to their paper for a bit more pizzazz.
Make this even more of a keepsake by adding a school picture.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Father’s Day Card With Me!
Since Father’s Day is in June, daddies often get jipped out of a homemade card that their child made in school, so I always made time to do this as a center during the last week of school.
I set up a table with all of the “ingredients” and while I was working on assessments or all of those other end-of-the-year jobs teachers need to get done, my little ones enjoyed making something special for their papa.
Now a days you need to be sensitive to children who don’t have a dad.
Even though their father might not live with them, they still might have contact, so you don’t want to leave them out.
Children who didn’t, I asked if they wanted to make a card for their grandfather or someone else special in their life.
I’ve included 2 different blank puzzle piece templates for this purpose.
You can write in the word, or the person’s name for them, so they can glue their torn paper pieces on top of the letters.
You could also use the blank template for Mother’s Day, Secretary’s Day, or to thank a special volunteer as well.
To make the cards, run off the puzzle piece template on a variety of colored construction paper.
Students choose one and cut it out.
To make this more of a keepsake, print your class composite and cut students’ pictures into ovals, so they can glue them somewhere on their card.
Cut 1/8th inch wide strips of a variety of colors of construction paper.
Students choose a color, and rip and tear their strips into a pile.
I chose rip and tear, not only because the mosaic effect looks cool, but because it is an outstanding fine motor activity for strengthening finger muscles.
Have children "trace" one letter at a time, with a glue stick, and then place the torn pieces of paper on it, one piece at a time.
Children sign “I love you” along with their name.
I told my students to save the card for Father’s Day, but I doubt they did. Little ones are always so excited to share whatever they’ve made as soon as they get home.
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