Sayonara, socks! Better luck next time, neckties! This Father’s Day, encourage children to give dad something much more precious—time! Whether lazing about at home or seeking adventure outdoors, kids can seize the opportunity to unwind with dad or grandpa on the one day devoted to your family’s patriarchs. Take some cues from the Scout Elves—who are always thinking up innovative ways to spend time with Santa—and let kids create a fun-filled day with dad!
1. 20 Questions. Let kids fire away and ask dad all their burning questions: What was your family like growing up? Who did you look up to? What is your favorite memory with your dad? Have them record the answers or write them down. The memories shared are sure to be treasured!
2. BBQ Time. Soak in some vitamin D with the whole family during a backyard cookout. If dad usually does the burger flipping, let him sit back and enjoy someone else’s grill skills—unless of course he prefers to wield the spatula! If BBQ isn’t his thing, let children chip in to create his favorite meal. We’re not sure if the way to a man’s heart is really through his stomach, but it’s not a bad place to start!
3. Dad’s Choice. Father’s Day presents a prime opportunity for dad to share his hobbies and interests with kids. Whether he likes cooking, running, reading or baseball, kids can show how much they value him by partaking in the pastime or buying tickets to an event he’ll enjoy.
4. Get Crafty. Break out the tools, and tackle a project—a surefire way to bring the entire family together. Maybe you’ll finish in one day, or maybe it will be a longer-term undertaking. Either way, striving for a common goal will provide time to relax, chat and bond.
5. Stroll Down Memory Lane. Old pictures and videos are worth a thousand words. Open up the pages of an old photo album or hit play on a classic home movie—it’s likely dad will have some never-before-heard stories to share.
Check crafts in Scout Elf Craft Corner to see if there is anything you could create with dad!