Make it yourself Father’s Day gift

Yes, I know Father’s Day was a few weeks ago, but this could easily be adapted to anybody, well parts of it could……..
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I saw these SUPER cute printables over at An Alphamom, and knew this had to be our father’s day present.  So we made a quick run to the grocery store to get the necessary supplies, M&Ms, powerade, hershey’s chocolate bar, breath mints, etc…….  You’ll understand better when you see her printables.
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Now, while the kids were busy drawing pictures for the book they were making, I was busy cutting and gluing all of the labels onto the gifts.
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The kids were each given several pages saying “Daddy is my hero because,” and then they completed the sentence and drew a picture.

My personal favorite, “Daddy is my hero because he married Mommy and kisses her a lot.”

How’s that for cute?  Or, another favorite, “Daddy is my hero because he kills scorpions.”  The accompanying picture was of a scorpion bigger than the drawing of the Daddy squishing said scorpion.

It was also great for me to get insight into how they think.  I wouldn’t have thought they’d choose some of the things they did.  Princess was all about the hugs, and what Daddy does.  The boys were more of what Daddy does with them.  Can you see the difference in love languages?  Princess, more physical touch, and the boys are much more of the quality time.
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And the present was a HUGE success.  Like I said, Jeff already has plans for us to make books like this for grandparents, etc… etc…….  I’d be curious to see what would be completing those sentences……

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Great quick kid birthday present

Yesterday we went to a birthday party, and as I was getting ready for it I saw the coolest idea for a present on Cool Mom Picks (where I love to go and see the cool ideas and enter contests). A Mom on Etsy had come up with the idea of playground Scavenger hunt cards.
She sold them for $16, but I figured out how to make a local version on my own. And let me tell you, from what I saw of her product I don’t really think she was overcharging, but the party was that afternoon.

Here’s my 15 items I came up with:
1. squirrel
2. bird
3. smooth rock
4. sharp rock
5. a bug
6. an acorn
7. dirt or sand
8. twig
9. a feather
10. a pretty weed (so they don’t pick a flower)
11. a dry leaf
12. seeds
13. a clover
14. an oak leaf
15. a lost toy

First I went to Google images and looked for pictures of my items and copied them into a word file and printed it off on normal paper.

Next I got index cards and let the kids glue one picture on each card.
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Then I wrote what you were supposed to find next to each picture. If your kids can write they can do this step too. The kids then colored the other side, because they wanted to.
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While they did that I made a really quick and easy bag to gather items in (obviously you’re not gathering the bugs or animals….).
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Then we took them to a local teacher supply store, laminated them, cut them out again, and tied them up with a pretty ribbon. Once she understood what it was the birthday girl was excited, and her brother and sister were very excited.

I’m thinking of making some for each of the parks we go to all the time as an extra activity while we’re there. I’m also thinking of making mini-scavenger hunts for our house of items we need to clean up all the time. This is what I did last night instead of falling asleep, I thought of all the fun ways I could rework this activity.

For More great tips go to We are THAT Family.