30 Dad Approved Projects For Fathers and Kids

Does dad love to do projects with the kids? We’ve found some amazing  dad projects, crafts and science activities for fathers to do with their kids. We hope you have fun with these!  These are dad-approved year round, but we love the thought of picking out something special to do with your father on Father’s Day.

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Let’s have some fun playing with dad on Father’s Day!

Fun Things to Do with Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day rolls around just once a year so we thought it would be fun to think up some special ideas for the family to do together.  No matter the age of the kids or what dad’s interests are…we have a fun thing to suggest!

Dad Approved Science Projects

Bouncing Bubbles

Make bubbles that bounce in this playful science project. Every one will have fun doing this one outside!

June Snow

Make your own snow  in the Summer, with only 2 ingredients. I had no idea you could do snow with shaving cream, did you?

Exploding Chalk

Go in the backyard and get messy with this exploding chalk idea! They build their own rockets and it is the best kind of colorful fun.

Exploding Soda

Another backyard science experiment is the traditional mentos and soda! Watch the soda fly when you do this fun trick.

Soda Rockets

For an extra twist on the soda explosion, try making your own soda rockets!


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Engineering Projects for Dads

Backyard Maze

Cardboard maze in the backyard. The site is in Russian but the pictures are explanatory and look super fun!

Coffee Can Camera

Make your own camera obscura using coffee cans. such a neat lesson for the kids and we had no idea it would be so easy to make!!!

Straw Labyrinth

Let the kids make their own labyrinth game with dad! Cardboard, straws and marbles, and you’ve got your entire day sorted!

Flying Machine

Another fun backyard project, dad and the kids can construct  these zappy zoomers! They fly really far!!!

Dancing Dolls

Use batteries to make these adorable little dancers. Loving the idea to combine dolls and science!!!

Straw Construction

Work with straws to make this amazing dome. Use it as a ball or just be impressed by your engineering skills!

Balloon shooter

Is it hot outside? Make a balloon shooter! This will launch water balloons and make a hot day, a wet and fun one.


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Dad Approved Crafts

Pizza Airport

Recycle an old pizza box into an airfield. This even has working lights and it’s perfect for every plane loving family.

Toy Camera

Do you have a budding photographer? Use this easy tutorial to make a toy camera for the little ones!

Water Wall

Let the water pour with this DIY water wall. Dad and the kids will love finding all the right pieces to make the most epic water wall ever!

Water Shooters

Homemade water shooters are so easy to make in this simple backyard project for dads and kids!


Feeling crafty? Make this fun art robot and see what types of masterpieces the robot can produce! So much fun and a cute twist on an everyday craft.

Homemade Launcher

Have the most fun of wars in the living room with these pom pom shooters. They are fun to launch at one another and no one will get hurt since they are so fluffy and light!

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Dad Made Toys


This homemade matchbox car race track will have the kids laughing and competing all day long. Super simple to pull off, especially for how much fun it will bring to your child’s day.

Pirate Ship

Use leftover corks to make this creative pirate ship toy. Use it in a backyard pool, the sink or even the bathtub. It really floats!!!


Do your kids (and husband) love LEGOs as much as ours? Construct this fun LEGO catapult and watch the lego pieces fly!


Zoom around the house with this easy clothespin airplane. Paint it up any color you’d like or leave it brown. The sky is the limit!

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Backyard Dad Projects


Make your own wheelbarrow to haul things (or kids) in the backyard. This is perfect for imaginative playtime.

Bow and Arrow

For older kids, you can make a backyard bow and arrow. This is perfect for a day when you are learning about history or how to make it “off the grid”.


A small indoor catapult will be fun for rainy days. See who can launch the milk cap farthest!

Finish Line

Hold a backyard Summer camp, complete with races. Using this tutorial you can set up your own ribbon finish line to make the races that much more fun and competitive.


If camp is not your thing, throw a backyard circus, complete with homemade stilts! Your kids will love walking high and working on their large motor skills at the same time.

Race Car

Use things that you’ve probably already got around the house to make this fun race car. Rubber bands help it really go!


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Dad Approved Backyard Fun


Do you have a lot of cardboard boxes lying around? Then you can definitely make this model train.  Each child can be responsible for creating a train car, and you can bring them all together at the end. Teamwork!


Painted rocks can make the best of race tracks and cars. The kids will love this unconventional way to play their favorite game. There’s nothing like variety.


For windy days, you can even make your own homemade kite. Watch them fly and see who can get the most air!


After all this fun, you will definitely want to make some noise! DIY noisemakers are the perfect end to a fun day in the backyard with dad!


We have so many more ideas for celebrating dad on Father’s Day…

Do your kids love playing with dad? Which of these dad approved projects will you be trying first?