Father’s Day Art


In my 2s class, I helped each child paint their hand with fabric paint, then print it onto a new handkerchief. I then took a colored permanent marker and wrote a message including the date, and the child’s name. Some kids wanted to dictate their own note to dad, others I just wrote Happy Father’s Day 2000. Love, Cory It was inexpensive and relatively easy.


I am a 4-H leader. For Father’s day we purchased pencil boxes had the kids decorate them with all kind of things , like nuts bolts and things and made the dad’s a first aid kit for their car, boat or shop we bought a large box of Band-Aids and split them and we bought boxes of 4×4 gauze and split those also.. things like that and it was less expensive made great gifts.


Our preschool had a bunch of key chains printed with the wrong address, so we decided to use them for Father’s day gifts. We covered the side with the wrong address with sticker paper (in any color). The other side was left blank for the children to glue on all kinds of buttons. Once the buttons were dry the children painted over them with glitter glue for an added effect.


When my son was in daycare, they wrote a poem and then put the children’s footprints on either sides of the poem and gave them to all the fathers. The poem is: Footprints “Walk a little slower daddy,” said a child so small. “I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall. Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see; So walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me. Someday when I’m all grown up, You’re what I want to be; Then I will have a little child Who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true; So walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you.”


Last year for Father’s Day I did silhouettes of the kid’s profiles. I used a clip -on desk lamp (that what we use during our nap times to do work in the classroom) and directed the light onto a wall (about 6-8 feet away), had the child sit in a chair looking to the side (so that I got a shadow of their profile), hung a light colored (white, I tired drwing it on a black sheet of construction paper, but it didn’t show up as well) sheet of paper on the wall, and then with chalk (yes, chalk, white) I traced their profile. Once I was finished, the kids helped me lay a sheet of black construction paper over the chalk tracing and very carefully transferred the silhouette onto the black paper by rubbing over it. Then I was able to follow the chalk lines and cut out the silhouette. I glued the silhouettes to whole sheets of construction paper (lt. blue for boys, and pink for girls).

Then I cut out cameo pictures from pictures of them I had taken with fancy scissors and glued them onto their silhouette.

On the back of the construction paper, we glued a Father’s Day poem that I had found on the web (don’t remember which one) and the kids signed (wrote) their names on them.

I used the gold paint pens and wrote the date in on the front at the bottom of the black silhouette, and had them laminated.

The dads all loved them. It was a different twist on the usual picture in a picture frame.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.