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9 Memorable Father’s Day Art & Craft Activities

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Fathers, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers, Stepfathers, Uncles, Brothers and all other loving father figures in the community will love to open a personalised handmade present- representing the love and gratitude we feel for them and to celebrate all they do for us each day.

The beauty of MTA’s open-ended range of Father’s Day materials is the ability for children to adapt them to their own needs & suitability – making a personalised treasure that’s just right for their role models.

Whether in the school classroom, early education setting, home-based learning or weekend crafting – there’s something for everyone in MTA’s NEW and best-selling Father’s Day art & craft resource collection.

Read on for some creative Father’s Day-themed activities to make Dad feel special.



Father's Day Air Dry Clay Bowl Project

Air Dry Clay is wonderfully versatile, allowing young hands to easily mould into all sorts of treasures – including small plates and bowls to act as desktop paperweights or handy holders for keys, coins, wedding rings, and cufflinks etc. These beautiful keepsakes will be held in Dad’s heart as they hold his keys!



  1. Divide Air Dry Clay into roughly 8 portions
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll out each portion to roughly 1cm thick
  3. Place the child’s hand onto the clay and gently trace around using clay tools
  4. Gently cut away excess clay with a clay knife
  5. Lift hand print off the messy mat and smooth down any rough edges by gently pressing with fingers
  6. Set aside to dry for a few days
  7. Decorate with paint as desired and leave to dry
  8. When completely dry, coat with PVA Washable School Glue  or Crystal Clear  to provide a barrier to dirt, tarnish, wear stains and moisture.

*TOP TIP – placing the handprint in a small bowl lined with a paper towel while it dries will ensure it hardens into a shallow bowl shape.

Featured Products;

White Creatistics Air Dry Clay Ceramic Clay –  (one packet does about 8 little hands)

Glass & Ceramic Paint

Crystal Clear  OR Creatistics PVA Washable School Glue





No 1 dad wooden hanging photo frame

Perfect for home, Dad’s office, the tool shed, or garden shed, Wooden Hanging Frames are perfect for children to decorate and add their own style. Use paint,  patterned, papermarkers or embellishments  to personalise and then add a photo or drawing to each of the different-sized frames. When your paint and glue has dried, each square frame is ready to be strung together using the handy pre-cut holes.



  1. Fold paper square into 4 lengths and cut along each fold – you will have 4 x long rectangle lengths
  2. Fold each rectangle length into a paper concertina (fold the strip back and forth along the length of the paper).
  3. Repeat for all 4 lengths of paper
  4. Glue the ends of the concertina sections to each other, alternating paper pattern. You will now have 1 long concertina.
  5. Bring 2 edges of the concertina together and glue in place to make a circle
  6. Cut two lengths of patterned paper into ribbons and apply glue to the top, attach to the back of the rosette.
  7. Cut a circle out of carboard, smaller in diameter to your rosette.
  8. Using a metallic marker, write #1 Dad, BEST DAD AWARD, or desired quote
  9. Use a thin permanent marker to trace around the metallic letters for crisp & clear lettering
  10. Apply an even layer of PVA glue to the back of the cardboard circle and lay it over the front of the concertina circle, apply pressure to the layers while drying (laying a book over the rosette will help it to dry flat).
  11. When dry, attach to the frame with a good dab of PVA glue

*TOP TIP – Low melt Hot Glue Guns will glue the rosette components together quickly for older age groups, or educators.


Featured products;

Blue Gingham Paper Roll

A4 Coastal Cardboard 220gsm

Hanging Frame

Pattern Paper Squares

Leather Cord

Creatistics Strong Craft Glue

Creatistics Superstick Glue Stick

Metallic Markers




Best dad ever latte mug craft project

Whether Dad is gearing up for a big day ahead, or ready to relax after a long day, a personalised Latte Mug will be Dad’s go-to favourite cup! These beautiful mugs are supplied as plain white, providing the perfect canvas for children to decorate and personalise with drawings and messages to remind Dad how loved he is.

