We made these for mothers day but it is a great idea for fathers as well. You take the “shrinky” paper found at Michaels craft stores, trace each childs hand onto the paper, paint the hand and then cut it out. Punch a hole in it, then you bake it according to the directions on the package, I then strung ribbon through the hole and attached beads and a bam! you have a really cute keychain both mom and dad will love 🙂 You can also write on the back of the hand the name and year. just make sure to do it all before you cook it 🙂
3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Salt
1 1/2 Cups Water
Make a dough using the ingredients above. Roll the dough out into circles and have the child press their hand in it. Make sure the dough is still thick were their handprint is. Using a toothpick add the child’s name and the year. Bake the handprint at 375 for 10-15 minutes. They are wonderful keepsakes!!!
One year we did a very easy picture for Dad’s. I had the children tear off a piece of duck tape, put it sideways on a 5×7 piece of construction paper. On it I wrote, “Duck tape and my Dad hold this family together”. You could even put a small wallet size picture of the child on it. Buy inexpensive frames from the dollar store and frame them. Big hit.. Could also be adapted if there is no father in the picture, to grandpa or uncle, etc.. and of course, always put the date and your facility name on the bottom.
We cut out the shape of a tie and press our fist print/ the side of the hand when you make a fist) onto the tie shape with acrylic paint. We make toes with our fingertip. Add elastic to the top of the tie and Dad can wear it home. A note is enclosed saying “I am following in your footsteps Dad” Everyone of the Dads were so pleased they wore them home and to church.
not every child has a father they see regularly so we celebrate F.U.D.G.E. day (friends, uncles, dads, grandpas etc). the children make FUDGE day cards and we give homemade fudge the children have made as a gift.