16 Fun Father's Day Activities And Craft Ideas For Kids

Father’s Day is a special occasion. If you are in search of Father’s Day activities for kids to help the father and kids bond better and build special moments to cherish for life, you are at the right place. Engaging in games and activities can help your child showcase the love they harbor for the most special man in their life. And to help you find the best activities and games, we have compiled some brilliant ideas. Read on and get inspired by some of the best Father’s Day activities that are sure to help you have a great bonding time.

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Cute Father’s Day Crafts

Try out these fun Fathers day crafts and make your daddy feel as special as he is.

1. D-A-D on hearts

D-A-D on hearts father's day activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • A piece of cord, which runs the entire length of the room
  • Red and white pieces of felt or velvet
  • Old clothes pegs
  • Colored paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil

How To:

  1. Help your child to cut out heart shapes from the felt or velvet paper.
  2. Use the white felt or velvet paper to cut out two D letters and one A.
  3. Help your child glue the letters over each heart.
  4. Cut out three squares of colored paper. The squares should be slightly bigger than the hearts.
  5. Help him glue the hearts onto the squares.
  6. Hang the cord on a wall where it is easily visible.
  7. Use the pegs to pin the squares on the cord, forming the word D-A-D.

protip_icon Quick fact
It is believed that the word ‘Dad’ dates back to the 1500s.

2. Father-themed gift wrap

Themed gift wrap father's day activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Two shades of brown paper
  • Black sketch pen
  • Pencil
  • String 

How To:

  1. Help your child to draw various father-themed designs on brown paper like a mustache, tie, hat and so on.
  2. Color the shapes using the black pen.
  3. Now ask your child to cut out a star shape from the other brown paper.
  4. Use the paper to wrap the gifts for father.
  5. Tie the gift up using the string and decorate it with the star shape.

3. Father’s day tie

Father's day tie activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Air-drying clay in two different colors
  • Colored glue – optional 

How To:

  1. Help your kid model a tie using the air-drying clay.
  2. Keep the clay tie aside to set.
  3. Read the instructions to know how long it needs to dry up completely.
  4. Once the clay tie begins to dry, use the other colored clay to make small ball shapes or stars.
  5. You can decorate the tie with these small shapes.
  6. If you have enough clay left, use it to write a small ‘I love you Dad’ with it. Or you can simply use the colored glue.
  7. Now set the gift aside to dry.

4. Footprints

Footprints father's day activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • Pencil
  • Colored paper in two shades
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colors 

How To:

  1. Ask your child to trace his father’s footprint on one of the colored papers.
  2. Help your child trace his footprint as well.
  3. Help him cut the trace out.
  4. Let him color the footprints.
  5. Glue these on different pieces of paper.
  6. Your child can also make a card out of it.

5. Message on a mug

Message on a mug father's day activity for kids

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You Will Need:

  • White paper or any light colored paper
  • Sketch pens and pencil
  • A pair of scissors and glue 

How To:

  1. Help your child to draw a heart on the white paper.
  2. Ask your child to write a sweet Father’s Day message inside the heart.
  3. Now help him cut the heart shape out and stick it on dad’s favorite mug.

6. Painted hammer

Painted hammer

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You Will Need:

  • A wooden hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sealant
  • Markers
  • Newspapers to cover your work area

How To

1. Help your child to use sandpaper to roughen the surface of the hammer. This will help the new paint adhere better.
2. Ask your child to paint one side of the handle white. Paint the other side after drying. Allow him to monogram the hammer by painting the first letter of his dad’s name towards the bottom of the handle (for eg. A for Adam, S for Steve)
3. Allow your child to plan the design he wants to paint on the hammer and encourage him to find a theme that resonates with his father’s interests.
4. Let your child use a marker to add details and highlights to enhance the design.

Interesting Father’s Day Activities

Here we list some fun Father’s day activities for kids to make your dad feel like the best father in the world:

1. Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed father's day activity for kids

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Your kid will love doing this on Father’s Day, and who knows, it could also turn into a fun weekend ritual!

