When it comes to Father's Day ideas, there's no shortage of fun to be enjoyed on this holiday for dads.
And yes, we're going to skip right over the old standby idea: a new tie.
Instead, we're going to focus on a few ideas for the kids to create some neat things for Father's Day.
One of the oldest yet most enduring ideas for Father's Day is to have the kids create a coupon book in which Dad can "redeem" the coupons for chores to be done around the house.
Here's how it works:
Take one sheet of paper and divide it into four or more parts.
Have the child pick one chore to be completed for each coupon. It could be written like this: "Jimmy will clean his room." Or, "Molly will take out the trash."
Next, ask the child to illustrate each coupon so that Dad can see the chore to be done. After all, everyone knows Dads are more visual.
In addition to the illustrations, the kids can decorate the coupons with stickers and rubber-stamp designs.
When the coupons are completed, an adult can use scissors to perforate the edges between each coupon so that Dad can easily tear them apart.
Lastly, if the coupons span multiple pages (you could make several copies so that the chores last a few months), you can ask the child to draw a cover for the coupon book. Naturally, they can draw something with a Father's Day theme or something that illustrates all the great chores Dad will enjoy handing out over the next few months.
Father's Day picture frame
The first thing to do for this one is to photograph the child and print out the picture (or have it developed if you're still doing that sort of thing).
Next, cut out a 'frame' from posterboard or card-stock in Dad's favorite color. Write something on the bottom of the frame such as Father's Day 2010 or Daddy's Little Girl or Daddy's Little Boy.
Lastly, have the child decorate the frame with markers. Then can also glue small decorations on the frame as well.
Father's Day repair guide
This Father's Day idea is less practical than the others but it'll be a keepsake for years to come.
The idea is to have each child write a short essay on how to repair something. It should be something that will inspire some laughter like asking the child how Daddy repairs the computer or the refrigerator.
With any luck, the child will use his or her imagination to come up with a wild idea for how Dad manages to keep the household running smoothly. It would probably be a good idea to have the child add an illustration to the essay.
If it serves no other purpose, this gift will certainly bring a smile to Dad's face. And, in the end, isn't that really what Father's Day ideas are about?