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10 Things To Get A Father For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers, celebrating fatherhood and paternal bonds.. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries. Father’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1972. The best way to spend time with your father on Father’s Day is by getting him a gift that everyone can enjoy together. Below is a list of 10 great Father’s Day gift.

1. Sports Tickets

Sport ticket are a nice gift for those father’s that love there sports teams. You and your father can use the tickets for a father son or father daughter day.

2. Tools

Great gift to to spend time with dad by help fixing things around the house, car or yard.

3. Camera

Dad can take great pictures of the family and of you growing up.

4. Universal Remote

Now dad can control all of his electronics with one controller.

5. Home Made Greatest Dad Certificate

What dad won’t want a Certificate from their children that says their the greatest dad?

6. BBQ Grill

Grilling outside with you dad on father’s day! Can it get any better then that?

7. Fishing Pole/ Supplies

What better way to spend time with your dad then on a fishing trip?

8. Golf or other sports supplies

If you dad is a big sports fan and loves to play the game as well. Get him one of his favorite sports item. Go outside and play the game with you dad on Father’s Day.

9. Car wash bucket w/ supplies

DON’T just buy the the car wash bucket and supplies. Go wash your father’s car for him or at least go help him wash it.

10. A Family picture that you draw

The best thing a dad could receive on Father’s Day is a hand drawn picture by his own kids. Just because his kids made it for him and it’s FREE!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Tips and Toy Ideas for this 2010 Holiday Season

Looking for that perfect gift for your child this holiday season? With the holiday shopping season just a week away, there are so many places and toys to choose from, and the holidays always bring out the deals for all toys.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday can bring some great toy deals. However, remember that a deal is not always the right thing for a child. Below are some tips to help with those holiday shopping choices.

Tips for Toy Buying

It’s always important for parents to remember to buy toys that are not only age appropriate, but safe, stimulating and comfortable for the child. Every child has their own rate of development, interests and imagination. Picking out a toy that is appropriate for their age and unique learning style can help your child learn, play and create in a whole new way.

Children can develop at different rates and it is best to choose a toy that best fits their enjoyment. All children are drawn to certain kinds of toys. Some enjoy quiet toys, some like ones that make a lot of noise. Every child likes or dislikes toys depending on the enjoyment and interests in that specific toy. Keep in mind that your child’s safety and educational development should be the first thing you consider when buying a toy. Simply observing and listening to how your child plays and interacts with toys should give you a great insight.

With so many toys to choose from that are expected to be on the Christmas toys list in 2010, be sure your selecting the right toy that best fits your child’s wants and needs. Below are some great educational toy brands for 2010.

Melissa and Doug Toys

Melissa and Doug Toys

Calico Critters

Calico Critters

HABA Toys

HABA Toys

The Orb Factory | Sticky Mosaics

The Orb Factory | Sticky Mosaics

Manhattan Toys

Manhattan Toys

YBike

YBike

Guidecraft

Guidecraft

Think Fun

Think Fun

Small World Toys

Small World Toys

International Playthings

International Playthings

Sharing Of Yourself – Homemade Gifts

With the holiday season upon us, it is difficult to NOT get caught up in the crazy frenzy of holiday shopping.  However, I came across a great idea for teaching children about the act of giving of themselves.  This is perfect for children because not only do they give something to someone they love, but they find the joy of creating that gift.

Have everyone in your family draw names from a bag.  In our family, we’re doing just the four of us, but it would be wonderful to get the grandparents and other extended family involved in this, too!  The name you draw is the person for which you will create a gift.  Here are some simple ideas that kids can do for gift-giving:

  • dressed-up coat hangers: have children wrap colorful ribbon around coat hangers to create a beautiful and unique gift.
  • beaded bookmarks: string beads onto yarn and knot at the ends for a lovely way to mark your reading place.
  • magnets for mom: print off different letters and/or words in a variety of colors and fonts from your computer.  Cover both sides of the paper with contact paper, cut out, and attach a self-sticking magnet to the back.  Or, find extra photos and create photo-magnets!
  • for the gardener: choose a packet of favorite seeds and present them in a hand-painted pot.
  • Old standbys: using clean, recycled material, kids can create virtually anything: a pencil holder out of a tin can, a new mail basket out of a plastic milk jug, a colorful paperweight by painting a pretty rock, and even a set of pretty holiday coasters by covering old greeting cards with contact paper.

