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May 31, 2016

A Father's Day Craft to End the School Year

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    I don't know about you, but my mind is reeling with about one million things I have to get done before the end of the school year: assessments, report cards, graduation rehearsals, and so much more! Earlier in May, we honored our mothers with a sweet Mother's Day Tea, and now it's time to celebrate our dads! Even though Father's Day is long after our school closes for the summer, I like to fit in a way to acknowledge dads and have something for my students to take home for their fathers in June. It's also a very fun activity to fill in some of those awkward time slots in your lesson plans that will surely come up at the end of the school year.

    Your students will love creating this sweet and memorable donut to give to their dads on Father’s Day! It’s a pretty simple and inexpensive craft that also doubles as a describing words lesson to enhance your students’ writing. After your sweeties make the donut, they get to have fun decorating it with “sprinkles” that describe their dads. This is a sweet treat that all dads are sure to love!

     

    This is a really fun (and easy to prep) activity and what I loved best about it were the answers I got when I asked my kids to give me adjectives to describe their dads. It was such a meaningful way for my kinders to learn about describing words — but really, I just love hearing the words they used and how it connects to the feelings they have for their fathers. To print my list of adjectives, just click on the list below.

     

    Kids holding homemade Father's Day Cards

     

    Host Your Own Donuts For Dads

    To go right along with our donut theme, why not host a Donuts for Dad event at your school. It would be quite easy and really, the only thing you will need are invitations, donuts, napkins, and course — Dad! Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan the Donuts for Dad event at your school:

    • Schedule your event close to Father’s Day.

    • Let your families know that grandpas, uncles, brothers, etc. are welcome to join in on the fun. Make sure to be sensitive to those children who do not have a father in their lives.

    • Prearrange coverage for any fathers that cannot be at the event.

    • Give plenty of notice so that working parents can ask for time off work.

    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or for donations from local businesses.

    • Send out invitations and make sure to follow up with an email telling all about Donuts for Dads.

     

    Great Reads for Father’s Day

    I couldn’t be more excited about the new books I just received in my Scholastic Reading Club order. I have lots of books about moms, but now I have just added four brand new titles to my classroom library, and guess what — they’re all about dads! We read two of them already (my students LOVED them), and I promised them that we would read the other two before our last day of school.

    • Mighty Dads is an adorable tribute to hardworking fathers and the way they teach their children to follow in their footsteps. As the construction vehicle dads dig, scoop, roar, and roll, they teach and encourage their children. The repetitive use of sound and motion words will inspire children to read along. Mighty Dads is a charming story that uses simple rhyme and vibrant illustrations to express love.

     

    • Dad’s First Day is an unpredictable take on a young boy entering his first day of school and it seems Dad is more nervous than his son! It’s a super cute read that my students adored, and it's refreshing to see Dad take a starring role.

     

    • Tyrannosaurus Dad is hilarious, touching and PERFECT for Father's Day. The book is all about a too busy, but loving dad who is literally and figuratively larger than life; isn’t every dad like that really a T. rex? The pictures are full of subtle and funny details and my kids loved each and every minute of this charming book.

     

    • The Night Before Father’s Day is a part of one of my very favorite book series written by Natasha Wing. I love that she has written a book for just about every single holiday you could think of. My students just love that the same rhyming rhythm is found in all of the books in this cute series. 

     

    Literacy Connection

    My kids love Laura Numeroff books, so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read If You Give a Dog a Donut to my students. We had lots of circle story FUN with this book and afterwards, we even illustrated our own circle story called, If You Give a Dad a Donut. My kids absolutely LOVED illustrating the pages of the story and it has now become one of the most popular books in our classroom library! 

     

    Donuts on The Brain!

    Even after we finished making our sweet treats, we just couldn’t seem to get donuts off our minds. My students know my weakness for sweets, so what do you think they asked me for next: REAL DONUTS! Well thank goodness it’s the end of the year and we have Krispy Kreme in our town, because I think you have probably figured out where this story is headed. Yep. I’m a BIG softie when it comes to things like this and really, who wouldn’t want to have donuts with 22 of the very cutest kindergarteners around! Boy will they be surprised when they see those yummy donuts at snack time tomorrow morning! 

     


     

    Free Resources to Help Celebrate Dad In Your Classroom

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading my blog this year and enjoy these last days of school with your students. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer — you’ve definitely earned it! 

    With much love and thanks,

    Shari 

     

    I don't know about you, but my mind is reeling with about one million things I have to get done before the end of the school year: assessments, report cards, graduation rehearsals, and so much more! Earlier in May, we honored our mothers with a sweet Mother's Day Tea, and now it's time to celebrate our dads! Even though Father's Day is long after our school closes for the summer, I like to fit in a way to acknowledge dads and have something for my students to take home for their fathers in June. It's also a very fun activity to fill in some of those awkward time slots in your lesson plans that will surely come up at the end of the school year.

    Your students will love creating this sweet and memorable donut to give to their dads on Father’s Day! It’s a pretty simple and inexpensive craft that also doubles as a describing words lesson to enhance your students’ writing. After your sweeties make the donut, they get to have fun decorating it with “sprinkles” that describe their dads. This is a sweet treat that all dads are sure to love!

     

    This is a really fun (and easy to prep) activity and what I loved best about it were the answers I got when I asked my kids to give me adjectives to describe their dads. It was such a meaningful way for my kinders to learn about describing words — but really, I just love hearing the words they used and how it connects to the feelings they have for their fathers. To print my list of adjectives, just click on the list below.

     

    Kids holding homemade Father's Day Cards

     

    Host Your Own Donuts For Dads

    To go right along with our donut theme, why not host a Donuts for Dad event at your school. It would be quite easy and really, the only thing you will need are invitations, donuts, napkins, and course — Dad! Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan the Donuts for Dad event at your school:

    • Schedule your event close to Father’s Day.

    • Let your families know that grandpas, uncles, brothers, etc. are welcome to join in on the fun. Make sure to be sensitive to those children who do not have a father in their lives.

    • Prearrange coverage for any fathers that cannot be at the event.

    • Give plenty of notice so that working parents can ask for time off work.

    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or for donations from local businesses.

    • Send out invitations and make sure to follow up with an email telling all about Donuts for Dads.

     

    Great Reads for Father’s Day

    I couldn’t be more excited about the new books I just received in my Scholastic Reading Club order. I have lots of books about moms, but now I have just added four brand new titles to my classroom library, and guess what — they’re all about dads! We read two of them already (my students LOVED them), and I promised them that we would read the other two before our last day of school.

    • Mighty Dads is an adorable tribute to hardworking fathers and the way they teach their children to follow in their footsteps. As the construction vehicle dads dig, scoop, roar, and roll, they teach and encourage their children. The repetitive use of sound and motion words will inspire children to read along. Mighty Dads is a charming story that uses simple rhyme and vibrant illustrations to express love.

     

    • Dad’s First Day is an unpredictable take on a young boy entering his first day of school and it seems Dad is more nervous than his son! It’s a super cute read that my students adored, and it's refreshing to see Dad take a starring role.

     

    • Tyrannosaurus Dad is hilarious, touching and PERFECT for Father's Day. The book is all about a too busy, but loving dad who is literally and figuratively larger than life; isn’t every dad like that really a T. rex? The pictures are full of subtle and funny details and my kids loved each and every minute of this charming book.

     

    • The Night Before Father’s Day is a part of one of my very favorite book series written by Natasha Wing. I love that she has written a book for just about every single holiday you could think of. My students just love that the same rhyming rhythm is found in all of the books in this cute series. 

     

    Literacy Connection

    My kids love Laura Numeroff books, so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read If You Give a Dog a Donut to my students. We had lots of circle story FUN with this book and afterwards, we even illustrated our own circle story called, If You Give a Dad a Donut. My kids absolutely LOVED illustrating the pages of the story and it has now become one of the most popular books in our classroom library! 

     

    Donuts on The Brain!

    Even after we finished making our sweet treats, we just couldn’t seem to get donuts off our minds. My students know my weakness for sweets, so what do you think they asked me for next: REAL DONUTS! Well thank goodness it’s the end of the year and we have Krispy Kreme in our town, because I think you have probably figured out where this story is headed. Yep. I’m a BIG softie when it comes to things like this and really, who wouldn’t want to have donuts with 22 of the very cutest kindergarteners around! Boy will they be surprised when they see those yummy donuts at snack time tomorrow morning! 

     


     

    Free Resources to Help Celebrate Dad In Your Classroom

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading my blog this year and enjoy these last days of school with your students. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing summer — you’ve definitely earned it! 

    With much love and thanks,

    Shari 

     

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