45 Ways To Show Dad You Love Him { For Kids }

45 ways to show dad you love him for kids father's day

 

This Sunday is Father’s Day and at our house we keep it pretty simple.  My husband like so many working parents commutes daily and doesn’t skip a beat when he walks through the door immediately switching hats from work to home. No matter how hard the day was it’s left somewhere in the miles between his office and our front door.  For that  and so many other things we are so very thankful. The best way to show Dad you love him is to spend time together. So we brainstormed all the ways my kids can show their dad how much they love him. There are a few rather random ones that might not work for your family but I hope many are good reminders for simple ways to connect. If you like our list I think you will love the ones my dear friends over at Kids Activities Blog posted today.

 

  1. Hugs and kisses.
  2. Draw him a picture.
  3. Make him some coffee.
  4. Make him a medal.
  5. Take him to a baseball game.
  6. Let him sleep in on the weekend.
  7. Play cars.
  8. Don’t be sassy.
  9. Make him a one of a kind t-shirt
  10. Thank him for working hard .
  11. Clear his plate at dinner.
  12. Play Go Fish !
  13. Make him a bookmark.
  14. Shoot some hoops.
  15. Make him cookies.
  16. Play chess with him.
  17. Read books together.
  18. No fussing at bedtime.
  19. Have a tea party.
  20. Help put away the laundry.
  21. Watch a game on TV with him.
  22. Hold his hand.
  23. Make him a painting.
  24. Listen the first time.
  25. Plant something in the garden together.
  26. Write him a story.
  27. Sing him a song.
  28. Play hide and seek.
  29. Do math drills together.
  30. Have a water fight.
  31. Make him a football.
  32. Help him with yard work.
  33. Make him a smoothie.
  34. Wash the car.
  35. Make him crispy bacon.
  36. Don’t scream.
  37. Play Rock , Paper, Scissors.
  38. Don’t eat the last cookie .
  39. Play soccer in the front yard.
  40. Buy him a new iron with polka dots.
  41. Cuddle.
  42. Go to a high school football game.
  43. Make him a card.
  44. Have a heart to heart.
  45. Go for a walk.

What did we miss? How do your kids like to spend time with their dad? Leave a comment and share!

 

New Years Eve Activity For Kids

new years eve scavenger hunt for kids

I wish I’d thought of this earlier but they had a blast and it was great to reminisce as a family as we look forward to 2012.  Every family member contributed to the activity and making the memories that made 2011 such a fantastic year.

 

  1. Gather your materials.  I originally thought of making a wreath but when I saw my tinsel tree I grabbed it. Either works. You will also need some ribbon – ours was sheer and HARD to write on, plain cotton strips would be the easiest to write on but sheer is so pretty. You will also need some small containers ( eggs work great) to hide the memories in , some paper to survey your family for their favorite events/memories  and some pipe cleaners for the tree topper.
  2. Start by asking your family for the top 12 events of the year – we tried to do one per month but it was closer 3 per season. We went around the table at dinner letting everyone add whatever they wanted. Hearing every one’s proudest and most special moments was in itself a great activity.
  3. Using pipe cleaners make a 2011 tree topper. I admit I did 2012 first and had to fix my mistake. Pop it on the top.
  4. Cut 12 pieces of ribbon. Write the memories onto the ribbon. Hold the ribbon tight and writing is easier. Use a permanent fine tip marker.
  5. Pop them in your containers. I was going to use eggs but I have NO clue where they are. Luckily I had a package of 12 paper favor boxes. Putting these together took longer than the rest of the activity. I need to find th0se plastic eggs.
  6. Hide them – how many can you see?
  7. Find them!  Read the memories as they are found.
  8. Tie them onto the tree and keep going until you find them all.

Happy New Year !

I hope you and your family are blessed with fantastic memories of 2011 and countless opportunities to make great ones in 2012.

Family Bowling

paper towel roll bowling

Have fun burning off energy and learning about physics with this simple and earth friendly bowling game. We have had a cooler than normal summer in the Pacific North West , unfortunately my kids don’t have lower than average energy . Sometimes getting out of the house isn’t an option but you can still have fun and burn some energy without trashing your house . I love making things with family pictures but you could easily number the pins, label them with shapes or letters too.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper towel rolls ( toilet paper will work but don’t topple over as easily. I highly suggest paper towel rolls), pictures of your family printed out on regular printer paper, tape, scissors and a ball.
  2. Print out pictures of your family.  You will want pictures that are vertical .
  3. Tape and roll.
  4. And tape again.
  5. Make as many or as few as you want. We didn’t play by real bowling rules , instead we just tried to knock as many down as possible.
  6. Then we set the pins up in a different formation to see if that would help knock more down . In all we tried 4 different set ups, I was just looking to have fun and play and we ended up with a physics lesson! See learning through play people!!
  7. After we were done my daughter enjoyed talking to the pins while I cooked dinner.  So it was a win with both kids. Perfect!

Books About Family

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton. This author is a preschool parents dream, short and easy to read melodic books with illustrations to die for. The story is simply a little love song about all the ways the dog loves the puppy, simple and touching. As an educator something I love is that the dogs don’t have an obvious race , they don’t even have an obvious gender which is perfect. Regardless of who loves who in your family your child can see you in the dog and themselves in the puppy! I think that is the perfect valentine! My son didn’t warm up to this book right away, but now not only does he love it he is very very specific that only I can read it to him . It’s become a big favorite in our house.

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas: Not Mommies and Daddies by Gayle Byrne is a wonderful book about grandparents who are raising their grand daughter.  There is no long drawn out explanation about where her parents are, or what led to her grandparents having custody and I don’t think there needs to be. They are her parents, love her, snuggle her, read with her and love her just like any parents.  She does wonder about her parents and shows signs of feeling different but the security and love her grandparents provide overcome those insecurities. The author’s note at the back of the book explains that she herself is raising her grandchild and offers more resources for grandparents who are primary caregivers as well.

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler had my son clapping and be bopping in his jammies before bed. This book is so fun to read, the musical words are impossible not to dance to. My son loves jazz, and his only disappointment was that there were no trumpets in the book. He didn’t understand that the family in the book , which included grandparents, aunts , uncles and cousins were listening to a record. I tried to tell him it was like a cd but the illustration was clearly a record player and he wasn’t buying it. Still we loved this book , the family was loving and I loved that the older brother was holding the baby, not common in kids books to see a boy holding a baby. Great book even without a trumpet.