  • Wake your kids up early and ask them to help out in the kitchen. Some easy breakfast recipes that your kids can help you make include French toast, fruit salad, omelet, or cereal with daddy’s favorite topping.
  • Let your child arrange the breakfast on a tray. Get a flower to adorn the tray, and let your kid hold daddy’s breakfast tray. Accompany your little one to the bedroom and slowly wake dad up. The look on daddy’s face will be priceless.
protip_icon Did you know?
The official flower of Father’s Day is a rose.

2. How many kisses can you take

How many kisses can you take father's day activity for kids

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Here is a fun activity that your kid will love to do with dad, and daddy will love it.

  • Whether you have a girl or a boy, put a few lipsticks on them for this particular activity. Put some lipstick on your kid’s lips. Alternatively, you can also apply some tinted lip balm if you do not want to use lipstick.
  • Now ask your kid to stand on daddy’s side. Once you signal your kid, she needs to jump onto dad and start kissing him. Set a time and see which side your kid kisses the most. Chances are Daddy won’t want the game to stop!

3. Head out for some fishing

Head out for some fishing father's day activity for kids

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If daddy loves to fish, this is the perfect activity for daddy and your kid.

  • Prepare a snack basket and fill it up with some delicious snacks, a bottle of water, hats, and sunscreen.
  • Rest assured your kid will have some fun fishing adventures on Father’s Day.

4. Dress up the same

Dress up the same father's day activity for kids

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There is nothing cuter than seeing daddy and his son wear the same outfit.

  • All you need to do is match the kids’ clothes to some basic daddy clothes.
  • It could be something as simple as blue jeans and white tee, a favorite character tee that dad loves to wear or a specific color shirt he has. Ask dad to wear that particular dress on Father’s Day and surprise him by asking your little one to dress up identically.

5. T-Shirt message

T-shirt message father's day activity for kids

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This is one of the exciting activities for fathers day. A handwritten message on a t-shirt is an excellent way of telling daddy you love him and witnessing his appreciation for you.

  • Let your kid use his imagination and write a fun message for dad on his t-shirt.
  • He can also make additional designs.

6. Sports day

Sports day father's day activity for kids

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If daddy loves sports, why not make it a sporty day?

  • Let dad select the games he wants to play and involve your kids in it.
  • You could also get tickets for any favorite game that may be happening nearby.

7. Father’s day movie marathon

Movie marathon father's day activity for kids

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A great way to spend Father’s Day at home and honor the bond is to watch movies that focus on the day’s celebration.

  • Also get a tub of popcorn for the whole family.

You can also spend the night watching movies with him. Simini, a blogger and illustrator reminisces her childhood, ”Movie night with Dad… circa the early 90’s. I’ve always really loved watching movies with my dad, because of how much I could tell he enjoyed them. Like, he genuinely laughs out loud at the funny parts, even when we were little and it was a constant fare of kid shows. I remember him truly loving Babe. It wasn’t something I noticed in other adults. When Netflix became a thing I always looked forward to hanging out with my dad and watching whatever had come in the mail. It’s still an activity I look forward to when I go home (i).”

8. Father’s day picture collage

Day picture collage father's day activity for kids

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Show off those precious father and kid moments by helping your kid make a photo collage for daddy.

  • Print out cute father kid photographs and make a collage.
  • Help your kid string them up or place them in picture frames.

9. Write a message

Write a message father's day activity for kids

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A handwritten message is always special and a thing of joy.

  • Let your kid write a cute message, letter, or even a paragraph about dad.
  • You can also decorate the same by framing it.

10. Do nothing

Dads are always busy and rarely get the time to rest.

  • Show daddy how hard he works by letting him relax on Father’s Day.
  • Tell him that he has tiny helpers around the house and whatever he needs to be done, your kid will do for him.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do we celebrate Father’s day?

