Make up this frame and poem, add a photo of you and Dad and you’ll have a perfect gift for Father’s Day.
4×6 wooden frame
Piece of white paper to fit frame size
Acrylic craft paint — about four different colours Craft varnish Glue gun
Scatter puzzle pieces on a covered work surface. Put out one colour of acrylic craft paint and brushes. Once the pieces are well covered in paint, remove to dry and set out the next batch. For a glossy finish paint dry pieces with a coat of craft varnish.
Once all the pieces are dry, glue them with a glue gun to the frame.
Note: Children as young as preschoolers are capable of using low-temp. glue guns with adult supervision, and after they have had clear instructions about the heat of the glue. They need to know the cold water will cool the glue quickly. Keep a bowl or two of cold water close to the work area, just in case. It is also important for the children to work in an area with lots of elbow room.
Print or write out the following poem on the white paper (leaving room for your photo):
Puzzle pieces from my heart; A piece of me in every part. Bear with me. Please endure. I’m a puzzle that’s for sure. Each tiny piece is part of you. You help to make my dreams come true.
Thank you Dad for all you do. Enjoy your day, Dad. I love you. Happy Father’s Day
Glue in your photo and assemble in frame.
Dana Ramstedt is a freelance writer and preschool teacher of 18 years.