Well hello there!
For the first time in forever, (have you got the song in your brain now…yea.. me too!!), I decided it was time that I made sure my kinder cubs gifted their dads before the school year was over.
I’ve always felt that my dads got a bum rap when it came to their special day….
but not this year!!
NOPE, NADA, No!!
Since my thematic instruction was based on summer activities and we were also studying rocks, I would incorporate a craft that my kiddos could make for their dads for Father’s Day!
Now, for a little sideline here….
I love to help the kids make this special gift for their moms for Mother’s Day:
The moms in my class absolutely love it!! If you haven’t seen this before click HERE to see the post I wrote with instructions if you’d like to know.
back to the dads…
I searched and searched on Pinterest. I knew I wanted to use something with a picture of them incorporated in it. Then I found a post, that used the phrase: My Dad Rocks!! Click anywhere on the picture below to get to the post from Mommy Moment to find out how to make it! It’s really nice!! Don’t you think??
So, I used this craft to get my inspiration for a kid friendly Father’s Day craft.
I just loved it and I think my teacher’s aide loved it even more.
My kinder cubs had a great time making a special frame for their dad.
Now if you’d like to try this in your classroom or at home……
Here are the instructions to make the frame and also how I took the pictures:
You need to give about 2 days of drying time to make this correctly.
1 wooden frame that will hold a 4×6 inch picture ( I found mine for $1 at Michael’s)
Acrylic paint- I chose brown and gray that I mixed together to get a dark taupe look. (Honestly, it really didn’t change color that much.)
Tacky glue- that is the type of glue that really works best (you can find it at Walmart or any craft store. It is in a brown bottle.)
Small craft sticks- for the students to use to spread the glue
Aluminum pie pan- I used 2
Decorative Rocks (I bought 2 bags at Michael’s for $4.99 each. I took out any rocks that were really large. )
1 Chalkboard with the words: My Dad Rocks written on it with chalk (I found a decorative one at Michael’s that cost me $10 (with a 50% off coupon)
Blue Butcher paper for the picture background
How to take the pictures:
I wrote My Dad Rocks! On the chalk board sign. Writing the statement on the sign, took about 3 tries for me to get it JUST RIGHT! Next, I took a long strip of this pretty blue butcher paper and hung it on my dry erase board with magnets. Then, I had the student sit on a low shelf unit that I have in front of the board. Next, the student held up the sign and once I had the picture scene the way I wanted it, CLICK went the button(probably not the right word…) on my cell phone for a nice photo. I love to use Walgreens to develop my pics because I can always find a good coupon to use.
NOW for the prep work:
These type of wooden frames come with a dowel rod to use to make the frame stand up on its own. I opened each frame, taped the dowel rod to the back of the frame and wrote the child’s class number on the back.
Next, I covered my work space with butcher paper that we reuse for painting projects.
Finally, I mixed the 2 paint colors together in aluminum pans. I set out craft paint sponges.
That was about it for the prep work.
On to the fun part…..
Once the kinder cubs put on a painting shirt, they went to town on the painting!
We waited a day for the frames to dry before we glued the rocks on the frame. However, the paint really dries fast. So there is no need in waiting an entire day. A couple of hours should work.
We also decided to wait and put the photos in after the frames had the rocks glued on them. It would have been easier to have done that before the rocks were glued on, but glue would have DEFINITELY gotten on the pictures.
It was time to glue on the rocks.
For the prepping of this step, I put the rocks in paper plates. I really made sure that there were no big rocks in the plates.
Then, I poured TACKY glue onto small paper plates with small craft sticks set beside each plate.
Once the students sat at the workspace, they each took a craft stick and started putting glue on each space of the frame where they wanted a rock and placed the rock gently on the frame. I didn’t limit them to the number of rocks to use, but you can certainly do that. Of course in kindergarten, we had to demonstrate how to glue the rocks on the frame, and we stayed nearby to help. We noticed that if you push the rock too much into the frame, the glue would spread around the edges and not stay right underneath as well, so don’t push the rock down too much. We made sure they used a lot of glue!
This pic shows how I placed the rocks on the frame as a visual for the students.
No gluing has been done yet!
It took about a day for all of the frames to dry before we began to put the pictures in for display. Some of the rocks did “pop” off, but we just had tacky glue or a hot glue gun ready to fix it.
Here are the results:
During the last week of school, each kinder cub took his or her picture frame and wrapped it in gift wrap paper.
They were so proud of their gift for their dad!
This is a project I will now incorporate into the end of my school year!
I’m going to send a message out to my class dads and see what they thought of their gift!
I hope they will consider it a treasure!!
Be sure and give your dad or special father figure a hug this weekend!
God bless you!!