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Father’s Day Special: Dad and Toddler Bonding Activities

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We always talk about the bond between a mother and a child. It’s an exceptional, one-of-a-kind relationship that’s purely based on love.

The love develops when the mother feels first kick and end… well, it never ends. And that’s the beauty of it. It only grows more durable and stronger and stronger! 

Now, let’s talk about the bond between a father and a child. It’s also quite magical. Father is a pillar of strength for his kids. A role model that a child always admires.

Fathers bond with their babies differently than mothers do. They don’t express their love like mothers, and they don’t always get the credit that they deserve.

On this Father’s Day, we decided to share some dad and toddler activities that will allow dads to enjoy a good bonding session with their little ones.

Due to the global pandemic, dads can’t take their little ones on a camping or a fishing trip, but it doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate Father’s Day with their kids at home.

So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at some special bonding activities that fathers can enjoy with their little ones:

Activity#1: Board games

Board games are entertaining and promote critical thinking. You can spend quality time with your little ones playing turn-based games. Since they are all-time favorite and equally enjoyable by adults too!

Some common options include Ludo, Chutes and Ladders, and checkers. Pick the game that has simple, easy-to-follow instructions.

Remember that it can be difficult for your toddler to learn the rules, so you may have to play by their rules.

You’d be surprised to see the smart, rule-breaking strategies that they’ll come up to win the game, and the happiness and joy on their face after winning the game will be totally worth it.

Activity#2: Hide and seek

If your toddler is energetic and likes to roam around the house and not just sit at the one place, hide and seek is the perfect game to spend quality time with them.

The rules are: the seeker faces the walls, counts to 10, while everyone else hides, once the countdown is finished, the seekers look for hiders.

You’d love to see how innocent young ones can be. They’ll be giggling behind the curtains, giving away their positions.

But when you say “oh where are you, I can’t find you,” they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, and when you finally found them, they’ll burst out laughing.

Just make sure you tell your kids never to hide in dangerous places like cupboards, fridge, washing machine, and never go outside the house.

Activity#3: Puzzles

Spend your Father’s Day, solving puzzles with your little ones to pique their interest in this amazing activity.

Also, you’ll enjoy it too. I mean, who doesn’t like puzzles. You can either solve small puzzles or go for a large one. Either way, you’ll definitely have a great time.

If you don’t have a puzzle set at home, you can play online puzzles on your laptop or tablet for a more immersive experience.

Many toddlers play puzzles on their tablet and already know how to play. So, don’t be surprised if your little one solves the puzzle before you do.

Activity#4: Build a fort

This one’s a classic. Children enjoy nothing more than enjoying a massive fort inside the home.  All you’ll need is blankets, cushions, and chairs, all of which are readily available at home.

You can get more creative by creating an epic fort, then adding the sheets and throwing some LED lights.

You can enjoy numerous activities inside the fort, including the ones mentioned above. Alternatively, you can roleplay battle, using carboard sheets as swords.

If you have a cute little princess at home, you can enjoy a kitty party session with her.

You’d love it when she’ll cook the snacks and serve them in the small toy plates with her teeny tiny hands. A guaranteed wholesome experience! 

Activity#5: Gadgets and Toys

Children love playing with toys. Partner with your little one this Father’s Day to play with their favorite toy and you’ll know why.

Some great ideas are remote control cars, building blocks, and train sets. You’ll also enjoy building cars and structures using Legos. Doctors kit and firefighter sets are also popular choice.

In addition to that, there are hundreds of interactive games available on app market that you can download and enjoy with your toddler.

You’d love to see how tables have turned. You’ll start a game on a tablet thinking that you’ll teach your child how to play it, but end up taking lessons from your little one.

Activity#6: Read books

Do you read stories to your little ones before putting them to sleep? If not, use Father’s Day as an opportunity to make this a daily—or at least a weekly—activity.

Bedtimes stories spark imagination and develop children’s interest in reading. It also stimulates conversation, improves their vocabulary, and improves their emotional intelligence.

More importantly, reading to your children at night will bring you closer together. It’s a perfect time for bonding and making beautiful memories that last for a lifetime.

If you enjoyed the Father’s Day playing board games and hide and seek with your little ones, a bedtime story is an ideal way to relax, unwind, and end your day on a pleasant note.

Bonus activity: Coloring

Coloring with your toddler can be a gratifying experience. It’s a wonderful way of self-expression for kids and will help you learn how they see the world in different lenses.

Once you start coloring, you’ll dive into a nostalgic journey to your childhood. Overseeing your little one coloring different characters and shapes is an experience of its own.

At mommytutors, we have FREE shapes and color worksheets available that you can easily print to enjoy fun coloring sessions with your little one.

If you have any suggestion or queries, feel free to write to us at mommytutors@gmail.com

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