Father's Day Activities


This Father's Day, make your own happy family dolls.
This Father's Day, make your own happy family dolls.

Make Father's Day memorable with Father's Day activities for kids. Make gifts or create special games that will allow for time spent together.

Father's Day is a wonderful opportunity to make meaningful gifts that come from your two hands. Check out the following pages for Father's Day activities you and dad can work on together, and special gifts you can create with step-by-step instructions.

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Mouse Mitt

A mouse mitt keeps the computer mouse free from dust. Learn how to make and personalize a mitt for your father.

Mud People

Encourage your father to act like a kid this Father's Day, and show him how to make mud people.

Dad Snack

Make a special snack for Father's Day -- a recipe and step-by-step instructions will show you how.

Best Dad Badge

Show everyone who's the best Dad around with this special award you can give your dad on Father's Day.

I Love Dad Game

Use your alphabet skills to play the I Love Dad game. Challenge your whole family to play along.

Dad's Shadow Picture

With this old-fashioned technique, you can create an excellent likeness of your father that's worthy of a frame.

Happy Family Dolls

Your family will always be together with special dolls you design to look like your family.

Greatest Dad Statue

Make a statue in the likeness of your father and place it in an honored spot in the back yard.

Bottle Fishing Game

Plan a Father's Day fishing expedition in your own back yard.

Paper Cup Race

Add some competition to Father's Day with a paper cup race game the you make and play.

Continue reading to find out how to make a mouse mitt for Father's Day.

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Mouse Mitt

Mouse Mitt Father's Day Activity
Mouse Mitt Father's Day Activity

Here's a Father's Day gift Dad can use for his computer. Make this mouse mitt and protect Dad's mouse from dust.

What You'll Need:

Felt

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Scissors

Stapler

Glue

Ask your Mom for permission to make a cover for Dad's computer mouse. To make your Mouse Mitt, place the computer mouse on a piece of felt that is Dad's favorite color. Draw a large computer mouse shape around it.

Make your shape about twice the size of the real computer mouse. Cut out the shape, and then cut another one from a second piece of felt that is Dad's other favorite color.

Put the computer mouse between the two pieces and staple all the sides together except for the one with the mouse's "tail" (computer cord) poking out.

Now cut out shapes from felt to glue onto your Mouse Mitt. You can cut out the word "Dad" or make the face of an animal.

Now Dad's mouse won't get dirty (or run away) while it's waiting for him to use it!

See the next page for a fun Father's Day activity that lets you create mud people for Dad's garden.

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Mud People

If the weather is right on Father's Day, encourage your father to explore his inner child and get him out in the back yard for some fun making mud people.

What You'll Need:

Old clothes

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Dirt

Pail of water

Small spade

Leaves

Twigs

Pebbles

Flower tops

Be sure to wear your oldest clothes -- you'll get dirty. Grab a pail of water and a spade, and head for a place in the yard where it is O.K. to dig.

A great way to celebrate the longest day of summer is to make some friends to join in the fun. Your new friends will be made of mud, but that won't be a problem -- until it rains!

Dig up a nice pile of earth, and add enough water to make clay. Roll balls to make heads, and roll out longer shapes to make bodies. Give your mud people arms and legs made of stiff leaf stems or tiny twigs.

You can add flower tops for hair, and stick on bits of leaves and grass for clothes. Find tiny pebbles to use for eyes and noses.

Line up your mud people in a circle and pick a bunch of wildflowers to put in the center.

Before heading back to the house, make sure you clean up so all that nice summer mud stays outside where it belongs.

Make Dad a sweet treat for Father's Day. Find the simple recipe on the next page and watch as Dad gobbles it up.

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Dad Snack

Dads like a snack now and then, especially on Father's Day. Make a special Dad snack with an extra helping of love and watch as he eats it up!

What You'll Need:

Recipe

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Unsweetened dry cereal

Pretzel sticks

Mixed nuts

Goldfish or small rice crackers

1 tablespoon seasoning salt

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon margarine

1 tablespoon oil

Materials:

Bowl

Spoon

Measuring cup and spoon

Saucepan

Baking sheet

Saucepan

Jar

Stickers

Ribbon

Just mix one box of cereal with handfuls of pretzel sticks, nuts, and small crackers. How much you use depends on how large your jar is.

Add 1 tablespoon each of seasoning salt, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the seasonings a little at a time, tasting to make sure the mix is not too salty. Remember, you can always add more seasoning later.