In the US, the third Sunday of June is observed as father’s day after a girl named Sonora Smart Dodd proposed the idea to the pastor of her church. At first, the day was celebrated on June 19, until President Richard Nixon declared the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

2. Is Father’s day the same for everyone?

No. Father’s day is celebrated globally, and almost every country has its day to celebrate fatherhood. However, most countries have accepted the third Sunday of June as father’s day.

3. How can kids plan a special Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner for their dad?

Determine whether you want to surprise your dad with a Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Consider his preferences and schedule to choose the best time. Brainstorm with your siblings or family members to create a menu that includes your dad’s favorite dishes and look up recipes. Purchase all the ingredients and prepare decorations. Surprise him with a delicious meal, and express your love and appreciation for him on Father’s Day.

4. What are some Father’s Day games or challenges that kids and their dads can play together?

Father’s Day is a great opportunity for kids and their dads to bond and have fun together. A scavenger hunt, a visit a miniature golf course, a tug-of-war match, a board game or card game are some interesting games.

5. How can kids plan a surprise outing or adventure for their dad on Father’s Day?

Planning a surprise outing or adventure for your dad on Father’s Day can be a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation. Activities such as hiking, fishing, visiting a museum, going to a sports game, or having a picnic in the park. Pick something that you know he will truly enjoy.

6. How can kids plan a Father’s Day surprise party or gathering with family and friends?

Planning a Father’s Day surprise party or gathering with family and friends can be a fun and thoughtful way for kids to show their appreciation for their fathers. Talk to your siblings or other family members to see if they want to plan a surprise party for your dad. Make a list of family members and friends you want to invite to the party and select a venue. Send out invitations, plan decorations, and organize activities your father would enjoy.

7. How to make a Father’s Day speech?

Making a Father’s Day speech is a wonderful way to express your love and appreciation for your father or any father figure. Start with a warm, engaging opening line or a relevant quote about fathers or fatherhood. Recall and share specific moments, experiences, or memories that highlight your special bond with your father, and express gratitude and appreciation by mentioning his positive qualities. End with a heartfelt closing line or a toast to all the fathers in the room.

8. How can kids plan a Father’s Day movie or game night with their dad?

Tell your dad about your plans and tell him you would like to organize a movie or game night for Father’s Day. Ask for his preferences and interests, so you can choose something he’ll truly enjoy. If you go with a movie night, consider selecting a few movies from different genres your dad might like. If you choose a game night, think about games your dad enjoys playing or games you can play together as a family. Create a comfortable and cozy atmosphere for the movie or game night. Arrange seating, pillows, and blankets in a designated area with snacks and refreshments.

These Father’s day activities for kids would bring a big bright smile to your dad’s face and spark great memories. Now that you have the list, help them prepare the crafts. These activities would make the day a special occasion for the child and the father. We have made sure to keep the list versatile so that your children can alter the activities as per their and their fathers’ preferences. You can also incorporate these activities into a busy schedule. So, ask your children to grab their supplies and start a Father’s Day tradition in your house.

Infographic: Creative Activities For Children To Celebrate Father’s Day

Children love spending time and playing with their parents. So, this Father’s Day, take the opportunity to have a fun time with your children by doing some exciting activities and crafts given in the infographic below. These games and activities will undoubtedly strengthen your relationship with your children while allowing you to have fun with them.

creative ideas for father s day that your children will love (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Father’s Day crafts and activities provide an opportunity for fathers and children to bond.
  • They allow children to express their love for their fathers in a creative and unique way.
  • Fun activities like playing sports, watching movies, or going fishing with dad can make the day memorable.
  • Simple activities such as making footprints or writing a message on a mug can also convey love and affection.
Father's Day Activities For Kids_illustration

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Let’s make this Father’s Day special! Join us for an awesome activity for kids to show Dad how much they care.

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Erin DeCarlo is an avid crafter and greeting card business owner. Her expertise lies in creating handmade paper crafts and DIY home decor. She has sold handmade greeting cards and gifts on Etsy and in local stores over the last nine years. Now, she also runs a blog called Pattern and Paste to help others learn crafting tips and DIY...read full bio