A Craft for the Dads

Dear Auntie Moonbeam

In honour of Father’s Day I wanted to feature a project for all the DIY Dads out there.

For the rest of you men who might not be so inclined, whip this up and I guarantee you’ll get rave reviews from your wee ones and maybe some mild incredulity from your womanfolk.

I came up with this one bleary Saturday morning when confronted with an odd request from my son:

Him (yelling from the couch)   Mommy can you make me a shield?

Me (stumbling around in search of coffee)  Uhhhh?

Him (speaking slowly as though to a child)   I want a shield like da one from Mike da Knight. To be for protecting from da dragons

Me (still no closer to finding coffee and now looking confusedly around for dragons)  ……..uhhh?

Him (clearly impatient but not enough to leave his perch on the couch)   Mommy, I neeeeeeeeed a shield!!

Me (slightly desperately)   buddy, did you take the coffee???

So goes our Saturday mornings….

Ten minutes (and one blessed cup of java) later I had assembled a collection of stuff I had on hand. Duct tape, a take-out food lid and some scissors.

If you don't have any leftover Swiss Chalet take-out containers in your recycling then I don't want to know you....

If you don’t have any leftover Swiss Chalet take-out containers in your recycling then I don’t want to know you….

Wrap duct tape round and round - there is quite literally no way to screw this up.  Anyone who's wrapped a hockey stick should be able to do this!

Wrap duct tape round and round – there is quite literally no way to screw this up. Anyone who’s wrapped a hockey stick should be able to do this.

The back strap is key - gotta give the kid something to grab onto.

The back strap is key – gotta give the kid something to grab onto.

Finally - grab a Sharpie and add some heraldry.  After all, what four-year-old doesn't need their own coat of arms?

Finally – grab a Sharpie and add some heraldry. After all, what four-year-old doesn’t need their own coat of arms?

Oh yeah, and I totally hand forged and built a helmet too.  Hahaha!  Nah, my kid just refuses to sign over the rights to his image - crafty bugger is holding out as a negotiation tactic for more Swiss Chalet

Oh yeah, and I totally hand forged and built a helmet too. Hahaha! Nah, my kid just refuses to sign over the rights to his image – crafty bugger is holding out as a negotiation tactic for more Swiss Chalet…

And that’s all for me this week! Happy Father’s Day to all the Daddies out there!

Cheers,

Becky

P.S. When I think of good dads this is what I picture:

Good Dad

Thanks to my baby daddy for this noisy, messy, filthy miracle. Feel free to take 50% of the credit for his general awesomeness :)

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