Looking for some easy Father’s Day gifts for kids to make?
It’s summer, so you may not have a lot of time to spend creating something.
These two gifts are easy for preschoolers to make. They can be done quickly with few resources. But, your kids can be creative and take lots of time if they want. And these gifts can be useful for Dad, too.
Cut the leather lacing in to about 6-inch lengths.
To attach the lacing to the split ring, fold the lacing strip in half. 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. (This is called a cow hitch or girth hitch knot.)
Invite your child to thread beads on the lengths of lacing. We found that we needed to use a plastic needle to clean out the holes in some of the wooden beads before threading.
When your child finishes putting on beads, tie each end with a simple knot. Trim the ends of the lacing if needed.
The keychain will hold up well to everyday use. Mine never came apart as I used it.
—Use any type of lacing, cord, or yarn you choose; we liked using the leather lacing because it was durable and a little unusual.
—Use any types of beads you want. The wooden ones were interesting and different (and neutral rather than bright colors).
—Instead of purchasing split rings, remove the split ring from an unused keychain.
- Luggage Tag
- Note card or index card
- Colored Masking Tape or Washi Tape
- Colored pencils or markers
Trace the size of the luggage tag onto the card. Cut the card to fit the tag. (Or use the card that comes with the tag. Cover any writing with tape or stickers.)
Draw designs, write messages, or use stickers on the card. Allow your child to create as he chooses.
Use tape and stickers to decorate the back side of the luggage tag.
Dad can attach this tag on whatever he regularly uses: lunch box, briefcase, toolbox, backpack, suitcase. (If he uses it on a suitcase, he can find it quickly at baggage claim!)
He could also hang it from the mirror of his car or in a place of honor in his office or workspace.
—I bought this luggage tag for $1.00. You may be able to find cheaper self-laminating luggage tags that are clear on both sides. Decorate both sides of the card with stickers, tape, or pencils.
—Use whatever stickers or labels are available. My kids love to use circle stickers, hole reinforcements, and stars that are available in discount stores or office supply stores. (These are cheaper than specialty stickers.)
BIO: Scott Wiley, an early childhood educator for 30 years, is editor for Pre-K Pages. He also blogs at Brick by Brick, exploring the connection between play and learning. Connect with Scott on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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