The perfect kid gift for Dad (or Mom)

Family, Fun

It’s Father’s Day and dads around the country are being acknowledged, celebrated and gifted. Ads across all media channels highlight the latest grilling gear, endless beer paraphernalia, and a gazillion go-to power tools.

Our daughter has been on a monster kick lately so, with some inspiration from our neighbor and a Pinterest search, we put our creative muscle to work.

If you’re ever looking for something personal (and cheap), here’s what we made:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canvas (We nabbed a pack of three for $3.99 from Ross, but you can get them in a variety of sizes from your local craft store or Walmart.)
  • Paint (We used those small acrylic paints that are like $1.50 a piece at a local craft store or Walmart.)
  • A kid or two (for their hand and foot)
  • Black marker (We used a sharpie)
  • Baby wipes or wet paper towels (to promptly wipe the hand and foot of your little monster(s))

Green hand. Once you have all the materials, start with painting a little hand green. My daughter loved this part because mommy was the one making her messy. 🤪 I found it easier to bring the canvas to my daughter’s hand then let her plop her hand down on the canvas. (She’s almost three.) Use a baby wipe to clean the hand, or not. Depends on how daring you feel!

Blue foot. Paint a left foot blue and bring the canvas to the foot. (My son is two months old and he was harder to capture given how squirmy he is!) Use a wipe to clean the foot.

Let dry. The paints seem to dry pretty quickly, so I just moved right in to the next step.

Paint details. Using the finished picture as a guide, paint on the eyes, mouths, horns and any other fun details you want.

Write a message. Using a black sharpie, you can write your message. It was Father’s Day for us, but this can work for birthdays or any special occasion really.


My daughter loves painting so, while I finished the monsters, she went to town on her own masterpieces. Depending on your kiddos’ ages, they may want to do the same. We ended up with lots of art. 😊

If you give this project a go, I’d love to know and see a pic of the final art. Use #anFtogive.

~H

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