Homemade Father’s Day gift idea

Here’s a homemade Father’s Day gift idea — great for toddlers through early grade schoolers.

free printable book about Dad

One thing I enjoy doing with my kids is having them make personalized books as gifts.  So a few years ago I made a template that each of them could complete – according to their own ability.  Each year I republish the post during the week of Father’s Day.  So if you’re a regular follower of my blog, know that we’re going back in time a bit for these ages. 😉

My Six (just finishing kindergarten)  did the whole thing by herself in one sitting. She loved it!

My Four wanted to write all the words himself — and was very concerned that he was spelling the words correctly.  I kept repeating, “You’re spelling it right for today.  You’re spelling all the sounds you hear, and that’s just right!”  I sat beside him and helped him stretch the words out. Occasionally I supplied a digraph: “th” or “sh.”  The rest of the spelling is his.  This is so important for young writers. If you give them all the spellings, they will need you next to them for every word – it can stifle creativity and independence.  My general thought is that if supplying the spelling will not help the child for the future, then he’s too young to be given spellings.

My just-turned-Three does not write any letters on his own yet, so I filled in the lines for him.  He is just starting to do a little drawing. Most of his pages are scribbling, but I shared a few below in which he attempted some drawing.

My 16-month-old was thrilled to sit on my lap, take the caps off the markers, and scribble.  Since he typically bites the tips off markers, they are kept well out of his reach!

father's day booklet

Only my oldest was able to complete the book in one sitting.  We returned to it another day for each of the boys.  Then I punched holes and attached ribbon to each book. I’ve also punched holes and used brass fasteners (see main image).

Here’s a preview of each page — highlighting different pages from each child’s book.

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If you like this idea you can make your own or use ours.  Just print the pages on regular paper and cut across the center – then pick and choose which pages you’d like to include.

Get your copy of the book HERE.

Get a “Daddy”  version HERE.

Get a “Papa” version HERE.

Get a “Grandpa” version HERE.

Get a version with blank lines for the name HERE.

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© 2015, Anna Geiger. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Cyndi says

    Visiting from Teach Me Tuesday linky…..
    How cute! I’ve been needing some ideas for the kids to make for Father’s Day. Thanks for the printable!

  2. says

    Thank you for this! :) I’ve seen other ones on the web, but my girls are still pretty young (4 & 2) so this one is PERFECT! :) I just finished printing them! God bless!

  3. Jeni says

    I love this. However, my girls call my husband “Papa”. Is there any way you could make a variation where the spaces are empty for the Dad or Daddy spots? Just a thought. That would also allow for those of us who would like to use it for grandfathers.

  4. says

    Thank you so much for the printable! I was looking for a story book idea for a Father’s Day play date I’m hosting later this week and this is perfect! I can’t wait for all the kids to enjoy making their books!

    • annageig says

      Yay! Thanks so much for commenting, Tabitha! I love to hear that people can use my printables.

  5. says

    Hi, I saw this featured over at I Can Teach My Child and had to come over and see. This is great, my children will love it.
    Just wanted to say, I also have children at about the same ages as yours. My Tabitha is 6, Amelia is going to turn 5 this month, Hannah just turned 3 a couple of months ago, and the little one is almost 16 mths old! I am going to have to come back and check out your blog a bit more.
    I know I’ve visited before, but it is hard to keep up with everyone I follow.
    If you haven’t stopped by Tots and Me recently I’d love for you to stop by. We are in the middle of our Butterfly unit and just finished a Butterfly Life Cycle mobile.
    Have a great day

    • annageig says

      Thanks so much for commenting! I checked out your blog – wow, what a busy family you have! That’s funny how close in age our kids are, especially as our youngest is just about 17 months! But of course I don’t have a crew of older kids too :). Hope you stop by again! I’ll enjoy hearing what you’re up to over at your house.

  6. says

    This is wonderful–I can’t wait to use it! I will be featuring this at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets this week–thanks so much for linking it up!

    • Anna Geiger says

      It should definitely print the words, Lisa. What browser are you using? If you’re using Internet Explorer or Firefox you might have trouble. I have my best success with Google Chrome.

  7. says

    Wow !! This is such a wonderful idea. Thanks really for sharing this template. Am dying to use it or at least influence my wife too to adopt this template and see the results :) Thanks

  8. Brooke says

    Thank you so much! We are making 2 for Daddy and 1 for Papa. But we would also love to make one for grandpa! Would you please ping me if you decide to create a grandpa version? Or can you send me your template and I will make the changes and send it back to you? :)

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Brooke, I added the “Grandpa” version today. Hopefully you can get it done in time for Father’s Day this year! :)

  9. Margaret says

    Thanks for the great idea! My 4.5 will definitely love this–and maybe my 2 will contribute a little!
    I would love something similar for end-of-the-year teacher cards–ever come across something like that? Or, I might use a couple appropriate pages from the blank version…

    • Anna Geiger says

      I don’t have something like that, Margaret, but it’s something to think about for the future!

  10. Robin says

    This is perfect! My daughter loves to make books and is so excited to give this to her daddy. Thank you for sharing!

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