A father-son relationship is unique. The son respects the father, while the father is proud of his son, but they may or may not express it often. Their ways of bonding are also unique. Just leave them both alone and see how they can unwind together.
If you want to bond with your father/ son, you can take up several activities, right from cooking and watching TV to gardening and horse-riding. In this post, MomJunction gives you a list of 50 father-son activities that will strengthen your bond.
Most of these activities can be adapted to fit any age group. Read them all and have quality time together.
1. Build stuff
One of the easiest father-and-son activities you can try is building together. If your little man is still a toddler, then you can build blocks with him. If he is a bit older, then you can create a sandbox for him. You can also create a dinosaur habitat or zoo with toy animals.
2. Enjoy rains
If you both love rain, then play in the rain at least a couple of times every season. Also, let your little man stomp through puddles and have fun.
3. Learn together
Take up something new to learn together. It could be a new course in science or a certificate in art. This will help you work on mutual interests.
4. Travel together
Traveling will give you some quality time together. Hit the road for a long drive, choose a destination, and fly there, or take a train journey.
5. Enjoy an adventure
This is one of the best fun dad-and-son activities. But make sure both of you enjoy it and the adventure is safe. You can try camping, zip-lining, fishing, horseback riding, surfing, or just go backpacking.
6. Do outside stuff
If you are busy to go out on adventures or holidays, never mind. Run the household errands together. Or just go for a walk in the park. If you are a father of a toddler son, take him to an amusement park or a playground to play together.
7. Enjoy golf
If you have been a regular golf player or have just begun your lessons, take your dad/ son along on certain days. You may also join the golf club together and have a game regularly.
8. Cook/bake together
Get the fun going in the kitchen by learning to cook or bake together. Cooking is not only an essential life skill but is also among the best father-son activities.
9. Watch live events
Attend a sporting event, a car show, or any other live event you both enjoy. Don’t forget to take some munchies along.
10. Share memories
Share the memories of your life with your son when you both have some time to spare. Tell him about your childhood, the fun you had, and what you enjoyed when you were a child. Focus on the habits that you had and some key incidents of your life. It can help strengthen your bond.
11. Sign up for an activity
Try an activity that you both know nothing about and give it your best shot. It can be anything from archery to painting.
12. Teach new skills
Teach your son some art and craft work or how to play chess or tennis. Help your father play a video game with you or any other skills that you both can teach each other.
13. Collect together
If your mutual interest lies in collecting stuff, then why not do it together? It need not just be coins or stamps but can be anything from artifacts to paintings to photos.
14. Play together
People who play together stay together. It isn’t a saying, but it should be. When seeking fun things for father and son to do, consider options like video games, go-karting, or simple physical activities like boxing.
15. Connect via music
Music connects people. You can use it by learning to play a musical instrument together. Learning an instrument like a guitar might provide an emotional outlet to you both.
16. Try gardening
Nurturing a garden suits any age. Whether you are doing it with your toddler or teen son, or your father, you can spend hours on gardening if you love to be amidst greenery.
17. Have some quiet time
Bonding with your dad/ son doesn’t always mean that you have to do stuff. You can bond by spending some quiet moments and marveling the nature’s gifts, be it a stroll in the park or doing some stargazing.
18. Teach him about cars
If you have a son, who is inquisitive about automobiles, then take time to teach him about its parts and all. If he is old enough, you may begin his driving classes too.
19. Have podcasts in the background
Podcasts are a great option for learning and passing the time. They also help build your listening abilities. Pick the ones that have no interesting themes and let them run in the background while driving or completing chores together.
20. Ride horses
Riding a horse is exhilarating and fun. It’s also a great way to explore the so-far unexplored skills in each of you.
21. Enjoy comic books
When seeking father-son activities for toddlers, reading comic books together is the simplest one. You can enhance it with time by reading more books as your child grows up. It will probably make him a good reader.
22. Spend weekends together
Those of you who don’t get to spend much time every day, reserve your weekends for each other. You can have a planned set of activities or just let it happen impromptu. Either way is fun.
23. Connect with the past
Plan a historical reenactment with your son and let him learn about the important events in history. You can reenact anything of historical importance or something unique to your family.
