Fingerplays, Songs And Group Activities

My Daddy Helps Me…
(My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
My Daddy helps me when I’m sick.
My Daddy helps me when I’m blue.
My Daddy helps me when I’m sad.
Thanks, Dad, for all that you do!
You help, you help,
You help me feel so much better.
You help, you help,
You help me feel so much better.

My Special Friend…
(Bingo)
I have a very special friend
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y,
And Daddy is his name-o

Feelie Box…
Use a feelie box to touch items and guess what they might be related items to dad and grooming: a shaving brush, a razor without the blade, a comb, a rubber sink stopper, nail brush, a wash cloth, a tiny bottle of after-shave. Etc. After everyone has had a turn, let the children smell the after-shave.

I Love Father…
(Frere Jacques)
I love Father, I love Father.
Yes I do, yes, I do.
All I want to say is
Happy Father’s Day!
I love you, I love you!

Fathers Day…
(This Old Man)
This is Dad;
He works hard.
Making money every day,
He’s a neat, peat, rickety reat,
Helpful, caring man.
He plays with me when he can.

Daddy Pounds With One Hammer…
“Johnny Pounds with one Hammer” only change Johnny to Daddy A really fun thing for little ones…is to have thick pieces of styrofoam and give the kids plastic (or small, or play) hammers and let them pound
golf tees into the styrofoam. It’s easy, and they can pull them right out to do it again. Make the foam pieces large enough to make many holes (large squares or rectangles work best).

Oh My Daddy…
(Oh, My Darling Clementine)
Oh, my daddy; oh, my daddy,
Oh, my very special dad,
I want to thank you very much
For being my special dad.

There Is A School…
( Bingo) Choose to use dad’s first or last name.
There is a school who has a girl
And Kimberly is her name-o
Hello Kimberly,
Hello Kimberly,
Hello Kimberly.
And Kimberly is her name-o
There is a girl who has a dad
And Mr. Andrews is his name-o
Hello Mr. Andrews,
Hello Mr. Andrews,
Hello Mr. Andrews,
And Mr. Andrews is his name-o.

A Day with Dad…
My dad works in an office downtown,
And when he’s home, he works all around.
He cleans up dishes and that job’s hard;
Then he rakes up leaves and mows the front yard.
But Dad always finds some time for me,
And that’s what makes a family.

Happy Fathers Day To You…
Happy Fathers Day to you
Day to you, day to you
Happy Fathers Day to you
I Love You!!
Hugs and Kisses just for you
Just for you, just for you
Hugs and Kisses just for you
I Love You!!

My Special Friend…
Yankee Doodle
Daddy is my special friend,
The two of us are buddies.
I always like the things we do,
I’m thankful for my daddy.

Thank You, Dad…
Jingle Bells
Thank you, Dad
Thank you, Dad
Thanks for loving me.
Hugs and kisses, hugs and kisses,
Comes to you from me.
Thank you, Dad
Thank you, Dad
You are such a friend.
On this day I’d like to say,
On you I can depend.

Father’s Day Art Projects

Tool painting…
1.Place the paper in a shallow box or pan..
2.Select some rolling items such as nuts and bolts.
3.With a spoon drop puddles of paint on the paper.
4.Drop the rolling items into the pan and tilt the pan around, rolling them through the paint and making
designs on the paper.

Make a Father’s Day Shape Book…
From construction paper.
1. Cut 2 shirt shapes
2. A circle (for the head which the children will glue to the top of the shirt shape.
3. Make a tie shape (which they will glue to the shirt.)
4. On the circle, each child can draw their father’s eyes, nose, and mouth, then glue on yarn for hair.
5. They can then decorate the tie shape with spots, stripes or other designs and glue to the shirt.
6. The children can then write sentences on the second shirt about why there dads are special. (You can write)
7. Staple the 2nd shirt shape behind the first one.
8. Present the Father’s day book to the fathers and see their eyes light up.

Gifts For Father’s Day

Gift for Dad…
The children can make popsicle stick picture frames, two for each side, under over, glue little nuts and bolts along the edges. I have seen this as a finished product but wonder if regular glue was used? Put the child’s picture in it.

Key Chains…
I had kids use a marbling¬†paint kit to dip unpainted wooden cutouts of hammers, saws, dolphins etc(there is a great variety at the craft store and they’re inexpensive). Before dipping I punched a hole in them with a hand drill and put key rings through them. We made them for father’s day.

A Special Gift...
Wrap a small jewelry box any one will do really.Use the following poem and attach it to the box by hole punching the top left corner and tying it on with ribbon.
This is a very special gift,
That you can never see.
The reason it’s so special,
It’s just for you from me.
Whenever you are lonely,
Or ever feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift
And know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it.
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart,
It’s filled with LOVE inside.

Daddy Handprint Poem…
Here are my handprints
So tiny and small
The ones that clasped you hands Daddy
The ones on the wall.
Press them in your memories Daddy,
Press them in your heart
Never let go of me Daddy,
Never let us part.
Right now they’re good for touching
And crawling on the floors
Hold them tightly in your hands Daddy
They fit so perfectly in yours.
Soon I’ll be big like you,
Our hands will be the same
But you will always be my Daddy,
And I will always proudly carry your name.

Another Poem…
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always get my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I’m growing up
And soon I’ll be so tall
That all those little handprints
Will be very hard to recall.
So here’s two final handprints
Just in your mind will stay
Exactly how my fingers looked
This year on Father’s Day.

Yet Another Poem…
“Walk a little slower, Daddy”,
Said a little child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps,
And I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”

Stress Reliever Ball…
Fill a thick balloon with dry flour using a funnel.Tie tightly with a ribbon & secure with a knot.Attach this note to the ball using a ribbon.
This little balloon of flour
has amazing holiday power.
When not feeling your best,
massage it to relieve your stress

Magnets…
Copy a piece of the child’s art work on your scanner and reduce the size. Add a magnet to the back and attach the following saying”Happy Father’s Dad from me and my gang!”

Door Stop…
Spray paint a brick several times with glossy white paint When dry, paint a child’s hand with green acrylic paint. Have the children put their handprint on the white brick. (With fingers and thumb together)….This should resemble an Evergreen Tree. Paint a stem on with brown acrylic paint. Decorate if desired. The father’s could use it as a door stop or paper weight

Give Dad A Hand…

Fill a latex examination glove with clean sand. I used it out of our school sandbox so I sifted it first. I will let the children do all of this. Fill the glove until it is very full. Then tie it in a knot. I will let the children decorate it with permanent markers>all colors. On the palm area write >To the best Dad,Hands Down! On the fingers add smile faces. : ) add hair etc…Write >I Love You down the fingers. Write>Happy Father’s Day on the back palm area. Add fingernails>color them red. Add rings get creative. Now this blob hand is a great item to set on a desk. It’s very unique. It can be posed. Add your rings to the fingers. It can hold small cards. Great stress reliever. You can lay it flat & press down on the palm area to make an indentation. It can hold small coins. I don’t think many dad’s have these. When I was experimenting with the gloves all my co-workers wanted one. Keep in mind that you want the glove to be full so that the fingers stand upright. You also need to squeeze out any air that is inside the glove so you don’t have a bubble. It is very easy to do.

Books For Father’s Day

You & Your Dad
Lou Alpert

Daddies at Work
Eve Merriam

Links For More Father’s Day Activities
http://www.nexusny.com/charo/
Great Ideas For Parents And Kids!

http://www.gamesdomain.com/tigger/dad/index.html
Bry-Back Manor

http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/father/dad.htm
Billy Bear