Does dad love to do projects with the kids? We’ve found some amazing kid 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!

Related: Over 100 Fathers Day crafts for kids

What a great way to spend quality time with the whole family doing these fun activities. And these are much more fun than just video games or board games.

Father Daughter & Father Son Activities

What a better way to spend a special day than with fun activities and hopefully some good dad jokes.

These activities are great from young kids and big kids. What better way to say Happy Father’s Day? You can do these during Father’s day weekend and everyone can have a great time.

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Dad Approved Science Projects

1. Bouncing Bubbles Science Project

Make bubbles that bounce in this playful science project. Every one will have fun doing this one outside! Have a perfect time with great family memories doing these fun projects together.

Related: Make bouncing bubbles with dad

2. Make Snow In June

Make your own snow  in the Summer, with only 2 ingredients. I had no idea you could do snow with shaving cream, did you? Have fun with your old man by making snow!

Related: Make snow slime with dad!

3. Exploding Chalk Science Project

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. What an excellent way to spend time together and learn!

Related: Make fizzing chalk with dad!

4. Exploding Soda Science Experiment

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

Related: Make vinegar and baking soda drops with dad!

5. Soda Rockets Experiment

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

Related: Make a balloon rocket with dad!

Engineering Projects for Dads

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Fun things to do with your dad!

6. DIY Backyard Maze

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

Related: Make a paper plate maze with dad!

7. 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!!!

Related: Make coffee can drums with dad!

8. Straw Labyrinth Game

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

Related: Make a shoe box maze with dad!

9. Make A Super Cool Flying Machine

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

Related: Make a paper airplane with dad!

10. Make Adorable Dancing Dolls

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

Related: Make paper dolls with dad!

11. Straw Construction STEM Activity

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

Related: Build this STEM activity with dad!

12. Launch Water Balloons With A 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.

Related: Make a bubble shooter with dad!

Dad Approved Crafts

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Kids projects to do with dad…let’s make a craft!

13. Pizza Airport

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

Related: Make a worry doll with dad!

14. Make A Toy Camera

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

Related: Make a fidget spinner with dad!

15. DIY 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!

Related: Play water games with dad!

16. Water Shooters

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

Related: Make a Nile River craft with dad in your backyard!

17. Make An Art Robot

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.

Related: More robots kids can make with dad!

18. 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!

Related: Make marshmallow launchers with dad!

Dad Made Toys

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Things to do with your dad!

19. Super Awesome DIY Race Track

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.

Related: Make a car track out of masking tape with dad!

20. DIY 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!!!

Related: Make a Viking Ship with dad!

21. Make A Lego Catapult

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

Related: More catapults kids can make with dad!

22. Make An Easy Clothespin Airplane

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!

Related: More fun clothespin crafts to make with dad!

Backyard Dad Projects

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Projects to do with your dad today!

23. Make Your Own Wheelbarrow

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

Related: More gardening with kids activities for dad!

24. DIY Arrows

For older kids, you can make a backyard arrows. This is perfect for a day when you are learning about history or how to make it “off the grid”. This is a great opportunity to craft, spend time with dad, and learn a new skill.

Related: Make a target practice game with dad!

25. Make A Small Catapult

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

Related: Another simple catapult for kids to make with dad!

26. Make Your Own Race and 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.

Related: Make a chalk racetrack with dad!

27. Homemade Stilts

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.

Related: More active outdoor games for kids!

28. Make A Fun 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!

Related: More rubber band crafts for kids to make with dad!

Dad Approved Backyard Fun

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Let’s play together!

29. Put A Model Train Together

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!

Related: Make a train craft with dad!

30. Paint Rocks

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.

Related: Oh so many rock painting ideas to make with dad!

31. Make A Homemade Kite

For windy days, you can even make your own homemade kite. Watch them fly and see who can get the most air! This is another one of the great fun father’s day activities.

Related: More kite making ideas for dad!

32. DIY Noisemakers

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! Celebrate your own dad!

Related: Make party noisemakers with dad!

33. Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Love fun games? This is great for younger kids or bigger kids. This is a nature scavenger hunt, but it would be perfect for an exciting day! Here are some more fun scavenger hunts to explore with dad:


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Let’s have some fun for Father’s Day!

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

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