Free printable Father’s Day worksheets. 2 different designs, coloring, and questions to answer for Dad. A perfect Father’s Day activity.
Father’s Day: the day of the year we express how much we love and appreciate our fathers. For younger kids, one way to do that can be a coloring project that combines answering some questions guaranteed to touch Dad’s heart. I have two different coloring worksheets below, so pick whichever one works for your children.
If you’re looking for more Father’s Day stuff, I also have Free Printable Father’s Day Cards. (2 of them you can color!).
Also, if you’re looking for gift ideas, I have the best post ever! 200+ Gift Ideas for Men
History of Father’s Day
Mother’s Day was around before Father’s Day- and is the inspiration for the holiday. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. (If you want to read more about Mother’s Day, check out my post Free Printable Mother’s Day Coloring Pages…there is a section on the history.)
The next year, in Washington state, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd started to establish a similar holiday for fathers. She was raised by her father, a Civil War veteran, after her mother died. She spread the idea and on June 19, 1910, the state of Washington celebrated a statewide Father’s Day. It wasn’t until 1972 that it became a nationwide holiday.
History.com has an article that details a bit of the controversy surrounding the holiday. “As one historian writes, they ‘scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.'” Ouch!
At least these worksheets are free!
Father’s Day Facts
- Father’s Day in the United States is the third Sunday in June.
- In many other countries, especially Europe and Latin America, St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th) is instead used to honor fathers.
- President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order celebrating the holiday.
- It was President Nixon who signed legislation- passed by Congress- making the third Sunday in June Father’s Day. He did this in 1972.
- Some observe the custom of wearing a rose to honor their father- red for a living father, white if he’s deceased.
- There are 1.5 billion fathers worldwide.
- The necktie is the most popular Father’s Day gift (no surprise there!)
• Print options: regular paper works. You could also use card stock if you want them to be sturdier. Stay away from anything glossy since the kids are going to color these!
• All of the files are in pdf below. Just hit the “download” button (or pink word “download,” depending upon browser).
• The default size of these is full-page. However, if you want smaller, simply reduce the print size!
Free Printable Father’s Day Worksheets
I like this a little bit more than the other one because it has an open coloring space for whatever they want to draw.
It also has questions to answer, my two favorite being “My favorite memory of dad is?” and “I laugh when my dad…”.
You (and Dad!) might be surprised at the creative answers you get.
Which do you like best?
Which one of the free printable Father’s Day worksheets do you like best? Comment below and let me know!
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