Last minute Father’s Day crafts

Have you forgotten that it’s Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June?

Left it a bit late to get anything or just stuck for ideas? I hope it’s not just me!
Don’t panic… I’ve picked some crafty ideas for your toddlers and pre-schoolers which I thought looked really fun and that can be made from things you have at home.

Who says you have to spend a fortune to give a thoughtful, personalised gift from your little one?

1) I love this footprint art, this is sure to make Daddy smile and you could make this for Grandfathers too!

https://www.craftymorning.com/following-daddys-shoes-fathers-day-craft/

2) I love how simple this is. Your little one could make a lovely picture, no matter their age.

http://clareslittletots.co.uk/2016/06/finger-painted-fathers-day-card/

3) Wondering what to do with those spare paper plates you have in the back of the cupboard? Look no further! You could even make this world cup themed!

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Worlds-Best-Dad-Award.html

This is my daughter’s version which I think is great!

4) I love asking little ones questions and getting their honest answers. This gift is sure to bring some giggles and smiles.

http://www.papertraildesign.com/fathers-day-free-printable-cards/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes#_a5y_p=6323391

5) Sure to bring a year to Daddy’s eye, this cute picture is a winner.

http://diyjournaling.com/leave-out-daddy-40-diy-fathers-day-card-ideas-and-tutorials-for-kids-handprint-happy-fathers-day-card/

6) Let Daddy or Grandad carry a finger print around on a keyring of their precious ones. Don’t have a keyring to attach? You could glue it to a magnet or make it on its own as an ornament.

https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/salt-dough-fingerprint-keyrings/

7) Another key ring idea, and it looks so professional!

http://whatmomslove.com/kids/shrink-film-keepsake-keychain-unique-diy-gift/

8) If you have a printer and a chalkboard, then this is a great idea! What are your children’s favourite things about their Dad, what do they like to do with him?

https://projectkid.com/fathers-day-photo-collage/

9) What I love about this keepsake ornament is that it includes a photo as well as a handprint.

https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/handprint-photo-keepsake-ornament/

10) Use your imagination with your little ones to come up with some ideas of fun things they can do with their Dad. Then it gives Dad some precious time with his little ones and gives Mummy a chance for a cuppa and some catch up TV!

https://www.theseasonedmom.com/diy-fathers-day-gift-building-memories-dad/

11) What child doesn’t think their Dad is a superhero? I think these are really fun.

https://craftsbyamanda.com/avengers-bookmarks-craft-for-kids/

12) A portrait of Daddy. These are always great to have!

https://www.totschooling.net/2016/05/fathers-day-portrait-drawing-free-printable.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&m=1

13) Want to make an easy but super smart award for Daddy? Then this is perfect.

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/award-ribbon/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=lets_get_creative_fun_under_the_sea_fathers_day&utm_term=2017-05-22

14) Coupons! Such a fun idea.

https://mummykindcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/2b501-screenshot2013-06-05at4.19.07pm.png

If you’re looking for some Father’s day colouring fun, here are my favourite links for free print outs of pictures and cards:

http://www.doodle-art-alley.com/fathers-day-coloring-pages.html#

http://coloringbookfun.com/Fathers%20Day/index.html

http://twistynoodle.com/coloring-pages/holiday/fathers-day

https://m.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Fathers%20Day.aspx

…and if you’re still stuck, here are some short and sweet Father’s day poems to add to your cards to make the daddy feel extra special.

https://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/fathers-day-poems.html?utm_expid=.wxm-L9m1Tcmyqj3zqjtPTw.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F

Let us know your Father’s day crafts, we’d love to hear about them! Have fun!

My D.I.Y. fun toddler games part 1

As you will see from my other blogs, I’m a big fan of ‘make do and mend’ and ‘do-it-yourself’ crafts, to save some pennies. I did buy my daughter some flashcards from an online shop, with a number of different pictures and words on, (which she really likes), but I thought I could make my own card games and I could add new words she is learning, as she learns them.
This card game is an animal game. My daughter knows some of them but I wanted to help her differentiate between them. Her favourite thing to do now that she’s hit 17 months is to point and say “what’s that?” So I thought this would be fun way of learning, and it’s been snowing, so I have no intention of wandering around a cold farm on a day like this!
If you like this idea and wanted to know how easy it was for me to do, I used:
For my version of the game I have 4 pictures of different cows, 4 of pigs, 4 of rabbits, 4 of cats, 4 of dogs and 4 of chickens. If/once she learns these words, I can add some other animals to the game.
How to play:
This game is simple and involves putting the cards down face up, mixed up. I ask my daughter if she can find the “pigs” or the “cows” etc and the game is to pick them out from all the different animals. Showing her that the same animal can look different, but be the same, depending on its colours or breeds. The game is also to help with word association and to encourage her to pay attention. You could also play this game with the cards turned over, so that your toddler has to find the animals. Another way of playing this game would be to have buckets with another picture of the animal on/ or the word, (if they are older), and asking for your child to sort them into the right buckets.
Hope you enjoy playing this card game with your little ones!
Have fun! 😊
I’ll be coming up with some other toddler games soon.