Modern DIY Father’s Day Card Idea that Suits All Kinds of Dads (even single moms)

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Because not all Dads look the same.

I’ve seen many ideas for Father’s Day cards that are based on the traditional father figure, but in my opinion, these kinds of old school fathers are not what all kids are seeing in their homes today.

I thought it could be nice for those kids to give them the option to make a gift that resembles more the father figure that they see every day in their lives. Whatever that is (or isn’t).

I was raised by both my Mom and my Dad, so I can’t imagine how awkward it is for, let’s say, kids of single Moms that never see their Dad, to be encouraged at school to make a card that says “I love you Daddy” and features some kind of “cartoony mustache” or a men’s shirt with a tie.

This idea was designed to suit all kinds of different father figures that exist nowadays. No matter how diverse!

Let’s celebrate an inclusive Father’s day! 🙂

 

(Video) Modern Father’s Day Card

Here’s a super-speed video of only a couple of examples of the many different combinations that could be done with this idea:

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How to Make the Card:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

The PDF has “adult and baby” illustrations of these animals: Seahorse, Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish and Sheep.

2. Let the kids choose and cut out one Adult animal that for them feels more like their father figure, then let them choose and cut out two copies of the Kid animal that they feel could represent themselves.

* IMPORTANT * It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same kind of animal for the adult and the kid in the card. Adoptive parents and Dads that acquired parenthood by love and commitment are also legitimate father figures, even if they don’t physically look like their children.

3. Fold a sheet of paper in half and in the outside paste one copy of the baby animal. Then paste the adult animal and the other baby animal in the inside part of the card.

4. Add your own message or use the one included in the printable (available in Spanish and English).

Printable Preview:

Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Extra customization: Add to the drawing any extra features that will make the animal look even more like your father figure. Freckles? Earring? a Tattoo maybe? (if someone did this for me, I bet they would add rabbit teeth and thick eyebrows to the animal, haha!)

Pop-up effect: To easily make any part of the drawing pop-up when the card is opened, do the following:

  1. Cut a small rectangle out of paper (about 10cm x 3cm should be fine).
  2. Bend it back and forward in a zig-zag shape, like a little accordion.
  3. Tape or glue one end of the accordion to the card. Then fold it and on the other end paste the part of the drawing that you want to stand out. That’s it!

Finished Examples:

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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1-10 Animal Numbers for Kids (Free Multilingual Numbers Printables Bundle: Individual Posters, Flashcards and Coloring Pages)

1 to 10 Printable numbers in different languages #numeracy #numbers #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten

Inside: Free small and large numbers 1-10 printable for kindergarten in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Also available for free as numbers 1-10 printable flashcards and 1-10 number cards printable coloring pages.

Use these numbers with cute animal faces to teach counting and numbers recognition to kids in any language.

Each design has an X amount of animal faces within the number that matches the value of each number (i.e. Number three has three little pigs ?) so your kids can count them.

The Animal Numbers Bundle includes 3 PDF files:

  • 1 to 10 Numbers Individual Posters
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Flashcards
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Coloring Pages

And, since I love everything multilingual the bundle is available in 6 different languages, as well as a Blank version (so you can add the numbers yourself in any other language):

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
Animal Numbers 1-10

Bilingual kids tips

  • Make a bilingual numbers memory game (a normal sized one using the flashcards or a GIANT one using the posters).
  • Make dual-language numbers flashcards by pasting the cards back-to-back in your chosen languages.

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Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.
Idea to Practice Color Names using Creativity

 

DIY Addition Machine – A fun way to learn addition

A nice teacher from Mexico sent me this video where he used the Animal Numbers to make an “addition Machine” (Máquina de sumar, in Spanish).

He used two painted toilet rolls and taped them to a shoe box.

Above each of the toilet rolls he placed one of the free number flash-cards to indicate how many pom-pons the student should introduce. Then the child only needs to count the total number of pom-pons in the box to know the answer.

Another teacher from a Facebook group commented that the machine could be improved by placing a “+” symbol between the flash-cards.


If you make anything with this free numbers printable, please consider sending me your video to be featured in my Facebook Page so other teachers can get inspired by your idea.

