Show some love with fun this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2016!
Get active with Dad this Father’s Day with the Giant Inflatable Soccer Ball! This amazing giant soccer ball is four feet in diameter and is made from thick, puncture-resistant vinyl. A reinforced double valve system eliminates air loss for hours of entertainment, exercise, and bouncing, rolling, kicking, chasing fun!
Get creative with OR for Dad with Mystery Mosaics. Each Mystery Mosaics Coloring Book is filled with 18 amazing designs disguised as numbered squares. At first glance, you will have absolutely no clue what each completed image might turn out to be…follow the number guide, apply color, and watch the incredible mosaic picture take shape! This book will build the visual perception skills of the most creative puzzlers.
The sizzling steak pictured is mosaic 12 from Mystery Mosaics Book 6.
Get building with Q-BA-MAZE this Father’s Day! Q-BA-MAZE is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference? You can create marble maze sculptures in any form such as animals, robots, towers, and geometric shapes. Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when the steel marbles travel different routes. Developed by an architect, Q-BA-MAZE inspires creative play as you experiment with motion, stability, physics and art. Think in 3-D while you design and build with colors and cantilevers. It’s both right-brain and left-brain, part art and part science. Follow the plans provided in each set, get inspired by our plans section below, or create your own!
The history behind Father’s Day:
Like Mother’s Day, the movement to observe Father’s Day was led by one daughter who wanted to honor her own Father and the sacrifices he made. (Visit the Mother’s Day blog post for a refresher on the history of Mother’s Day.)
Inspired by Anna Jarvis’s struggle to promote Mother’s Day, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd campaigned to celebrate Father’s Day in the US. Sonora, from Spokane, Wash., received support from the Spokane Ministerial Association and the local YMCA, and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
President Woodrow Wilson honored Father’s Day by using telegraph signals to unfold a flag in Washington at the touch of a button in Washington D.C.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’ Day to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children, and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”
However, many continued to disregard the day. As one historian wrote, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving… often paid for by the father himself.”
A movement arose to get rid of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday to celebrate both parents. However, the Depression derailed this effort as struggling retailers promoted items such as ties, hats, socks, golf clubs and other sporting goods.
World War II – 1939-1945
When World War II began, Father’s Day was touted as a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day was a national institution.
President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day.
Learn how to make this Father’s Day card from our DIY card blog post!
Father’s Day Fun Facts:
- The official Father’s Day Flowers are roses.
- In addition to the US, Father’s Day is celebrated across the world including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, German, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and India.
- In countries where the Catholic Church holds greater influence, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19.
- The most popular Father’s Day gift is a necktie!
How will you celebrate Father’s Day?