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DIY Father’s Day Gift for Kids

Father’s Day Gift Booklet

It’s always a little crazy to think that there are teachers still teaching into the month of June. If you’re reading this I can’t help but think I am likely talking about you. If so, remember you are doing a great job, better than you think of give yourself credit, your job is important, AND YOU ARE ALMOST THERE!

I wanted to come up with a project that could double as both a fun and educational end of year project, as well as a Father’s Day Gift. I also wanted to try my hand at a more interactive product. When the Father’s Day Booklet came to mind I was really excited about it. Oddly enough inspiration came when I discovered a word search wall hanging that was meant to be placed in the bathroom to keep your guest’s minds occupied. I loved it. The fact that it was meant for a man-made it even better. 😀

I even sketched out a little poem that’s included in both versions of the booklet to illustrate my vision for this sweet little book. The poem is completely editable through the digital version. The poem is for personal use only:


I made a little book for you.

To thank you for the things you do.

From your example, and your deeds.

To the thoughtful words you plant as seeds.

I’ve been watching all the things you do,

In hopes of becoming just like you.

As I grow, I hope to be,

The person inside that you can see.

Place this book on the shelf, or even the loo,

Your nightstand, your bag, just somewhere in view.

It’s filled with love, and jokes, and fun.

My thanks to you, for all you’ve done!

This little booklet was made for light, enjoyable reading. I also really love the digital version to give students the opportunity to try their hand at a little digital design. Students will be able to experiment with layout options, design aesthetics, inserting images, flipping text-boxes…etc. For me, there is great satisfaction in creating something on a screen, then bringing it to life with a printer. My hope is that your students will fill that same sense of creative fulfillment, and have a sense of pride in the gift they have prepared for a loved one.

An important note that I want to point out. Though this booklet is made for Father’s Day, we as teachers know better than most that not every child has the same situation as their peers. Relationships with a father may be strained, non-existent, or filled in by someone else. This booklet never mentions the word father, or dad. Simply, this book is for someone, anyone that has taken on that role. Someone whom the student looks up to, admires and aspires to be like. This is a great way to celebrate the great men, in that student’s life.

I also wanted to add little snippets to this booklet that would encourage a stronger relationship between the person creating the booklet and to the receiver of the booklet.

You will notice in the videos there is a page where the student can celebrate the favorite thing they were ever taught by this person, and then describe something they would like that person to teach them. My hope is of course this will lead to a wonderful experience between the two. Father or not, when a child expresses a wish for you to share an area of expertise with them, there is a need to teach, bond, and develop.

The last page also includes a section where students can write questions they would like to know about the receiver of the gift. My hope of course with this is that wonderful, and meaningful conversations will be had! Make sure to encourage questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no, or teach students to ask for an explanation behind an answer.

Aside from those pages, there’s also a fun word search puzzle the students can design and fill with character traits based on the receiver of the booklet. As well as favorite things maze that can be customized to the person, and a memory | picture page, an acrostic poem or list set up. However, my personal favorite is the “Dad Joke,” Page. The perfect place to put a favorite punny joke, or silly riddle.

Anytime I have students search out information on the internet I always have them add for-kids. This helps with the search results. Check out a couple of these zingers I came across while putting this together… Some are so bad they are good 😀 Remember “Dad Jokes,” are typically the jokes that make you roll your eyes, or are filled with a classic pun. If you know me… Puns are a love language!

  • Why did the baby strawberry cry?
    • Because it’s dad was in a jam.
  • Two fathers and two sons go fishing together in the same boat. They all catch a fish but the total catch for the day is three fish. How is this possible?
    • There are three men: A grandfather, a father (the grandfather’s son) and the father’s son.
  • What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
    • A nervous wreck.
  •  How much money does a pirate pay for corn?
    • A buccaneer.
  • Why did the scarecrow win an award?
    •  Because he was outstanding in his field.
  • Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
    • Great food, no atmosphere.
  • What do you call a fake noodle?
    • An Impasta.
  • How many apples grow on a tree?
    • All of them.
  • Want to hear a joke about paper?
    • Never mind it’s tearable.

