Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Celebrating Father's Day

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Mrs. Sharp from "Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations" asks the question: "What is it men would sincerely like for Father's Day? Fathers want exactly the same thing that mothers do. Acknowledgment and recongnition of their effors on behalf of their family."

One tradition for helping children observe Father's Day is an annual scrapbook of appreciation recounting all Dad did, with and for, the children during the preceeding year. Did Dad help someone with a school project? Read through the entire book of "Winnie-the-Pooh?" Teach a child how to ride a bicycle, swing a bat, or tie a shoe? Good-naturedly allow yet another stray animal to become a family pet? (This happened at our home this past year!). If he did, encourage the children to show their appreciaition with a loving memory book containing photographs, funny captions, cartoons, and drawings commemorating their year together. Have each child write (or dictate) a letter for Dad thanking hiim for all he does and letting him know how much he is loved.

Here are a few things we are doing to celebrate Dad this coming Sunday.

We are making Dad a Photo Frame and surprising him with it on his desk.

Originally uploaded by pwinn.

Originally uploaded by pwinn.

These Airplane Cards were fun and easy to make. The blue one says, "I Love My Dad Because..." with some heart bullet points for children to write down their reasons. The striped one says, "Many men are Fathers but it takes someone special to be a Daddy."

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Lastly, we are going to make Dad some candy bags with his favorite treats and clever messages printed out on tags.

Originally uploaded by pwinn.

"Because you make us roll with laughter"
"Because you're the jolliest, sweetest Dad"
"Because you're an all-American classic"
"Because you work so hard for all of us"
"Because we love you More & More each day"

I hope you have fun getting ready for this special day!


Tori Leslie said...

Hi Kelli,
What neat Fathers Day ideas. I may have to steal a few. Thanks for the great posts.
Oh yea, I'm a Texas-gal too. From Arlington.

Lena said...

What wonderful ideas you've shared for Father's Day Kelli. I always find it a hard day to come up with ideas for. These are some good ones, thank you!

Reviekat said...

What fun ideas! I know your husband is a lucky daddy. :)


Kelli said...

Hi Tori,
I really enjoyed your blog. The pictures on it are very pretty. I look foward to visiting again!

Mrs. Staggs, Clarice and Revee, it sounds like we are going to have some spoiled men around here this Sunday!