In our modern world full of impressive technology, it can be tempting to set your kids up in front of a movie or allow them to get lost for hours in an iPad game. It’s great because you barely ever hear a peep out of them since they’re captivated by the virtual world of action figures. These are the best moments of peace to catch up on housework or social media yourself, but deep down you know you should be doing more to increase your father-kid bonding time. There are endless creative activities and adventures you can embark on together where both you and your child will both have a ton of fun!
Build a Treehouse
Every childhood experience should include a tree house moment. So many amazing memories can be created by such a simple timber setup, perched high upon the treetops. There are endless tutorials online for making basic treehouses. It can be an inexpensive project if you have some old timber offcuts lying around to get started. Once you finish your masterpiece, you can celebrate by having a sleepover together in the treehouse, or dress up for a grand tea party with their favorite soft toys!
Explore a Nearby Forest
If you can cast your mind way back to when you were knee high to a grasshopper, you can probably remember that even the smallest area of trees served as the most expansive and captivating world that you had ever laid eyes on. You could easily get lost there for half the day, only returning to the house when you could smell mom’s freshly baked banana bread. Exposing your kids to the real world of nature (outside of video games) is vital for creating a connection and understanding about all living things. So pack a lunch, arm your kid with their mini-backpack, and get exploring!
Cook Their Favorite Meal Together
Cooking isn’t just reserved for moms! Kids simply love getting involved in mealtime especially if they get to play with all the different textured ingredients by hand. If they’ve always been served their favorite dish, without experiencing how the meal actually got on the table, then now is a great time to show them! Do your grocery shopping at a trustworthy distributor like Zen Spirit, then clear an area on the kitchen bench where they can make as big a mess as they like by allowing them to squeeze slippery eggs in the hands, finger paint through dry flour, and taste test ingredients along the way. It’s all about creating a hands-on learning experience full of fun.
Play an Active Video Game
If you have to revert to electronics, try to play a game that involves moving about! Choose a dance game on your Wii while playing dress up, let your kids teach you their best moves as it’s likely they will find yours to be a little outdated! This is a great rainy day activity where you may not be able to go out and finish that treehouse. Also, if you live in a colder climate, it’ll provide the perfect workout full of endless laughs. However, be warned: kids seem to be naturally talented at these types of games, so be prepared to lose against them! If the thought of dancing makes you cringe, try the many other sports games available like tennis or soccer. Any game that makes you both laugh makes for the best bonding activity!
Go on a Road Trip
You can pack so many adventures into a road trip through the unexplored countryside. Throw in some fishing rods and surfboards and head for the beach. You can make little pit stops along the way to check out small towns or grab an ice cream at a corner store along with some fishing bait. Kids love exploring new places, and it will feel great to break free of your everyday routine. Anything can happen along the way, so make sure to bring a camera to capture the best moments together. Photos are the next best thing to living in the moment of exhilarating adventure.
You see, it’s not necessarily about spending a fortune at the local shopping center. Sure, kids love shiny new toys, but they only last for so long. Memories spent together bonding with your kids, however, can last a lifetime. Before you know it, you’ll be driving them to school where they won’t want to hold daddy’s hand in front of all their friends. Make the most of their early childhood and nurture that very important father-kid bond.