Frugal Father’s Day

Dad works hard. Why not show him your appreciation this Father’s Day with these frugal craft and activity ideas? Dad will really appreciate that you cared enough not to break the bank!

Bring dad a cup of coffee and gently serenade him awake with these fun Father’s Day themed sing alongs:

Jack Hartmann: Sing and sign along with Jack Hartmann’s We Are a Family song as you learn all about what a family is and why it’s so fantastic to have one. (Jack Hartmann We Are a Family song)

Other sing alongs: Discover the Kiboomers and their Father’s Day songs- the Daddy song (similar to Bing-o was his name-o) and the I Love Daddy song (a very cute tribute to daddy telling all the reasons we love him). (Kiboomers Daddy song) (Kiboobers I love daddy song)

Need a last-minute card and the store is all sold out? Why not round up the kids and make him one? Check out some of my ideas and a basic outline to help you get started from one of my previous blog posts- Be Your Own Hallmark (link below)

Check out some other cute ideas I found:

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For more homemade Father’s Day card ideas check out the link below:

Did you forget the gift too? Here’s some quick ideas that the kids can help you whip up. How’s about a ‘No Whining for a Day’ coupon? Check out the link below for a quick tutorial on making a Father’s Day coupon book.

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Is dad an outdoorsy kind of guy? Why not take him on a family bike ride or walk? Make a day of it and pack a picnic lunch and stop to play at the park. Or if dad likes to fish- pack up the poles and spend some quality time at his favorite fishing hole. Check out the links below to find parks, ponds, bike paths, and fishing license info near you. (trail finder) (forest preserve finder) (playground finder) (fishing spot finder) (fishing license info, in Illinois age 16 and up need a license to fish)

Keep the kids busy so dad can have some time alone in ‘the library’, the garage, the backyard hammock, or at the grill with these fun and free activities:

PBS Kids: Teach your kids what Father’s Day is all about and how it became a holiday with this short clip by PBS Kids. (PBS kids What is Father’s Day link)

Father’s Day themed work outs: Help the kids burn off some extra energy with this fun Father’s Day themed ‘this or that’ workout. (Father’s Day this or that workout link)

Color your little hearts out with Crayola’s free Father’s Day themed coloring pages. Just click, print, color, and decorate dad’s office! (Crayola free Father’s Day coloring pages)

Free read alouds: These free read alouds are perfect for putting daddy down for nap time or to share with him to get ready for bedtime after a wonderful Father’s Day full of fun activities.

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In A Perfect Father’s Day by: Eve Bunting little Susie plans the perfect Father’s Day for her dad. They have lunch at ‘dad’s’ (Susie’s) favorite restaurant, then go to ‘dad’s’ (Susie’s) favorite park. The day ends with a surprise cake in Susie’s favorite flavor that Susie MAY have accidentally told dad about in the car on the way home. In the end both Susie and dad have the perfect Father’s Day. (A Perfect Father’s Day read aloud)

The Night Before Father’s Day by: Natasha Wing is yet another of her unique spins on the classic T’was the Night Before Christmas poem. This time the family is rhyming their way through preparations for Father’s Day- cleaning out and organizing the garage, washing and maintaing the car. Then it’s time to surprise dad with breakfast in bed and a fun family ride! (Night Before Father’s Day read aloud)

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In How to Surprise a Dad by: Jean Reagan we join the clever brother/sister duo from How to Raise a Mom. They’re back with their tips for how to surprise a dad. By the end of this book I guarantee dad will be more than a little surprised! (How to Surprise a Dad read aloud)

To all those great dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!





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