fun father’s day gifts kids can make

Courtney Takabayashi
Megan Wakayama
June 11, 2024

“What do you want for Father’s Day?”


If this conversation sounds familiar, don’t worry! Get the whole family involved with these crafty homemade presents Dad will love.   

Kick off Father’s Day with these yummy sweet and savory muffins. Make your pancake batter from scratch or use a just-add-water mix, it’s up to you!

Regarding the sausage, you can use ready-to-heat or fresh. We used ready-to-heat links to save time, but use whatever you think your Dad will like best. If you want to make the muffins healthier, you can add veggies or use turkey sausage or a plant-based protein. Adding cheese and scrambled eggs will make the muffins taste like a popular fast-food breakfast sandwich!

For the cooking vessel, you can use a standard or mini muffin tin or silicone cups on a cookie sheet. The amount of batter you need depends on how many muffins you want to make. We found that one cup of pancake batter with one chopped sausage for each muffin makes 12 standard muffins. 


  • Breakfast sausage
  • Cooking spray
  • Pancake batter
  • Syrup to finish (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Chop and cook breakfast sausage. 

Use cooking spray to grease muffin tin or silicone cups. Depending on preference, add sausage first, then fill with batter or add batter and then sausage. We tried both ways! 

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until middle is cooked through. Remove from oven, cool, and serve. Drizzle with syrup if desired. 

Store leftovers in airtight container for up to three days. 

Remember, these muffins aren’t just for special occasions! Whip up a big batch and freeze in a resealable bag. When you microwave for a minute or so, depending on your microwave, they come out just as delicious as if they were straight out of the oven. 

Keiki can show off their creativity by making these customizable appetizers. All you need is a T-shirt-shaped cookie cutter (or an adult can cut the shape with a knife), a base (like bread), and Dad’s favorite snacks. Here are some ideas to get you started. 


  • Bread, mayo, ham, and cheese
  • Bread, cream cheese, blueberries, candy decorations

Cut bread into T-shirt shapes. If you have small cookie cutters, the kids can make fun shapes out of the ingredients like the ham and cheese.

Add spread to bread. Decorate with the rest of the ingredients. If you’re using cold cuts like ham, you can cut them into T-shirt shapes and place them on top of spread to change the appearance of the shirt. 

Serve and watch Dad devour his new wardrobe.

Additional ideas for toppings:

  • Bread, peanut butter and jelly
  • Pita, hummus, cucumbers, and carrots
  • Tortillas, pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni

If you’ve watched our tea time video, you know that you can brew butterfly pea flowers to make a beautiful tea that changes color. Simply brewed, the tea is a deep blue color. When you add acid like lemon, it changes to purple. Science!


  • Butterfly pea flower tea (2-3 bags)
  • Water (approximately 16 oz.)
  • Lemonade (fresh or store-bought) 

Steep butterfly pea flower tea in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes and let cool. Or cold brew overnight until it’s deep blue.

Add tea to a drinking glass. Then, add lemonade. Watch the magic happen! 

The tea to lemonade ratio depends on your dad’s preference so be sure to experiment before making it for him. 

Giving your dad a box of fries may seem like a strange gift, but he’s sure to love this printable and customizable card. It’s cute, zero calories, and you can write all the things you love about Dad!


  • Printable template
  • Printer or stock paper (we used different colors for the box and yellow for the fries)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Marker or pen

Print page 1 of the template on colored paper or cardstock. These are your fries, so yellow is a fitting color.

Choose a design and print page 2 (mustache dad), page 3 (kawaii eyes dad), or page 4 (design your own) on a different color paper or cardstock.

On page 1, write words or phrases to describe Dad on the “fries.” You can write first then cut, or cut and then write, whatever is easiest. If you choose to design your own, go wild! 

Cut out the fries and the boxes. Assemble boxes securing with tape or glue. Add your fries and you’re done! 

Happy Father’s Day! 

Family fun
Watch as HMSA Communications manager, Elizabeth Ortiz, and her children, Aleah and Onyxx, demonstrate how to make the recipes and crafts.

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Fry guy card designed by Megan Wakayama. 

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