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13 Fantastic Father’s Day Resources For Early Years

Get your little ones to craft something cool, creative and personal for Father's Day

  • 13 Fantastic Father’s Day Resources For Early Years

Not to get all ‘back in my day’, but when I was a little terror Father’s Day cards came in 3 varieties: sports (vintage-style illustrations of dartboards, golfers, footballers or fishing equipment), DIY/gardening and classic cars.

The message was always pretty much the same too: Put your feet up, dad. Read the paper. Have a beer. Smoke a pipe. Briefly remember when you got to do things like play sports (before us kids ruined all that), then maybe have an afternoon nap.

I’m not sure how this differed from any other day of the year, other than no one pestered him to wake up and mow the lawn or something.

Ah, stereotypes.

But now that people of my generation have grown up (or should that be “grown up”?), Father’s Day cards feature Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Superman and the Incredible Hulk (because what’s better than likening your father to an out-of-control raging monster?).

Hulk just misunderstood

So, rather than going down the generic route of indulging today’s dads in a store-bought card adorned with his favourtite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, get your kids crafting to create something a bit more unique.

1. Hand and footprints

This card from puts a bit of a twist on the ol’ hand print gimmick.

So too does this Monster’s Inc inspired design from

This one might require a bit of sneaky help from someone other than dad at home, but it’s a lovely touch if you can pull it off. Just make sure you don’t ruin his favourite Italian brogues.

2. Creative cards

For slightly older children this colourful owl card is a cute little option.

Otherwise, this monster hug card will be great fun for kids to make.

And something that’s keeping up to date with the modern world is this cheeky little ‘World’s Best Dad’ Google search card:

I wonder what the result might be?

Sadly, here’s what actually comes up when you Google ‘World’s Best Dad’:

Adverts, and a Robin Williams film directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.
You know, that guy, from the
Police Academy films

3. World’s best dad…certified

Ignoring the obvious absurdity of giving out multiple ‘World’s Best Dad’ certificates (did they all come in joint first place? Who even judged this competition?) this age-old sentiment always goes down well. These free printable certificates can be decorated however each child wishes.

4. School of rock

Perhaps a more-reasonable claim that ‘world’s best’, telling dad he rocks opens up many a stone-based piece of punny artwork. This DIY picture frame from is a neat idea.

Or for a simpler version try this one from

Even easier? Just try painting some rocks:

5. In the frame

For those dads who know their Gambits and Rogues from their Silver Surfers and Punishers (or have at the very least seen The Avengers and The Dark Knight) being compared to their favourite comicbook heroes is about as safe a bet to please as you can get.

If the kids (or dads) can bear sealing away a few little plastic toys then this picture frame is a very cool idea.

If they can’t, then this alternative option just means printing out some pictures and adding the lettering.

The wordplay does rely on you only using Marvel superheroes, however, so if you’re not sure do check. You don’t want an angry dad insisting that Batman shouldn’t be here because he’s a DC character, while little Jimmy cries his eyes out.

6. By the book

Something a bit more involved, and personal, these printable pages, when combined with a small, cheap photo album and a bit of crafting, can create dad’s very own book.

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