Ok, Ok, Ok…..

I’ll stop. Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did, especially if you are still in school! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Make sure to tag me on IG @teachingonlemonlane.

If you’re not sure what to do for that special person in your life come Father’s Day make sure to check out this post! Here I share my FAVORITE gift ideas with something for every budget, as well as FREE printable tags to complete any gift! Especially the PUN-WORTHY ones!

Click here for both versions of the Father’s Day Booklet Digital and Printable  


Click here for the Paper|Pencil version of the Father’s Day Booklet


If you like this, make sure to check out the post below! This activity is my FAVORITE, and make the sweetest wearable tie for your kiddo’s special guy! ***In true Lemon Lane Fashion, there is of course a FREE version of this Father’s Day Tie & Questionnaire! Click on the picture to learn more!

Click to learn more about another Father’s Day FREEBIE!


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April Fools’ Day is TOMORROW
I know many of you are coming off Spring Break, to lighten the load and add a little laughter to the classroom I quickly put together a fun and FREE activity/ joke to play on your class 💛 This impossible word search is in disguise as a #nationalpoetrymonth activity. Students will try and find words like stanza, verse, and rhyme... but won’t come up with a dime! 😉 They may however come up with words like tomfoolery, bogus, shenanigan, joke, buffoonery...etc 😂😂😂 Hope you and your class enjoy it, and this brightens your day! Tag me if you decide to use it, tags completely make my day! Comment below and I’ll DM you the link💛

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This fun FREEBIE works with ANY circular treat and is such a fun activity for students to explore and calculate Pi on Pi Day!

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Guys.... I’m not usually one to toot my own horn.... but 🎺 🎺. You HAVE to try this in your classroom. I racked my brain to come up with a pie recipe that didn’t require melting butter, a hand mixer, oven, or mess, that still incorporated math and fun. When plastic bags came to mind I couldn’t find anything that supported the idea of whipped cream in a bag but, in theory it should work.... IT. DOES. Every “piece” of that pie #punintended is made in a ziplock bag with ingredients that simply require measuring. Best part, it’s delicious. This is SURE to be a favorite and memorable activity with your class! 💛 be sure to tag me, I can’t wait to hear all about it!.

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Comment below if you plan to try this activity with your class tomorrow or comment if you’d like me to DM you the link to the Pi Day FREEBIE opt in 👊

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I love the idea that the best way we can remember September 11 and #neverforget is to remember the love, and unity that was felt September 12th, and to strive to live that way each day.
On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

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Tag your #teachertribe and every #firstyearteacher below for this important reminder:
As you set up your classroom for the new school year, and start divvying out materials… Do no forget to set aside 2-4 new student kits.
Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
What to include:
🍋If you adhere the plates to the desk, have a segment of what you use in the pack.
🍋Welcome Treat (same one you’ve given to each student at the open house/back to school...etc.
🍋Whatever else you’ve set aside for students that begin on the first day of school.
📣📣📣There will likely come a day when without warning you will be notified you have a new student, and the student will start THAT DAY. Save yourself and your poor new student the stress of frantically trying to get everything set up, by preparing NOW.
Veteran teachers what else do you include in your new student kits?? Share in the comments below⬇️⬇️⬇️
📸: @adifferentiatedclass

How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
What’s a brilliant #teacherhack you’ve tried or seen done with paint swatches??? Comment below 👇
I’ll leave mine in the comments!

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🍋 My name is Tara, I’m the creator behind @teachingonlemonlane
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To my dear teacher friends still in school, I've got a FREE Father’s Day project I think you will love! Those of you are home with kiddos of your own, consider this fun activity for your Father’s Day Celebration! This is a great #endofyearproject that doubles as a #fathersdaygift 💛🍋💛
This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!

Need #bulletinboardideas for March.... I’ve got you👊 like almost all of my Bulletin Board Kits, they center around student work and are made up of EASY TO CUT, Editable 🙊, ready to print and assemble slides!
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛

Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!

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