9 Father’s Day Treats and Gifts the Kids Can Make Themselves

Remember when you were a kid and you made Dad an ashtray, even when he didn’t smoke?

What do you get for the man who has everything? We all know that it can be a challenge to find gifts for dad. Thankfully, the DIY explosion has made it super-easy to come up with fun ways to celebrate that special guy in your family’s life.

Here’s a quick list of possibilities from some expert home crafters and cooks.

  1. Neck Tie Keychain. This is a cute little play on the clichéd Dad’s Day gift. A trip to the hardware store and a thrift shop will yield a cool keychain and a retro silk tie. The funkier, the better. http://thegreenbeanscrafterole.blogspot.com/2011/06/tie-ny-token-of-appreciation.html
  1. Remote Control Cookies. Hilarious! The kids will get such a kick out of this and Dad can eat them as he’s watching TV. http://www.somewhatsimple.com/fathers-day-cookies/
  1. Photo Puzzle. It’s so easy to send a digital file and have it printed and cut into a puzzle. The kids might want to make a custom box with a picture on the front, and pull the puzzle apart so that it requires assembly.
  1. Homemade Energy Bars. If Dad is an outdoorsy type, he’ll really appreciate some healthy, yummy treats he can pack on his excursions or just take for after his workout at the gym. Check out this page with nine excellent recipes: http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-energy-bar-recipes/.
  1. Coasters. With a little experimentation, you can make some really inventive coasters that will protect the table and provide a special little place for Dad’s drink. You can get cut squares of Plexiglas and glue cut-out images to them, or if you want to get elaborate, there are some benign epoxy mixtures in the market that kids can embed objects in.
  1. Cake Pops for Pop. Does Dad have a sweet tooth? Of course, the kids will want one too. Cake pops are great because, unlike a real cake, they are reasonable, single servings. Yum! http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/cake-pops-30434
  1. Duct Tape Crown. The younger kids might have trouble with cutting strips, so pull out a length and make a couple different-sized pieces. This is a really easy project to wing and no matter how it comes out, he will totally get the joke.
  1. Tin Can Robot. There is no end of fun in the process and the product with this fun craft. He can take it to work and it will get a chuckle out of him every time he looks at it. Here are some cute examples: http://www.sweetlivingmagazine.co.nz/tin-can-robots/.
  1. Bedazzled Barbeque Apron. If manning the meat is your guy’s thing, the kids can entertain themselves by decorating a plain white apron with all kinds of things: sequins, iron-ons, paint markers…just draw the line at flammable.

The real point of Father’s Day is to make sure Dad knows how important he is, and one easy way to do that is to make him laugh. Kids naturally excel at this and when they put in the effort to make him something, he gets the heartfelt message. It also gives the children a chance to express their love for the most important man in their lives.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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