Looking for a simple, yet clever gift that your child can make for his Dad---or Grandpa---this Father's Day? Try one of these ideas:
1) Homemade Snack Mix
Kids can combine prepackaged cereals, nuts and seasonings to make a snack mix tailored to dad's preferences. Even my two year old was able to mix up his own simple snack concoction and proudly share it with Daddy! Here's my son's recipe:
Jimmy's Simple Snack Mix
1 c. pretzel sticks
1 c. "o"-shaped cereal
1 c. Teddy Grahams (in the flavor of your choice)
2 c. dried cranberries
Add the ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Store in a large plastic "zipper-type" bag.
Older kids might like to try some of the recipes at the Chex website and the Life Cereal website.
To complete the gift, give your child a plain white gift bag, crayons and stickers. Let them decorate the bag in the design of their choice. Write "Dad's Cure for the Snack Attack" on the bag, fill it with the plastic bag of homemade snack mix, and the gift is done!
Here's a great way to give dad a break from some of his chores! Have the kids draw/write their own coupons good for tasks like a free car wash, dog bath or lawn mowing (tailor it to their abilities). Present the certificates in a #10 (business-sized) envelope, which they have already decorated.
3) Photo coasters
Here's a gift that Dad will use and cherish! The Crafty PC sells clear acrylic coasters that can be turned into a simple, yet useful gift by slipping your child's photo in the bottom of the coaster. Cost for the coaster: $2.50.
4) "Hand printed" golf towel
For this project you need a small hand towel, some fabric paint and a paper plate. Pour the paint on the plate and spread it around a bit with a brush. Lay the towel on a flat, level surface near the plate of paint and ask your child to put his/her hand in the paint, then "stamp" it on the towel. You can use fabric paint (in a writing tube) to print the message "I'm here when you need a hand on the golf course."
5) Printed Post-It Notes
Your kids can transform a thick pad of plain Post-It Notes into a work of art with an inkpad (pastel colors work best) and some stamps. Just stamp images on the side of the block and top of the pad. You can use this technique on thick memo pads, too.
Cheryl Schroeder publishes the Creative Gift Giver, an online guide to imaginative gift giving. For a free subscription to her monthly Creative Gift Givers e-newsletter, send a blank e-mail to: email@example.com.
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