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Fathers do not often have the opportunity to spend time with their preschooler in the classroom. Try hosting your own Dad's Day - complete with preschool Father's Day crafts and memento to commemorate the time spent together.
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Start with an Invitation!
Dad will not be able to resist an invitation that comes directly from his little one. Spend some time letting the children in your classroom make and decorate their very own invitations!
Materials for Each Child:
- 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper (may be white or colored paper)
- 1 pre-printed sheet of paper outlining the date and time of the celebration (Be sure to include both the start and end time...busy dads like to know how to plan their day!)
- crayons, markers,
- stickers (optional)
- The phrase "Please Come" written on the blackboard or large poster board as a writing model for your students
Demonstrate to the class how to fold the invitation in half. You may need to walk around the classroom, providing assistance as needed. Model writing the phrase "Please Come" on the front of your invitation. Again, circulate among the students to provide assistance where needed. For those students who have not yet begun to write, you may wish to use a pencil to write the words on the front of the card for them, and then allow the child to simply trace over your writing. On the inside of the card, have students glue the pre-printed sheet of paper that provides the date and time for the celebration. Finally, let the kids have fun decorating the front, back and inside of the invitation in their own, personal style! Be sure to send the invitations home, so that the dads have an ample amount of time to make arrangements to attend. (On a side note, students who do not have a father living at home with them may instead wish to invite a special neighbor, uncle, grandfather or family friend to the celebration and then present them with their preschool Father's Day crafts.)
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Father's Day Craft - Matching Neckties!
The boys and girls in your preschool class will have a lot of fun making matching neckties to wear with dad at the celebration.
Materials for Each Child:
- Two copies of one of the necktie patterns below - enlarged so that it is about the size of a regular necktie
- Two pieces of yarn, approximately 12" long
- Hole puncher
- Crayons or markers
- Stickers (optional)
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The children are going to cut and decorate two matching neckties to be worn at the Dad's Day celebration. (Patterns for these preschool crafts for Father's Day may be found on page one of the article.)
Colorful neckties are a wonderful way to teach patterning! You may wish to bring in several different kinds as examples. One option would be to have the children use the tie with stripes to create a repeating color pattern. For this age group, it is best to keep the colors to no more than 3. Another idea would be to allow the children more freedom of expression by having them decorate the blank tie in any manner they choose - as long as both ties are matching.
When the decorations are complete, help each child use the hole punch to punch one hole on each side of the knot, near the top. String the yarn through each of the holes and secure the ends so that the tie can hang loosely around their neck. One tie for dad...one tie for his little one! What better way to say, "I admire you, Daddy!" than to dress alike.
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Create a Bulletin Board that Doubles as a Keepsake
Here is a neat idea for a bulletin board or display to use as part of your Father's Day activities. Using the form below, have each child complete a little information sheet about their dad. Have each student dictate their answers to each question as you write them down. Be sure to write exactly what the child says! When they are finished, ask the students to draw a picture of their dad. Pair them together on a bulletin board...or spread them apart and as part of your Father's Day activities challenge the dads to match the text with the correct picture!
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Plan the Event
Arrange ahead of time to have lemonade and cookies to serve at your celebration. Before the dads arrive for the Father's Day activities, have each child put on one of the two ties they made. When their father does arrive, h/she should present them with the matching tie and ask them to wear it during this special time together. Let the fathers mingle, briefly, and then collect everyone together for circle time. Read a few sentences from the information sheets the students completed about their dads. Challenge the fathers to find their picture if they are not right next to the printed sheet. When all of the students have had the opportunity to share, invite everyone to partake in the refreshments. When they are finished, students should be encouraged to take their fathers on a tour of the classroom. During this time, quickly remove all of the information sheets and pictures from the bulletin board. Present each father with their pictures and text when it is time for them to depart.
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One thing is for certain, these preschool Father's Day crafts and celebration are sure to be memorable for everyone!
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