MAMA Children’s Activity Post: “Happy Father’s Day!”


With Father’s Day coming up we needed to get messy and make him a special card! For this activity we decided to combine two of our messy favourites paint and glue!


– Plastic activity mat.
– Old clothes/aprons.
– Variety of paints (water based, non toxic).
– PVA glue.
– Paint pots.
– Paint brushes/lolly pop sticks/cotton buds.
– Things to stick on – feathers, card cut outs, Pom-poms, tissue paper, foam shapes etc).
– Glitter.
– White Card – A3 for base of card.
– Coloured card – for cut out letters.
– Pencil.
– Scissors.

Step 1: Preparation.

I prepared the base card prior to the activity by folding the A3 white card in half and then cutting out the letters “DAD” from the coloured card and sticking them on.

I then set up the table with the plastic activity mat, paints, PVA glue, paint pots, brushes/lollipop sticks, glitter and things to stick on and base card.


My son helped prepare the “sticky paint” by squeezing in roughly equal quantities of PVA glue and paint in each paint pot. If you have a younger child you may need to prepare this bit for them.

Step 2: Lets get messy!

My son started painting on the “sticky paint” first and then I showed him how to stick the items onto the “sticky paint” to make a beautiful collage. We then got super messy by shaking glitter all over the card for an extra special sparkle!

What I really liked about this activity is because the glue is different colours it adds to the design of the card and doesn’t look out of place. It also mixes things up a bit and allows you to use different textures.

Step 3: Tidy, tidy, tidy up!

We put the card aside to dry and then put the reusable items in to soak. Had an initial wipe of any excess paint and enjoyed he fun of peeling off the dried glue! Then we went for a bath and I finished tidying up once my son was in bed.

We hope you all have fun creating some lovely cards for the special dads in your lives! Don’t forget to share any of your MAMA creations with us and follow us at, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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