A wonderful Father's Day craft for all ages. My son's preschool did this craft. I couldn't find the exact template so I made one with a different font for the words. You can download it here.
Here are alternatives for this craft that you can do as well:
This is a great Father's Day craft that kids of all ages will enjoy. Younger kids will need more assistance but they can do it. This craft was inspired by the rocket craft from All Kids Network.
1. Print out the template from All Kids Network and cut out (or have your child cut) the rocket ship and moon. I would have an adult cut the circle in the rocket to accommodate the photo.
2. Trace your child's hand (older kids can do this themselves) - one hand on orange paper and one hand on red paper. Then cut them out.
3. If you don't already have a photo on hand, then print one out.
4. Cut the photo to the proper size and tape it in position to the back of the rocket.
5. Have your child position the hands the way they want to look like flames. You may want to cut off the thumb at least, if not the thumb and pinky, to make it look right.
You can tape the flames to the back of the rocket and then glue the whole thing to the paper but it seemed unwieldy for my younger child. We found it easiest to position the rocket and flames where you want and then glue the flames in place on the paper and then glue the rocket.
6. Have your child write a message. In my 3 1/2-year old son's case, we shortened the message from "I Love you to the moon and back" to "I (heart) you" with a heart sticker because he can't write very well - see picture below.
7. Glue the moon. Place the star stickers where desired.
8. Decorate the rocket. My kids both chose self-adhesive gems but you can use any kind of foam or regular stickers or even draw a design. With my preschool-age son, we used the larger gems because they were easier for him to handle and place on the rocket all by himself. My elementary-school daughter had the dexterity to use the tiny gems.
This is probably best for school-age kids to do for Father's Day or even for Daddy's birthday. My daughter did this in school but you can find the template to make your own from All Kids Network here. They had instructions for using string to hold the book together but you can also staple it.
Note: If you're more experienced with computers and printers you can double-side print pages 3-4 and 5-6. And swap pages 1-2 (using a photo editing program is easiest) and then you're down to two pages for the book and no cutting and string necessary. However, if your child uses markers then the images will bleed through.
Print the three template pages from All Kids Network and let your child draw and write what they're thinking. You might end up with some funny ones. Depending on your child's attention span, you might want to break this project up into mini sessions.
Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.