Fantastic Father’s Day Books: and an IKEA Paint Box GIVEAWAY!

June 13, 2011

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GIVEAWAY of the Week: IKEA paint box and paint brushes

Why we love this IKEA paint box:

We loooooove these vibrant water color paints! The colors stay bright and colorful long after the children paint a picture. Another fabulous feature are the over-sized round pans of paint, making it easier for little hands who are still developing their fine motor skills.

However, as usual this set comes with a wimpy little paint brush. Have no fear, we’re including a set of brushes from IKEA.

But wait that’s not all. This IKEA paint box includes a set of crayons and colored pencils. We especially like these bold colored pencils. We’ve had our set for years and the pencils are still going strong!

pen & ink and water color, Miss Enigma, age 3

We never ever buy store bought cards anymore. The children create personalized cards for our friends and family. Father’s Day is certainly no exception! Last year we shared step by step instructions for creating pen & ink and water color artwork for Daddy.

We began the art experience by reading Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. The children studied the pen & ink and water color illustrations and then created their own paintings.

pen & ink and water color, MacGyver, age 7

One of these works of art, inspired by our pen & ink and water color lesson, is now framed and beautifully displayed in the kid’s newly remodeled bathroom.

Fantastic Father’s Day Books

Guess How Much I Love You is one of the books we read every Father’s Day. This is one of the first books that come to mind when we think of books that highlight a tender relationship between father and child.

We’re spotlighting just a few more books that protray positive father and child interactions.

You know how strongly we feel about getting children out into the world to experience nature. In Daddy’s Little Scout by Janet Bingham, it’s springtime, and Little Fox and Daddy Fox are visiting the animals of the forest to see their new homes. This book will also fit in nicely with a study on animals and habitats.

At the end of a busy day, Sebastian the turtle snuggles closely to his father and dreams of all things he might be when he grows-up. But when he turns the question on his father, his father shares that he had always wanted to be a father of a son just like Sebastian. The conversation ends with Sebastian deciding he would like to grow up to be just like his father. (Get a hanky ready!)

Get rid of the hankies and get ready for some fun with Zoomer by Ned Young! Tired of the mushy, gushy books about Daddies? Well then, Zoomer is your dog. Zoomer’s dad and two brothers try to get him ready for school. But he has other plans, bringing his imagination and resourcefulness to center stage. The children will cheer as Zoomer, his Father and his brothers share a day of fun.

Did you get rid of the hanky? Sorry, you’ll need to get a new one for this last book. Our children spend a great deal of time with Grandpa and Grandma. So for us, Me with You by Kristy Dempsey is a sweet book that shouldn’t be overlooked this Father’s Day. The author shares the unique and loving relationship between Grandpa and grandaughter. This stroy along with its beautiful illustrations is truly heartwarming.

Happy Father’s Day! Happy Reading!

We’re GIVING AWAY one IKEA paint box set and brushes.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Just for fun, who is your favorite Book, Movie, or T.V. Father? These answers might date some of us! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, June 16, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, June 17, 2011. Check back it might be you!

Giveaway Day

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne June 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I loved the dad in “Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter” – John Ritter =)

Tiffany June 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I always liked Bill Cosby.

Cammie Talley June 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

2 – Dick Van Patton from 8 is Enough and Bill Cosby

Misty June 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

It has been a while since I’ve had the chance to stop by your blog. :) Hope you two are well! Anyway, my fave TV Dad growing up was also Bill Cosby.

Robin June 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Andy Griffith from Mayberry RSD.. :)

Tara June 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

Well, I’ve racked my brain trying to think of my favorite TV dad. I didn’t watch sitcoms and such growing up so I don’t watch them now either. So, at the risk of sounding crazy, I’m going to say that favorite book, TV, or movie dad has got to be the dad on the movie Robots!! :)
Maybe I should’ve just said “Hey!” ;)

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly June 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

“The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” dad.
He was cute!!
Dated.

Sherryl June 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Hi Joyce and Jeannine!! I have 2- Ward Cleaver and Mike Brady!! In a situation that requires disciplinary action, I always wonder, “What would Ward do?” lol :-)
Sherryl

Emily @CreativeDisaster June 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I love the dads from Family Ties and Growing Pains. They were both funny but were such good dads!

Giordan June 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey Jeannine! Again, love what your doing with the web site! I am finding so many great ideas for the Summer. I would have to say my favorite movie father was Drum from Steel Magnolias. He seemed to be so happy to love and care for his family, in a way he reminded me of my grandfather. …plus its my favorite movie :) Keep up the great work!!!!!

Laura June 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

My favorite dad is Ward Cleaver, although I wasn’t around for the original episodes, my family enjoys watching them now on TVLand

Head Ant June 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

I know it’s weird, but I like the way Dexter stands up for his stepdaughter.

Wendy Thelen June 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

Charles Ingles from Little House on the Prarie becuase he reminds me of my dad. We used to watch this show together when I was little.

Lora Matthews June 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

Currently, I love Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. He seems to get it wrong but it is always right.

Jessica Fuller June 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

My favorite tv dad growing up was probably Bill Cosby. I guess I liked that he would use humor a lot to deflect some otherwise Sticky situations. That was the total opposite of my dad, he was very stern.

Becky June 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen)…I know it’s silly, but I liked laughing at his antics! Of course, if my dad had been on TV, I would have picked him! :)

Kay June 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

My favorite dad would be Bill Cosby

Gretta June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

Bill Cosby ~ I always loved his facial expressions, funny comebacks to the kids, the way he taught them through love but most of all, the way their family truly reflected what a family is supposed to be like.

bamagv at aol dot com

Julie@The Adventures of Bear June 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

Bill Cosby. He was just SO good!
What an awesome giveaway. Thanks!

Carlee June 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

Pa, or Charles, from Little House on the Prairie.

Melanie June 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

I loved “Pa” from Little House on the Prairie and also “Daddy” from The Waltons!!

Brandy June 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I really liked Bill Cosby when I was growing up. I’ll still watch his show every once in a while if I catch it on.

melissa newell June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

My favorite TV Father was Tom Bosley from Happy Days…Mr. “C” as The Fonz would say….

Meghan June 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Bill Cosby for sure. Oooo I hope I win!

Meghan

Cindy Sharp June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I love Charles Ingles!! He kind-a reminds me of my daddy, which I miss dearly.

Amanda June 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I wish I could think of something original, but I too love Bill Cosby.

Sara E June 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I love the poster who said the dad from Steel Magnolias. There are way too many to chose: Charles Ingles, Steve Martin’s character in Father of the Bride, Andy Griffith, even Atticus Finch. I didn’t have a close relationship with my father growing up so I kind of latched onto every fictional father figure I saw or read.

My kids would LOVE that new paint set!

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