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June 12, 2018

Father's Day Books and Craft

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Before you say goodbye to your students, pack up your room, and turn off your lights, don’t forget to send home one last project with your students. I have a Father’s Day craft that will be treasured for years to come, especially when it’s paired with my favorite of the Scholastic Teachables Father’s Day activities.

    Also, don’t forget to check out the books on this Father's Day Book List for some great books to celebrate Dad, such as Because I’m Your Dad written by Ahmet Zappa and illustrated by the amazing Dan Santat. This is my favorite book on the book list because it speaks to all the large and small joys of being a dad. Santat’s illustrations, as always, are spot-on perfect for the mood set by Zappa’s text.


    This Father’s Day writing activity, which provides prompts, was the perfect activity to glue to the back of our craft.


    1. To begin our craft, each child chooses a skin-tone piece of paper for their father’s face, a piece of construction paper for their dad’s shirt, and a sheet of another color construction paper or a sheet of scrapbook paper for the tie and/or collar.


    2. Each child starts by drawing an oval (or tracing a head pattern) on their skin-tone paper. Then they should cut it out and draw their father’s facial features on it.


    3. Next kids should create the collar by cutting out two triangles from a solid color or scrapbook paper. Glue those collars to the top of the sheet of paper they chose for their father’s shirt.


    4. Now time for the tie. Again, the student chooses a solid color or patterned piece of paper. They can free draw the tie or use a pattern and cut it out. Glue the tie between the two collars.


    5. Glue the head to the top of the shirt. The bottom of the head should be glued to the top of the paper where the chin is resting, just at the top of the tie.

     

    6. Finally, add buttons if space is available where the tie ends.


    This craft always turns out so cute, whether a student uses patterns or free cuts. Again, I glue to the writing activity to the back of the Father's Day craft. Don’t forget the dads out there!


    Connect with me at my website, www.briansmithspeaks.com, or on Twitter and Instagram.


    I can’t wait to see you next time.

    Before you say goodbye to your students, pack up your room, and turn off your lights, don’t forget to send home one last project with your students. I have a Father’s Day craft that will be treasured for years to come, especially when it’s paired with my favorite of the Scholastic Teachables Father’s Day activities.

    Also, don’t forget to check out the books on this Father's Day Book List for some great books to celebrate Dad, such as Because I’m Your Dad written by Ahmet Zappa and illustrated by the amazing Dan Santat. This is my favorite book on the book list because it speaks to all the large and small joys of being a dad. Santat’s illustrations, as always, are spot-on perfect for the mood set by Zappa’s text.


    This Father’s Day writing activity, which provides prompts, was the perfect activity to glue to the back of our craft.


    1. To begin our craft, each child chooses a skin-tone piece of paper for their father’s face, a piece of construction paper for their dad’s shirt, and a sheet of another color construction paper or a sheet of scrapbook paper for the tie and/or collar.


    2. Each child starts by drawing an oval (or tracing a head pattern) on their skin-tone paper. Then they should cut it out and draw their father’s facial features on it.


    3. Next kids should create the collar by cutting out two triangles from a solid color or scrapbook paper. Glue those collars to the top of the sheet of paper they chose for their father’s shirt.


    4. Now time for the tie. Again, the student chooses a solid color or patterned piece of paper. They can free draw the tie or use a pattern and cut it out. Glue the tie between the two collars.


    5. Glue the head to the top of the shirt. The bottom of the head should be glued to the top of the paper where the chin is resting, just at the top of the tie.

     

    6. Finally, add buttons if space is available where the tie ends.


    This craft always turns out so cute, whether a student uses patterns or free cuts. Again, I glue to the writing activity to the back of the Father's Day craft. Don’t forget the dads out there!


    Connect with me at my website, www.briansmithspeaks.com, or on Twitter and Instagram.


    I can’t wait to see you next time.

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