It turns out that having a laser engraving machine in the family means endless possibilities when it comes time to give a gift. However, it also has made our family gift giving somewhat predictable...I think the family knows now that the chance of receiving something engraved for their next birthday or Christmas is pretty high.
So this week for my Dad's birthday, I tried to think of something sort-of unique and hopefully meaningful. We have these really cool wood-encased flash drives in our gift shop, and I thought it would be cool to not only engrave something on one for him, but to make a birthday video to save on it.
So I found a bunch of fun facts from the day he was born, pictures of him and our family and put it to music that was popular the year he was born ("Tossin' and Turnin'" and "Blue Moon"). I then had the kids sing a song and tell what they loved best about Grandpa on video and put that at the end. Apparently, Austin likes it when Grandpa "tricks him".
Unfortunately, the "free" movie-making software that I downloaded is only free if you are okay with a GIANT logo over top of your video. So that was lame. Guess I'll stick with Windows Movie Maker next time.
In spite of the fact that half the pictures where covered up, I hope he liked it. We had fun making it. Happy Birthday, Dad/Grandpa!
I didn't really ever "out-grow" scavenger hunts. In fact, I might be just a little obsessed with them. I love hunting for "treasure" just as much now as I did when I was little. But for me now, the "treasure" is finding thoughtful notes and meaningful gestures from loved ones. And even more fun than doing the searching...is planning the hunt!
I first started making what I call "Puzzle Scavenger Hunts" when I was in college. My first one (for a roommate's birthday) was a picture and a quote about friendship glued to a piece of cardboard from a cereal box. I hand drew the puzzle pieces and cut them out with a razor blade (It took forever and was probably not so pretty.). I recruited a bunch of guys from our apartment complex to bring my roommate one piece tied to a rose randomly throughout the day. It was so fun!
So as Father's Day has approached this year I tried to think of a fun "gift" for my husband that our kids could really be involved in. I found a quote about Dad and turned it into a puzzle, but luckily this time I didn't have to spend hours cutting little puzzle pieces out of a cereal box by hand because laser engraving is AWESOME!
My husband will not be home for Father's Day on Sunday, so we planned our surprise for last weekend. I hand-wrote the kids' responses to the question, "What do you love about Dad?" on the backs of the puzzle pieces. Then, my oldest helped me think of places in the house to hide them and we wrote up clues together (the first few anyway...and then he lost patience and went to play). We put each puzzle piece and the next clue in 16 separate (and numbered for my benefit) envelopes.
While Dad was outside for a while, my 5-year-old and 3-year-old hid the envelopes in their spots. They couldn't stop bouncing in excitement while they waited for him to come in. When he did, the kids handed him an envelope with the first clue to start the hunt. The kids couldn't resist giving lots of hints and were so proud of the their hiding skills. They were hilarious! My husband loved it, the kids loved it, and they got so much more out of it than just buying a present at the store.
Feel free to use this scavenger hunt for YOUR Father's Day celebrations this weekend or....make up your own!
And in case you can't decipher the "answers" to my clues...here they are:
#1- The door Dad come through when he comes home.
#2- Inside one of Dad's shoes.
#3- Under the dining table.
#4- In the shower.
#5- Near the computer.
#6- Inside the dishwasher.
#7- Near (or inside, under, etc) the washing machine.
#8- In the car.
#9- In Dad's closet (or in his dresser).
#10- By Dad's razor.
#11- On the front porch (ya know the song, "From My Front Porch Looking In". Caleb had to have help with this one.)
#12- By the DVD's
#13- Under the couch cushion.
#14- In the freezer.
#15- In the bowl cupboard.
#16- Under Dad's pillow.
Also, I numbered my envelopes with the number of the place they were to hidden. So for example, clue #2 was inside envelope #1 which was hidden by the back door and clue #1 was in the envelope marked "Dad". I get easily confused, so this helped me keep them all straight. :)
You can also design your very own personalized puzzle HERE and we'll laser it up for you.
Happy Father's Day!
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