Kids LOVE bubbles. Seriously. Hopefully you have some bubble solution around the house and can just grab it and go. But if not, have no fear, you can try your hand at making your own giant bubbles like this dad did. Or if you really want to up your game (and hear squeals of delight for hours), order your kids a bubble machine -- just don't forget the batteries -- and you'll be in the running for dad of the year.
Oh, man. It's hard to think of anything much better than a well-executed obstacle course. It's every kid's dream to play in, and it's every dad's dream because it might actually keep the kids occupied for a while after you get it assembled! But seriously, this is awesome. Ask the kids to help you search through their sports equipment, pool stuff, outdoor toys, their rooms, and the yard for possible supplies. Things such as hula hoops, cones, pool noodles (check out this dad's course!), balls and buckets, string, stepping stones, wading pools, and water balloons are all possible contenders. Let your imagination run wild, and don't forget to get in on the fun. You know, just to "test" things for the kids of course.
Whether you're talking classic wheelbarrow races where one of you is walking on your hands while a partner is holding onto your ankles, or you're pushing someone around in an actual garden-variety wheelbarrow, this is sure to be a blast -- and it's great for kids of all ages. From tiny kiddos carefully perched on blankets inside a garden cart parading around the yard, all the way up to teens and parents getting in on a friendly old-school competition. Have some fun with it!
Playing catch is a great way to promote physical activity, and it's easy! You can literally just grab a ball and go play for as little as 5-10 minutes or if you have the time you can stretch it out much longer. Just watch for cues from your child. If their energy level or interest seems to wane, try changing sports. Maybe instead of tossing the football or baseball around you grab a basketball and practice dribbling or kick around the soccer ball. No matter what, you'll be getting some fresh air and exercise, which is a win for everyone involved!
Remember building a fort as a kid? Whether you’re talking blankets, sheets, pillows and chairs in the living room, or a more permanent outdoor structure, this is sure to be a hit. Not only do they get to help build the fort, they’ll have hours of fun playing in it -- reading books, playing make-believe and rebuilding it once it (inevitably) gets knocked down.
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