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Show Dad He’s the Best: Fathers Day Crafts for Preschoolers

fathers day crafts
Father’s Day is a time to honor and celebrate the incredible dads in our lives. What better way to make this day extra special than by involving preschoolers in creating heartfelt crafts for their beloved fathers? Our guide is here to inspire you with a collection of engaging and easy-to-make Father’s Day crafts. From personalized “Dad Rocks” paperweights to handprint “You’re My Hero” cards, each craft is designed to showcase preschoolers’ love and admiration for their dads. These simple yet meaningful creations will undoubtedly bring smiles to dads’ faces and serve as cherished mementos of the love shared within the family.

Craft 1: Handprint Father’s Day Card

handprint father's day card

There’s something incredibly touching about capturing a child’s handprint—a tangible symbol of growth and love. And what better way to showcase that love than with a handmade Father’s Day card? Craft a heartfelt masterpiece with your preschooler and watch their eyes light up as they present it to their dad.

Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Non-toxic washable paint in various colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or pens

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Fold the construction paper or cardstock in half to create the card base.
  2. Choose a color for the handprint and carefully apply the paint to your preschooler’s hand using a paintbrush.
  3. Gently press their hand onto the front of the card, making sure to evenly distribute the fingers.
  4. Allow the handprint to dry completely.
  5. Once dry, help your child write a special message inside the card, expressing their love for their dad.
  6. Personalize the card by adding decorations such as stickers, drawings, or cut-out shapes.
  7. Finally, present the handmade card to Dad with a beaming smile.

The handprint Father’s Day card is a cherished keepsake that captures the essence of your child’s love and growth. It’s a beautiful reminder of the bond between father and child that will be treasured for years. You may also refer to Crafty Morning for inspiration.

Craft 2: Superhero Dad Keychain

superhero dad keychain

Every child sees their dad as a real-life superhero, and what better way to celebrate their heroic qualities than with a personalized superhero keychain? This Father’s Day, unleash your preschooler’s creativity and help them create a keychain that Dad can proudly carry with him wherever he goes.

Materials Needed:

  • Shrink plastic sheets
  • Colored pencils or permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Keychain ring
  • Hole punch
  • Oven or heat gun (adult supervision required)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting a piece of shrink plastic into the desired keychain shape (e.g., a superhero emblem, a heart, or Dad’s initial).
  2. Let your preschooler use colored pencils or markers to draw and decorate the keychain design.
  3. Once the design is complete, carefully cut it out, leaving a small border around the edges.
  4. Use a hole punch to create a hole near the top of the design.
  5. Follow the instructions on the shrink plastic packaging to shrink the keychain. This usually involves baking it in an oven or using a heat gun.
  6. Once the keychain has cooled and shrunk according to the instructions, attach it to a keychain ring.
  7. Present the superhero Dad keychain to Dad and watch his face light up with pride.

The superhero Dad keychain is a unique and personalized gift that celebrates the superhero within every dad. It’s a constant reminder of your preschooler’s love and admiration for their father. Dad can proudly carry this keychain with him, knowing that he is indeed a superhero in his child’s eyes. 

Craft 3: “Dad Rocks” Paperweight

dad rocks paperweight

Dads are like rocks in our lives—strong, dependable, and always there to support us. This Father’s Day, let your preschooler show their appreciation with a “Dad Rocks” paperweight. This craft not only celebrates their dad’s rock-solid presence but also adds a touch of creativity to his workspace or personal space.

Materials Needed:

  • Smooth, flat stones or pebbles
  • Acrylic paint in various colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)
  • Felt or cork (for the bottom of the paperweight)
  • Craft glue

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Collect smooth stones or pebbles of various shapes and sizes.
  2. Clean the stones thoroughly and let them dry completely.
  3. Help your preschooler paint each stone with vibrant colors or create unique designs. They can also write “Dad Rocks” or draw small symbols that represent their dad.
  4. Let the painted stones dry completely. If desired, apply a coat of clear acrylic sealer to protect the paint.
  5. Cut a piece of felt or cork to fit the bottom of the paperweight and glue it in place.
  6. Once the stones and base are fully dry, arrange and glue the painted stones onto the base.
  7. Allow the paperweight to dry and set before presenting it to Dad.

The “Dad Rocks” paperweight is a meaningful and functional gift that Dad can proudly display on his desk or use to keep his papers in place. Every time he sees the colorful stones, he’ll be reminded of his child’s love and admiration for him. It’s a heartfelt gesture that brings a touch of nature and creativity into Dad’s daily life. Crafts by Amanda provides instruction on how to make these crafts.

Craft 4: Picture Frame with “I Love You, Dad” Message

picture frame with i love you dad

A picture is worth a thousand words but becomes a treasured keepsake when combined with a heartfelt message. Help your preschooler create a special picture frame for Dad with an “I Love You, Dad” message. This Father’s Day craft lets your little one express their love and appreciation while showcasing a cherished family photo.

