Making something special for Father’s Day is far more than kindergarten readiness. Here’s a list of some ideas of fun things kids can make and do for dads and caregivers, plus they ‘ll be learning too:
1. Drawing a Picture: Drawing a picture of dad or something he likes gives kids some practice using visual skills. Kids may also be learning color words which is a complex thinking skill.
2. Making a Card: Whether your child can print or copy the word Dad, trace the letters that someone else prints, or just practice some scribbles, this is all early writing. Having some experience that writing is meaningful helps kids understand what it is all about.
3. Cooking a Treat: Cooking something special for Dad needs math skills. Recipes use measuring and counting.
4. More Cooking: There’s some science learning, too. As we cook something, we closely watch what happens. Observing is a key science skill.
5. Making a Gift Craft: Besides the feeling of accomplishment and pride that comes with making a gift, children are learning to organize, follow instructions, and coordinate various fine-motor skills.
6. Discussing: As kids talk about what to do for their dad, there’s often some new words, which expands children’s language. They may want to do a puppet show, or sing a special song.
7. Imagining: As kids think about what to do for dad, they give their imaginations some practice. They may want to imagine a story just for dad.
8. Reading a Book: The readiness for kindergarten benefits include language, listening, predicting, following along, sound awareness, and more. Kids can “read” a story to dad.
9. Doing something for Dad: Taking out the garbage or helping to clean out the car helps children develop their emotional and social skills.
10. Doing something with Dad: Playing involves lots of different kinds of learning. Plus, it’s often a great way to get some healthy exercise, for both kids and fathers.
These are just a few of the readiness for kindergarten benefits connected to some Father’s Day ideas. Are some of these doable for you kids as they wish their dads and caregivers a Happy Father’s Day?