To set the markers and paint for wear & tear and dishwasher use, the mug will need to be baked in an oven. Set oven to 150 degrees C, once oven temperature has been reached, bake mug for 30 minutes, turn the oven off and allow to cool before removing. Dad’s mug is now ready for his favourite hot beverage.

*TOP TIP – Paint provides great overall coverage of colour, while porcelain markers provide precise detail.


Featured products;

Latte Mugs

Glass & Porcelain Markers

Glass & Ceramic Paint



Dad Rocks craft project

Painting rocks is a simple and fun craft idea that’s recently become popular the world over – with this adorable Father’s Day version sure to delight! You’ll want a smooth and clean stone, thick acrylic paint and heavy-duty markers to decorate your Dad Rocks. A few base coats of paint will provide the ideal surface on which to draw a likeness of Dad, a positive message on the back or a funny rock-themed quote – be as creative as you like! A coat of PVA glue or Crystal Clear will provide a protective surface for general wear and tear. Dad’s rock is now ready to find in a treasure hunt, to brighten the garden path or to keep loose papers secure as a desk paperweight. Dad will always know he rocks!

*TOP TIP – A quick wash with warm soapy water before decorating will give a clean surface for paint and markers to adhere to your rocks.


Featured products;

Story Stones

Glass & Porcelain Markers

Thinline Permanent Markers

Acrylic Paint Introductory Set

Crystal Clear  OR Creatistics PVA Washable School Glue




Fathers Day Card Craft Project

DIY Father’s Day cards make light work out of present making – perfect for children to use a wide range of open-ended materials in imaginative ways to make something just right for their Dad. A thoughtful and loving message inside the card will be something Dad will hold in his heart forever. If you’re feeling like some creative card inspo, have a read on to follow the step-by-step guides to making a Dad Shirt card or a Patty Pan Award card.

DAD SHIRT CARD – Step by Step

  1. To make the shirt front, apply glue to the front of the card and lay it onto the back of the gingham paper (the white side)
  2. Cut away excess paper
  3. To make the tie, select your desired colour of patterned paper and cut into a tie shape (narrow at the top, wide at the bottom with a V shape)
  4. Glue tie in the centre of the shirt front card
  5. To make the collar, apply glue to a length of cover paper and lay it onto the back of the gingham paper (the white side) and cut away excess to make your desired collar size
  6. Fold the 2 sides of the collar length around to make the front corners of your collar (this is where the buttons will go)
  7. Glue buttons in place onto the shirt front
  8. Decorate the inside of the card with drawings and messages
  9. Your card is ready for Dad!

*TOP TIP – To make the collar lengths apply glue stick to an entire piece of cover paper and lay onto the gingham paper, you will then be able to cut multiple strips of collars at the one time.



  1. Cut a circle out of coloured cardboard
  2. Draw or write your message for Dad using markers
  3. Cut patty pans into quarters
  4. Glue sections of patty pans onto the back of the cardboard circle to form the Rosette (experiment with colour patterns, or multiple layers)
  5. Cut 2 lengths of coloured paper or cardboard & cut an inverted V shape into the lower lengths to form the Rosette ribbons
  6. Attach you ribbons onto the back of the rosette with glue
  7. Apply a layer of glue to the back of the finished rosette and press down firmly onto the card
  8. The inside of the card can be decorated with drawings and messages too!
  9. Slot your card into the supplied envelope and it’s ready for Dad!

*TOP TIP – The front of the card where the patty pan award sits can also be decorated with paint, drawings or coloured paper for an extra splash of colour!


Featured products;

White Cards and Envelopes

Pastel Assorted Buttons

Blue Gingham Paper Roll

Pattern Paper Squares

Creatistics A4 White Cover Paper 

Large Coloured Patty Pans

A4 Coastal Cardboard

Metallic Markers

Thinline Permanent Markers




Best Dad Shrink Film Bookmarks craft project

With just a few supplies and a lot of imagination, these handy bookmarks are super simple to make, and will remind Dad how special he is with each turn of a page.

