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A lot of who I am today stems from experiences with my parents. With my father, I learned the magic of laughter and happiness in the home (my dad was always laughing and smiling), how to focus and have fun at anything I do, and the power of believing in someone and my own self. Now, as a parent today, I’m seeing these same experiences and bonds forming with my husband and our two kiddos. Modern Fatherhood is defined however dads choose to define it; and I’m so proud of my husband for carving his own special definition of fatherhood these past 6 years. My kids and their dad. Living for their beach days, dance and sing-a-longs to 80’s jams, day hikes, paper plane flying, and so much more. Luckily, the Pampers Pure Diaper Change / Dad Pack filled with all kinds of things from Walmart.com makes these types of activities for dads and kids worry free. Giving dads and kids more time to focus on having fun and forming incredible memories.
Building a solid bond with kids can be easy and affordable. Since Father’s Day is coming up soon, I’m sharing 14 simple and budget friendly activities for dads and kids that are perfect for any family.
14 Awesome Bonding Activities for Dads & Kids:
1. Beach Playdates: One of our favorite places to play, create, and enjoy the best of the outdoors. Our beach playdate essentials include a beach blanket, a bucket and shovel, some healthy snacks, some extra layers for those chilly days, a diaper change dad pack, and a beach towel.
2. Storytime: The kids’ bookcase is filled with a variety of stories – funny pigeons to fanciful fairytales to did you know dinosaur and shark stories – and just a few pages and a few minutes together before bed make for some of the sweetest conversations and memories. Now that T is learning to read, he helps read the stories to his little sister, too.
3. Swim Class: Teaching our kids to swim at a very young age was both for safety and relationship reasons. This has been a weekly activity Theo has shared with his papa since he was 18 months old, and their post-swimming beach walks, too.
4. Hikes: With so much digital/screen temptation, we want to help our kids fall in love with being outdoors. Theo loves exploring – bird walks, stick and shell collecting, tidepools – and has been hiking with his papa since before he could walk.
5. Playing Catch: The simplest activity is seriously one of the most fun for our kids. My husband loves teaching and practicing catching a ball with our kids – from baby basketballs to baseballs to beach balls, and they love every second.
6. Dog Walking: Theo spent many awesome afternoons walking our corgi Napoleon with my husband – their favorite dog walks happened on the beach and are some of the most special memories to date.
7. Music/Sing a Longs: Music is a special part of our life and fills our home every day. My husband and I love all genres of music, and he has made it his role to lead nightly sing and dance-a-longs in our home with the kids. From 80’s all-time faves to classic Motown, our kids love listening, learning, singing, and dancing to all music together.
8. Photo Op: We let Theo play with our Instax camera one day and he’s been obsessed with taking photos of his own ever since. There are lots of photo challenge type scavenger hunt games to play together both indoors on rainy days and outdoors.
9. Game Night: Family game night is something I grew up doing and we have lots of games lying around the house to play together. Theo and his papa have started playing chess and Connect Four together, and he also loves Go Fish, Jenga, and Hearts.
10. Waffle Making/Baking: If you’re a dad that loves to cook, baking with kids is a super fun activity. Waffles, cookies, muffins, pancakes – these are a few recipes T loves to help make in our home.
11. Playground Days: Swings, slides, jungle gyms – playground memories with the kids are so simple to do even for 30 minutes on a busy day.
12. Train Time: Building train tracks and encouraging the kids to create their own, imaginative paths is an easy and fun activity for those rainy days at home. T has been building train tracks with his papa since he was 2 years old and still loves it.
13. Jigsaw Puzzles: The family that puzzles together, stays together. Teaching Theo jigsaw puzzles has created an activity to do with his dad, me, and other members of the family.
14. Neighborhood/Local Exploring: Feeling uninspired? Just walk outdoors and see where a walk around the neighborhood takes you! T and his papa will take his bicycle and wander the neighborhood while practicing his bicycle riding. But whatever they are doing, every adventure is different and unforgettable.
Whatever the activity, there’s always a Daddy Diaper Duty Kit on hand. We’ve loved Pampers Pure diapers and wipes for Olive. Especially because it includes plant-derived, dermatologically tested materials that are sensitive enough for toddler’s skin. Here are a few more of our Dad Pack Essentials:
Sylvie’s #LoveTheChange Diaper Changing Dad Pack:
With a little dedicated time, love, and that trusty diaper changing dad pack, planned activities for dads and kids can create incredible lasting bonds. I’d love to hear some of your kids’ favorite dad-kid activities too! So be sure to share them in the comments. And don’t forget to tune in to California Live on KNTV (NBC) to hear more ideas from me on Tuesday, June 11!
Does your family have any favorite activities for dads and kids? If so, share them in them in a comment below!