Birthday Mementos

With each year that passes, I stand in awe at all that my boys accomplish.  I guess what they say is true – time flies when you’re having fun!  At each birthday, though, I want to stop time, take a moment and relish the experience of my child right then, right there.  While that isn’t possible, it is quite easy to “freeze frame” the memory into something tangible.

Here are several ideas to hold on to those precious, fleeting moments as your child grows up.  These are adaptable at any age and are a great way to remember these amazing years.

  • Make a stepping stone.  Stepping stones are quite easy to create.  Craft stores usually sell kits to create one, or you can gather the materials yourself to make your own.  Use either a disposable baking pan (such as a 9 inch square aluminum pan) or, if you want a round stone, use a saucer for a large flower pot (we’ve done this one!).  Purchase a bag of quick-set cement, mix up a batch and pour it in the pan.  After it starts to set, have your child press his or her hands or feet into the cement.  You can decorate it with rocks, colored stones or other objects.  Be sure to use a stick to write the year in the stone as well.
  • Design your own plate – there are some inexpensive kits available for creating a unique design.  My boys have “birthday plates” they created and use on their special day.  Try Plate Works Design Your Own Plate or, for a twist on this idea, why not create a wall clock?
  • Preserve those special birthday cards by creating a unique placemat for your child.  Take a piece of poster board, cut it to an appropriate size for a placemat, and glue special cards to the posterboard.  Cover the entire creation in contact paper to protect it from spills.  Imagine the fun of looking back at neat cards and notes received on birthdays past!
  • Use a kit, such as My Photostory, to chronicle the past year in photos.  This is an awesome tool for preserving those special moments from the past year.  Once the book is completed, it is sent off for production and mailed back in a bound, archival-quality product.  This is a wonderful idea for those milestones, such as the first birthday, turning thirteen, turning eighteen…
  • Create other projects to mark the occasion, such as mugs, wristwatches or a painting.  Another great kit is a calendar kit.  Use a picture or a drawing from each month of the past year to create a special birthday edition calendar for the following year.  Or, use the calendar to record special events from the past year.

Birthdays are a wonderful time to reflect on the amazing growth our children go through.  Marking it with a tangible reminder is a wonderful gift to you and your child!

Stepping Stones

For my Mother’s Day gift when my older son was three, he created a stepping stone in his little preschool class.  It graces our front flower bed and greets everyone as they walk to our front door.  And, it is a constant reminder of how little he used to be (and how big he is now, six years later).  Creating stepping stones is an easy project that makes a sentimental and one-of-a-kind gift.

Start with a large container, shaped as you would like your stepping stone.  Ours was created in the saucer of a large flower pot.  Old baking pans (9×9 or even large pie pans) work well, too, depending on the size of hands or feet you intend to impress into the stone.  Other materials are handy to have around as well: glass stones or large beads, pretty rocks or other items to set in the cement, perhaps a twig or other pointed object for writing in the cement should you choose to chronicle the event with a date or name.

Purchase a bag of ready-mix cement and mix enough to fill your container about 2/3 full.  Reading the directions on the package is essential, as each brand has their own instructions and setting time.  Allow the cement to set somewhat, then impress whatever objects you would like into the forming stone.  Hand prints work well as do footprints (be sure to wash right after pressing into the cement).  Let the child decorate the stone with pretty beads or other objects; don’t press them INTO the cement, though!  Let them sit on top so you can still see them.  Any writing needs to be done before the cement is completely set.

This is a simple project but is a great gift for grandparents, parents, close friends and other relatives.  Repeat it year after year to create a collection of stepping stones, chronicling your child’s growth through the year.  It is a unique and beautiful addition to any landscape!

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