Materials Needed:

  • Unfinished wooden picture frame
  • Acrylic paint in desired colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Letter stickers or stencils
  • Clear varnish (optional)
  • Family photo

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by painting the wooden picture frame in your preschooler’s chosen colors. Let it dry completely.
  2. Once the paint is dry, help your child arrange and stick the letter stickers or use stencils to spell “I Love You, Dad” on the frame.
  3. If desired, apply a coat of clear varnish to protect the paint and stickers.
  4. Choose a special family photo and insert it into the frame.
  5. Present the picture frame to Dad, and watch as he admires the thoughtful craftsmanship and heartfelt message.

The picture frame with an “I Love You, Dad” message is a wonderful way to celebrate cherished family memories and express love. Dad can proudly display this personalized frame, reminding him of the love he shares with his child every time he looks at the photo. It’s a heartfelt gift that captures the beauty of family and the bond between father and child.

Craft 5: “My Dad, My Hero” Trophy

fathers day crafts for preschoolers

Dads are our everyday heroes, and what better way to acknowledge their superpowers than with a personalized “My Dad, My Hero” trophy? This Father’s Day, let your preschooler celebrate their dad’s amazing qualities with a crafty trophy that honors their role as their hero.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard
  • Gold or metallic spray paint
  • Construction paper
  • Markers or pens
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Decorative materials (e.g., stickers, sequins, ribbon)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut a trophy shape out of cardboard, ensuring it is proportional and stable.
  2. Spray paint the trophy shape with gold or metallic paint and let it dry completely.
  3. Help your preschooler cut out construction paper shapes to create the base and handles of the trophy. Glue them onto the cardboard trophy.
  4. Assist your child in writing “My Dad, My Hero” on the trophy, adding personal messages or drawings as desired.
  5. Decorate the trophy with stickers, sequins, or ribbon to make it even more special.
  6. Present the “My Dad, My Hero” trophy to Dad, and watch as his heart swells with pride.

The “My Dad, My Hero” trophy is a meaningful token of appreciation that recognizes the incredible qualities of a father. It serves as a reminder of dads’ impact on their children’s lives. Dad can proudly display this personalized trophy, knowing he holds a special place in his child’s heart. It’s a heartfelt gift that celebrates the hero within every dad. You may also find inspiration by visiting Hoppity Designs. 

Craft 6: “You’re the Best” Tie Card

you're the best tie card

Ties are often associated with fathers, symbolizing their professionalism and style. Let your preschooler create a special “You’re the Best” tie card for their dad this Father’s Day. This craft not only allows them to express their love but also adds a touch of creativity to the celebration.

Materials Needed:

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Markers or pens
  • Decorative materials (e.g., stickers, ribbon)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Fold a sheet of colored cardstock or construction paper in half to create the card base.
  2. Help your preschooler cut out a tie shape from a different colored paper, making sure it fits well on the card front.
  3. Assist them in decorating the tie with markers or pens and adding patterns or designs.
  4. Write “You’re the Best” or a personalized message on the tie.
  5. Attach the tie to the card front using glue or tape, positioning it as desired.
  6. Decorate the card with stickers, ribbon, or other decorative materials to enhance its appearance.
  7. Open the card and let your child write a heartfelt message for their dad.
  8. Present the “You’re the Best” tie card to Dad and watch his face light up with joy.

The “You’re the Best” tie card is a simple yet heartfelt way to show appreciation to Dad on Father’s Day. It’s a creative expression of love and admiration, personalized by your preschooler. Dad will proudly display this handmade card, knowing he is cherished and celebrated as the best dad in the world. If you want to know more about this craft, you may also refer to Messy Little Monster.

Craft 7: “Dad’s Coupon Book”

dad's coupon book

Give Dad the gift of special moments and acts of love this Father’s Day with a personalized “Dad’s Coupon Book.” This craft allows your preschooler to offer their time and assistance to Dad in the form of unique coupons that he can redeem throughout the year.

Materials Needed:

  • Colored paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Markers or pens
  • Stapler or ribbon

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut the colored paper or cardstock into small rectangular shapes to create coupon pages.
  2. Help your preschooler write different services or activities on each coupon, such as “Breakfast in Bed,” “One Car Wash,” or “Movie Night of Your Choice.”
  3. Encourage them to decorate the coupons with drawings or stickers to add a personal touch.
  4. Stack the coupon pages together and secure them with a stapler or tie them with a ribbon to create the coupon book.
  5. Present the “Dad’s Coupon Book” to Dad and explain how he can redeem the coupons for special treats and activities.

The “Dad’s Coupon Book” is a thoughtful and practical gift that allows your preschooler to actively participate in creating joyful moments for their dad. It offers Dad a collection of experiences he can enjoy throughout the year, strengthening the bond between father and child. It’s a meaningful gesture that shows love and care in a unique and memorable way.

Craft 8: “My Family Portrait” Drawing

my family portrait

Creating a family portrait is a wonderful way for your preschooler to celebrate the love and unity within your family. This Father’s Day, encourage their artistic talents with a special “My Family Portrait” drawing that Dad will cherish forever.

