How to Make a Birthday Card From a Child to Dad

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Pam Gaulin

    About the Author

    Pam Gaulin has been writing professionally since 1990. Her work has appeared on websites such as ModernMom, TheFrisky, Zappos and YellowPages.com. Her previous positions include editor of "Web Site Source Book," project leader for a K-12 database, business writer for a newsletter publisher and Happenings editor for "The Valley Advocate." Gaulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.

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    A birthday card from a child to a dad is one of those craft projects that will become an instant hit; your youngster will have an opportunity to show off his artistic skills, and even the least sentimental dad will save the card, showing it off on his desk or his dresser with pride.The card can be funny or serious; let your child's creativity and imagination guide the content of the card for a personalized gift.

    Things You'll Need

    • Card stock
    • Current photo of child
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Crayons or markers

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    Brainstorm some ideas for the card with your child. Talk about Dad's best characteristics and his favorite Dad-and-me activities. Jot down his answers on scrap paper.

    Fold a piece of card stock in half. Use a ruler to run over the fold to make it neat. Cut the card into a shape that reflects a favorite activity Dad-and-me activity, such as a ball, a fish or a book.

    Have the child decorate the card with markers or crayons and write, "Happy Birthday, Dad!" on the front. Glue a photo of your youngster or Dad and child together on the front of the card.

    Open the card and write out all of Dad's best characteristics and the best Dad-and-me activities, based on the information you asked her earlier, such as "I love Dad because he tells funny jokes. I especially like when we go for walks in the park."

    Add a little humor by including more information in the card, such as Dad's least stellar characteristics -- according to your youngster. For example, "I think you're the best Dad, even though [you spend a lot of time working on your car]."

    • Use this same method to make a birthday card for a stepfather or a grandfather.
    • Ask the child to sign the card with a pen or crayon, even if the card was printed out from the computer.

    References

    • The Birthday Book: Celebrations for Everyone; Ann Druitt, et al.

    Resources

    • Hey, Thanks!: A Fun Card-Making Kit for Grateful Kids; Elissa Stein