Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht joined NBC Nightly News for Kids to show off some great Father’s Day gift ideas that kids can make themselves. For more, check out the notes below. To learn more about the season’s best new toys, be sure to check out Toy Insider’s Spring and Summer Toy Guide.


Father’s Day Tic Tac Toe

Dad will love playing this game after you’ve created it just for him!

  • Materials: Acrylic Pain, Fabric Markers, Canvas Bag, Paint Brushes, RocksSteps
  1. Gather 10 rocks and divide them into 2 equal groups.
  2. Using paint and paint brush, decorate each group with a different mark or design to symbolize X’s and O’s. Dry 1–2 hours.
  3. Draw, color, and write a Father’s Day message on canvas bag with fabric markers.
  4. Put the rocks in the bag, give to dad on his special day, and play!  I love that you can also take this out with you.  This was a favorite game my dad and I would play!

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Father’s Day Upcycled Record Coasters

Show Dad he’s an oldie but a goodie this year for Father’s Day!

  • Materials: Adhesive Craft Foam, acrylic paint, a paintbrush, a pencil/pen, four CDs, scissorsSteps:
  1. Paint the top of the CD Black.
  2. Trace the CD onto the back of adhesive craft foam. Draw a smaller circle around the inside using something around the house, or just wing it!
  3. Cut out both foam circles. Be sure to keep both circles intact, both pieces are needed.
  4. Peel & stick the large adhesive circle to the back of the CD, then stick the small circle to the middle of the front of the CD.
  5. Create the steps above to create a set of record coasters!
  6. Paint and decorate each coaster with phrases of appreciation for dad to show him some love!

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Father’s Day Popcorn Pom Craft

There’s No Butter Pop Than You!

  • Materials: Canvas, acrylic paints, yellow poms, rainbow poms, adhesive craft foam, a paintbrush, yarn poms (yellow), craft glue or hot glue (adult supervision recommended), a pencil, a ruler, scissors.Steps:
  1. Paint the canvas blue.
  2. To create the shape of the popcorn box, use a ruler to create a diagonal line from the top corner of the adhesive foam sheet, about an inch away from the side edges on the bottom of the foam sheet.
  3. Cut along the diagonal lines.
  4. Peel and stick the popcorn box to the middle of the canvas. Be sure to leave enough room to paint your phrase.
  5. Glue assorted sizes and textures of craft pom to the top of the popcorn box.
  6. Write out “There’s No Butter Pop Than You!” Be sure the word POP Is written in the middle of the popcorn box.
  7. Outline the words with acrylic paint to make them POP!

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