We celebrated the fathers of the world today at our afternoon craft program. Fathers play such an important role in the family, and taking time out to talk about all the great things they do is the least we can do. Every year I have a moment of worry that I’m going to upset folks who don’t have loving dads in their lives, but it hasn’t happened yet, so I keep doing the programs. And the dads sure do appreciate it!
We had a wide selection of fabulous books about dads this time.
- We started out with Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, a sweet question-and-answer tale of fatherly love set in Africa.
- Next up was Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, in which little Piglet searches the barnyard to find out who loves him the most. While the answer didn’t come as a surprise, it was a wonderful story of a father’s love.
- What Dads Can’t Do by Douglas Wood was a kick, and the kids thought it was silly that the dad “couldn’t” do all those things. It led to a fun discussion on parent-child relationships and also questions about what “can’t” actually means.
- The stand-out title, though, was the charming and tender Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by the marvelous Anna Dewdney of “Llama, Llama” fame. The children’s literary world really lost something special when this author died.
She just…gets it. Kids, parents, and library staff alike loved this one.
From there we moved onto our craft. With fiscal year end in sight, I’m having to pretty much use what I have, and this was a great chance to do just that. Some craft sticks, a bottle of glue, and some markers were all it took to make this great little treasure box for dad.
The kids had a lot of fun putting it all together and decorating it just so. This is a great craft for all ages, since it required little skill to create but could be made as complex as the imagination desired. Since we used the thin sticks, it was eleven placed side by side and one glued across each side to stick them together.
Then you build up…like building a really basic log cabin. The kids can go as high as they’d like, really, but generally four to six layers seemed to be the magic height.
Once the perfect height is reached, it’s just a matter of making the lid, which is exactly like making the base. Except this time, you turn it over and start decorating. The kids drew trees and hearts and wrote sweet messages to their dads. A simple and perfect craft to celebrate Father’s Day.