Thursday, June 06, 2013

Two "We Love Dad" Gifts for Siblings to Make Together

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Father's Day is just around the corner and I am here to hook you up with two easy crafts that children of various ages can make together.  So whether you have a baby, a toddler, or a preschooler, either of these crafts will be perfect for them to make for their daddy.

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Tape Resist Art

First up, is the tape resist art project.  Write out the words "We heart Dad" using tape on a large piece of paper.  I used a piece of easel paper.  I also taped the paper to the table so it wouldn't move.

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"We heart Dad" in tape.
Have your children decorate the paper using whatever craft supplies you'd like (finger paints, crayons, markers, paints, etc.).  J wanted to use Do-A-Dot Markers and crayons.  While K was napping, J started to color the paper using the dot markers.  Now if you want to keep a preschooler busy for 30-40 minutes, give them a large piece of paper and dot markers.  Yes, J covered the paper one dot at a time for nearly 40 minutes.  And he insisted on using only one color: yellow.

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J covering the paper with a dot marker.
K wanted to help decorate the paper once he woke up from his nap, and that was my original intention anyway, but after all of J's hard work, J didn't want to let K help.  However, I think if K had helped with the initial stages, it would have gone a lot differently.  Anyway, J proceeded to decorate the paper using a red crayon.

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Adding another layer of color to the picture.
Then we peeled off the tape to reveal the "We heart dad" message.

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The finished craft.

Salt Dough Handprint and Footprint Plaque

Last year, K was under a year old so he wasn't really into crafts yet.  However, we made this simple craft together using salt dough.  I followed the instructions found here.  

Both J and K each did a handprint and a footprint.  Then I mixed some food coloring with some salt dough to make the "We heart Dad" message.  Unfortunately, our plaque cracked while drying out due to a wrinkle in the parchment paper that was underneath.  Regardless, it turned out to be an amazing keepsake and a lovely gift for my husband.

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The finished salt dough plaque.

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4 comments:

  1. Nice ideas, hope to try with my boys...Have also shared them on my parenting page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach - see you there! :-)

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  2. What a great idea! Aren't Do-A-Dot markers the best? I featured you over at Pre-K Pages in our Father's Day Roundup: http://www.pre-kpages.com/fathers-day-gifts-from-kids/

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    1. Ah thanks for featuring me, Vanessa! And yes, we LOVE Do-A-Dot markers!

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