Monday, August 27, 2012

A True Celebration of Father's Day

Like most others early childhood educators I have been busy coordinating Father's Day gifts for the children to take home. Yet this is not my only angle this year and neither should it be for you.

There are some wonderful ideas across the blogosphere and beyond on what you can do with children to recognise this special day. Some of these are very much like a production line of teacher directed craft while others are open-ended child led experiences resulting in unique creations. The choice is yours which ones you would like to undertake with your little ones.


For me it was an eleventh hour change of plans. Asking the children what they wanted to make their dads, the consensus was on some type of vehicle - car, motorbike, truck and even boat. However, the order for materials I had placed was unable to be fulfilled and with no time left to order anything else I quickly went a hunting around the craft shops, $2 shops, department stores, etc to find anything that would spark ad idea worthy of the children and their dads or other male influences.

After some searching I came across some small square canvasses at a very reasonable price. I also discovered small packets of adhesive glitter letters that I thought may come in useful. Some of the results are here for you to see.
 

All very unique and each easily reconisable by the children as their own.

Now I did say that there was more that could be done before and there is. Why stop at this, as good as it may be? Invite your dads, uncles, granddads, older brothers, etc to come in for a visit. They could read to the children. Tell them stories from their own lives. Demonstrate a skill they might have. Simply be with the children and be a positive influence on more than their own child.

Not only does this meet several Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and National Quality Standard (NQS) areas, it is also a great way to promote involvement of families and the broader community.

5 comments:

  1. Those little canvas paintings are gorgeous Greg, I bet they will be treasured for years to come, Kierna

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    1. Thanks Kierna, they were a big hit with the children and I hope will be with the male family figures as well.

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  2. Hi Greg, Happy Father's Day for Sunday. love the open ended nature of these paintings and hope every early childhood service and "big" school takes the opportunity to invite Dad's, grandads and uncles this week and next; have linked you up at the Father's Day Craft round up.

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    1. Thank you Lesley. I've seen so many 'carbon copy' products sent home each Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day and Father's Day that I try very hard to ensure that the children have as much say as possible in what they create. Afterall, it is their gift to give. Did you check out the baubles I did with the toddlers last Christmas?

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    2. Love your philosophy on gifts ( well it's the same as mine!) and love those glass baubles

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