With Father’s Day approaching, many teachers get in a last-minute craft they can send home to gift the dads and father figures in their students’ lives. We know every student has a different home situation, but for those wanting to participate, these Father’s Day crafts for kids are all easy to do and don’t require expensive supplies. You can even send the list to parents for craft ideas if school is almost over.
1. Building Memories With Dad
This adorable jar of memories can be added to for years to come. Kids write their memories on LEGO bricks and put them in a jar for Dad.
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2. Upcycled Records
We love a good upcycled project! Do you have old records lying around? If not, no worries … ask your students’ parents to send in some. This is the perfect time to make coasters.
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3. “Best Dad” Trophy
It’s time to show Dad (or Grandpa or an uncle) that they are tops! These trophies are the perfect last-minute Father’s Day crafts for kids because they can can be embellished with anything you’ve got lying around, from pom-poms to Popsicle sticks to beads to pipe cleaners.
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4. Paper Roll Craft
It’s easy to round up empty toilet paper rolls! Decorate them with craft paint and googly eyes and embellish with paper to make this look “just like Dad.”
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5. There’s No “Butter” Pop Than You!
This adorable card is easy to make! You just need small canvases, paint, and some yellow pom-poms.
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6. Key Chain Love
With this craft, Dad will be able to have a sweet little reminder every time he grabs his keys. Each student will need a few paint chips, washi tape, and a key ring. To make this even more special, choose Dad’s favorite colors or maybe even his favorite sports team’s colors. For younger students, you might consider typing or writing out their responses for them.
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7. Love You to Pieces Frame
Take photos of the kids or ask them to bring one from home. Then have them paint Popsicle sticks, let them dry, and add puzzle pieces to the frame! Super cute and easy to do.
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8. Crafty Cubes
This crafty cube doubles as a paperweight for Dad’s office. It is also the perfect opportunity to work in a geometry lesson about cubes. Each student needs a wooden cube, Mod Podge, and six decorations, one for each side of the cube. Students can customize the six sides with messages; alternatively, students can use photos to make a photo cube.
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9. DAD Photo and Poem
With a little bit of planning (i.e., holding a photo session), your students can create this card. Not only will Dad get a snapshot of his child at this age, but he’ll also get to read the little narrative written by his child. You can grab the free printable by visiting the Happy Home Fairy’s website (link below).
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10. Rustic Photo Frame
Move over, macaroni frames, rustic twig frames are here to stay. Bring in the twigs or have the class spend a little extra time during recess gathering them. In the process, you can also work in a little science lesson about twigs (e.g., why some branches stop producing leaves).
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11. Comic Book Coasters
This craft isn’t technically for children, but with a few modifications, you can use it in your classroom. (You’ll have to skip the spray paint or just do it ahead of time.) You also have the freedom to swap out the content if you don’t want to use comic books. If you do want to use them, just cut out comics from the newspaper. You can also have students bring in pictures, old comic book pages, or even hand-drawn notes.
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12. D-A-D Card
Cards are a classic Father’s Day gift, but this one adds a little spunk to the ol’ standby. Students can practice their scissoring skills by cutting along these curves. They can also decorate the card with paints, stickers, and other designs that represent their dad.
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13. Scribble Mug
You can get these white mugs for about a dollar at Walmart. You’ll also need paint markers and geometric shapes stickers. Students use the stickers to design their mugs and then scribble over the message. Once they’re done coloring, students peel off the stickers to reveal the artwork underneath. To make the paint hold, bake the mugs for about 30 minutes. (You’ll have to take them home to do this or send them home with instructions for baking the mugs.)
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14. Hooked On Daddy
It just wouldn’t be a Father’s Day craft roundup without a handprint craft! While mothers get handprints turned into flowers, dads get fishing-themed cut-outs of handprints. Add a Popsicle stick and some twine, and you’re ready to go! Depending on the student’s age, you could have them handwrite the bottom portion of the card, making it more personal.
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15. Father’s Day Goodie Bags
A goodie bag that also looks like Dad’s favorite shirt and tie? Perfect! All you need is paper bags, craft paper, and tape. You can either send the bags home as is or send them home filled with candy, cookies, or other little treats. Tip: Be sure to grab a few sheets of camo-patterned craft paper for any dads who are in the military!
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16. Swedish Fish Tackle Box
For dads who have a sweet tooth or love to fish, here’s one of the simplest Father’s Day crafts for kids. Just pick up a plastic tackle box from the bead section of the craft store. Then fill it with Swedish Fish. Finally, tie a bow and attach the printable gift tag.
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17. Duct Tape Tray
This craft is fun, easy, and useful too. Use colored duct tape folded and secured with brass fasteners to build Dad a custom tray to store his keys, wallet, and pocket change.
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