And we have lift off – happy Father’s Day!
If you are a brand new dad you’ll be looking forward to your first ever Fathers Day as a dad. No doubt your partner will treat you to something nice on the day – great. But what are some of the special things you can do with your bundle of joy that all of you will really enjoy? Here’s some tips:
- create an animoto video with photos of your baby and family
- go for a walk with your little champ – when you see a mum with a crying baby make sure to go over and point out what she’s doing wrong
- record yourself and turn into a song using songify – then play to your baby
- have a bath with your baby (just awesome – it’s warm, relaxing and great fun)
- get a wig and fake mustache and make silly photos with your baby (check out this video for inspiration)
- have a nap with your baby (veg out on a lazy sunday afternoon with bubs sleeping next to you on the sofa)
- track down a swiss / exercise ball at your local gym or borrow from a friend and (gently) fool around with your baby and the ball
- decorate the nursery with something that you love looking at (OK, centrefolds are probably not an option)
- make funny faces to your baby and see how long it takes until you can make them smile, giggle or laugh
- dress your baby in the most ridiculous outfit you can find (extra points for taking some Anne Geddes style photos)
Whatever you do have a great Father’s Day – you’re an awesome dad! Check out 10 things to do with your kids on Father’s Day Part II – Toddlers
If you’ve got a toddler at home there’s some really cool stuff you can do once you’re done with all the other Fathers Day treats.
Check out the following ideas:
- create an obstacle course for your toddler in the living room (using furniture, chairs and other props)
- get down on all fours and do a horsey race with your toddler (some toddlers can crawl really fast!)
- do some face painting (check here for inspiration)
- make some play dough out of flower and water (recipe here) and make shapes and animals with your little champ
- get your hands on some bubble liquid (or use dish washing liquid) and blow bubbles
- read them your favourite story (when you were a kid – if you don’t have the book, google it … it may be available online for free now)
- give your little champ some food they haven’t tried before and take a photo of their face as they are eating it (alternatively just give them spaghetti with tomato sauce and a spoon and watch the drama unfold)
- perform an air guitar version (+vocals if you like) of your favourite song of all times
- make a toy for them – e.g. fill a drinks bottle with water and glitter
- go for a walk or trip and show them your favourite spot in the area
Whatever you do have a great Father’s Day – you’re an awesome dad! Now check out 10 things to do with your kids on Father’s Day Part III – prescholers.
There are heaps of cool things you can do with pre-schoolers Fathers Day (or any day of course). Check this out:
- make a simple board game like “Ludo” or “Snakes and Ladders” and play it with your little champ
- fly a kite (even better if you can make one yourself)
- play one on one football, basketball, touch rugby (any sport really)
- show them the old baking soda and vinegar volcano trick
- show them how to make a bow and arrow
- make a fire (somewhere safe obviously) and roast something (sweetcorn, marshmellows, potatoes, etc)
- play sink or float
- organise a treasure hunt in your house or garden
- get a couple of balloons and tie them to your ankles – then play ankle balloon pop
- bake some cookies together (there’s 100s of easy recipes on the net – just pick one that works with the ingredients you’ve got to hand
Whatever you do have a great Father’s Day – you’re an awesome dad! Also check out 10 sites you must visit before Father’s Day.
One of the few animated fathers day videos!
OK things are really heating up now … a few days out and lots or new videos going up by big brands, NGOs and fatherhood interest groups.
Nice effort by LEGO for Father’s Day this year – Darth Vader leaving the dark side behind to spend a day with Luke. Let’s all do that!
Funny take on the usual Father’s Day videos - well put together too!
And there’s even a movie about Father’s Day (well sort of):
It’s an OK watch but make sure you don’t confuse the version with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams with another movie called “Father’s Day” (directed by Adam Brooks and Jeremy Gillespie) which is practically unwatchable.
And here’s one of the more popular fathers day songs: