Father’s Day Book and gift linky

With Father’s day being right around the corner, we spent time reading about dads then made a little gift to take home to our dads…

The book I chose to share with my class is called “My Dad” by Anthony Brown. This is a very simple and fun book about all the amazing things this dad can do…

After reading our book, we explored a few items that we often associate with belonging to a dad…

And then we followed up our reading by making our dads a special gift…

I tried to find something the children could make pretty much all by themselves but in the end, Miss Abby and I did have to complete the gifts for the kids. We just ran out of time!

To make our father’s day gift, each child started by cutting little slits from the outside and stopping at the middle line of a paper plate…

Ideally, the slits should be evenly spaced apart around the paper plate but of course, the children cut as many slits as they wanted and however far apart they wanted…

Once they finished cutting around the edges of the paper plate, the children then painted the front and backs of their paper plates…

Once the plates were painted, we set them aside to dry. After the paper plates were dry, Miss Abby folded up and hot glued the edges of the plates together to create a bowl (this was the part that we didn’t have the kids to do on their own)…

We called our gifts “coin collectors” which are little bowls dads can use to put coins or other small items they keep in their pockets in at the end of a day…

If you are looking for other ideas for Father’s Day activities or gifts or have a Father’s Day idea to share with us then check out the Father’s Day linky below to see what my fellow Preschool Bloggers have to share and add your ideas as well!

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This post is being brought to you by the Preschool Blogger Network…

Be sure to visit the following bloggers who have joined in to share Father’s Ideas with you today as well….

Teach Preschool  : Aunt Annie’s ChildcareLiving Montessori Now :  The SEEDS NetworkMusic Sparks :
Males in Early Childhood : Little Illuminations 

A Special Note

Because not every family is the same, my blogging friends have taken the time to share alternative ideas to celebrate Father’s day or to talk about father’s with young children.  I hope you will look through the links shared by the folks listed just above and see the insights they share as well.

Linky Is Below (If you are viewing this post from a reader or by email, you will need to come to the blog to view the ideas shared in this linky:)  Thank you!

By |2012-06-05T07:00:06+00:00June 5th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Roopa June 5, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love those colorful ‘coin collector bowls’ !! My husband will surely want one:)

  2. School Sparks Renee June 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    What a clever (and useful) Father’s Day gift. (My husband needs one! Maybe I’ll ask my grandson to make this when he visits in a few weeks!) 🙂 Renee

  3. Marnie @ Carrots are Orange June 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Oh Deborah, I love, love the honesty in the post about how you just ran out of time. We are not super humans! 🙂 I also love the book recommendations. I promptly ordered them from Amazon. Thank you for the post and the link up! ~ Marnie

  4. Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky June 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    That is one of our very favourite books around here. We have My Mum too 🙂

  5. Kids @ tinascraft.com/en/home June 6, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    It is a great idea..and what a useful gift…:)

  6. Annette {Simple Mom} June 7, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Some days are like that…running out of time, I mean.

    I hope it’s okay that I linked up a photo bookmark…though I am quite certain it is not something that teachers would choose to do with a class…not complicated to make one, but much more appropriate to do at home than in the classroom.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      It’s a terrific idea and would actually make a great gift from kids at school too!

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