Tell your child that he’ll make a Father’s Day Plaque for Dad with popsicle sticks. Explain that plaques are tablets used to honor someone.
Have your child lay two popsicle sticks straight up and down, parallel to each other, about 4 inches apart. Let your child put glue on the sticks, leaving a small unglued space at top and bottom of them.
Your child can lay the remaining popsicle sticks sideways across the parallel sticks and glue their ends on top of the original two sticks, still leaving a little space at the top and bottom of the original sticks.
Let him look through magazines for photos that remind him of Dad (photos of a sport, office, musical instrument, or outdoors scene)? Your child can cut out photos and glue them on front of the plaque.
He can also cut out letters “D,” “A,” and “D” to glue on the plaque, or write “To Dad” with markers.
If he can’t find photos, have him draw a trophy, ribbon, or crown on construction paper. Then he can cut that out to glue on the plaque.
Optional: Your child may want to further decorate the plaque with stickers or glue on colorful sequins.
Help your child cut yarn to go from the back top of one original stick to the back top of the other stick. The yarn can be glued to the backs or tied around them; you could also wrap a rubber band around the top two sticks to help hold yarn in place. Now there’s a hook so Dad can proudly display his plaque!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.