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YOU'RE A GREAT CATCH
Father's Day Card

Give each child a 9" paper plate. Cut out two small triangeles from paper plate to make the tail section. See illustration. Reproduce the fish pattern. (Pattern will open up into a new window.) Cut out, trace onto oaktag, and cut out again. (Use this as your main pattern) Have each child trace the oaktag pattern onto white construction paper and cut out. Then glue the fish onto the paper plate, as shown. Then glue seashell for the eye. On the card, write, "To Dad (or Grandpa, etc.), You're a great catch!" Apply glue all around edges of fish and onto tail. Sprinkle sand on the glue while still wet. Shake off excess sand. Have each child tie a piece of yarn about 14" long (fishing line) to a stick (1' long- fishing pole) and attach a paper clip to the other end of the yarn. With a hole puncher, children will make a hole where indicated on the fish and hook the paper clip through it.


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NUTS AND BOLTS PAPERWEIGHT

In a large mixing bowl, mix together plaster of Paris and water (two parts plaster to one part water). Stir until the mixture is smooth. Give the students a handful of plaster and let them mold the plaster into a mound, about 3" in diameter. Decorate by pressing with a variety of nuts, bolts, nails, and screws into the surfaces. Set the paperweights on old newspapers to dry for two or three days. Spray paint them silver after they dry. Trace paperweight onto a piece of felt and cut out. Trim edges and glue to bottom of paperweight for protective covering for bottom.
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DAD'S SCENTED SOAPS

Pour Ivory Snow into a mixing bowl and add water until the mixture is a stiff bread-dough consistency. Knead in some food coloring and add a few drops of men's cologne. Pinch off a small piece of the mixture and shape into a ball. Repeat the process until all the soap mixture has been used. Allow the balls to dry for about four days. To give as a gift, place the balls into a clear plastic cup. Wrap with colored tissue paper and tie with a contrasting color ribbon. Add an original gift tag to complete the package.
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SPECIAL CARD FOR DAD

On a piece of colored construction paper, write this saying at the bottom:
"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy."
Press paint-covered hands to the upper corners of the paper. Add a picture of yourself in between the handprints. You can decorate it further by mounting it on a larger sheet of colored tagboard. This can be decorated by gluing tinted pasta around the edges.
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Diane from ThePartyWorks.com sent me this great Father's Day Craft! Thanks, Diane!

These are so simple and they are wonderful (inexpensive). You use black construction paper and stick it on the wall. You put a child in front of a light/projector and then trace the shadow on the construction paper with a pencil, cut out and then you could put them on any piece of paper. My nephew did this and it was so much appreciated. I also saw it at school with Presidents day (maybe one of the kids will be a future president!)

**Note: Yes, Diane, I have used this same process for a great President's Day bulletin board! Put silouhettes of Washington and Lincoln on the board with the children's silouhettes.
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Misty writes:
Hi.....I am a Brownie GirlScout leader. My girls are making the following item for their Dads. It's an easy project that they can do. It only requires minimum preparation ahead of time by the adults.

The supplies you need are white foam sheets, self-adhesive strip magnets, sharpies black fine point pen and a small school picture of the child. You cut a large circle out of the white foam. Then cut a rectangle out of the center just smaller than the picture (I use a straight razor like you use to open boxes). The child can tape their picture underneath centered in the cut out. They can then use the markers to make the baseball stripes and write the words on the ball, or they can have an adult do it if they want it to be neater. Then just stick a magnetic strip to the back and they can hang it on their refrigerator. The reason I used "It's a ball...... knowing you!!!!" is because some of the girls couldn't bring their Dads to the event, so I wanted it to be sort of generic to anyone special in their lives.


Thanks, Misty!
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Sherry sends a great Father's Day craft:

Pencil holder: Cover an orange juice can with wallpaper.

Thanks, Sherry!
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Joy writes, "I teach Sunday School and for Father's Day we are going to take a small box, about the size of a recipe box, and decorate them and fill them with peanuts (still in the shell). Then while the boxes are drying, we are going to make cards that will have a picture of a peanut on the outside (complete with googley eyes) and it will say "I'm nuts about you, Dad!" and on the inside it will say "Happy Father's Day!" Also in the card we will tuck some Father's Day Coupons that I printed out on the computer and the kids can color."

Great idea, Joy! Thanks!

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Carolyn writes, "I am a Kindergarten and Art teacher at a private Lutheran school. We always help our students with making their Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts. This year we took clean plastic meat containers and filled them with plaster of paris, after approximately 7 to 10 min,(as you see the plaster starting to set up) we had each child place both hands in the plaster. After their hand indentations were made we air dried the handprints for a day or two. Then we helped the children sponge two different colors onto their casted handprints. After another day of drying we sprayed a heavy glaze on them. We bought some inexpensive plate holders, wrapped them with our handprint pictures and gave them for Mother's Day. For Father's Day we took $1 wood frames (from Michael's) and we painted them with white acylic paint. We glued small shells to the frame with Elmer's Glue. When dry we spray glazed them and then with the digital camera took their picture and placed it into the frame. What stunning gifts for Mom and Dad!"

Thanks for submitting the great idea, Carolyn!
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**NEW**Cathy writes, "My pre k class has been studying ladybugs this month. We made matching ladybug pins for mothers and fathers day. We poured plaster of paris into a spoon,dried for a day,took mold out of spoon, painted them, sprayed a clear coat and glued a pin back on. For Fathers Day we took a lima bean (planting/garden theme) painted it and placed at tie pin on the back. Now Mom's and Dad have matching pins. They all wore them to graduation."--Thanks, Cathy!



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