Father’s Day means one thing – it’s time to celebrate dad! Get crafty and help your kiddo to create her own “DAD” photo frame. Oh, and he’ll cherish it for years.
Preschool Father’s Day Photo Frame Gift
A Father’s Day photo frame is a great gift for dad. But, it’s so much more. It can help your toddler or preschooler to build early learning skills and develop creativity.
Learning and Development
- Recognize and identify letters
- Spell a simple word – “Dad”
- Draw letters
- Build eye-hand coordination
- Problem-solve and think critically
- Identify colors
- Explore through the senses of sight and touch
Arts and Crafts Materials
- Card stock paper
- Clear-drying school glue
- Photos of your child
- Optional: Tempera paints, paintbrushes, glitter, sequins, craft feathers, crafts felt or tissue paper
How-To Craft Steps
- Position one piece of 8×10-inch card stock paper horizontally.
- Write D-A-D in bubble letters with pencil, making each letter at least two inches thick. Connect the letters, making sure they touch one another. Have your child draw over the lives and curves with a marker.
- Cut the letters out. Do not cut the letters apart. Make sure they stay as one solid unit.
- Place the “DAD” paper onto a second piece of card stock. Your child can trace it and then cut it out. There’s no need to cut out the center of the letters here. This will be the backing of the photo frame.
- Decorate the outside of the front of the frame. Use markers, paints, glue and glitter, sequins, feathers, craft felt or tissue paper. or collage. Scrunching the tissue to make faux flowers will build hand muscles.
- Let the glue dry.
- Stack the two “DAD” pieces, with the decorated one on top. Place one photo in each of the “D’s”. Glue the photos onto the back of the frame.
- Glue the top of the frame onto the back.
There are an array of options when it comes to adding to this project. Create a fridge photo frame by gluing a magnetic strip to the back. Your child can also make a hanging frame by punching a hole at the top of the “A”. Thread a piece of yarn though the hole and tie it together.
Try this craft activity on other holidays – or any day! Instead of “Dad” your child can write any other short word. Use the centers of the letters as cut-outs to place new photos. Your letter-loving kid can even make a string of words, building a photo frame sentence.
Are you looking for more kids’ crafts? Check out these toddler and preschool-friendly art activities.
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.