Here’s a homemade Father’s Day gift idea — great for toddlers through early grade schoolers.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you so much for this great idea for the Farther’s day! Thank you for sharing it.
Do you also have the same bookie for the mother’s day?
The Father’s day booklet is very cute. I am on summer break, but I will work on September for the same school and continuing families from 2019-2020 batch. Please let me know if I can share the printout option with parents along with my Father’s day message to them.
Thank you as always,
This is Kate, Anna’s assistant. Please check your email for a response. 🙂
Very cute. Thank you. I will sure use it.☺
Thank you for the great printables. My grandchildren love them!
Thank you for the Fathers day booklet that says PAPA. I do school with my grandson and e are making this for his dad who he calls PAPA. I know this will make his feel special. Thank you for all you do for those of us who teach at home!
Hi, I couldn’t get it to open for some reason. Is there any way you could email me the pdf? Thanks!
One of these tips should help! https://www.themeasuredmom.com/how-to-download-free-files/
I can’t get any of the links to open 🙁
Try these tips! One usually works. https://www.themeasuredmom.com/how-to-download-free-files/
The links also won’t work for me, I tried the suggested tips and nothing worked
What browser are you using, Cassandra? And what happens when you right click and choose “save as”?
I love these! Do you have anything for Grandparents day or Mother’s Day? I’d love to do one for the Grandmothers. These were a huge hit for the Grandpas!!!
That’s a great idea, Melody! It’s not on my to do list yet, but I’ll put it down for a future project.
Hi Anna! Any further consideration on doing these for Mother’s Day? My mother adored the one my daughter did for my dad last Father’s Day. Thanks for considering!
Oh, I’m sorry… I see you asked for this last fall and I didn’t deliver! I have got to get these done for Mother’s Day and for Grandparents Day too… life has been busy adjusting to having our sixth baby, but I will put this on my to do list again. Sorry! 🙁
I saw this post and immediately thought, “I wonder if you have a version for Mother’s Day?” I scrolled though the comments and saw this question has already been asked! Do you happen to have a Mom/Mother/Grandma version? I sure would appreciate it!
Thanks! I love your work!
I was wondering the same thing about one for Mother’s Day too.
I know this would be a fun option! I just don’t have room in my schedule at this time. 🙂
Thank you so much. I’m in a summer program for school children called Project Bridge. The child assigned to me wants to make her father something for Father’s Day(which is this up coming Sunday). Thursday is library day. Then we have 25 minutes on Friday. I’m hoping that’s enough time for her to do all of it. We’re suppose to do reading and sight words but I’ve printed this and I’m going to try and encourage to complete it in 25 mins. So thank you very much. June 15, 2022
Heather Groth, Customer Support
That sounds like it will be very special, Anna!
This is perfect! My daughter loves to make books and is so excited to give this to her daddy. Thank you for sharing!
Yay – I’m glad you could use it, Robin!
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…
I don’t have something like that, Margaret, but it’s something to think about for the future!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! 🙂
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? 🙂
Hi Brooke, I added the “Grandpa” version today. Hopefully you can get it done in time for Father’s Day this year! 🙂
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
Thank you so much for this! We will be using it at our church’s summer fun craft time!
You’re very welcome, Bonnie – I hope you had a chance to use it!
I tried printing, but it doesn’t print the words, just blocks?
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.
thank you for the fix ( wink wink) Girls are working on their books right now!!!
thank you again!!!
Thank you so much for making this available! I’m definitely going to do this with my kids.
I love your kids artwork and funny answers! I’ve included this post in my round up. http://finddailyjoy.com/2014/06/05/10-fathers-day-gifts/
Thanks for including us in your round up, Emma!
What a great gift!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!
Thanks for checking it out!
Katie @ http:///www.countercultureliving.com
Thanks so much!
You’re welcome, Katie!
Ive been looking for ideas-Thanks!
I hope you can use it, Tess! Thanks for stopping by!
Deb @ Living Montessori Now
What a sweet idea for Father’s Day! Thanks so much for sharing your free printable! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow (and on Pinterest).
Thank you SO much for the feature, Deb! As always my numbers went sky high and I hit a new record 🙂
Deb @ Living Montessori Now
That’s awesome! I really appreciate your wonderful printables. I’m glad I could help! 🙂
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!
Thank you so much for the feature, Carla!
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
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.
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!
Yay! Thanks so much for commenting, Tabitha! I love to hear that people can use my printables.
Charlene@A Pinch of Joy
You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Pinned.
Thanks so much for the feature, Charlene!
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.
That’s funny, Jeni – I had considered making a “Papa” variation when I made this. I’ve added one now as well as a blank version. Have fun 🙂
Thank you so very much!!!!
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!
I’m so glad this works out for your little ones! Thanks for popping by, Catie!
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!
You’re welcome, Cyndi – thanks for checking it out!
Molley@A Mother Life
these are fun to make.. Dad will be thrilled.
I came from the teach me tuesday blog hop
Thanks for checking it out, Molley!
How cute are these – Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks so much for checking them out, Candace!
Thank you.Totally making this 🙂
You’re so welcome!
Thanks for this great idea! We will definitely be trying it this Father’s Day!
Hi, Erin! I hope it’s a hit!
Yesss, I agree. It’s such a cute Father’s Day idea! We will be making it!
My husband will appreciate his gifts (we have 3 kids).
Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories
What a great idea for a Father’s Day gift!
Thanks for stopping by, Trisha!
Super cute idea. Love it. Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday.
I pinned it to our group board.
Wow this is wonderful! Thanks for sending me the book 🙂
My 4 yr old will just love this.
Angela @ Teaching Mama
This is very cute! Pinning it!
Thank-you for sharing this great idea.
thanks you so much
thanks for sharing and great .