To make, simply cut a length of clear shrink film  or printable shrink film ) (one sheet of shrink film makes 4 bookmarks). Draw or write your design onto the matt side using coloured pencils  or markers , use a hole punch to make a hole for threading the string later on – and then you’re ready to bake! Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees C. Place design on a lined tray (matt side up) and bake. The plastic will begin to shrink after 10 seconds. Remove from the oven once the plastic has flattened and set tray aside to cool completely before handling.

To make the beads, roll small chunks of silk clay  or paper magiclay ( in the palm of your hand) to form small beads. Poke each bead with a skewer all the way through, making sure the hole is wide enough to thread cord or string through and then set aside to dry for 24 hours. Use a length of strong string (or leather cord ) to tie through the punched hole, add some of your colourful beads and tie off with a coloured tassel . Your personalised bookmark will mark reading places proudly!

*TOP TIP – Coloured pencil markings go a long way once shrunk in the oven; a very light shading is all that’s needed for bright vibrant colour!


Featured products;

Clear Shrink Film  (Each sheet of clear film paper makes roughly 2 car hangers).

White Printable Shrink Film

Jumbo Coloured Pencils

Lyra Giant Skintone Pencils

Thinline Permanent Markers

Candy Colours Paper Magiclay

Paper Punch One Hole

Leather Cord

Assorted Colour Tassels





Dad themed CERAMIC PLANT POT with PLANT LABEL craft project

Plants truly are the gift that keeps on giving! Whether your Dad would like a spiky cactus to decorate his office or a tasty bunch of herbs to spice up his cooking, he’ll no doubt love a personalised plant to keep him thriving.

These adorable ceramic plant pots make the perfect vessel to decorate with glass & ceramic paint  and porcelain markers. We’ve added a little shrink film plant label for further personalisation, which makes the ideal tag to jot down the care instructions for Dad’s plant.


*TOP TIP – Paint provides great overall coverage of colour, while markers provide precise detail.


Featured products;

Porcelain Flower Pot OR  Terracotta Plant Pot

Glass & Porcelain Markers

Glass & Ceramic Paint

Jumbo Coloured Pencils

Clear Shrink Film

White Printable Shrink Film

Thinline Permanent Markers Assorted Pack



WOODEN HOME FRAME craft project

Home is where the heart is, and what a beautiful home these wooden frames make! The sturdy surfaces of the wooden frames are ideal for all sorts of personalised decorations including open-ended Father’s Day essentials or silk clay . When your frame has been decorated and thoroughly dry it’s ready for a photo, drawing or special message to be added into the frame. You’re then ready to slot the wooden stand into the back of the frame so it can sit proudly on Dad’s desk where we’re sure it will stay forever!

*TOP TIP – Remember to add the date to the back of your Home Frame so Dad can remember what year it was when he looks back at his treasured memories.


Featured products;

Wooden Home Frame

Silk Clay Kit

Candy Colours Paper Magiclay 

 Father’s Day Craft Essentials



These sweet decorations will bring a smile to Dad’s face every time he sees them. For younger children, the design can be kept straightforward and simple lettering, with older age groups adding complexity to their designs with messages, carving decorations or clay beads.

To make, simply roll out a slab of air-dry clay and use cookie cutters  or free-form tools to cut out your desired shape. Set aside to dry for 24 to 48 hours on a flat surface. Meanwhile, to make the beads, roll small chunks of clay , silk clay  or paper magiclay  in the palm of your hand to form small beads. Poke each bead with a skewer all the way through, making sure the hole is wide enough to thread cord or string through and then set aside to dry with the decoration. When the clay is firm to the touch it’s ready for painting. When your decorations are dry once again, they’re ready for stringing together – remember to tie them off well to keep those beads from rolling away!

