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Give dad or grandad a homemade Father's Day card and a big bear hug in one. This DIY idea will entertain kids as they craft a paper card with a surprise message.
Children love making homemade cards on special occasions and this one gives them a chance to really work those fine motor skills. Not only will they flex their scissor dexterity, kids will also be practicing folding, writing and tracing too. This kind of exercise is excellent for concentration and even bilateral coordination as they use both hands to create the doors, hearts and more. To craft their bear hug Father’s Day card, all they need is some coloured paper, markers, scissors and a glue stick. And best of all, once they get the hang of it, they can make hug cards for other family and friends throughout the year too.
Fold a piece of blue A4 paper so each side meets in the middle, making ‘doors’. Trim a few centimetres off the top of the door. This will allow the bear's head to pop out of the top of the card later.
Cut out a bear shape, with big open arms and a head that will peek out the top of the doors. Kids can either freestyle draw their own, or smaller children might need help tracing a bear that you pre-prepare with them. (You can use the below PDF as a template.) Then have them write a message on the bear’s tummy like, “Here’s a big bear hug!”
Next up, they can cut out some heart shaped pads and glue them onto the bear’s paws. Did you know, if you want to cut a heart that is even on both sides, fold your red paper in half and cut half a heart next to the fold in the paper. As you open it, it will be the same on both sides! This works for butterflies and stars, too.
Close the doors to your card and note how much of the bear’s head peeks out. Open it back up and add the eyes, nose and mouth, keeping them hidden behind the blue doors for an added surprise.
Cut out a rectangle and write ‘Dear Dad’ on it, then snip it in half, and attach each half to the front sides of the card.
Open the card back up to make sure everything is in place, then write your Father’s Day card message to dad inside, before closing and popping it onto his present or just presenting it to him with a kiss!