Father’s Day is hard! I think gift-giving for men in general is tough. Add on the pressure to find something that’s personal, special, and that he actually likes – and it’s damn near impossible! Around this time last year I was bemoaning this problem when it dawned on me that the greatest gift I could give my husband was to help him create some lasting memories with the kids.
Don’t get me wrong, my husband is generally fantastic at telling jokes, playing around, and just being silly with the kids (I’m a lucky woman). But whereas I have the time to research new activities and projects do with them (thanks to this blog, I can even call it work), that’s not always the case for him. So last Father’s Day I gave the hubs two great reference guides to help him come up with his own special experiences.
Handy Dad is a collection of 25 “mega-fun projects” for dads and kids. They’re grouped into categories according to difficulty (easy projects, afternoon projects, and weekend projects) and each one is laid out step-by-step with beautiful pictures. The activities range from super simple, Paper Airplane: The Bombproof Bomber, to super awesome, Stunt Dummy/Abominable Snowman.
The Dangerous Book for Boys is so popular that its release quickly spawned an entire franchise of books, games and etc. – including The Daring Book for Girls. Last Father’s Day we only had a boy so I bought my husband the original book to help him remember all the exciting and mysterious things about being a boy. More then just a simple activity book, it aims to ignite curiosity with sections like “Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary” and “The Golden Age of Piracy”.
Now that we have a little girl in the family, I’m definitely considering adding The Daring Book for Girls to our collection. My guess is that it will prove to be even more useful then the original. Whereas the boy version is a nice reminder of things most dads already know, the girl version is like a manual on what makes girl’s tick – as well as a cheat sheet on ways to fascinate and inspire them. What dad couldn’t use that?
Are you warming up to this Father’s Day concept yet? If so, read on for some great DIY ideas. (You’re gonna wanna see the last one – trust me!)
Helen at Curly Birds created her Tub of Sciency Fun last Father’s Day and reports that it’s been restocked many times throughout the year. I love that it has lots of great ideas for play and that the kids got to have fun decorating the tub to keep it all in.
I always knew I liked that Joel over at Made by Joel and his round up of 5 Crafts for Father’s Day confirmed that when it comes to kids and play, we’re cut from the same cloth.
This last idea is my favorite. Marie from Make and Takes realized last year that the gift her other half would most enjoy was some good old fashioned competition. So she started an annual family tournament between dad and the kids. It included several games, prizes, and a trophy for the winner – which is passed on to the new winner every year. And my-oh-my what a trophy – isn’t it hillarious?! Be sure to head over for all the details on the events of the day.
I hope this round up has given you lots of inspiration on how to give Dad the gift of shared time with the kids. One more great idea – sign up dad and the kid(s) for the summer e-course Through the Lens: Explorations in Photo Journaling. Check out our give away for a free spot for one lucky winner as well as our offer for a 10% discount for all.