Here comes Father’s Day and maybe your familia is looking for a handmade gift that doesn’t involve ties or golf. Maybe Papi prefers camping or iPhones or gardening instead? Here are some original ideas that are easy for young hands to put together.
How simple and adorable is this “Top 10 Things I Love About You Popsicle Stick Sign” by MaryLea at Pink and Green Mama? Your kids can easily build and personalize this unique gift using whichever language they prefer! MaryLea also has another tutorial for creating a super fun Backrub T-Shirt for the hard-working daddy. This regalo is truly a win-win gift for both the giver and the receiver!
But wait. Maybe Dad is an outdoorsy kind of guy who loves camping and fishing. He might enjoy a campout at home with these clever ideas! First, you’ll need a campfire, and this one is so safe and simple that even little kids can make it. Next, you might need the key ingredients for making s’mores. But since the above mentioned campfire doesn’t exactly lend itself to making gooey s’mores, you might want to invest in this microwavable s’more maker instead. Once that is over and done with, Dad might like to go for a little fishing. He should be able to find his boat key easily with this cute keychain. And don’t forget the bait! Then Papi might enjoy catching these coupon fish that grant he can use to get extra hugs, or someone to take out the trash for him. Finish off the evening with this great campfire chocolate cake.
If your child is a nature lover, then send them outside on a scavenger hunt to find a whole bunch of little sticks about the same size. You can make tons of useful crafts from them like this set of pencil holders, or a fun frame (with a picture of your campout?), or even this handy journal from Spoonful. And if Dad likes gardening, this little succulent desktop planter is easy and fun to put together. Don’t forget to print and laminate some pictures of your kids for them to stick in the planter!
Another unique idea that celebrates Papi is with a book. Reading together is a great way to strengthen both family bonds and literacy skills. Your kids can write their own book about their relationship with their dad or the things they love best about him, and then present it to him as a gift on Father’s Day.
We also love the book Papá and Me by Arthur Dorros. Written in English with embedded Spanish words scattered throughout the text, it’s the perfect gift for those dads who are raising bilingual children.
Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM.