Nuts & Bolts Frame Fathers Day Craft for Kids

This post was contributed by Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

A Simple Fathers Day Craft for Kids

Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I’d share a fun Fathers Day craft for kids to make for Dad or Grandpa.  This is what Engineer made for his Papa, my Dad.

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Nuts & Bolts Frame Fathers Day Craft for Kids


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  • Have child paint the 4 popsicle sticks.  We used acrylic paint, but tempera paint would work as well.

  • After the paint is dry, glue the popsicle sticks into a frame.

  • Once the frame is dry, have child choose which nuts and/or bolts to use as the frame’s decoration.  I would suggest using a small handful, as too many could weigh the frame down.

  • Have your child glue the nuts and bolts to the frame.  I used craft glue, but a hot glue gun would work too.

  • While waiting for everything to dry, decide what will go inside the frame.  Engineer really wanted to write a note to his papa, and I wasn’t going to discourage that!

  • Glue the note to a piece of cardboard.  This will keep the note sturdy

  • Attach the note to the back of the frame, making sure everything’s centered.

  • Be sure to write the child’s name and the year on the back of the frame!

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Additional Ideas:

  • Rather than a note, include a picture of the child.  For my preschool students, I’m going to take a picture of them holding a sign that says, “I love you!” on it.  That picture will go inside the handmade frame.

  • If the dad or grandpa in question isn’t into building, choose different items to attach to the frame.  Have your child help decide what should be placed on there.

  • Add magnetic tape to the back of the frame.  This way, it can be proudly displayed on the fridge!

Mary Catherine is mama to a budding engineer whose favorite question is “why?”   She is a pre-k teacher with a background in teaching kindergarten and a passion for early literacy.  Mary Catherine loves lazy days with her son, messy art projects, science fiction books, and dark chocolate.  You can find her blogging at Fun-A-Day!  Come connect with Mary Catherine on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

More Father’s Day Ideas from B-Inspired Mama:

10 Easy & Inexpensive Kids Father's Day Gifts    10 Cool Things to Do For Dad for Father's Day at B-Inspired Mama

Do your kids make Fathers Day crafts for Dad?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Krissy Bonning-Gould is a former art teacher turned full-time mama of 3 who authors B-Inspired Mama to share inspiration for simple kids crafts, family recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting.

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