Parents’ Day is the fourth Sunday in July in the United States, which means this year it's July 22. Preschool teachers can use this as a theme to plan fun activities and unique crafts that kids will be proud to present to Mom and Dad.
Why care about Parents' Day? While the kids are the heart of your school, they wouldn't be there without their parents who trust them in your care each and every day. This special time is an opportunity to pay tribute to caregivers and show them how much they mean to not only their children, but their preschool family, too.
Here are five great Parents' Day activities for preschoolers:
Breakfast with Mom and Dad: Whether one or both parents can attend, make a special time at drop-off for kids to munch on breakfast goodies with their loved ones. Offer a continental spread about 45 minutes before the start of class and invite parents to join for some family bonding and tasty treats.
Rockin' paperweight: Go on a nature adventure and have kids collect smooth, flat rocks that could work as paperweights. Bring back to class and wipe off any dirt. During craft time let kids get creative with acrylic paint on the rocks. When dry, write the words "You Rock!" on the top in paint or permanent marker and send home for kids to gift to parents.
Parents' Day coupon book: This classic kid gift never gets old! Help kids create coupons that parents can redeem for cute and useful things, such as "good for one hug," "extra snuggles," "clean up toys" or "kitchen helper." Create and print out these adorable certificates and then have kids color for a custom look. Staple together when done and they're ready for Mom and Dad.
Parent portraits: Seeing things through the eyes of a child is a magical experience. When kids draw or paint pictures of their parents, the results can be incredible. From heartwarming to comical, these pictures are sure to be cherished for years to come. Add a little extra by asking each student their favorite thing about their parent and writing it below the portrait or on the backside.
Sunday optional activity: While you may not normally see your students on Sundays, this could be a great opportunity to welcome families back to the class for a casual gathering full of food and fun. Perhaps organize a potluck or sponsor a light lunch. Plan some interactive games or craft activities to get families mingling or teach kids a song they can all sing together for their parents. It can be a fun time beyond classroom hours that builds fellowship and family bonding.
Parents’ Day is the fourth Sunday in July in the United States, which means this year it's July 22.