by Megan Bittner

Father’s Day is this weekend! Explore this week’s Virginia Homeschool Classroom for some great ways to spend time with dad, recipes and ideas to make a special meal, sweet books to share and gift, and awesome projects and experiments to perform together.

 

Sharing with Dad

Check out these 10 Activities for Father’s Day from Family Education for some fun ways to spend Father’s Day weekend together.

Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a big, expensive production. Show him how much you care by spending some quality time together with these ideas for free or inexpensive activities.

Get the whole family in on a backyard game of water balloon baseball.

These cool DIY games make awesome presents that will provide hours of summer fun, long past Father’s Day. These projects will require some purchased materials and a bit of mechanical skill to put together, but older and younger children will both be able to participate in the making of the games. You could also collect the materials and give them as a Father’s Day gift, and then make the assembly part of the fun by making it a project for the whole family.

A simple wooden base, chicken wire, and dowel rods create this giant outdoor Kerplunk! game. Light plastic balls can be purchased online on Amazon or from wholesale retailers.

This wooden ladder golf game from Twin Dragonfly Designs is much sturdier than many of the plastic ones available for purchase, offers endless options for personalizing the game, and requires only basic mechanical skills to assemble.

This yard scrabble game can be made very inexpensively by cutting the cardboard tiles out of any old boxes or cardboard material. A solid cutting surface and sharp craft knife in the hands of an adult or older child will be required for the cutting process.

Why spend $5-$10 on a Father’s Day card that someone else created? These adorable and thoughtful cards are much more fun!

3D Toolbox Father’s Day card from Mr. Printables

“To the moon and back” Father’s Day card from No Toy Gifts

Watermelon Father’s Day card from Frugal Momeh!

“Guess whooo loves you?” Father’s Day card from I Heart Crafty Things

Superhero Handprint Father’s Day card from Glued to My Crafts

This mini accordion photo album is more than a card–it’s a photo album to be treasured and displayed for years and years. (The Template Studio tool mentioned in the blog post is not necessary to create the album.)

 

Eating with Dad

Try out a new, fun recipe with dad this weekend. Experiment with something on the grill or create a savory dish for a special dinner.

Grilled shrimp foil packs

Grilled Chicago dogs

Sloppy cheesesteak sliders

BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches

Sheet pan balsamic steak and potatoes

Chicken enchilada Casserole

If breakfast is more your style, try a build-your-own pancake bar. The prep can all be done the night before so this delicious morning meal can go smoothly.

These cute “Lollypapas” from Family Fun make adorable Father’s Day treats. The t-shirt template mentioned in the video is no longer available, but you can easily trace your own t-shirts onto cardstock or print a clip art outline like this.

Create an awesome personalized gift and plan for a summer of cookouts with this barbeque planter from Education.com.

Check out more recipes or make a gift to dad:

Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick

 

Reading with Dad

From the sweetest picture books to the most thrilling novels, kids of all ages can share some quiet time with dad.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Daddy and Me by Karen Katz

My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

This book features writing prompts to help you create a beautiful keepsake gift.

Letters to My Dad by Lea Redmond

If you’re beyond picture books, consider a gift of a book about a shared interest–or an interest of your father’s that you can learn more about. After both of you have read the book, have a lunch or take a walk and discuss what you’ve read. Here are a few suggestions of books about history, sports, literature, and trivia to get you started:

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

The Greatest Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupify by Rick Beyer

The Ghost Army of World War II by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles

The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes by  Gary Cieradkowski

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies, and Blunders on Maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching

The Smartest Book in the World by Greg Proops

 

Learning with Dad

Create a fascinating–and puzzling–gift box by collecting the supplies for these projects and experiments. Then plan a time for dad and kids to create together. It’ll be so much fun, the kids won’t even know it’s a science lesson.

Candy corn catapults from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

BristleBots from Show Me Librarian

Marshmallow shooters from Happiness Is Homemade

Household object challenges from Imagination Soup

Candy Lego playground from Planet Smarty

Check out this book for some more awesome projects or gift it to dad:

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead


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