Father’s Day

Play-of-the Day: Take Dad Outside for Fathers Day

Could there be a particular reason Father’s Day comes along in mid-June? Maybe, it’s so we can take dad outside for Fathers Day and spend time in nature.

take dad outside for fathers day

If the weather is cooperating, Father’s Day can start with a breakfast picnic outside. Sticky cinnamon buns, breakfast tortilla rollups, and coffee, hot or iced, in a thermos are great menu items. Of course, other meals outdoors are just as much fun. For lunch, pack dad some fresh bread and a choice of fillings. Include a yummy dessert. Besides the picnic cloth and dishes, take a Frisbee or ball for some active fun and play.

Father's Day play

Does dad have a favorite park or outdoor destination? With weekdays pretty busy, a walk or hike can give dads time to unwind. Some communities have trails that are both walk and bike friendly. Any lakes or beaches close by? Sand is great for building castles or for burying dads. Either one takes lots of digging. Instead of throwing Frisbees, dads and kids can toss some rocks in the water. Can anyone in the family beat dad’s count for skipping rocks on the water? If the weather is cool and windy, dress for the weather and go fly a kite. Fishing doesn’t need sun either and many dads like to fish.

activities kids can do for dads

Nature time is a present we can give our dads, wrapped up in blue sky and green grass. It reduces stress and worries and gives energy levels a boost. Other health benefits include lowering pulse rate and blood pressure and increasing calm brain waves. Connecting to nature restores our own nature, helping both children and adults to be more creative and positive.

take did outside for fathers day

Spending time together in nature is a present for the whole family. Is there a way you can take dad outside for Fathers Day? Happy Father’s Day!

Transportation Activities #14: Father’s Day Paper Airplane

Kids love to make something for their dads. This Father’s Day paper airplane combines a simple gift with an invitation to spend time together and play.

(The following instructions are from an earlier blog post.)

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1. Fold an ordinary piece of printer paper in half, the long way or hotdog fold. Open it back up.

2. Fold the top outside corner down so it touches the center line and do the same for the other side.
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3. Do the same action again of folding each side to the middle. It sort of looks like a skinny mountain, the kind that kids draw.
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4. Fold the two sides together. Now it looks like the wedge that goes under a door to hold it open.
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5. Hold the point with one hand, and with the other bend that folded edge over to line up with the center fold. This part is a bit trickier.
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6. Flip over and do the same for the other side.
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7. Pinch on the bottom center fold and the wings open up. This kind is called a dart and it’s ready to fly.

Father's Day paper airplaneWith some crayons and markers kids can decorate their Father’s Day paper airplane.  It’s much easier to do the drawing and coloring before folding. Some x’s and o’s for hugs and kisses and some hearts send the message to dads they are loved. Or kids might want to draw something dad really likes.

Father's Day playWho can resist sending a paper airplane flying around the room or the yard? When a dad does this, a child’s heart takes flight too. Kids have made something dad is holding in his hand and using.

After dad has a turn, kids want a turn next and before you can count to 10, play happens, in one form or another. What better way can there be to celebrate Father’s Day than time together and the enjoyment of each other as we play?

Activities Kids Can Do For Dads on Father’s Day

Unlike Mother’s Day, kids do not usually serve their dads breakfast in bed, but there are other activities kids can do for dads on Father’s Day.

To a child, love is spelled T. I.M.E, so giving dads some time is also giving them some love. One activity that kids can do for dads is to invite dad to go outside and spend an hour or two with them doing something together. This could be fishing, bike riding, throwing a ball in the park, chasing each other with water squirters, hiking, swimming, or something else dad enjoys. Some dads like golf, and while preschoolers are not yet big enough for a regular course, mini-golf is lots of fun. Any of these can be done by either daughters or sons.

For a card, kids can give a hint or clue of the activity, like this one that’s Fishing You A Happy Father’s Day. Or, if the hour or two is for swimming, maybe it could say You’re Fintastic. A card that tells dad You’re a Whole In One isn’t hard to match up with golfing. For an afternoon of some other fun, a card could be To A Pun-Loving Dad. Dad’s very often have a special sense of humor.

cards for Father's Day

Not all children will be able to spend time with dads on Father’s Day. The wish for a happy Father’s Day might have to be delivered by Skype, FaceTime or snail mail. For children whose dads have died, they might want to spend some time looking at photos or having someone share a story about their dad.

gifts kids make for Father's Day

Have you heard the story of the little boy who asks his dad how much money he makes per hour so he can buy an hour of his dad’s time? Instead of money, kids can make a drawing of a clock or watch, or daytimer complete with lines and tools,  and wrap it up for dad to open. What a precious gift time together–and memories–can be.     Happy Father’s Day!

Kindergarten Readiness – Happy Father’s Day

With vacations over the summer, many communities have kindergarten readiness and healthy start to learning events at this time of year. Did you know that fathers have a special impact on kids and early learning? According to research, when dads are involved in their lives, kids can be better talkers and thinkers, are more prepared for school and … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Happy Father’s Day