Father's Day Ideas for Kids

Easy-to-make crafts and treats that will make dad feel special on his big day.

  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski; Idea by Norene Cox and Joy Howard

    An Easy Treat for Father's Day

    Let Dad or Grandpa know you think he's incredible with a personalized superhero cookie.

    Originally published in the June/July 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski, Idea by Helen Bird

    A Cool Card for a Super Dad

    Is Dad your child's hero? Let him know this Father's Day with a message and mask in one.

    Download our mask template below. Cut the shape from craft foam and adhere a card stock lightning bolt to the mask with tacky glue. Have your child write a message in permanent marker on the back of the mask. Poke a hole in each end of the mask with a large needle or a pushpin, then tie on an 18-inch length of elastic cord.

    Originally published in the June/July 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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    Heartfelt Award

    This trophy magnet may be small, but it holds big sentiments for Dad.

    Cut two identical trophy cup shapes from gold felt. Bend two 3-inch pieces of gold pipe cleaner into cup handles. Use tacky glue to sandwich the ends of the handles between the felt shapes. Place the trophy between two pieces of waxed paper and set a book on top. Let the trophy dry overnight. Write a message on the felt with black dimensional fabric paint. When the paint's dry, add a self-adhesive magnet to the back.

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    Men's 'Shroom

    Give your fun guy a homemade container filled with treats and tagged with a so-bad-it's-good pun.

    Choose a small, narrow jar. Cover the lid with colored modeling material. (We used Model Magic to make the caps of our Men's 'Shrooms. If you use an uncolored material, such as Paperclay, simply paint the cap after it's dry.) Sculpt it into a domed mushroom-cap shape. Roll white modeling material into small balls, flatten them into dots, and press them onto the mushroom. Let the cap harden (one to two days) before screwing the lid onto the jar.

    Fill the jar with candy and attach a card that reads, "Dad, you're a real fungi!"

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    This Father's Day, surprise Dad with a personalized cookie pop made from Nilla Wafers and a chocolate filling.

    To make one, microwave 2 tablespoons chocolate chips according to the package directions. Use a spoon to spread about a teaspoon of the chocolate on the back of a Nilla Wafer. Center a lollipop stick (available at craft stores) in the chocolate, then place another cookie on top. Let the chocolate set.

    Mold and snip fruit chews and soft candy (we used Tootsie Roll Midgees, Tootsie Fruit Rolls, and spice drops) to make hair and other features. If needed, reheat the remaining chocolate in 10-second bursts until it's melted, then transfer it to a ziplock bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, then pipe on the chocolate to attach the candy pieces and white confetti sprinkle eyes.

    Use a black edible food marker to draw pupils and other details. Finish by taping a card stock shirt (Get the four shirt patterns below. Just print, color, and cut them out.) to the lollipop stick.

    Idea by Lindsay Ann Morton from Dollhousebakeshoppe.com

    Originally published in the June/July 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

  • Photograph by Sabrina Helas

    Race You Back!

    Dad wins with this Father's Day gift that lets him relax as the kids play. Place cardboard inside a prewashed T-shirt to keep the paint from seeping through. On the back of the shirt, paint a racetrack with fabric paint and a foam brush. Let it dry. Draw the outline of the grandstand with black fabric marker, then use a cotton swab to add dots of paint for the spectators' heads. Paint a wide yellow stripe for the start-finish line and let it dry. Use the marker to draw a checkered pattern on the stripe and a dashed line on the road. Set the paint according to the package's directions.

    Cute Tip: For an extra-personal touch, have your child use his fingers to print the heads of the crowd.

    Originally published in the June/July 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.