Father's Day themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

Make a card with:
Glitter Crayons Pens Colored Pencils Markers Paint
Lace String Yarn Ribbon Paper Doilies Tissue Paper
Torn Paper Heart Shaped Paper The Holes from a hole Punch
Stickers Sand Twine Old Puzzle Pieces Buttons Colored Glue
Colored Tape Chalk Wet Chalk Wrapping Paper Stamps Aluminum
Foil Heart Shaped Confetti Glue on Candy Confections Heart Shaped Sponge
Painting Pasta or rice colored with red food coloring

You could:
Make the Card Heart Shaped Cut the Edges with special scissors that have a funny shape. (If you have a pair you know what I'm talking about)
Make a Card Have pre-written poems for the children to glue on their Card, let the children choose the poem they like the best.
Make the card out of the paper doily, heart shaped. Let the children write a poem for the inside.
Let the children write a special message, or have the child tell you what to write.
Use bleeding tissue paper on white paper. Have the children place small pieces of tissue paper on the paper. Have them add water with a paint brush. Allow to dry, and peel off the paper.
Make Heart Shaped Cookies with a Sugar Cookie recipe.

The Ultimate Paperweight:
Supply each child with some modeling clay. Let them shape it however they wish. Let them add marbles, buttons, glitter, sand, pebbles, string, whatever you can think of. After it dries it's a paperweight.

A Place Mat for Dad
Have the children cut out pictures of things that Dad might like from old magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a place mat.

Arts And Crafts

Magazine Collage
Have the children cut out pictures of families in parents magazines. Have the children name the people in the picture, and label them.

A real family tree:
Have the children make a family tree with branches and glue. For the purpose of this try to get branches with y's and let the children pick the branch to write the names of their family members.

Daddy Puppets
Have the children cut out pictures of fathers from parent magazines. Have the children glue them to a piece of heavy paper. When the glue is dry, cut out the pictures from the heavy paper and attach the pictures to a Popsicle stick or straw with tape to make a puppet.

Daddy Puppets 2
Ask the parents to bring in pictures they no longer want. Cut out the people in the pictures and attach the pictures to a Popsicle stick or a straw with tape to make a puppet.

Paper Bag Dad Puppets
Supply each child with a brown paper bag, yarn and other items to make a puppet. The flap at the bottom of the bag is the mouth.

Fingerprint Father
Materials: Non toxic ink pad, Paper, Black pen or crayon
Show your child how to make finger prints on a piece of paper. Have your child draw eyes, nose mouth and hair to create a face.

Paper Plate Father Faces
Have the children draw facial features onto a paper plate to make a face. Supply the children with yarn or easter grass for hair.

Paper Plate Father Faces 2
Have the children cut out facial features from a magazine and have them glue them onto a paper plate for a funny face.

Paper Plate Father Faces 3
Supply the children with different multicultural colors of paper. Have them tear the paper and glue them onto a paper plate to cover the paper plate. After the glue dries have the children draw on facial features with a marker or crayon, or they can glue on facial features from a magazine.

Games

Animal Families:
Talk about animal families.. what do we call a baby chicken, baby dog and so on.

big/small
Create large and small animal shapes have the children sort or tell you which is bigger.

Daddy says:
Played like simon says.
Replace Simon with Daddy.

Daddy May I?
The old game, mother may I take three little steps forward?
Replace mother with Daddy.

Group Time

Talk about members in a family, father, mother, sister, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more.

Family Songs

Love Song
by chicky-ma-ma
Love my Daddy,
Yes I do,
Love my Daddy,
Yes I do,
Love my Daddy,
Yes I do,
Love my Daddy,
And I love you!

Special Song
by chicky-ma-ma
sung to "Where is Thumbkin?"
Daddy is special,
Daddy is special,
Yes he is,
Yes he is,
Daddy is special,
Daddy is special,
Yes he is,
Yes he is.


Activity Ideas

Have parents bring in pictures of themselves. Ask the children to find the picture of their Mother, Father and other family members.

Family Portraits
Ask parents to bring in pictures of their families, or take pictures of the families at the center. You can place these on the walls at the children's eye level by covering them with contact paper. The children will really enjoy seeing their picture and pictures of others on the walls.


I Love My Dad Because....
Have the children finish the sentence "I Love My Dad Because..." Write down the children's answers and post them on a bulletin board.