Father’s Day is clearly a wonderful opportunity to express to your significant other your appreciation, but let’s face it: it’s the early years of your pumpkin’s life, they don’t know Father’s Day from Chinese New Year. Eventually, your sweetheart will be sporting crafts home in their backpack and forming their own “I love you Daddy!” scribbles on construction paper. But for now, it’s all you sister. Still, there are a few sneaky tactics to keep your little one involved.
- Bake a Father’s Day cake (or cupcakes). Snatch up some glitz in the baking aisle to frou-frou it up. You can write out your own “Happy Father’s Day Daddy!” with a tube of blue frosting. If your little one is old enough to enjoy a song and a good clap, grab the opening to sing “Happy Father’s Day to you” in the tune of “Happy Birthday” and you will have your munchkin involved in no time. Not to mention, they’ll love a couple bites of that cake!
- Have them “make” Daddy a card. Washable finger-paint, markers, and crayons are wonderful for this kind of occasion. If your little one is a bit too young to be introduced to the world of finger-painting artistry, you can make “baby’s signature” handprints by using washable finger-paint on a piece of construction paper.
- Use photos! Take the adorable stash of photos you undoubtedly have of your little one and Daddy to form a photo album or a collage.