Love You Pen Holder

Love You Pen Holder Aussie Childcare Network

Create a simple pen holder for Dad, this Father's Day! 

Materials Needed: 

  • a can/box
  • decoration items (glitter tape, paints, crepe paper, textas, etc).
  • a few puzzle pieces (to trace)
  • cardboard
  • paddle pop stick
  • pen/marker
  • glue 
  • sticky tape

What to do:

  • Decorate the can/box which will be the pencil holder. The child can choose any materials that they wish to use to make the pencil holder colourful and bright. 

  • Using the puzzles pieces, trace around them on a piece of cardboard.

  • Get child to decorate/colour them in using paint, glitter, collage materials etc. 

  • Cut these puzzle pieces out. 

  • Using sticky tape stick the puzzle pieces around the can/box. With a paddle pop stick, stick a big puzzle piece on it and write "Love You To Pieces" and attach it to the back of the can/box. Add pens etc. to the pen holder.

  • Present it to dad as a gift! 

Hints and Tips:

  • It doesn't have to look "pretty" as this is a simple craft that can be done by toddlers. Let the child complete it as they wish. 
  • The sticky tape may fall off as you stick the puzzle pieces to the can so you can use glue instead. 
  • Instead of making a pen holder, you can use the same idea and create a frame/wall hanging.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    holds a crayon with their thumb and fingers
    paints using a wrist action
    paint dots and lines
    established hand preference
    makes vertical, horizontal, circular strokes with pencil or crayon

  • Play Based Learning: Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft, Fine Motor Skills
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.
    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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