Crafting is one of my therapies in life, but it’s not always a favorite for my busy, physical boys. But, when they know Daddy is going to be celebrated, they easily jump on board to make Father’s Day Gifts!
That said, I am not a huge fan of making gifts that involve complicated instructions for my 3- and 1- year olds. The projects with instructions serve a purpose, but at this stage, my boys need process art. I want them to enjoy splattering paint and tearing paper more than explaining detailed instructions and discouraging them from enjoying the feelings and sensory exploration of artistic expression. In other words, I want them to focus on the process rather than the product.
I am always fascinated and surprised by what my kids create. There may be a huge mess after “creating,” but the delightfully imperfect, mostly child-created masterpieces will hold a place in Daddy’s heart for many years to come…
Of course, some of these projects may require a little help from an adult to make their meanings come alive.
You may have to cut, write words, or put specific shapes in their places, but all of them have some aspect that children can use to explore different ways to create.
10+ Homemade Process Art Father’s Day Gifts
Make a simple but sweet “tie-riffic” card that smells like Dad | Happy Hooligans
Let your child explore painting a canvas-like surface while creating a tape-resist banner for Dad | Craftulate
Give your child glue and noodles to make a sunshine card for Daddy. Maybe your child could even paint the circle by himself? | Crafty Morning
Find some acrylic paints and a mess-safe area for your child to paint a unique hammer handle for Dad or Grandpa | My Happy Crazy Life
For a less messy card, your child can design away with DIY watercolor pens.
Go for a rock hunt, pick out some of Dad’s favorite colors and paint a rock paperweight. Your dad rocks, doesn’t he? | Our Family World
Or, make a quick an easy rock paperweight with a twist. Psst…you’ll need a glue gun!
Make a Dad-inspired nuts and bolts picture frame. | Fun-A-Day
Let your mini-artist create a mini-canvas refrigerator magnet and learn a great tip on how to avoid too much toddler paint mixing | Happy Hooligans
Tear some scraps of paper and give your little one some glue to create a tear-art bookmark | Buggy and Buddy
Create a KidzCanDesign gift with your child’s original artwork.
In classic Father’s Day tradition, create a fingerprint tie for Dad to wear on his big day | Your Modern Family
Mix up some concrete, find some rocks and let your kids decorate a stepping stone for Dad | Kids Activities Blog
Enjoy watching your kids create and learn from these projects. Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Happily Ever Mom!