Father's Day is just around the corner, so we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite gift and activity ideas to celebrate all the Dads and Father Figures in our lives! Whatever you choose to do, engaging the kids in the process is our favorite part since that’s what Father’s Day is all about. Read on for (easy!) family fun ideas, ways to spend the special day, heartwarming crafts, and gifts that keep giving. You’re sure to find one your special Dad will love.
Play A Family Game
Sometimes the simplest things can make an occasion feel extra special. Clear off the kitchen table, pull out classic board game or something new, like this Flying Marbles Action Game, and ready… set…play! (Tip: It’s fine to make up a few new rules so little kids can participate without getting frustrated.)
Celebrate with Ice Cream Sundaes
On Sunday or any day, nothing says summer’s on its way quite like ice cream. And most Dads we know, have a sweet tooth (not to mention the kids)! Put together a Father’s Day Sundae Buffet with his favorite ice cream flavor, toppings, and whipped cream.
Plan a Family Move Night
If your kids are old enough, pick an age appropriate movie that the whole family will enjoy. Spruce it up with popcorn, candy and lots of blankets and pillows an settle in for a night of laughing and spending time together.
Okay, so maybe camping isn't everyone's cup of tea ... or you may not have time to go all out but the camping concept may be just the ticket for Father’s Day.
Family Room Forest:
Make a giant indoor blanket fort and snuggle up inside with flashlights, picture books, and simple snacks.
Easy Out Back:
Set up a tent in your own backyard, serve burgers and s’mores for dinner, and attempt to sleep outside all night.
Create Kid-Drawn Portraits
Set each child up with a large sheet of card stock or watercolor paper, plus crayons, colored pencils, or watercolor paints, and have them each draw a portrait of Dad. Your little artists are going to love wrapping up their portraits and presenting them to Dad on Father's Day. This is also a great annual activity – years down the line, you can get together and enjoy going through the many versions of Dad your kids created!
Tidy up the Garage
If you’ve got one of those Dads who loves his garage, cleaning it up is sure to make him feel loved. Gather the kiddos and organize the balls, bikes, and ride-on toys, tidy up the tools (safely!), and declutter. Give the floor a good sweep and wipe down the windows. You can make it a family event or surprise him with all of your hard work!
No garage, or just want to make tidying up for Dad a game? You can with these Chore Sticks!
Make Dad’s Favorite Dinner (or Just a Tasty Kid-Made Meal)
Plan a fabulous meal for your favorite father. Get the kids into the kitchen to prepare one of his favorite dishes, or try a new recipe that features foods he likes best. Many children enjoy learning to cook and you can set them up for success for functional, kid-sized kitchen tools and textiles like safety knives, rolling pins, cookie decorating kits, and adjustable aprons. Kids will love getting to play chef and serve Dad their masterpieces.
Build a LEGO® Memory Jar
Grab some plastic building bricks, such as Strictly Briks, MakerBase®, DUPLO® or LEGO®, your kids, and sharpie. Brainstorm activities that your kids love to do, or want to do, with Dad and write an activity on each brick. Fill a bowl or jar with the bricks. Over the year, try to tackle as many of the activities as possible.
As each activity is accomplished, attach it to a LEGO® compatible peel-and-stick baseplate or StoryBricks Letter Board in your choice of colors. When all of the activities have been completed, you’ll have a fun brick sculpture to celebrate! This is truly the gift that keeps on giving and encourages your family to Make Time Together all year!
How are you planning to celebrate Father's Day this week? We want to hear your family's favorite activities! Let us know in a comment below!
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