It was my husband’s first Father’s Day with all 3 kids, so I wanted to celebrate this special year. A year ago on Father’s Day, he had just found out about our baby number 3 arriving, so I knew it would be a day to remember and I wanted to have a keepsake to cherish this special moment.
He woke up to this and I could just tell it lit up his heart! Anytime I ask him what he wants, he always tells me he loves being a dad. I thought a fun activity to do with the kids would be perfect.
I loved starting off Father’s Day with an art project. The best part was we were able to create an artful keepsake to look back on and enjoy for years to come.
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I decorated the page so it was scrapbook ready. The day before, I added the kids’ handprints with each of their little initials (just the first letter of their name) on each of their hands so we knew who was who.
One of the reasons I love kids activities is because it brings us together as a family and this little craft is symbolic of that. I also love how it represents how different each of us are, especially with my identical twins. Their handprints may look the same from afar but when you look up close; you see how unique they really are.
There was a cute little sign “Can I paint your hand daddy?”. H and M were 2 at the time, so I knew just focusing on painting daddy’s hand would be just enough fun for the moment at hand.
I just love this close of picture of daddy and daughter’s hands together. Daddy and M’s hands together. It was so sweet how she giggled while painting his hand.
Dad’s are so important. They are our protectors and leaders. I am so thankful for my husband and what a great daddy he really is. He lights up our life!
Psalms 103: 13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
M loved painting daddy’s hand. She loved adding in her little fingers for painting. I had a table cloth out protecting the table and a big peice of white paper with the nice “Happy Father’s Day” sign on it in case they wanted to paint more after painting daddy’s hand.
H had a blast painting daddy’s hand. She thought it was so silly how it tickled daddy and how she was able to get artsy with daddy. Usually I, mommy, am the artsy one with patience and plans ready for art. Daddy was a good sport and loved that he was doing something that was fun with his kids.
SO we painted daddy’s hand blue and added a capital D for daddy on his handprint. We added a loving comment on the page about daddy holding our hearts and our hands and “Happy Father’s Day” along with the date. Then added it to a scrapbook!
Materials for Father’s Day Handprint Craft:
Paint & paintbrush
Scrapbook paper-white for paintings, background paper &scrapbook glue
letter stamps for name initials
Instructions for Father’s Day Handprint Craft:
Paint each hand a color of choice.
Get a white or lighter color piece of scrapbook paper.
Place hand on paper for a handprints on white paper. Leave space for daddy’s hand.
For each child’s first initial, have a little rubber stamps with capital letters you can paint and stamp on each handprint. You could also use letter stickers.
Add daddy’s handprint.
Let it dry and add the white paper to a background piece of scrapbook paper. You can add sticker or decor of your choice around the edges. Or you could make the painting small enough to put into a picture frame. (You can have all of the handprints, except daddy’s completed the day before along with the scrapbook decor so it’s cute for presentation for dad).
Add more Learning Fun:
Faith: Talk about how God is your heavenly father who picked your daddy to be your earthly father. What do you love about your daddy?
Social Skills: Take turns painting dadd’s hand and learn that it’s okay to get a little messy together and try something new together:)
Math: Count your fingers as 5s, then add them all together when they are on the page.
Reading: Read a story about daddys, like “Guess How much I Love You” by Sam McBratney.
Writing: Write a special note, sentence, or poem or story about a favorite memory with you and daddy. You can add it behind the Father’s Day Handprint Craft.
What are your favorite ways to spend Father’s Day?
I hope you and your family have a blessed Father’s Day!
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