Celebrating fathers is another big event that we do each June in the United States. On this day, we take time to appreciate the men who are fathers, help like dads, or are otherwise an important part of our lives. Since families are important, it is always nice to incorporate something to do with Father’s Day into lessons that can be sent home as small gifts with children.
Ice Cream Cone for Dad
What words do kids associate with their father or other special man in their life? Have them brainstorm about words that describe them to use on a project. With construction paper, give kids a pattern to make a scoop of ice cream in the flavor/color of their choice. Next, allow them to trace out a triangular shape in a tan color that will be an ice cream cone. Have them write a message on the cone. On smaller colored rectangular pieces of paper (to become sprinkles), write the words and glue them onto the ice cream section.
Tie Just for Dad
A traditional Father’s Day gift has always been a tie. Why not make a special tie during a session for the kids to bring home? Make a tie pattern for kids to trace and cut out on construction paper. They can pick any color they like. Next, have them select another color to make stripes on the tie. If they prefer, they could also draw a design on the tie. The last step is to make a small rectangular form that the children will fill out to put on top of the tie. It will say: “I love my Dad because he….” with several lines to fill in examples. Talk about ideas to put on the lines that explain special things their fathers do with them. Once finished, these can go home as a card for the kids to give on Father’s Day.
A Special Poem for Dad
Older children like to write acrostic poems. These shorter pieces are a great way to focus on building and using vocabulary. Give students a piece of manila construction paper to write a giant word FATHER down. As a group, complete an example of how to do an acrostic poem. Encourage the kids to think about the special man in their life and how the letter best fits him. When the poems are finished, have them color the word father in a special color and then add decorations around the side to frame the poem.
Any of these activities can be changed to fit with any or all speech and language goals that a child has. Always think about the children that you work with. If they do not have a father in their life, brainstorm on other important men that they could make something special for on this holiday. Remind them that grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, and others would also appreciate receiving something special from them.