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Jun042012

father's day

Bee had her last day of kindergarten today, so I am feeling particularly nostalgic. Yesterday I went into her classroom for the last time for a little graduation ceremony and to help the kids make Father's Day cards. We repurposed the Mother's Day cards we made with her preschool group last year. (To paraphrase something I once heard Paula Scher say.. "Have one good idea, then keep re-doing it.")

The trick is to draw the head and body for each child, so it fills up the page nicely and fits in the frame (I made these ones from heavyweight construction paper). Have your kids draw first with a pen or black pencil, just the outlines of ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc. Then use colored pencils or crayons to fill in the details. I loved watching the kids draw their dads, trying to remember how their hair looks, what color their eyes are, what kind of shirt he likes to wear. 

This is Bee's. I love how she decorated her frame.. I am sure her father will feel very loved! When we got home from school I had my 7 year old son make one too (in the green frame at top), I especially love the shirt detail. Then they both filled out the "What I Know About My Dad" questionairre I taped to the back. The kids were really so sweet as they tried to think of good answers to all these questions. My favorite answer of the day came from a darling little 5 year old when I asked her "One thing that makes my dad happy is...". She thought about it for a minute and then said "Just that he has me in his life." I told her that was the best answer I had heard all day.

If you feel so inclined to make your own, here is a template for the head, and the questionairre (which prints two to a page).

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Thank you so much for sharing this idea - I love it! (and love that I now have at least one activity already planned out for tomorrow!)

06.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaime Laugelli

So sweet! I laughed out loud reading the questionnaire :)

06.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Amazing! That questionnaire is priceless!

06.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentereliza

This is a gread idea. I've printed it out for my boys to do for their dad. Thanks!

06.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

thank you for sharing! i've been trying to find something for my kids (4 and 6) to do for father's day....

06.13.2012 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

Oh, C's questionnaire is hilarious! Live with Dad until he dies... It's perfect. Great job, B.

06.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterApes

thank you!!! this is perfect, and I just adore your blog and your taste. Thanks again!

06.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

That is amazing! What a lovely card idea. The questionnaire is hilarious!! That is something their Dad will treasure. (And will be brought out to embarrass them on their 21st birthday, ha!)

06.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClare

Thanks for sharing!The questionnaire is wonderful!
So sweet!

06.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thanks so much - I had my two older girls do this for Father's Day and it was a huge hit! Love all of your great ideas!

06.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Woodbury

That is such a sweet thing for little ones. Glad to have this next dad's day.

07.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChibiwow

very cute blog ^^
waiting for your update
,,,

08.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNann

Missing you, Brooke! XOX from Canada, Sharilyn

09.16.2012 | Unregistered Commentersharilyn

Looks delicious and fun!

03.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Hi! Have had this post bookmarked (and now pinned on Pinterest) forever. Love love love it and have used your "head" template for many projects with my kiddos. Would love to have you link it up on my blog today! XO, ellie

http://creativegeekery.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-pin-it-party-2.html

04.25.2013 | Unregistered Commenterellie

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