Father’s Day will be here before you know it and this year with Covid-19 will be unlike any other.
So why not forgo the gifts and try some fun and memorable Father’s Day Activities that will also promote hands on learning for the kids!
It can be really hard to come up with something to do for Father’s Day, especially when the kids are young (and you can’t really go anywhere).
It ends up being “mom” who buys a gift for “dad”.
Instead of buying something just for the sake of buying something because that’s what the media bombards you with (unless you know there is something that he really wants), why not plan a fun activity that dad and the kids will both enjoy.
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These activities should not cost you an arm and a leg.
And, they happen to be full of learning opportunities for your child as well!
Have a Picnic
Either have a picnic in your backyard, on your balcony or drive/walk to a nearby park.
If it happens to be raining, move the picnic indoors but make sure you are sitting on the floor or else it will just feel like any other meal.
Most kids love the idea of having a picnic and getting to eat while sitting on the floor!
Use the “setting up” of the picnic to encourage new vocabulary and language development.
Make sure your child helps you think of what is needed for the picnic.
Here are a few ideas:
♥ plates, napkins, cups, utensils
♥ a blanket or tablecloth
♥ food (sandwiches are probably the most simple to prepare and your child should be able to help somewhat depending on his age).
♥ drinks (water bottles work well). I have created water bottle labels that you can print and glue/tape onto your own bottles just for Father’s Day.
If your child is able to print, let her print her own name beside “Love”. Download the labels here: Fathers Day Water Bottle Labels
Language Development Opportunities:
♥ Label all of the items you will be packing
♥ Ask questions such as “what do we need for our picnic?”, “what do you think Dad wants to eat?”, “what should we sit on when we are at the ____?”, “where should we go for our picnic?”, etc.
Tailor the questions to your child’s language level. If these are too broad, make them more specific, for example: “what will we put our food on?”, “what should we bring to drink?”, “should we bring a blanket or table cloth?”, etc
♥ Narrate the steps involved in preparing the meal (e.g. sandwiches) -> First we need the bread, next we need to spread butter on the bread, then we need to add the meat, etc.
If your child is able to follow instructions, ask her to tell you what steps are involved in making a sandwich.
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Go On A Fishing Trip
Kids, and (most) dad’s love fishing! Get creative with this one.
If there is a pond, river, stream, or lake nearby, get your fishing gear together and head there.
Make sure to prepare your child that you may not actually catch anything.
If you don’t have fishing rods, and don’t want to buy any, why not make your own?
All you need are some sticks (or purchase doweling – cylindrical pieces of wood – from your local hardware store).
You will also need to get some fishing line, hooks and bait (my family has discovered that lunch meat works well as bait if you don’t have anything else).
Tie the fishing line around the stick and then add the hook.
My kids and their dad have actually caught a few fish this way!
No Water, No Problem
Now, if there isn’t any water around (with fish), it’s time to get really creative! Bring the pond to your home.
Fill the bathtub with water and throw in some toy fish.
You may already have a toy fishing set in your child’s bath toy collection.
All you need to do is draw fish of different shapes and sizes onto colored paper and cut them out.
If you aren’t creative, a quick google search will bring up many pictures of fish you can print off and cut out.
You will need to either find sticks or some doweling and make your own fishing rod.
The easiest way to do this is to tie/glue a magnet to a string that is then tied onto the stick. Then attach paper clips to the paper fish.
Cast your “rod” and catch a fish as the magnet sticks to the paper clip!
There is also the option of felt fishing sets.
Perhaps you could also incorporate a picnic into your fishing trip!
Language Development Opportunities:
♥ Label the items and vocabulary used for a fishing trip, such as: fishing rod, hook, bait, fishing line, cast, reel in, splash, worms, etc.
♥ Talk about fish – where do they live, what do they like to eat, what size fish might you catch…
♥ Make up stories – come up with creative stories about some crazy fish that might live in the water.
I know, not everyone is into camping. But, I have some ideas for even the non-campers!
If you and your family are campers, then you know what to do! Get your gear together and head out for the night or weekend to a favorite campsite.
If the weather isn’t looking great or your family isn’t the camping type (or perhaps there are still stay at home restrictions where you live), set up a tent in your basement/living room/backyard.
If you are indoors, you won’t get to experience a campfire, but you could always pretend.
Gather some sticks and cut out some flames with orange, red and yellow paper. Position the “flames” in between the sticks. Then put a marshmallow at the end of a stick and pretend you are roasting it.
Dad and child(ren) (and mom if she wants) can actually sleep in the indoor or backyard tent for the night, or you can just pretend to go to sleep after the campfire has ended.
Language Development Opportunities:
The language opportunities with this activity are endless.
If you are going camping for a night or weekend to an actual campground, you can talk about so many things (what you see outside, what you need to bring along on the trip, what food you will eat, steps involved in setting up the tent, etc).
Here are some ways to facilitate speech & language development.
♥ Focus on camping vocabulary (e.g. tent, fire, sleeping bag, hiking, sticks, marshmallows, flashlight, etc)
♥ Ask questions: “where will we sleep?”, “how will we stay warm?”, “what will we eat?”, “how will we see at night when it is dark out?”
♥ Collect some nature items to make a craft later on. For example, find some leaves and dry them. Then place the dried leaves in between pieces of cling wrap or wax paper. Mount the cling wrap onto a Popsicle stick frame (if you aren’t sure how to make one, google “popsicle stick frame” and you will get many results).
There are many crafts you can make with items found in nature.
Check out 32 Awesome Things To Make With Nature for some ideas (these are crafts for both adults and kids!).
♥ Make sure to talk about what you are doing when you are working on your craft. Again, label all the key vocabulary words and ask your child questions about what supplies might be needed.
You can also incorporate a picnic and fishing into your camping trip!
Happy Father’s Day!
What are some of your favorite activities to do with your children on Father’s Day? Please share in the comments below.