Monday, June 4, 2012

Father's Day Coupon Books!

Mom's fun flip book/Mother's day card kids can make is one of our most popular crafts--but I have to admit, I still haven't made one with my kids! Since we obviously missed Mother's Day (and I'm not quite desperate enough to direct my children in my own Mother's Day gifts), I decided to use this craft to make our Father's Day gifts--but with a twist. Instead of just a flip book, we'd make a coupon book:



I followed Mom's directions on folding the paper to make the stacker card:


Then I had my kids draw pictures and/or write out some things we thought of that would make Daddy happy:


Daddy can turn the coupons in to the child and they'll agree to do these things. Some Father's day coupon book suggestions for little kids (mine are 6, 3, and 2 tomorrow!)

  • Hugs
  • Back rub
  • Obey quickly
  • No whining
  • Play blocks
  • Go to the movies
  • Go to lunch
  • Kisses
  • Pretend to be a dog
  • Tickles
  • Clean up toys
  • Ice cream date
  • Blanket fort
  • Nature walk
  • Play outside
  • Play Dad's favorite game
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Fly (paper) airplanes
I had them draw and write before I stapled the booklets together (much to my exacting children's dismay as the pages fell out of alignment! How will we ever fix it????? LET'S CRY!!!)

Once they finished filling in the coupons, I decided to make it a "real" coupon book--complete with perforations. And I had a great idea to get the perforations: use my sewing machine

With no thread and the stitch length set at about 1 (out of 5), it went right through multiple layers of construction paper to give a "real" perforated look to the coupons. I tried it one sheet at a time, and then I tried the whole book at the same time (with the cover open so it stay whole). This is a great time to use Jaime's tip for sewing in a straight line: use a hair elastic as a guide!


After the perforations were done, I closed the cover and stapled the book together, careful to make sure the staples were between the spine and the perforations. Then, since the pages were no longer perfectly aligned (gasp!), I trimmed the sides.


Voila! An easy Father's Day craft for kids!

What Father's day crafts will your kids make? What would you put in a Father's day coupon book?

8 comments :

Just Jaime said...

I am in love with what they thought makes Daddy happy. My favorite being: Pretend to be a dog. I giggled!

Brave Brooke said...

haha I agree with Jaime. I love the idea about how to make the pages perforated!

Tracy said...

Great idea, love the "no whinning" coupon, teehee
I used to make these for my girls during the summer :)

Kristen said...

Thanks to the tip on page perforations! May have to try this

Diana said...

Great ideas! Those flip books are very versatile.

Sarah Jenkins said...

These are so cute! I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights: http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/06/tuesdays-tidbits-3.html

Thanks so much!
Sarah
{http://naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

xo, Jersey Girl said...

Such a cute idea!!

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xo, Jersey Girl

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Viva said...

Very sweet- I just featured this in my weekly Crafty Thursdays post (with links to you of course). Love your ideas!
-Viva recently posted Travel Checklist for Kids

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