This Father’s Day, do something special to show Dad you love him. Here are some ideas we think you’ll enjoy as a family to celebrate dad this year!
• Take Dad on an adventure - Plan a family outing to a place you know Dad will enjoy (hiking, camping, golfing, amusement park, etc). It could be for a few hours or a weekend. The destination could even be a surprise or make it a mystery trip with clues along the way.
• Pick strawberries or blueberries together - A fun family activity that results in yummy fresh fruit to eat. Have fun making dessert together after.
• Take him to his favorite team's baseball game - The kids will love helping Dad cheer on his favorite team.
• Bring lunch to his work - With his help, set up a date when you can bring in a special lunch to his workplace so you can all enjoy it together.
• Do something he loves with him, even if it's not your thing - Whatever hobby he may have, make a special effort to connect with Dad on his level. The quality time will mean the world to him.
• Cook with Dad - Spend the morning cooking together. He’ll have fun teaching the kids his tricks, and they’ll love bonding with Dad in the kitchen. He’ll love it if you do the cleaning up for them.
• Take care of Dad - Before he comes home, put your younger children on a mission to find ways to take care of Dad. Maybe they can rub his back, take his briefcase, or pour him a drink.
• Make a take-anywhere token - Have the kids make Dad a work of art for his wallet. Scan it into the computer, shrink it to business-card size, print it on card stock, and laminate it. He can carry his token of love with him everywhere.
• Give him sweets that say "I Love You" - Pair a selection of treats with some sweet sayings. Tape the candy to card stock and write a clever message next to each piece, such as:
"Because you make us roll with laughter" – Tootsie Roll
"Because you're the jolliest, sweetest Dad" – Jolly Rancher
"Because you're an all-American classic" - Hershey
"Because you work so hard for all of us" – Pay Day
"Because we love you More & More each day" – M&Ms
• Make a footprint craft & poem - Make a special craft for Dad using your child’s footprints or handprints. This link has some great ideas for poems.
• Give him a "Jar of Appreciation" - Give him a jar filled with slips of paper on which you’ve each written things you appreciate about him.
• Send an email or voice mail - Let your child send Dad an email about something exciting that happened in their day, or that they love and miss him.