*TOP TIP – The thicker your decorations are, the sturdier they will be able to withstand general wear and tear. A few coats of PVA glue will also provide strength to your decorations for added longevity.


Featured products;

Creatistics Air Dry Clay Ceramic Clay – (one packet does about 8 little hands)

Glass & Ceramic Paint

Creatistics PVA Washable School Glue

Silk Clay Kit

Candy Colours Paper Magiclay 

Leather Cord


Whether it’s a Dad, Grandpa, Stepdad, Brother or a cherished father figure you’d like to spoil, MTA has you covered with all sorts of treasures waiting to be personalised with your love.


*All these activities can be modified and adapted to suit different age groups, taking away small parts for children under 3 years of age and replacing them with larger safe parts. Where scissors are used, educators may use adequate supervision to suit the needs of the children or offer pre-cut shapes. Where glue guns are used, educators may substitute with a safer alternative such as washable PVA glue.


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Mother’s Day; Craft Ideas For Kids

Mother's Day Craft Ideas for Kids Preview

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there are lots of teachers and educators searching for the perfect gift idea for the students in their class to make for the special mother figures in their lives. If you’re looking for fun and cute Mother’s Day craft ideas for kids, then you have come to the right place! There is something so special about handmade gifts from children that mothers really treasure. Read on to find out some of my favourite craft ideas for kids to make for Mother’s Day.

Wooden Hanging Heart Frames

Wooden Hanging Frames art activity on grass background

I love these Wooden Hanging Heart Frames because of their versatility, there is so much you can do with them! Whether you’re leaving them plain for a more natural look or painting them with pastel paints, these frames are bound to look beautiful. If you’re leaving them plain, they look really nice paired with brown cardboard, ‘MUM’ tiles and plain wooden beads. If you’re after something a bit more colourful, using pastel paints to paint over the MDF wood is the way to go. Once dry, embellishing these with coloured cardboard showcasing drawings and special messages inside the love heart frame looks really sweet. Alternatively, adding a little extra sparkle with biodegradable glitter or pastel sequins also looks great! Finish off these Wooden Hanging Heart Frames by tying on a pipe cleaner so that these beautiful gifts can be proudly hung somewhere special for Mum to always see.

MTA Product Used:
Wooden Hanging Heart Frames
Pastel Paints
Pastel Crate Craft Kit
Wooden Letter MUM tiles – set of 20
Bio-Glitter Set of 8 
Plain Wooden Beads – pack of 300

Heart Shaped Key Rings

Heart Shaped Keyrings craft activity on grass background

Mothers are always carrying their keys around with them, so what better reminder that they are loved than these adorable Heart Shaped Key Rings? If you are a time-poor teacher and after a quick and easy Mother’s Day craft for your students, then I highly recommend these key rings. Simply cut out cardboard in a heart shape (you can use the plastic from the key ring to help with shape and sizing) and then your students can draw and write a special Mother’s Day picture and/or message. Alternatively, how cute would a photograph of each child look inside these clear key rings?! I am positive all mothers would love a special keepsake like this.

MTA Product Used:
Heart Shaped Key ring – Pack of 10

Wooden Bead Necklaces

Wooden bead Necklaces craft activity on grass background

Making necklaces for Mother’s Day is hands down my absolute favourite crafty gift and my students always enjoy making them for their Mum/mother figure too! The reason why I think necklaces are the perfect handmade gift is because they are pretty quick and easy to make AND I love seeing how happy it makes children when they see their Mum proudly wearing their creations. Now we know that mothers are absolute angels who will pretty much wear anything their children make them… but how good would it be if they actually got beautiful necklaces that didn’t clash with most of their outfits? That’s why I love these Wooden Bead Necklaces that were made using plain wooden beads, natural beading cord and beads that were painted with pastel paints. The wooden beads are lovely and natural and the beads that have been painted with pastel paints are subtle enough to go with almost any outfit. You can even make a matching bracelet by threading the wooden beads onto a pipe cleaner and tying it around!

