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On Father's Day, I gave 40 small children at church paper ties. I asked them to write or draw words of wisdom from their fathers. They looked confused so I explained. I said, "Write or draw what your father tells you. What advice does he give you?" They wrote and colored vigorously for a few minutes until I asked someone to share.
Katie proudly displayed her work of art and said, "My tie says, 'take out the trash!' Because that is what my dad always says." I laughed as all around the room ties had things like "clean your room" and "be quiet" written on them.
When class was over and the doors opened, 40 excited children ran to their fathers, grandfathers and stepfathers. They proudly gave them handmade paper ties. I smiled as I watched grown men joyfully accept paper ties, hugging and thanking their children.
The best gifts are made with love and become more priceless as time passes, like a paper tie or a plaster mold of a small child's hands.
Here are a few low-cost ways to say happy Father's Day:
Any photo of your child can become Dad's desktop favorite. Glue or tape a photo of your child to stiff cardboard leaving a 2-inch border around the photo. Talk to your child about Dad's favorite things to do. Does Dad love fishing, football or cars? Go through magazines and let your child cutout pictures of fish, sports and things he thinks Dad will like. Glue them around the photo. You can also let your child write a personal I love you in his own special handwriting on a piece of construction paper and glue it to the frame. Don't forget the glitter! Cut a colorful paper cup in half and tape it to the back or glue a child's block to the back. Your picture should stand up on its own on Dad's desk.
Ties and T-shirts
Here is a link with step by step instruction for making t-shirts and ties at home that look amazing. Put photos of brand new babies on t-shirts for new dads. Start with light plain ties and t-shirts. To save money use an old tie or t-shirt. Young children can create a masterpiece to put on a shirt or tie. Photograph it, print it on special print transfer paper, iron it on and voila! Scribbley art makes a great tie pattern. If you can't afford transfer paper, use sharpie markers and basic acrylic craft paint. Draw and paint right on the shirt.
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