Printables Preview

Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for showing purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

Printables Preview:

 

Fun Games to Teach Numbers to Kids

Below is a compilation of number activities explaining how to teach numbers to preschoolers / homeschoolers.

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in their mother tongue:

Ways to Teach Counting – By Prekinders

Smack the Number Counting Game – By Mom Inspired Life

Teeth Number Games for Preschool – By Totschooling

Fun with Numbers and Fruit Loops – By Homeschooling Mom 4 Two

Magic Colored Beans Sorting Activity – By The Imagination Tree

 

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in a different language:

Numbers and Counting ESL Games for Kids – By ESL Kid Stuff

4 Counting Games to Teach Spanish Numbers in 1, 2, 3 – By FluentU Spanish Educator Blog

5 German Number Games to Make Your Lesson Count – By FluentU German Educator Blog

5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers – By TakeLessons

 

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Multilingual Alphabet Illustrations for Bilingual and Trilingual Children (with Uppercase and Lowercase Letters)

Multilingual Alphabet Poster for bilingual kids with illustrations of things that start with the same letter in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. By kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

  Help your bilingual kid’s brain learn their ABCs without confusion.

Have you been in a similar situation?

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Help your kid (and yourself) with a Multilingual Alphabet

This ABC Poster comes with 26 kid-attractive illustrations of things that start with the same letter in these five languages:

English, Spanish, French, Italian* and Portuguese.

Romanian, German, Swedish and Catalan have also been mentioned as suitable languages for this alphabet by the multilingual parents community (though I can’t corroborate that 100%).

* Italian language notice: Certain letters are included that do not appear in the original / traditional / “purist” alphabet (J,K,W, X and Y). This is because with globalization and the importation of foreign words these words are now used by Italians. For example, ‘Jazz’ or ‘Kiwi’.

White and Colored versions:

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White version
Colored version

Frequently Asked Questions:

Click to expand the answers.

What's included?

 

You can choose one of the following packets:

Layout comparison between USA and International Paper sizes for the Multilingual Alphabet by Rodrigo Macias

USA Paper Sizes Packet

Includes a ZIP file with:

  • (6 High-Resolution PDFs) Both versions –white and colored– of the Multilingual Alphabet in the following sizes:
    • USA Tabloid / Poster size ( 11 x 17 in )
    • USA Letter size (8.5 x 11 in)
    • USA Postcard size (4 x 6 in)
  • (1 PNG) An illustrated list of words with translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

International Paper Sizes Packet

Includes a ZIP file with:

  • (6 High-Resolution PDFs) Both versions –white and colored– of the Multilingual Alphabet in the following sizes:
    • International A3 size (29.7 x 42 cm)
    • International A4 size (21 x 29.7 cm)
    • International A6 size (10.5 x 14.8 cm)
  • (1 PNG) An illustrated list of words with translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

 

Can I see the list of words?

 

Yes, of course! Click here to see the words chosen for this alphabet in all five languages.

 

Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes! I trust you and your kids will like my work, but if for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase I’m happy to refund 100% of what you paid, just tell me what went wrong.

 

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A closer look at the illustrations.

 

Read before buying:

  • This is a digital product and there are currently no already-printed copies for sale.
  • Special letters like Ñ, Ç, l·l, ß, etc. are not included in this alphabet to keep it as compatible as possible with the different languages.
  • If you are interested in re-selling this alphabet through your website or social media (50% commission), don’t be shy and contact me ?.

 

Safe Payments:

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Paypal, MasterCard, Visa and most forms of payments are accepted. Read here for more info.

 

Download instructions:

1. Click below on the “Buy” button for your preferred Paper Size Packet (please read the FAQ section above to know what is included in each packet).

2. Click on “I want this!”

3. Enter your e-mail and payment info.

4. Check your e-mail and download your files ?.


Buy USA Packet


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¡Gracias!

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Multilingual Alphabet Illustrations and Biliingual ABC Posters by Rodrigo Macias ©

Kids DIY Christmas Card Idea: Coloring, Cut and Paste (Free Multilingual Printable)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY chrismas card made by your kids. Includes free multilingual template :)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY Christmas card made by your kids. Grandparents will flip out if they get this.