MTA Product Used:
Plain Wooden Beads – Pack of 300
Natural Beading Cord
Pastel Paints
Pastel Crate Craft Kit

Handmade Cards

Handmade cards craft activity on grass background

Is there anything more meaningful than a handmade card? I don’t think so! As a teacher, I know nothing beats a card that a student has made for you, which is why handmade cards are at the top of my favourite craft ideas for Mother’s Day. I love the look of these Natural Cards and Envelopes, they are a beautiful natural colour and the perfect blank canvas to get creative with! Children can use a range of craft materials to turn these cards into something special. My personal favourites are ‘If Mums were flowers, I’d pick you’ that can be paired with felt flowers, and, ‘I love you to pieces’ which involves cutting a heart shape in the front and then having lots of small felt pieces on the inside of the card. So sweet!

MTA Product Used:
Pastel Crate Craft Kit
Natural Cards and Envelopes – Pack of 20
Wooden Letter MUM Tiles – Set of 20
Felt Flowers – Pack of 100

Wooden Box Display Frames

Wooden Box Display Frames craft activity on grass background
Last but definitely not least in my favourite Mother’s Day craft ideas for kids is these adorable Wooden Box Display Frames. These frames are really cool because the contents inside the frame can be viewed from both sides through the clear plastic panels. They are perfect for displaying sweet messages, drawings and embellishments with craft materials such as felt flowers, pom poms, ‘MUM’ tiles and buttons. These display frames would also look very nice with a photograph inside them. So many options!

MTA Product Used:
Pastel Crate Craft Kit
Small Box Display Frame
Wooden Letter MUM Tiles – set of 20
Felt Flowers – Pack of 100


What is your favourite Mother’s Day craft idea for kids? We’d love to hear from you!

Heidi Overbye from Learning Through Play is a Brisbane-based, Early Years Teacher who currently teaches Prep, the first year of formal schooling in Queensland. Heidi is an advocate for play-based, hands-on learning experiences and creating stimulating and creative learning spaces. Heidi shares what happens in her classroom on her Instagram page, Learning Through Play. See for a huge range of activities, play spaces and lesson

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Using Electricity As An Art Medium

Electricity Art Medium Preview

Visual art lessons have progressed over time, and art educators have pushed beyond the humble papier-mâché pig and into the realm of endless possibilities. A mixture of new mediums and technologies paired with classic favourites, a well-rounded art program can provide students with the necessary skills and tools, to not only become well-developed artists, but also critical thinkers with strong visual literacy capabilities.

There are many contemporary artists that explore the idea of light and sound as art elements and engage their audience with auditory moments and light sequences. For an artist like Haroon Mirza, electricity has become his medium of choice. I was lucky enough to experience his exhibition at ACCA Melbourne and I was particularly fascinated by the installation hanging from the ceiling which, to me, mimicked a modern-day chandelier. I stood and watched the light sequences for quite some time, and it made me think about the idea of electricity as an art medium and how I could implement it further into my primary art program.


Embroidery Characters with Copper Tape Circuits

Electrical Embroidery Character on Yellow backgroundLED Characters fabric embroidery on Black background


I initially began the investigation into this concept by exploring the use of copper tape circuits. The unit they were implemented into was one that explored characters using a variety of different provocations for idea development. The students developed many character designs using shapes, pavement cracks and ink blobs to decide on a design they would pursue further.

Their drawing was then transferred to fabric and they were placed in an embroidery hoop so that threads could be added to the final composition. The students were then shown how to create a parallel circuit using copper tape with the shape of this circuit being determined by the LED light placement in their design.

Embroidery Character Circuit building featuring child's hands, paper and copper circuit wire

They learnt how to construct a chibitronics paper battery holder for a coin cell battery that would power their circuit and they adhered chibitronic LED light stickers. When applying the stickers, the students learnt about the importance of the positive and negative sides as they related to their battery and were able to problem-solve when a sticker didn’t work or wasn’t shining brightly. The delight on each student’s face when the circuit was then placed behind their fabric was priceless.

