Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Early Childhood Education-"Father's Day Gifts"

Father's Day Pencil Holder: Great gift for father's to display in the office. Easy to build at preschool or childcare. It also makes a great sensory project.

  • paper towel roll
  • tempra paint
  • paint
  • sharp pencils
  • lid-peanot butter and jelly lid
  • tacky glue or low temp hot glue gun


  • Poke about 6 holes in the paper towel roll with a sharp pencil. (Poke one on either side at three different levels on the tube). When you poke the holes, put them in at a bit of an angle so in the end result the pencils don't fall out and look like the branches of a tree.
  • Paint the tube with yellow paint. (You could use light gray instead)
  • While still wet, stripe on some red, brown and green lines up the tube
  • While everything is still wet, take the paint brush and clean and dry it. Now stroke the wet paint up the tube all the way around to blend and soften the stripes.
  • Let dry
  • Paint over the whole project with acrylic spray sealer, white glue or glossy mod podge. This gives it a nice shiny finish.
  • Using tacky glue or a hot glue gun, attach the paper towel roll to the jar lid to give it a stable base.
  • Push some new pencils into the tree.

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