Dads and Kids funspiration

When school’s out – enjoy spending time with your kids, rather than endeavouring to ‘entertain’ them.

If you need to stay home but want to have quality fun time – ask them what they want to do and give some of your own ideas too – choose together and make a whole day of it.

Deciding is half the fun; but here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Craft – painting, drawing, beading, pottery, play dough.
  • More creativity – dress ups, story writing / telling, build a pillow fort, bake, build with lego or recyclables, make puppets and plan a show.
  • More inside – plan a project, adventure or a trip for the future, cook, rearrange their bedroom, make a surprise gift for a family member who’s out.
  • Outside – backyard cricket, teach your dog to fetch, garden together, build a treehouse or fort, water pistol or water bomb fights.

Maybe you’ll spend the day planning your next adventure, here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Plan feast – go out to dinner or cook a favourite meal together.
  • Build a backyard Ninja warrior course (and then hold a competition).
  • Go to a sporting event together.
  • Go to an ice-cream shop and enjoy a delicious ice-cream together.
  • Ride bikes at the park or on trails.
  • Go on a visit to the zoo or a wildlife park.
  • Go on a visit to a local museum together.
  • Build a Bike/scooter/skateboard mini jump ramp together.
  • Build and fly a kite together.
  • Go on a bush walk day trip.
  • Go play bowling or mini-golf.
  • Do a photo scavenger hunt! come up with a list of things to capture on a walk. The kids will be happy to discover them and take pictures!
  • Go to the library and read some books together.
  • Build a cubby out of boxes/branches/blankets and spend some time in it reading books or playing.

Resources:

FIFO (Mums’ involvement)

Mums play an even more important part in the family than usual when their partners are away for long stretches of time due to work or travel. Mums can help avoid resentment from the kids towards a dad who is often away and misses important events. Find out how by listening to this podcast.

Tips:

How to be a Dad

For a lot of men, their dad was either not around or was not present. How would you then go about being a better dad to fulfill what your child needs?