Father’s Day is a special day held to honor dad’s across the world and most countries celebrate it on the 3rd Sunday of June. In the United States, Father’s day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd for the first time in 1910. As teachers, we can share in this special day with our learners. So here are ten Father’s Day activities for the classroom.
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Do an activity together
First, ask students to talk about what kind of activity they would like to do with their fathers. Ask younger students to draw a picture. It could be something like a sport they both enjoy playing at home, like table tennis, completing a puzzle, or playing a board game as a family.
My parents and I had a great time playing ‘Splendor’ when I visited them during my last vacation.
Ask the students’ moms to take a picture of them and their fathers and send it to you. Project the pictures on the board to show the rest of the class.
Each student must then give a brief explanation of their time together with their dads.
It’s important for teachers to include the lives of their learners in shareable learning experiences, and for students to practice public speaking and share more about their lives.
Dad Fact Sheet
Dad Fact sheet – In the link below are some Father’s Day worksheets, including a “My Dad” fact sheet. Students can also interview their dads. Help learners write a list of questions they can ask their dads. It could be about their hobbies, their lives and things they hope to accomplish in the future. Dads aren’t often asked about their lives, so this might be a nice bonding experience with their kids. Afterward, they can write an essay on their dad’s life story, like a biography.
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Yes or No
This activity is very easy. Students must simply write ‘Yes’ on one side of a piece of paper and ‘No’ on the other side. Then you ask questions related to their fathers and the students have to respond by raising ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
For example – Does your dad like football? Students would raise ‘Yes’ if their dad likes it, or ‘No’ if they don’t.
Write down ten to twenty ideas to ask beforehand, e.g.: chocolate, coffee, exercise, cats, cars?
Remember to ask follow-up questions. Like, “Oh! Your dad likes football, which team does he support?”
When working with younger learners, you could also make one side of the classroom a ‘Yes’, and the other side ‘No’. After asking a question, they have to go to either side.
Father’s Day Card
Here are some ideas for Father’s Day cards that students can make in class. Make sure that they add some personal information about things they like about their dads. Or things he does that make them feel loved.
A fun alternative is to create a ‘Secret Message’ card. Include something you wish to do with him, like kicking a ball, going biking or fishing.
Father’s Day Coupon
Let students make a Father’s Day coupon and add things that their dads would enjoy. Things that they can do for their fathers, such as:
Watching a sports game on TV without interruption; doing some chores without complaining; mowing the lawn (that’s a tough one); making him a sandwich or a cup of coffee.
Dad would love things being done for him instead of having to scold to get it done. 😊
Dad’s Favorite Chocolate
Students must bring their dad’s favorite candy bar to class and, as a project, wrap it with the student’s artwork. It could be anything. A family painting. Decorating a tie. Not only does he get a snack to enjoy, he can appreciate it while looking at the art!
Acrostic Father’s Day Poem
Use the letters of Father’s Day or their dad’s names to make an acrostic poem. Students write adjectives or words that describe their dads.
For example, E R I C
Not me Eric, my dad’s name is also Eric.
E – Excellent
R – Resilient
I – Imaginative
C – Courageous
Students can google “adjectives starting with …” to help them. This is useful for vocabulary building.
Father’s Day Scrapbook or Collage
Let each student make a scrapbook or collage to share with their dads. Let their mothers print some photos, then create a collage. Here are some other Father’s Day art & craft ideas:
Father’s Day Photo
You could also let them take photos instead. Try making something like a Father’s Day chalk art photo. Or, ask students to draw/paint a picture of them doing something with their dads and send it back home.
Father’s Day BBQ
Let students plan a BBQ or their dad’s favorite food for dinner. Say grace or do a Thanksgiving-style blessing where everyone around the table says why they are thankful for their dads.
During class, help students list out all the reasons they love their dads.
Thank you to all the dads out there raising their children as best they can!