I have an idea.
At work we have a book called "Come on Dad! 75 things for fathers and sons to do together", written by Ed Avis.
Now, it doesn't have to be Fathers and sons. It can be Fathers and daughters too. But there is also a book called "Come on Mom!", a book for mothers and daughters.
Ideas in the Fathers and Sons book include:
- Teaching your child how to make a milkshake and letting them choose the ingredients
- Pulling out the water guns, buckets, sponges, balloons, hose and sprinkler for a good 'ole water fight
- Set up a treasure hunt
- Take a tour of a local firehall, police station, radio station or other community building.
- Bake cookies
- Go to the car wash, or wash your car together in the driveway
- Build a city out of things from the Recycling Box
- have him help Dad build something
- Play shadow games
- Blow bubbles
- Have a campout in the backyard
Some dads are really "hands on" and don't need any help in figuring out what to do with their kids. Other dads may welcome some new ideas, especially those that don't cost a lot of money. Maybe some dads aren't very likely to read the book, but may welcome the ideas from it, after mom has read the book ;)
This could also be a nice idea for Grandpa.
Remember, most times the kids don't really care what they are doing, they are just happy to be included, to feel involved. I know a lot of little boys who idolize their daddies, their step daddies, their uncles, their grandpas. If you know one too, and are at a loss for a Father's day gift, this is an easy, thoughful gift, with long lasting rewards.
and, here's the one specifically for Moms and Daughters...which, again, could easily be applied to Mothers and Sons.
Amazon.ca has really fast shipping times, so ordering it in the next couple days should still guarantee delivery by Father's day.