Have an adult help you with the stove. Melt 1/2 cup margarine with 1/2 cup oil in a saucepan over low heat. When the margarine melts, pour it over the cereal mixture.

Then spread the mix on a baking sheet, and put it in the oven for 90 minutes at 250 degrees. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so.

When the mix has cooled, fill a clean jar with it. Decorate the jar with stickers. Tie a ribbon around the jar's neck, and leave it beside Dad's favorite chair.

Does your Dad win the award for best in the world? If so, make him a Best Dad badge that he can wear proudly.

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Best Dad Badge

Make a special pin for your dad's favorite shirt.
Make a special pin for your dad's favorite shirt.

Give your Dad a special award on Father's Day. Everyone will know how much you love your father when he wears his Best Dad Badge.

What You'll Need:

Dried alphabet macaroni

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Stiff cardboard

Scissors

Paints

Paintbrushes

Glue

Markers

Large safety pin

Tape

Alphabet noodles are fun to eat, and they are also great three-dimensional letters to write things with.

You can use them to write "Best Dad" or other messages on these easy-to-make Father's Day badges.

Cut a 4-inch x 1-inch rectangle out of stiff cardboard. Paint one side, let it dry, then paint the other side.

Glue the alphabet noodles to one side of the cardboard to spell out your message. You can use markers to color the noodles.

When the glue dries, turn the cardboard over, and tape a large safety pin to the back (be sure the pin can be opened before you tape it down).

Pin the badge to a dad-sized T-shirt, and place it somewhere Dad will find it. Bet he gives you a big Best Dad smile!

On the next page, learn how to play a game that reveals how much you love your father.

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I Love Dad Game

The I Love Dad game brings the family together for a word game that challenges players and makes Father's Day special for dad.

What You'll Need:

Dictionary (optional)

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Here's a game that's also like a show -- just for Dad.

Gather your family members together. Dad will be the audience. The first player says, "I love Dad with an A because he is so Athletic" (or whatever nice thing you want to say about Dad that starts with A.)

The next player repeats what the first player says and then says, "I love Dad with a B because he is so Brave" (or another word that starts with a B.)

Players keep repeating what has already been said and adding to it until they have gone all the way to Z. (When you get to the letter X, you can cheat a little and say something like "because he is so X-tra great.")

You might want to have a dictionary handy, just in case. This will surely be one of the best shows Dad has ever seen.

On the next page, learn an old technique that brings beautiful results -- and make a special present for Father's Day.

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Dad's Shadow Picture

Show Dad your creative side with
Show Dad your creative side with

Create Dad's shadow picture for Father's Day. Just have Dad sit for this special silhouette portrait and voila! -- you've created a masterpiece.

What You'll Need:

Large white paper

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Tape

Clip light

Pencil

Scissors

Large black paper

There is something magical and mysterious about a silhouette. It's like a shadow you can keep forever.

Tell Dad you are going to give him his shadow for a Father's Day present. He won't believe it, but you can assure him that what you say is true.

Attach a large piece of white paper to a wall. Place a chair several feet away from it. Invite Dad to sit in the chair so that you have a side view of his face.

Turn off the lights in the room, and shine the clip light on Dad so that the shadow of his profile falls onto the white paper. Now trace around the shadow.

When you finish, cut out the outline of Dad's shadow and lay it on a piece of black paper. Then cut out the shape from the black paper to give Dad his shadow!

On the next page, learn how to make a set of dolls that look just like your family.

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Happy Family Dolls

Create these happy family dolls to
Create these happy family dolls to

Father's Day is a reminder of how important family is every day of the year. Now, you can use this fun-filled activity to create happy family dolls that always land on their feet when they are together.

What You'll Need:

Small rubber ball

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Craft knife

Plaster of Paris

Disposable container

Construction paper

Markers

Scissors

Tape

Glue

Ask an adult to cut the ball in half to form two bowl shapes. Prepare the plaster of Paris in the disposable container according to the package instructions.

Pour plaster into each ball half, and let it harden. (Dispose of unused plaster of Paris in the trash!) While you are waiting, draw and cut out two faces from construction paper.

Make one face to look like your Dad and once face to look like you. Make two paper cones (choose colors that will contrast with the faces) to fit on top of the rubber balls -- they will look like upside-down ice cream cones.