24. Have a battle of wits
Have a challenging game of chess. Outsmart each other with intelligent moves and be amazed at each other’s abilities.
25. Go for comparison shopping
If your son is a tween or a teen, then teach him the value of saving money by going for comparison shopping. It is among those fun father-and-son activities that will help make your son a smarter consumer later in life.
26. Get some good content
Use a streaming service to watch some good content together. It can be a mix of documentaries, indies, and foreign flicks.
27. Teach how to get over failure
Failure is a part of life. When you are doing any activity with your child, and things don’t go as planned, you should teach him the value of learning from failures and being motivated to start all over again.
28. Organize interviews
If there has been a gap between you both or get a chance to only meet occasionally, then organize interviews with each other. Ask questions to know about each other’s interests, happenings in life, etc.
29. Volunteer together
Let your bonding help somebody else. Choose the cause and join an organization that will help you contribute your time. You can later compile all your pictures from a charity event and create a collage that can serve as a sweet memory.
30. Perform together
Performing together for an audience (maybe your close relatives) makes for an amazing father-son bonding activity. It will show everyone the beauty of your bond.
31. Play with Lego
If you have a young son, you can play Lego with him and create some amazing structures. Your child will love the freedom of building anything with no rules, and so will you.
32. Laugh together
Laughter is the best therapy. Watch some funny videos or movies and get lots of laughs together.
33. Value art
Teach your child the value of art and the effort behind it by visiting an art museum. It will help boost your son’s creativity, and he will know that being creative is just as essential as being brave, strong, and competitive.
34. Wrestle with the child
Who doesn’t like to create wrestle-mania in the living room? It’s among the classic and good father-son activities that you both will enjoy. Do it once every month to make the experience worth it.
35. Pass on the memorabilia
One of the most emotion-oriented dad-and-teenage son activities is to pass on the memorabilia. Share your childhood or teenage year stories and pass on any mementos you have like a book you cherished or a locket that was yours.
36. Surprise with skateboarding
Most children love skateboarding with friends. So, if you want to be your child’s friend, then you learn to skateboard. Teach him tricks or hold a little competition to increase the fun quotient.
37. Workout together
Have a daily or weekly workout session together. Check how you are doing it and help each other in it. Share your tips and motivate.
38. Plan a surprise
Another cool father-son activity idea is to plan a surprise for your father/ son. Book a place in a favorite restaurant and go for dinner, go out for a movie or a play in the theater.
39. Buy a “just because” gift
Take your father/ son for shopping and buy them a “just because” gift. They will cherish it for a long time.
40. Walk the dog
If you have a dog or cat, build the habit of walking the pet together. It will develop the bond between you three.
41. Clean together
Do some ‘homework’ by cleaning your stuff, decluttering the cupboards, doing laundry, painting, and may be giving a new look to your home.
42. Play board games
No matter how old you grow, board games never go out of fashion. Pull out something from your collection of board games and have a marathon for the whole day. You can make it a family even by engaging other members too.
43. Attend a concert
If you are music lovers, attend a concert together. Book tickets for your favorite artist’s performance and enjoy an evening there.
44. Visit a library
In the times of podcasts and audiobooks, a library might sound old-school but go there together to enjoy the silence. Read books in a peaceful environment and feel rejuvenated.
45. Feed animals
Buy some animal food and step out together to feed the stray animals, birds, or ducks in the nearby pond.
46. Play cards
But also let others in the family join in. The bigger the circle, the more enjoyable it is.
47. Go to the salon
Spend an afternoon in spiffing up once every month, and maybe you can have a similar hair cut too.
48. Solve problems
Crosswords, Sudoku, or maybe some complicated math problems. They can be anything, if they hold mutual interest, sit down to solve them. You won’t know how the time passed.
49. Grow facial hair together
One of the simplest father-son activities is to grow facial hair together. Grow your mustache or beard in the same fashion and let your friends say how similar you both look.
50. Indulge in eating
Though eating healthy is essential, indulging, or having cheat days is also important. Have an eating competition, and it need not always be some junk food. Try with some fruits and salads too.
Creating a special bond is about putting time and effort into the relationship. Remember, the simplest times are often the most memorable. Once you include all these father-son activities in your schedule, you can double the fun you have together.