Fatherís Day Gets Creative!
Fatherís Day is all about letting Dad know that he is loved
and appreciated. For a first time dad it is extra special! This is a
great excuse to lavish attention on Dad when all through the first year
of babyhood the main attention has been on Mom and Baby. Many new
fathers feel a bit lost and unnecessary during this important family
re-structuring. What can you do to let him know that he is still a
vital ingredient to the mix?
If your baby is too little to help with any crafts you can still
include her in many creations! Here are a few simple ideas for you and
your newborn to bless Daddy this year!
If your child is a bit older he or she can help create a special gift
that comes straight from their heart.
- A newborn footprint is
always a winner! Use his tiny footprint to decorate the mat-border of a
favorite photo of Daddy holding Baby.
- Cover a heavy-duty apron
with Babyís footprint for the new daddyís BBQ
duties this summer.
- A simple framed print of his
childís foot and handprints is a wonderful gift!
- Use your newbornís
footprint all over a plain white t-shirt or baseball cap. Better yet,
it would be more likely that Dad would actually wear it away from home
if you place the print only on the left shoulder or breast rather than
all over the shirt!
For older kids, why not make use of their interest in media?
- Ask your toddler
whatís the best thing about Daddy. Either record her talking
about Dad or write down everything she says. This can be fun and
surprising! Present her answers to Dad in a fun basket of
Dadís favorite snack or a gift basket from Doodlebuckets!
- An elementary age son or
daughter may have some funny explanations of what Daddy does all day at
work or home. You could film your child acting out what he thinks his
dad spends his time doing.
- Spread out some large paper
and allow your child to run some toy cars through paint and then run
them over the paper. Then use the paper as a border for a favorite
picture of Daddy and Child!
- Have your child take
pictures of her favorite things and create a scrapbook that she and
Daddy can add to each year.
Whatever the age of your children, they may need some nudges from you
to let Dad know how much he is needed and loved. Sometimes kids
donít even realize how important their father is in their
day-to-day lives. This is a great time to let them see it for
themselves and learn the value of expressing their feelings to others.
- Encourage your pre-teen or
teens to produce a funny video for Dad and upload it to YouTube or
Facebook for him to find. You may need to give Dad some clues to lead
him to the right spot.
- Video the kids singing or
lip-sinking Dadís favorite song. The crazier the better!
- Ask your kids to list their
favorite things about Dad and present these to him with great
extravagance, like an awards show!
- Have the older children put
together a CD Mix of Dadís favorite music.