This Sunday is Father's Day in Australia. Every year in my class I rack my brain to think of a present that children can make by themselves. I think this is a fabulous idea, as it is simple, effective and three-year olds can manage it on their own. As I was doing this activity in the classroom, I purchased some sheets of foam but if you were planning on doing it at home you could recycle a polystyrene tray.
I gave the children a square of polystyrene foam and let them make imprints, lines, drawings and patterns with a pen (ball point pen).
The children then used the roller to cover the sheet of foam with paint. We put the card on top of the foam and rubbed the surface to ensure we could make a good print. The children then lifted the card to reveal their masterpiece.
I cut out the centres and put photos of every child in the frames, added some hearts and laminated them.
I put a self-adhesive magnet strip on the back of the photo frame so Dad can display his present on the fridge.
Older children could draw fabulous patterns and pictures and print with one colour and then rework their design and print with a second colour or even a third. The possibilities are endless!
We also made wrapping paper and gift cards which were drawing of our handsome Dads.
Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads!