Five Father’s Day activities for Kids

By Erika Rivera 8 June 2020

It’s that time of the year where children know they have to spoil their daddy’s and create a sweet and personal surprise for Father’s Day. Are you wondering what arts and craft ideas will make a great gift? Look no further! Below are five arts and crafts activities that will spark your child’s interest and make Father’s Day fun to celebrate.

Fish Craft Card:

The fish craft card activity is very easy to make, and the materials are very affordable. You can confidently involve your students’ parents by messaging them through Child Journal and asking them for help with supplies if desired. All you need is pink, purple, and green craft foam sheets, white poster board or cardstock, scissors, white glue, googly eyes, a black marker, pencil, and a free fish template. Teachers can prepare these materials ahead of time for the kids by cutting the template elements and then tracing each element onto the appropriate colored sheet. For example, the fish and fin template onto purple foam, the fish stripes, and seaweed onto the green foam sheet, and the rosy cheek onto the pink sheet. You’ll then have to cut your tracings. This will help reduce the activity time and keep the children from getting disinterested. The kids can then paste the cuttings onto the white poster board and add the googly eyes. You can add bubbles, a black mouth, and a few lines on the fins with the black marker for additional details. Don’t forget to add the message to the top of the card and done, There’s no mess! Just a personalized creation with a sweet message to remind all dads that they are awesome.

Fish Craft Card child journal

Nuts and Bolts heart craft

The nuts and bolts heart craft is a very genuine activity. The best part is that you can easily find some of the materials as you are browsing or cleaning out your garage. All you need is a white canvas, a pencil, non-toxic glue, wood letters to make the word daddy, and some unused nuts and bolts. Begin by outlining the heart shape with your pencil. You can do this ahead of time for each canvas to reduce the activity time. Then, trace the heart with glue and add an abundant amount of glue all over the heart. Have the children place the nuts, screws, bolts, and washers inside the shape. Next, glue on the wood letters to make the word daddy and give the heart plenty of time to dry. As the children are concluding the activity, don’t forget to take a few photos and share them with each parent through Child Journal so they could witness the effort put into the activity. Dads everywhere will appreciate the creativity, and they’ll want to cherish such a unique gift forever.

Nuts and Bolts heart craft child journal

Dad Rocks Paperweight (ideal activity for children to do with their mommies at home)

The dad rocks paperweight is another unique gift that doesn’t take many materials. You may be able to locate what you need in your pantry. Mix flour, salt, and water until you get some dough. If you notice the mixture is still too sticky, add a small amount of flour until it’s doughy and pliable. Then, shape the dough into a ball and set it on a cookie sheet. Next, flatten it to about a half thickness. Have the children go outside to collect a few rocks and allow them to add the words ‘Dad Rocks’ to the dough. Make it simple for them by poking the words in the dough with a pencil ahead of time so they can easily shape the letters with gravel and make the word. Make sure you choose a day when you’re not too busy as you’ll need this to cook for 2-2.5 hours at 250 degrees F, and you must be available to monitor its progress. Once it’s done baking, remove from the oven, and let it sit for a few minutes to cool down. Dad will enjoy using this keepsake at work, and he’ll be reminded daily of his child’s love. Find the exact amount of ingredients and the list of materials below:

1/4 cup salt

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup water


cookie sheet

1/2 cup pea gravel or rocks

Dad Rocks Paperweight child journal
Photo by: Crafts by Amanda

Father’s Day wood keychain

Keychains always make great gifts because they eliminate the need to carry separate keys. For this activity, all you’ll need is split rings, wooden beads, and leather lace or cord. Start by attaching the lacing to the split ring by folding the lacing strip in half. Then, thread the folded (loop) end of the lacing through the split ring. Bring the ends of the lacing through the loop end and pull tight. Next, allow the children to thread the wooden beads and help them tie the ends when they are done. The wooden beads will make the keychain very masculine like so it will make a perfect Father’s Day gift. The children will have a great time putting the keychain together while effortlessly improving their eye-hand coordination, and dad will surely appreciate having all his keys gathered together. Don’t forget to register this activity on Child Journal so the parents can see how creative their child can be.

Father’s Day wood keychain child journal

Printable “all about my dad” questions

The convenience of this activity is that you can easily print it and have it ready for the kids to complete. First, have the children go home and interview their dads to get as much information on them as possible. Then, they can come back and answer the questions on the printable. You’ll have a few kids that can’t remember all of the answers, but you can encourage them to turn their thinking caps on and take educated guesses. Dads will love reading through the answers and will probably get a laugh out of some of the responses.

printable all about my dad” questions