We had some fun this week making handmade Father’s Day gifts for Daddy. Amanda from Fun Handprint Art put together a printable for us, based on one of my son’s frequent sayings about Daddy.
I love how it turned out — you can get the Father’s Day Handprint Craft Printable to do this craft with your kid!
Somehow Toby did not inherit my love of making messes and getting dirty, so I’ve had to be intentional about helping him get messy in ways that can be cleaned up after the fact. It’s an interesting dilemma, encouraging a child to be *more* messy, I have to say. We’ll get there sooner or later (hopefully!).
Anyways, because of his hesitance about getting hands-on and messy, I opted to do this craft with watercolor paint, figuring it was easier to clean off little fingers than, say, acrylic or other media.
Here’s the painting station I set up for my son’s activity time. Watercolors, a coloring page, a blank piece of paper (for the handprints), and a bowl of water with black watercolor paint (for making the handprints).
We actually completed the Father’s Day handprint craft with bribing — the promise of getting to clean hands off and paint the coloring page. Here’s the first hand getting ready to make a handprint.
Then it was on to the more reserved watercolor painting part of craft time. Toby was happy to have his hands clean and to be using a paintbrush for “proper” watercolor painting. He painted for quite some time, happily, with the black watercolor paint.
Toby announced this art project would be for Daddy’s office. It was immediately delivered to its recipient, upon the condition that it be displayed at the office.
Overall, we had a fun time making the handprint Father’s Day gift, and I bet there will be two excited boys on Father’s Day (assuming my littler one can keep a secret. Doubtful.) If you’d like to download the printable, or learn how I magically turned the black paint into green, head over to Amanda’s blog and read more there!
Inspiration for Father’s Day Gifts
Need some inspiration for helping your kids make Father’s Day gifts? Here are some gift ideas for Father’s Day — links will open in a new window for your convenience. Also, you may enjoy the pins on my Gift Ideas Pinterest board!
Photo Memory Gifts for Father’s Day
- Happy Father’s Day Photo
- Father’s Day Photo Idea
- Poem + Photo: I love to wear my daddy’s shoes
- Photo: Father’s Day Chalkboard Signs
Handcrafted Father’s Day Gifts (Kid Friendly!)
- Father’s Day Printable – Handprint Craft
- The Best Dads Get Promoted to Grandpa – printable handprint
- 20 Father’s Day Gift Ideas With Kids
- Recipe for the Perfect Father’s Day
- Golf Gift Ideas for Dad
- 25+ Handprint Gift Ideas
- 14 Cutest Father’s Day Crafts for Kids
- First Father’s Day Craft
- Father’s Day Wood Print Art Activity
- Freebie Friday – 10 Handmade Father’s Day Gifts