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Fathers Day Craft for 3 Year Old

any ideas on a craft project my 3 year old can easily accomplish in the next few days for her daddy?

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Got this idea from familyfun.com: we're doing an annual work of art every father's day. Went to Michaels and got a 9x12 canvas and will give him the paints, sponge, brushes and let him go to it. Family fun suggested painting the canvas with a base color and after it dries, giving your child a few colors to compliment that base color; I'm going to do the base color today, tomorrow my son will paint his masterpiece, and the next day I will paint a clear varnish over it all. On the back I will tape the date and my son's age so we can see how his art changes over the years. What I'm doing for the boys I babysit is this: Michaels has wooden frames that are selling for $1 and you can decorate/paint them anyway you want. We will be painting them, and I got little decorations for 59 cents that the boys told me their father is into (a fish because one said his dad likes to fish, a football because one boy said Notre Dame football, an airplane because we discussed that one father was in the airforce). We'll glue the decoration to the frame after the paint is dry tomorrow, and will add foam stickers (a big box for $4.99) to write out #1 Dad, etc. Also printed out a coloring card for fathers day from familyfun.com and the children will color and sign them after nap today.
One thing I saw that I liked a lot on parenting.com (but didn't have supplies for) was using magnetic letters for the I and DAD, and cutting out a heart shape from felt and cardboard to put the child's picture in to spell out I "heart" dad. There was instructions on how to fix it so it will prop up on a desk, or you could hang it on the fridge.

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Every year we decorate a t-shirt for dad with photo transfers and hand prints of the kids. I usually have 3 pictures (one of each of our2 kids separately, and one of them together). When we only had one, I would inlude 2 pics of her, and one of dad and her together. This is easy to grow if you have more children later. I usually take the fabric paint and add a saying, names, year, etc. Dad wears it for the year, then we retire it when he gets a new one the following year.

TIP #1... when decorating a t-shirt with paint, be sure to put some craft paper (paper grocery bag) between the 2 layers of the shirt. Otherwise, the paint may bleed from the front of the shirt through to the back.

TIP #2... when doing paint hand prints with little ones, LIGHTLY spray cooking spray on their hand before adding paint. It makes for very easy cleanup!

Good luck!

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Last month's Parenting Magazine had a few good ideas like painting a rock (about the size of your palm) and giving it to him as a paperweight. Every year I take a pic of my kids holding a sign that says "We love you , Daddy" and have it made into a coffee mug (there is a kiosk in every mall that does that) and he loves it. I'm sure if you go to Parenting Mag's website they have tons of good ideas!

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They have stepping stone kits at Michael's and Hobby Lobby, you can put her hand prints on them and embellish with pretty gems. There are also a lot of foam craft ideas in the foam section, picture frames, matching hats for pool time, book marks, banners, etc.

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You guys could decorate a shirt with fabric crayons.
They have them at Michael's for about $3. You color on a
regular piece of paper and then iron it on to the shirt.
You just have to remember to write the words backwards on
the paper so they come out the right way on the shirt!

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