In amongst our Fairy Tale focus we have been busy preparing for Father’s Day. Father’s Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in September in Australia. For the past few years we have always made a mug for our dads using ceramic paints. These smell rather nasty and the paint job isn’t exactly the neatest so this year when I saw this pin on Pinterest I thought it might work a little better.
I bought a set of 24 Sharpies on eBay in various colours. The mugs I bought through our educational supplier, Corporate Express. The mugs worked out at about $1.20 or so each when bought in bulk. I figured that drawing on the mugs with Sharpies would give a more detailed drawing than the paints we used last year. Once the drawing is completed you bake the mugs in the oven at 180C (350F) for 30 minutes and that’s it. Easy Peasy!
We had a discussion before we started drawing about the kinds of things that dads like; football, BBQs, fishing, building things and definitely not unicorns and rainbows. We also discussed which colours dads might like. We decided he probably wasn’t that into pink or purple. Then the children drew things on their mugs that they thought their dad might like or things their dad liked to do. We had hammers, computers and even a dad sitting there watching the telly. There were also some unicorns, butterflies and rainbows. Some of the girls were insistent that that was what their dads liked! (I’m looking forward to meeting these dads on Father’s Night in the coming week.)
As part of our celebrations and as part of our partnerships with families we hold an annual Father’s Night where we invite the dads (or another male adult such as Grandpa or an uncle if dad can’t make it) to come and have a sausage sizzle supper with us and do some Kindy activities. We always have a woodworking bench set up outside and we find most men stay out there all night hammering away (I think the inside girly/kiddy stuff might scare them a bit!). Last year we made some lightning bugs out of a plastic bottles filled with water and a glowstick. It’s great to make use of the night time for glow in the dark activities. This year I plan to take my telescope along also so we can do a bit of star gazing also if the weather permits. Nearly every year we have held the Father’s Night it has been a wet, wild and woolly night.
And of course our mugs need a card to accompany them so we made cards that looked like a business shirt with a tie on it. The children had a go at writing their name in the middle as well as To dad. They folded the card along the lines and coloured the ties to stick on the front. When they are finished we will attach the cards to the mugs. We usually fill the mugs with homemade rocky road and wrap them in cellophane. Here is the template I made for our cards if you’re interested: father’s day card