Father’s Day Guided Drawing Freebie!

Hi, everyone!  Today I am going to give you a free download of a Father’s Day guided drawing lesson!  I hope it will come in handy for those of you that are still in school!  If you are already on summer vacation, then you can count your blessings!  I had my last day yesterday, and it feels GREAT!  Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet smell of SUMMER, is there?  In any case, maybe those of you that are already on vacation can possibly make use of this next year.


I encouraged the children to make their pictures look like their own dads as much as possible.

We did our Father’s Day guided drawing lesson last week, and the pictures turned out sooooo cute!  I love that my students last year would always CHEER when I told them that we were going to do guided drawing!  It’s neat when they are so “into” an activity that they all feel like they are being given a treat when they are given the lesson!

We use a class set of clipboards to do our drawing.  I also have a class set of crayons in baggies that we only use for this purpose.


We did our guided drawing activity after lunch one afternoon for the outside of our Father’s Day cards, and then wrote the words on the inside of our cards at our writing table with my help in small groups the next day.  Of course, by this time of year, the children don’t need a lot of help writing, thanks to doing so much Sing and Spell the Sight Words and Sounds Fun Phonics movements and songs.

The dad in the bottom center is supposed to have a Mohawk.  Note the five o’clock shadow on the dad to his right!

I love all of the personality that the children gave each of their dads in the pictures!  I love that children want to use all of the colors in the crayon box, and so they will often make their dads rainbow colored, just for fun.  A child told me that one dad in the picture above had a Mohawk, and another child drew a five o’clock shadow on his dad!


Several of the boys in my class this year had an obsession with Spiderman this year, and tried to turn just about every project they could into a Spiderman styled project.  Did you notice?  The dad on the bottom right of the above picture is a SpiderDad!


Here is the last group shot that I took.  We have a couple more Mohawks and love note.  So sweet!


I love it when reversals create a totally different message!  How cute is this?  The above picture is my absolute FAVORITE of the whole bunch!  Can you figure out what this precious little girl was trying to write to her father?



We used the same pattern for the card from the Mother’s Day guided drawing card.  You can download it here.  It works well because the head is traced onto the card ahead of time for the kids.  That way, it is the right size, and it is in the right spot.  If one of those things is off a little bit, they really cannot continue, and that makes it hard to make a nice looking card.

The free downloadable instructions for the Father’s Day guided drawing project are right here.  Have fun!



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Heidi Butkus

About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. I use your mother's day guided drawing for mom's day. For father's day I use your "super dad" as a guided drawing, instead of cut paper. We start our sentiments with "My mom is a queen because…" and "My dad is a superhero because…" They come out so cute! I have the kids draw backgrounds of their parents' favorite place. One little guy drew his mom in Oman…just because that's a cool place he learned about on the map. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love it! Thanks, Heidi! I have been doing your Mother's Day guided drawing with a cloze writing activity for a few years now, mounting and laminating them for Mom's day, I'm so glad to have a matching activity for Dad – I tried to make my own guided Dad, but yours is definitely better!
    Tina in MA

  3. Thanks Heidi! The past few years I had been making the Zero the Hero guy for father's day- but I think these are much more personal, and less prep on my part. Win/win!

  4. Thank you! We did this on Friday and they came out quite well. Didn't have time to snap photos. I will have to try the crayons in a baggie idea next school year. Sometimes I like to have them sitting on the floor in front of me doing a coloring activity and I don't want them to bring their pencil boxes!

    Thanks again,

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