Methodist preschool hosts Daddy Play Day


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Parker Ahlquist and his dad, Jeff, enjoyed playing together during the 3-year-old class’ Daddy’s Play Day at the Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool.


Gracie Ewing, a member of the Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool’s 3-year-old class, invited her dad, Rex, to play with her during the school’s annual Daddy’s Play Day March 31.


Students at the Canfield United Methodist Church Preschool got some extra special daddy time during the school’s annual Daddy’s Play Day March 31.

The students invited their dads to play with them at the school and gain some insight into what a day at school is like for them.

The school offers three classes: a 3-year-old class with lead teacher Monica Egolf, a 4-year-old class with lead teacher Ellen Bennett and a 5-year-old class with lead teacher Mary Lee Bush. Each class had a scheduled time of an hour to play with their dads.

Each class celebrated their superstar dads with a very special snack of superstar kiss popsicles.

In keeping with the superstar theme, the 3-year-old class made giant cutout star name tags for their dads. They used a zig zag paint scraper to add texture to the star.

The children also created a poster collage using pictures Egolf cut out of magazines.

“I clipped pictures out of magazines and each child pasted a photo of themselves next to the picture they thought looked most like their dad,” Egolf said.

The 4-year-old class made their dads a frog on a lily pad for their name badges.

“We had been studying frogs and tadpoles and had played leap frog, so we thought making frog name tags for the dads was a perfect fit,” Bennett said. “We also completed a directional art project, kindergarten-style, and drew frogs on paper, so the kids were really into frogs.”

The 4-year-old class also prepared a special song to sing for their dads.

The 5-year-old class presented their dads with a cutout foam camera name tag which included a picture of themselves holding signs they had made declaring their love for their dad.

The 5-year-old class also prepared a special song for their dads by changing the words “Hello Neighbor” to “Hello Daddy,” complete with motions. The also went on a “Bear Hunt” with their dads.

To close the play day, both dads and students formed their friendly circle to sing the “Goodbye Song” and “Buckle Up Song” together.

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