Close the cones with tape, and glue them onto each half of the rubber balls. Glue a face onto each of the cones. These happy dolls are made like a Japanese folk toy called the daruma.

"Wishing" darumas are made without eyes. If you want, don't draw eyes on your Dad's doll right away. Have your Dad make a wish, and then draw one eye. When his wish comes true, he can draw on the other eye. In the meantime, just have fun playing with your happy dolls.

On the next page, learn how to make a statue of your dad to place in an honored spot in the back yard.

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Greatest Dad Statue

 Create a statue for your dad in the back yard.
Create a statue for your dad in the back yard.

This Father's Day, create a "Greatest Dad Statue" to commemorate all the good things your father accomplishes. Place the statue in an honored spot in the back yard, and surprise him with a dedication ceremony.

What You'll Need:

Full-length photo of Dad

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Scissors

Pencil

Thin cardboard

Glue

Thin wooden skewer

Tape

Plaster of Paris

Water

Bowl

Empty container 6- to 8-inches high

Paints

Paintbrushes

Small towel

Find a full-length photograph of your dad, and cut it out. Lay it on thin cardboard. Trace around the figure, cut out the shape, and glue the photo and cardboard together.

Tape the figure to a wooden skewer. Mix two parts plaster of Paris to one part water in a plastic bowl. Pour the mixture into an empty plastic or cardboard container.

When the mixture reaches the top of the container, smooth it flat with a piece of cardboard. Poke the wooden skewer into the center of the plaster of Paris mixture.

In about an hour, the plaster should be dry. Then remove the container. Paint the base of the statue, and write "Greatest Dad" on it. Erect your statue in the backyard, and invite Dad out to the big unveiling!

(Throw unused plaster of Paris into the trash. Never pour it down a drain -- it will clog it.) If it rains, don't forget to bring your statue inside.

On the next page, you'll learn how to create a bottle fishing game that will be a big catch for Father's Day.

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Bottle Fishing Game

This special fishing game can be just
This special fishing game can be just

Even if you live in the middle of the desert, you can still go fishing with a creative bottle fishing game! Make this a memorable summer with Dad by starting your bottle fishing game on Father's Day.

What You'll Need:

Long wooden stick

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Paint

Paintbrush

String,

Scissors

Small plastic lid

Colored tape

Clear plastic soda bottle

Markers

Water

Blue food coloring

Offer to take Dad fishing on Father's Day -- right in your own backyard.

To make a fishing rod, paint a long, thin wooden stick or branch, and tie a 24-inch piece of string to one end.

Cut out the middle of a small plastic lid (a pint-sized yogurt container works great) until just the outer ring is left. Cover the ring with colored tape, and tie it onto the free end of your string. (You could make two rods -- one for you and one for your dad!)

Use more colored tape to decorate a few large plastic soda bottles. Cut out fish shapes and other sea creatures to put on them. Use markers to color in their faces. When you are done decorating the bottles, fill them with water and a few drops of blue food coloring.

When you are ready to go fishing with Dad, tell him to keep one hand behind his back while he tries to fit the plastic ring over a bottle's neck. You and Dad might also want to each put one hand on the fishing rod to see how many fish the two of you can catch together!

It's a race to the finish between you and Dad! See who will win with the paper cup race that you'll love to play with him.

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Paper Cup Race

Paper Cup Race Father's Day Activity
Paper Cup Race Father's Day Activity

Make this homemade paper cup race game and play it with Dad on Father's Day. See who crosses the finish line first!

What You'll Need:

Large cardboard box

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Scissors

Paints

Paintbrushes

Paper cups

Table

Tape

String

Remove the top of a large cardboard box. Paint the box lots of bright colors, and write the words "Happy Father's Day" on the bottom of the inside.

Let the paint dry. Poke a hole in the bottom of two paper cups. Paint the cups or use some that have colorful designs already on them. Set the box on its side on a table.

Make sure that the open end is several inches away from the edge of the table. Tape a length of string to the top of the left side of the box. The string should be long enough so that it reaches the table edge.

Thread a paper cup onto the string, with the open part facing you. Tape the other end of the string to the table edge. Repeat with another string and paper cup on the top of the right side of the box.

Now you are ready to race with Dad! The paper cups should be resting on the table edge with the openings facing you. At the count of three, blow into the cups and see who can make their cup reach the top of the box first. Is Dad winning? Well, that's what Father's Day is all about!

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