Surfing the Net with Kids: Father’s Day

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June 6, 2001

Dear Reader,

Your pre-reading children want to go on the Internet. But do
you know where to take them? Explore the wonders of the
Web beyond Disney and Nickelodeon in my very first
e-book: 100 Best Sites for Preschool & Kindergarten

Today’s Father’s Day topic is accompanied by the following games:

Fathers Around-the-World Word Search
Father’s Day Jigsaw
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Father’s Day

Sonora Dodd first proposed her Father’s Day idea in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day (much like Mother’s Day) to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, a Civil War veteran, single-handedly raised Dodd and her five siblings on a farm in rural Washington, after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Dodd’s father was born in June, so she chose June 19, 1910 to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane.

Blue Mountain Father’s Day Cards


Blue Mountain, the granddaddy of free electronic greeting cards, offers an extensive selection of Father’s Day cards. Cards are organized into six sections: My Father, Any Father (such as your brother, uncle, teacher or best friend), Funny, Poetry, Sports Fan, and my personal favorite, Interactive. If you haven’t sent a Blue Mountain card in awhile, you’ll notice that you can now attach a photo or video message to your card as you are personalizing it. And for a price, gifts and gift certificates can also be included.

Billy Bear’s Happy Father’s Day


For preschoolers and early elementary grades, Billy Bear’s Playground is chock-full of father’s day crafts, e-cards and make-it-yourself gift ideas. My favorites are the printable Promise Booklets (each page good for One Big Hug or Mowing the Grass, and so on) and the cute Photo House. The Photo House is a print-color-and-cut template for a stand-up photo display. I especially appreciated the tip about not using family photos without your parent’s permission!

Celebrating Father’s Day at the Holiday Zone


“How is your father’s life different from his father’s? His grandfather’s? Your’s?” This thoughtful Father’s Day site is quite different from most because of its focus on ideas — rather than projects. It starts with Discussion Topics suitable for classroom or dinner table, and includes suggestions for outdoor family games (Father, May I?) and classroom activities for elementary students. Fun stuff includes special songs for Dad sung to familiar tunes, and famous quotes on fatherhood.

Family Heroes: Father Heroes


Mark Twain recalls, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned.” Although fame seems to be the overwhelming criteria for modern-day hero worship, this site makes the case for more substantial heroes. In the Father Heroes section, you can read about what makes fathers (famous and otherwise) great. You can even add your own father hero to the My Hero site. Just follow the link in the white box at the bottom of any page.

Sesame Workshop: Happy Father’s Day


This colorful Sesame Street site has something for both kids and parents. If you’re on the prowl for handmade gift ideas, I liked both the D-A-D picture frame and hand-painted baseball cap. Despite the association with preschoolers, both of these projects are also appropriate for elementary-age kids. While here, parents can explore the meaning of fatherhood, with articles to read and discussion forums for sharing memories of your own dad.

Surfing the Calendar

Ben Franklin Flies a Kite
June 5, 1752
National Flag Day
June 14, 2001
Father’s Day
June 17, 2001
World Juggling Day
June 20, 2001

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