Ideas for Father's Day

By Kirstin Buick
12 June 2013

Discover some quick-and-easy ideas to put a big smile on Dad’s face on Sunday 16 June.

The communities on our Teachers for Change and Kopskuif-Onnies (Huisegnoot) Facebook pages helped us to compile a few ideas for quick-and-easy projects to do in junior classes or at home before Father’s Day, Sunday 16 June.

For the little ones (foundation phase)

  • Make a jacket for a matchbox by letting each kid draw a small picture for Dad, and pasting it on a box of matches. Remember not to cover the strips on the sides. Add a magnetic strip so Dad can store the box on the fridge door for power blackouts.  – Ilze Theron Koorts

  • Paint a simple design (such as a smiley face) on a rock and give it to Dad as a paperweight. – Simone Maree

  • Make a drawing on a brown paper bag and ask Mom to put a piece of droëwors in the bag. – Megan Nieuwoudt

  •  Make him a simple bookmark.

  • . . . or a card (visit Pinterest for loads of inspiration).

  • . . . or something for his study.

Grades 3-4

  • Be creative with glass jars and containers. Paint, for example, the words “I’m nuts about Dad” on a glass jar and fill it with peanuts and raisins. – Anonymous

  •  Pack Dad a snack box for the office.

  • Make Dad a simple keyring by laminating a little drawing. Make a hole on one end for the ring.

Grades 5-7

  • Help the kids to make vouchers to give to Dad for household chores, such as washing the car, watering the garden, fetching the newspaper and so forth. Be creative in the presentation of the vouchers.  – Deidre Worsley

  • Make Dad a CD with pictures of the kids and decorate the top of the CD with permanent markers. – Ulmari Venter Daniel

  • Make him a jacket for his travel mug.

  • Make Dad some nice coconut ice balls.

This recipe is straight from our magazine YOU 100 Best Recipes: Puddings & Sweets and is ideal for the classroom as you don’t need an oven or stove to prepare it. And it’s so easy the little ones will also be able to make it. Let the kids share ingredients – they only need to make enough balls to fill a nice glass jar or small box.

MAKES about 70 small balls

Preparation time: 10 min

1 can (385 g) condensed milk

830 ml icing sugar, sifted

900 ml coconut

5 ml (1 t) vanilla essence

A few drops of pink food colouring.

Put some baking paper on a tray.

1 Mix the ingredients, except the food colouring, in a bowl and stir well – the mixture will be very stiff, so use your hands to mix it.

2 Divide the mixture in half and colour half with a few drops of food colouring. Shape both halves of the mixture into small balls and leave on the baking paper until they harden. Store in an airtight container.

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