Materials Needed:

  • Drawing paper or sketchbook
  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
  • Reference photos of family members (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Provide your preschoolers with drawing paper, a sketchbook, and their preferred coloring tools.
  2. Encourage them to draw a portrait of your family, including Dad and all family members. 
  3. Show them reference photos of family members to help with their drawings if needed. Just allow them to draw in any they want; remember, they are still children.
  4. Allow them to express their creativity by adding personalized details and colors to the portrait.
  5. Once they complete the drawing, assist them in writing “My Family Portrait” and the date on the artwork.
  6. Present the “My Family Portrait” drawing to Dad, and watch as his heart fills with love and pride.

The “My Family Portrait” drawing is a heartfelt and personal gift that captures the essence of your family’s love and togetherness. Dad will treasure this artwork as a beautiful representation of the bond you all share. It’s a meaningful and lasting keepsake that celebrates the joy and unity of your family, making it a perfect Father’s Day gift. Looking for more? Please visit Twinkl.

Craft 9: “Thank You, Dad” Bookmark

thank you dad bookmark

Dads often have a love for reading and learning, making a personalized “Thank You, Dad” bookmark the perfect Father’s Day gift. This craft allows your preschooler to express their gratitude while adding a touch of creativity to Dad’s reading adventures.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or pens
  • Decorative materials (e.g., stickers, ribbon)
  • Laminating sheets or clear adhesive contact paper (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut a rectangular shape from cardstock or construction paper to create the bookmark.
  2. Encourage your preschooler to write a heartfelt “Thank You, Dad” message on the bookmark, expressing their gratitude.
  3. Let them decorate the bookmark with drawings, stickers, or ribbon to add a personal touch.
  4. If desired, laminate the bookmark with laminating sheets or clear adhesive contact paper.
  5. Present the “Thank You, Dad” bookmark to Dad, and watch his face light up with appreciation.

The “Thank You, Dad” bookmark is a meaningful and practical gift that Dad can use while indulging in his favorite books. It serves as a constant reminder of your preschooler’s gratitude and love. Whether Dad is diving into an adventure novel or exploring new knowledge, he’ll always have a special bookmark to mark his place, made with love by his child.

Craft 10: “We Love You to Pieces” Puzzle Card
we love you to pieces

Sometimes, words alone cannot express our deep love for our dads. This Father’s Day, let your preschooler create a unique and interactive “We Love You to Pieces” puzzle card that will touch Dad’s heart in a special way.

Materials Needed:

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Markers or pens
  • Family photo (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut the colored cardstock or construction paper into puzzle piece shapes.
  2. Help your preschooler decorate each puzzle piece with drawings, heartfelt messages, or expressions of love.
  3. Arrange the puzzle pieces on another cardstock or construction paper piece to create the puzzle layout.
  4. Glue or tape the puzzle pieces onto the cardstock, ensuring they fit together like a completed puzzle.
  5. If desired, add a family photo to the center of the puzzle layout.
  6. Let your child write a loving message to Dad on the cardstock surrounding the puzzle pieces.
  7. Fold the cardstock, present the “We Love You to Pieces” puzzle card to Dad, and watch his face light up with joy.

The “We Love You to Pieces” puzzle card is a heartfelt and interactive gift reflecting your preschooler’s love and admiration for their dad. Dad can spend quality time piecing the puzzle together, enjoying each message and expression of love from his childhood. It’s a touching reminder of your family’s strong bond and connection.

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  2. Fun & Easy St Patrick’s Day Crafts For Kids & The Whole Family
  3. Valentines Day Crafts For Kids: 14 Easy & Fun Ideas
  4. 15 Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers That are Simple and Make the Day Fun
  5. Bring Out the Artist in Your Child: Paper Crafts for Kids

Expand your child’s creativity beyond Father’s Day with these delightful craft ideas. From making Mom smile with adorable Mother’s Day activities, embracing the spirit of St Patrick’s Day with fun and easy crafts, spreading the love with Valentine’s Day creations, adding joy to Thanksgiving with simple and enjoyable crafts, to unlocking their artistic potential through paper crafts, these projects offer a wide range of imaginative and hands-on experiences. Inspire your child’s creativity and let them explore their artistic abilities throughout the year. Every occasion can be a reason to create and make beautiful memories together!

The Takeaway

We encourage you to select a Father’s Day craft that resonates with you and your preschooler. Embrace the opportunity to engage in the creative process and make a meaningful gift for your dad. Whether it’s capturing handprints, crafting a personalized keychain, or any of the other delightful ideas mentioned, the act of creating something from the heart will surely bring joy to your dad’s special day.

Baby Steps Daycare understands the importance of commemorating occasions like Father’s Day. These crafts offer a chance for preschoolers to express their love and appreciation for their dads. We hope these creative projects bring happiness and create cherished memories for you and your dad. Happy crafting and Happy Father’s Day!