The father-child relationship is a very special one, and a kid who has close ties to his dad and to his church is lucky indeed. One way to bring a child closer to his Heavenly Father is by helping him to honor his bond with his earthly father. Help him to do this by giving him an opportunity to make a special gift for Father's Day to thank his dad for everything he does.
Dad's Brag Book
Have the child decorate the outside of a plain photo album or scrapbook with ribbons, stickers and a photograph of her and her father together. She can either fill the album with photos of the two of them or put a card inside the album which reads, "For us to fill with happy memories together."
Help the child embellish plain white handkerchiefs with iron-on letters from a craft or fabric store. The letters can be the father's initials or can spell out D-A-D.
Let the child mix up a batch of salt dough (½ cup flour, ¼ cup salt and ¼ water) and flatten it into a heart shape about ½-inch thick on a cookie sheet. He can use clean pea gravel to spell out "Dad Rocks" by pushing the pebbles gently into the dough. Bake in a 250-degree F oven for 2 ½ hours until completely dry; allow it to cool before removing it from the cookie sheet. The child may spray the paperweight with a clear-coat sealant or leave it as is.
Let the child wash and dry a new white enamel coffee mug, then paint the outside of it with acrylic enamel paints. Let the paint dry for an hour and then put it in a cool oven. Turn the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an hour, then turn off the heat and remove the mug when it is completely cool. Mugs painted this way may be washed either on the top rack of the dishwasher or by hand.
Travel Treat Tube
Have the child remove the lid from a clean cylindrical potato chip tube and then paint the outside of the tube with gesso or white acrylic paint. When it has dried, have him paint the tube however he likes with acrylic paint or decorate it with stickers. Let it dry again and spray it with acrylic sealant. Bake cookies a little smaller in circumference than the tube, or cut brownies into shape with an appropriately-sized round cookie cutter. When the tube is completely dry, wrap the cookies in tissue paper, put them in the tube and replace the lid.