Create a certificate to show Dad how much his family loves him.
If your hubby regularly pitches in and takes on your tantruming toddler -- during her mid-mall outburst -- coaches the community T-ball team, makes you the occasional breakfast in bed or does anything else that deserves a celebration, help your child make a personalized Father's Day award for Dad. Get creative, or stay simple, and make your own printable award that features a special message that is as unique as Dad is. Top off the project by letting your child decorate the award in her own artistic way.
1Choose a picture for the Father's Day award. Use a ready-made "#1" type of pic from the clip art file on your word processing program or design your own. Your toddler or preschooler probably isn't quite ready to learn about the finer points of graphic design just yet. Instead, use simple geometric shapes to build an award printable. Use a circle surrounded by small triangles with two long rectangles going downwards to make an award certification badge or simply add a few stars to let Dad know how brilliant your little one thinks he is.
2Arrange the picture, or shapes, on the award to make room for words. Put a clip art picture of a trophy on the top of the page to make space for a Father's Day greeting on the bottom.
3Type a Dad's Day award message to that special guy. Ask your child what she wants to say. If she doesn't know, suggest something such as, "My Daddy is the best because..." and ask her to think about what she loves about dear old Dad. Help her to spell the words, but let her do the actual typing. Add Dad's name, your child's name and the date.
4Print the award on regular letter-sized white printer paper.
5Color the award and add decorations with crayons or markers. For example, she can fill in a trophy picture with a yellow-gold crayon.
6Glue the award to a colorful piece of card stock paper that is slightly larger than the printer paper. Opt for an 11x14-inch piece of card stock or a larger one that you cut to size.
7Outline letters or the pictures with clear drying school glue to add extra sparkle. Sprinkle gold glitter on the glue, then shake off the excess glitter.
- Personalize the award with your own color scheme or use Dad's favorite color for the wording.Opt for a fancy font for the lettering on the award.Position the paper horizontally for a wide award or vertically for a longer one.Make Dad's award easy to display. Punch two holes at the top of the card stock, making each one about 2 inches from the center of the paper. Thread a piece of yarn through the holes and tie it into a loop to make a display hanger.
- Always supervise your child at all times during the crafting process.Only use non-toxic art materials that are clearly labeled as safe for your child's age.
Things You'll Need
- Printer paper
- Crayons or markers
- Card stock
- Clear drying, non-toxic school glue