I saw a really neat Valentines idea on pinterest (you can see my Fathers Day pinterest board here) by As Time Flies and decided to give it a go with Reuben for fathers day. This is a big deal!!

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It was sooooo simple and easy and FUN! This is the first time I’ve ever braved using paint with Reuben, I’m such a chicken and I anticipated a paint explosion. You know how I’m allergic to cleaning…

Anyway this fathers day gift from Reuben was super easy and no cleaning was required, except Reubs at the end.

Here’s what to do.

Fathers Day Gift – Toddler Style

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You will need:

  • a canvas (this was cheap as chips from Wilkinsons for a 4 pack)
  • scissors
  • sellotape
  • paint (again thanks Wilko – I would say stick with 2 colours rather than 3!)
  • bowls
  • paint brushes (although we just used fingers)
  • newspaper

1. Writing your word on the canvas using the sellotape and scissors – I’ve done Love (not especially neatly but that adds to the ‘toddler’ element, I believe!) but you could do ‘Dad’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Daddy cool’ etc.

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2. pop your paint in separate bowls – to avoid ‘brown’ soup!

Fathers Day gift from a toddler! #toddler #fathersday #art #craft #DIY http://www.mumsdays.com/fathers-day-toddler-style/

3. put the newspaper down, strip your child and set them loose on the canvas! I just had to demonstrate once and Reuben was all over it.

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Fathers Day gift from a toddler! #toddler #fathersday #art #craft #DIY http://www.mumsdays.com/fathers-day-toddler-style/

Independently trying different colours

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Oh dear – brown soup has started already!

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4. You might want to fill in some of the corners with an actual colour that isn’t brown! And then be on tenterhooks for when toddler looks like he’s had enough – painting themselves is a good sign…Reuben started wandering off soon after!

Fathers Day gift from a toddler! #toddler #fathersday #art #craft #DIY http://www.mumsdays.com/fathers-day-toddler-style/

5. Dunk baby in the bath

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6. Leave your artwork out in the sun to dry and then…

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7. …the most satisfying bit, peal off the sellotape! Our’s was pretty poor quality tape so the paint bled a bit, but I still think it’s pretty cute!

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It’s actually Mike’s Birthday today, so Reuben gave it to Mike when he got home! Happy Birthday Daddy Cool! xxxxx

What DIY Fathers Day gifts are you making with your little ones? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!