Father's Day Crafts for Small Children

My four year old son, Matthew, saw a little do-it-yourself treasure box in a recent issue of High Five (a magazine from Highlights for preschool children) and just knew he wanted to make this for Father’s Day.  It turned out super cute!

You will need a large number of craft sticks, and glue.  I thought Matthew might like to paint his box, but he chose not to, and I really like the natural look of the finished craft.

First, make the “floor” of the box by gluing a row of craft sticks between two other craft sticks:Making the "floor" of his treasure box

Then begin dotting each corner and layering craft sticks up all four sides:Glue each of the corners and stack up the craft sticks

This is what it will begin to look like:The treasure box taking shape

Make a lid the same way you made the bottom of the box:Finished box and lid

Then go outside to find some decorations for the top, and something to use as a handle for the lid.  It helps to ride your bike around the yard while you are looking.  Or you can just ride your bike while Mama finds a few things per your instructions. 😉Going out to look for something to decorate the lid

Come back in and arrange your decorations:decorations (and a useful handle) on the lidI hot glued these in place for Matthew.  The rock makes a great handle for lifting the lid off, and it just looks neat, doesn’t it?  Nuts, washers, and a few bolts would look great too!

This turned out to be a lot of fun for my preschooler to create, and was super simple to make, although we did have to let all the glue between the craft sticks dry for a day or so.  I think Daddy is going to love it!

Other Father’s Day Craft Ideas

Salt ceramic paper weight:

imageThis is an easy homemade recipe – mix 1 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 2/3 cup of water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until a ball of dough forms.  Once it is cool, form into any shape you want and give your child an assortment of materials to stick in it.  Super easy, and they look great!  It dries very hard, but takes several days, so plan extra time for this.

Craft stick photo frame:may 2011 006

I used a very sweet photo of my husband and Matthew for this little project.  Matthew made a craft stick frame for it, which said, “I love Daddy” in foam stickers, and was decorated with more stickers.  I don’t have a picture of this because my husband took it to work and it’s been there for 2 years now. 😉  It was definitely a hit.  Unknown to Matthew I made a copy of the same photo and made him a craft stick frame too, which says, “Daddy loves Me”:  He was very surprised and loved it!  It’s been hanging on his bedroom wall ever since, and he still likes to say that he and Daddy are looking at the same picture of them together at the same time.  So sweet!  It’s a good way to make a connection between the two of them when Daddy is away at work so often.

Enjoy your Father’s Day and all of the wonderful men in your lives!

Find more preschool art and learning activities at Nicole’s personal blog, Tired, Need Sleep.

Angie Kauffman
Angie, a domestically challenged nerd and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home.  Angie also listens to music every chance she gets, writes eBookspodcastsloves Pinterestdocuments the little moments in life on Instagram, and occasionally sleeps.


  1. Kim Mason says

    I saw this treasure box in Highlights and it’s on my list of things to do… I love the paper weight – Crumpet has taken to collecting lots of garbage (literally garbage…) like bottlecaps, old sales tags etc. Drives me insane, but it might be turned into art if we put it in a paperweight… Hmm.. Everyone we know will get paperweights for the next 100 years if we use all the trash he has brought in the house. (It’s making me crazy, can you tell???)

  2. says

    These are some great craft ideas! My son is 4 and he loves to find little treasures outside. Right now they’re all piled on his dresser! I know he would love to make the box and I would love to have all those rocks and sticks put away. Thanks so much! Oh, and I stopped by from the Hip Homeschool Hop. God bless you!

  3. says

    These are really neat, thanks for sharing them! We need to get started on something for Father’s Day. ((sigh)) I always end up feeling guilty b/c we don’t do enough.

    Stopping by from the HHH and following you!

  4. says

    I’ve been saving popsicle sticks for months wondering what I could have my son make…now I know!!! Thanks so much for sharing this adorable box :)