Father's Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to celebrate fatherhood and male parenting and as a complement Mother's Day.
The credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment in honor of her father, a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised his six children. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, Dodd suggested June 5, her father's birthday, for the day honoring dads. The celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June due to the pastors not having enough time to prepare their sermons.
The first Father's Day celebration was held in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. It wasn't until 1966 that the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Today, families gather together to celebrate the father figures in their lives. It is a day to make fathers feel loved, appreciated, cared for. A great way to accomplish this is with a handmade gift, such as this easy and inexpensive rock frame for Dad. You can purchase all the materials for this project at the dollar store but may choose to have the kids collect the rocks while playing outside instead.
Dad Rocks Photo Frame
- Wooden photo frame
- Paint and brush
- Polished rocks
- Super glue or hot glue
- Remove the glass and back/stand from the frame.
- Paint the wooden frame in a dark color to match the rocks you will be using. If you purchase a dark frame to begin with, you may skip this step.
- Use super glue or hot glue to adhere the rocks around the frame. It is a good idea to start with the outside edge to have a straight line especially at the bottom to allow the frame to stand up straight.
- Have the kids create a drawing for dad or use a photograph to insert as you reassemble the frame and complete your unique, handmade gift.