Featured Product:
Metallic Embroidery Thread – Pack of 24


Google Earth Inspired Maps with a Copper Tape Circuit

Google Map Artwork Student Example 1Google Map Artwork Student Example 2

Seeing the great learning moments that were taking place when adding electricity as another art element, I implemented this notion into another unit where the circuit was viewed as more than just light. The students explored maps as not only a record of a place but also as an individual’s journey. This included places of importance to the student and it also enabled them to delve into typographical maps and cartography as provocations.
The students began by exploring places on Google Earth and they used either oil or dry pastels to represent them on cartridge paper. This process enabled each young artist to identify colour and shapes where they could enlarge elements of the map on their iPads with ease.

Student working on Map Overlay art Example, featuring student's arms, pen, paper & desk

An acetate overlay was added to the artwork to represent the topographical component of a map. The acetate enabled the colour map underneath to be seen clearly whilst building patterns and layers to the artwork.
The final element added was the circuit. These were intended to represent the idea of a pathway or journey. These copper tape circuits were more complex than the characters as the artworks were larger, more angles and turns were made, and more lights were used. We soon realised that the connections needed to be firmly stuck together for each light on the circuit to shine brightly. A wonderful moment for them to problem-solve. The students really enjoyed adding the LED light component to their artwork, as it enabled them to represent the idea of mapping and journeys on their work whilst giving them the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of a circuit.

Featured Products:
Cartridge Paper 125gsm A2 – Pack of 500
Soft Pastels Portrait – Pack of 24
Oil Pastels Large – Pack of 12


Soft Sculpture Characters with E-Textiles Circuits

Felted Character Art Example 1Felted Character Art Example

After exploring copper tape circuits, I wanted to find another way to add light to artworks that could be more organic in its shape rather than being determined by the copper tapes form. This is what led me to e-textiles.

Again in a unit based around characters, the students followed the same brainstorming and designing process, but this time created their characters out of felt. They then needed to determine where their lights would go and were shown how to create parallel circuits with conductive thread that was sewn into the felt. This time, rather than a paper they used a LilyPad battery holder with a switch that was paired with the LilyPad LEDs. They had to make sure that the positive and negative terminals matched for their circuit to be a success.

Etextiles Circuit Example 2Etextiles Circuit Example 1

Students found very creative places to put their lights within their character designs and we had glowing bow ties, sparkling cheeks and shining crowns.

Felted Character Example 4

They were also very innovative when determining ways to cover the battery holder with felt flaps and disguising their stitches with 3D paint.

Felted Character Art Example, battery flap 2Felted Character Art Example, battery flap 1


When reflecting on the process of this soft sculpture character, the students identified the LED light circuit as one of the most successful parts of their work. Not only did the process enable them to develop an understanding of circuitry but it also enhanced their sewing skills as well as enabling them to use light as a creative component of their design.

Featured Products:
Felt Sheets 10 Colours 20 x 30cm – Pack of 50
Kids PVA School Glue – 1 Litre
Conductive Thread – 23m
Colour Slix 3D Paint – Pack of 8


I believe I have only just scratched the surface when it comes to electricity as an art medium where I could be inspired further by artist Haroon Mirza. This could include exploring the idea of light sequencing and programming within artworks that could extend the creative possibilities further for students. Giving them greater control over how the light components of their pieces are viewed by their audience and giving them the opportunity to develop their skills with programming as well as circuitry. The possibilities are endless.


About the Author
Olivia is a specialist Visual Art Teacher in an ELC, primary and secondary school setting. She has a broad breadth of experience with inquiry learning and is an IBO qualified educator. Olivia particularly enjoys developing Visual Art units around STEAM which include electronics, technology and science concepts.


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