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Father's Day



For a Father's Day Gift that gives dad, grandpa, or other family guy a hug from everyone, purchase a plain t-shirt and have everyone in the family make handprints on it. We made ours with everyone's hands "thumbs up" so it looked like arms were wrapped around grandpa, giving him a hug. Complete directions are available on the Father's Day Craft page.

Make Dad "King for a Day" with a Special Father's Day Placemat

Start with a piece of 9" x 12" construction paper. Decorate it in any way you choose, using crayons, paints, handprints, markers, stamps or cut and pasted pieces of paper. When you are finished decorating the placemat, you can either take it to a copy shop and ask them to laminate it for you. (There is a charge for this service.) As an option, you can cover both sides of the paper with clear ConTact paper to protect your artwork from spills at the dinner table.

Things to do with old family photographs

Give your family roots by sharing old photos. Make color copies to retain sepia tones or scan them into your computer. Pass out copies so that  lots of people can enjoy those one-of-a-kind old prints of relatives. Frame special photos as gifts. 

Print them in a family newsletter or post them on a family web site for everyone to share.

   Have them copied and put on T-shirts, mouse pads, key chains or coffee cups and give old photo gifts to those you love.

   Have photos copied onto iron-on transfers and make a quilt. (Kits to do this are available in craft stores.)

Make a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

You can keep this simple and use refrigerator dough for chocolate chip cookies or make your cookie dough from scratch. Dad will love it either way. Instead of making a couple dozen individual chocolate chip cookies, press all of the dough on a greased pizza pan and bake it. You can use the same temperature that is called for in the recipe but it will need to bake for a longer period of time. Check it about every 5 minutes to see if it is done. Remove it from the oven and let it cool. You can leave it on the pan or carefully remove it and put it on a large plate or piece of corrugated cardboard that has been covered with aluminum foil.

When your giant cookie has cooled, decorate it with frosting. Use icing that is already in plastic tubes that come with a few decorators tips; used canned frosting and put it into a decorator bag or make your own using confectioners sugar or whipped cream. (If you use a whipped cream icing, your cookie will require refrigeration.) You can also put the decorator icing into a plastic sandwich bag and squirt it out through a hole cut in one corner of the bag.

Craft a Pencil

Can for Dad

Wash and dry an empty can. A soup can with the tab-pull lid is great because the opening edge is not as sharp as cans opened with a can opener. Glue craft sticks vertically all around the can. If you use craft glue, hold them in place with a couple of rubber bands until the glue is dry. If a hot glue gun is used, gluing should be done by an adult or with adult supervision and a bowl of ice cubes handy in case of a burned finger. When the glue is dry, paint the sticks and decorate the can in any way you please. Use paint, pieces of wood, craft foam, fabric, stickers, buttons or other decorations. Give it to Dad to hold his pencils, scissors and other small tools.


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I Want You to Know Me

Love, Dad

Also: Love, Mom; Mom and Dad; Grandma; Grandpa;

& Grandma and Grandpa

Be Silly Together

Do something silly. Every family has their own silly things, so the silly things that we do might not appeal to you and yours. Of course, they might also make you chuckle. The guys like to play music with their noses. (No, I can't explain how they do it, but it's hysterical to watch.) They cross their eyes and make it look like one eye is chasing the other. They are masters at making funny faces. Playing with words and coming up with amusing meanings and nuances is another favorite activity. Silly doesn't cost anything. It doesn't take a lot of time. Silly does build relationships and make some great memories. Have a silly time with dad on his special day.

Spend Some Time with Dad


What does dad like to do? Find a way to share it with him on his special day. Play some music together, play a game of toss or miniature golf. Throw a Frisbee. Maybe dad would prefer a game of chess or a day watching car races. Use the time together to have conversations and give dad your attention. Listen to what he has to say. You'll both be glad you did.

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