Video Tutorial:

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Instructions:

1. Download the PDF by clicking the Download link at the bottom of this page. Then print it 🙂

2. Select the elements that you want to include in your card’s design. For the “Merry Xmas” banners, since they come in these 69 different languages, please print only the page with the language(s) that you need or the ghost of a Xmas tree will hunt you down from tonight until new year’s eve.

* DISCLAIMER * The greetings listed in the multilingual Christmas banners correspond to translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

 

Making a DIY Christmas card for kids using a templateLayed out pieces of a coloring template for a DIY Christmas card

3. Color your selections with markers, color pencils, watercolours, or whatever you like.

* Optional: Color the background of your Christmas scene on the piece of paper where you want to paste your design.

4. Cut out your illustrations and paste them on a piece of cardstock (or any paper, really). An adult’s help might be useful for this step.

5. Your personalized design is done! Now write something nice for the person that will receive the card.

 

You might also like this activity: Complete the Animals with Crafts

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Idea twists:

You can also draw more elements on your card to make it even more personalized! Purple flames in the fireplace? It’s Christmas, anything goes! 😀

Finished cards samples:

Finished examples of a DIY Christmas card project for kids

Here’s another Christmas ideas for Preschoolers:

#Christmas DIY Elf on the Shelf toilet tube #craft for teachers of #preschool kids

DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

Planning to do this activity?

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2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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How to say “Merry Xmas” in more than 60 different languages from around the world

How to say Merry Xmas or the equivalent Christmas greetings in many different languages from around the world.

 

I asked a bunch of parents of multilingual kids how to say “Merry Xmas” or the equivalent Christmas greetings in their language so I could include a banner for this Christmas card craft. With the everyone’s amazing contributions we gathered the translation for 60+ languages, as listed below.

* DISCLAIMER * The phrases below correspond to the translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

Good for: Christmas projects for kids.

Bad for: Writing a letter to your head of state.

60+ ways to say Merry Christmas in a list sorted alphabetically by language:

 

* If you want to add any other translation, feel free to write me.

* Option 1 / Option 2 .

 

Afrikaans Geseënde Kersfees
Albanian Gezuar pashket
Arabic ميلاد مجيد/ عيد ميلاد مجيد
Azeri Yeni Ilin Mubarek

 

Bahasa Indonesia Selamat Hari Natal
Basque Eguberri on / Gabon Zoriontsuak
Bisaya language Malipayong pasko
Bosnian Sretan Bozic
Breton Nedeleg Laouen
Bulgarian Весела Коледа

 

Cantonese 聖誕快樂 / Sheng Dan Kuai Le
Catalan Bon Nadal
Chinese, China (Simplified) 圣诞节快乐
Chinese, Taiwan (Traditional) 耶誕節快樂
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Veselé Vianoce

 

Danish God Jul / Glædelig Jul
Dutch Fijne Kerstdagen / Zalig Kerstfeest

 

English Merry Christmas
Estonian Häid jõule

 

Filipino Maligayang Pasko
Finnish Hyvää Joulua
French Joyeux Noël

 

Gaelic Nollaig Chridheil
German Frohe Weihnachten / Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek Καλά Χριστούγεννα / Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα
Gujarati Natal ni subh kamnao

 

Hebrew חג המולד שמח
Hindi क्रिसमस की बधाई
Hungarian Boldog Karácsonyt
/ Kellemes Karácsonyi Ünnepeket

 

Icelandic Gleðileg jól
Irish Nollaig shona dhuit
Italian Buon Natale

 

Japanese メリークリスマス

 

Korean 메리 크리스마스

 

Latvian Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus
Lithuanian Su šventom Kalėdom / Linksmų Šv. Kalėdų
Luxembourgish Schéi Chrëschtdeeg

 

Macedonian Sreken Bozik
Malay language (Malaysia) Selamat Hari Natal
Maltese Il-Milied it-tajjeb
Mandarin 圣诞快乐 / sheng dan just le
Marathi

Mongolian

Shubh Nataal / नाताळच्या शुभेच्छा

Зул сарын мэнд

Norwegian God jul
 

 

Papiamento Bon Pasku
Persian کریسمس مبارک
Philipines dialect Malipayon Nga Paskwa
Polish Wesołych Świąt / Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal / Bom Natal

 

Quechua Allinlla Raymi

 

Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian С Рождеством / Счастливого Рождества

 

Sámi language

Scottish Gaelic

BUORI JUOVLLAT

Nollaig Chridheil

Serbian Срећан Божић / Sretan Bozic
Setswana (South Africa) Monate a Keresemose
Slovak Veselé Vianoce
Slovenian Vesel Božič
Spanish Feliz Navidad
Swahili Krisimasi njema / Kheri ya krismasi
Swedish God Jul
Swiss dialect Frölichi Wiehnachte

 

Tagalog Maligayang Pasko
Tahitian Ia oaoa i teie noera
Turkish Mutlu Noeller / Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun
 

 

Ukranian Веселих свят / З Різдвом Христовим
Urdu ﺑﮍﺍ ﺩﻥ مبارک
Uzbek Yangi yilingiz bilan

 

Vietnam Chúc Mừng Giáng Sinh / Chúc Giáng Sinh Vui Vẻ
Welsh Nadolig Llawen

 

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List of words that begin with the same letter in different languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian)

List of words that start with the same letter in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

 

This Multilingual Alphabet uses the list of words below starting with the same letter in these five languages:

  • English
  • Español
  • Français
  • Português
  • ItalianoNote: As a very nice user from Italy pointed out (grazie Maeve!): Certain letters are included that do not appear in the original / traditional / “purist” alphabet (J,K,W, X and Y). This is because with globalization and the importation of foreign words these words are now used by Italians. For example, ‘Jazz’ or ‘Kiwi’.
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List of words:

ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL / FRANÇAIS / PORTUGUÊS / ITALIANO

A

Animals / Animales / Animaux / Animais / Animali

B

Baby / Bebé / Bébé / Bebê / Bambino (suggested by Tatiana from USA)

C

Crocodile / Cocodrilo / Crocodile / Crocodilo / Coccodrillo

D

Dragon /Dragón / Dragon / Dragão / Drago

E

Elephant / Elefante / Éléphant / Elefante / Elefante

F

Flower / Flor / Fleur / Flor / Fiore (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

G

Gorilla / Gorila / Gorille / Gorila / Gorilla (suggested by Christy from USA)

H

Hotel / Hotel / Hôtel / Hotel / Hotel

I

Iguana / Iguana / Iguane / Iguana / Iguana

J

Jazz / Jazz / Jazz / Jazz / Jazz

K

Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

L

Lion / León / Lion / Leão / Leone (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

M

Music / Música / Musique / Música / Musica (suggested by Anna from Russia)

N

Nose / Nariz / Nez / Nariz / Naso (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

O

Opera / Ópera / Opéra / Ópera / Opera

P

Pear / Pera / Poire / Pera / Pera

Q

Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla

R

Rhinoceros / Rinoceronte / Rhinocéros / Rinoceronte / Rinoceronte (suggested by Christy from USA)

S

Salt / Sal / Sel / Sal / Sale

T

Tyrannosaurus Rex / Tiranosaurio Rex / Tyrannosaure Rex / Tiranossauro Rex / Tirannosauro Rex

U

Universe / Universo / Univers / Universo / Universo

V

Viking / Vikingo / Viking / Viking / Vichingo

W

Wifi / Wifi / Wifi / Wifi / Wifi (suggested by Nalleli from Mexico)

X

Xylophone /Xilófono / Xylophone / Xilofone / Xilofono

Y

Yogurt / Yogur / Yaourt / Yogurt / Yogurt

Z

Zig-zag / Zigzag / Zigzag / Ziguezague / Zigzag

 

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Free Printable Multilingual Flashcards: Upper-Lower Case Match Vowels

Preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish or French can use these as a fun learning practice for upper and lower case alphabet vowels. If your kid is bilingual, then you might find them ultra useful :) by kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

Preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish, French, Italian or/and Portuguese can use these free flash cards as a learning practice for upper case letters and lower case vowels. If you are raising bilingual or multilingual kids, well that’s a bonus!

See the entire Multilingual Alphabet

Game ideas for these flashcards:

  • Use the blank flashcards as a playdough mat to fill in the letters with dough (Idea submitted by user from Australia).

Printable preview:

The download also includes a blank version so the kids (or yourself) can add their own drawings to the cards with words that are more familiar to them.

Get the PDF:

 

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Download instructions:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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