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50 Genius Dad and Toddler Activities for All Seasons [Printables]

Updated October 26, 2023

Looking for some great ideas for dad and toddler activities?

No matter what the season, we have you covered!

In this article, we will provide you with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that are perfect for bonding with your little one.

 

dad and toddler activities

 

We’ll also give you some tips on screen-free activities and weekend fun.

So whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, get ready to have some fun!

 

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50 Genius Dad and Toddler Activities for All Seasons

1. Dads and toddlers can bond over a game of catch in the living room.

If the weather outside is frightful then spend time playing a game of catch in the family room.

No need to go outside in awful weather.

You can play with a Nerf ball or even a beach ball so that it won’t damage anything

While moms are often the primary caretakers of young children, dads can also play an important role in their development. 

One way to bond with a toddler is to play catch together in the living room. 

This simple game can teach hand-eye coordination and provide a chance for dad and child to interact one-on-one. 

In addition, playing catch is a great way to expend energy and get some exercise. 

When choosing a ball, look for one that is soft and safe for indoor use. 

While you might be tempted to use a standard baseball, these can be too hard for young children. 

Instead, opt for a foam ball or even a balloon. 

With a little creativity, you can have fun while spending quality time together.

 

2. A dance party is always a fun way to get moving and grooving!

A dance party is always a great way to get moving and have some quality time together.

Dance parties are an excellent activity for any dad and toddler.

They are simple to set up, all you need is some music and a nice open space to move around in.

You can even turn it into a game by seeing who can move the best to the beat.

Dance parties are always so much fun, and they are a great way to get some exercise too.

Make a video of you dancing and being silly so you watch it with your toddler over and over again!

 

dad and toddler activities

 

3. Toddlers love to help with chores. Dads can let them help with laundry, dusting, or even cooking.

It’s never too early to start teaching your toddler the importance of helping out around the house.

Not only will it help to instill a sense of responsibility, but it can also be a fun bonding experience.

And, let’s be honest, it’s always nice to have an extra set of hands when it comes to tackling chores.

Here is a few stay-at home dad toddler activities to get the job done:

  • Helping with laundry: Toddlers love to throw things in the air, so laundry time is the perfect opportunity for them to help out. Dad can sort the clothes while the toddler throws them into the air or puts them in the hamper.
  • Cleaning up toys: This is a great way to teach toddlers about organization and responsibility. Dad can show them how to put their toys away after they’re done playing with them.
  • Dusting and vacuuming: Kids love to see things move, so these chores are sure to be a hit. Dad can hold the dust cloth while the toddler runs around behind him, or he can let the toddler push the vacuum around (with supervision, of course).

 

4. Storytime is a great way to relax and bond with your toddler.

Read their favorite books together or make up your own stories.

There’s nothing like a bedtime story to help your child wind down at the end of the day.

Not only is it a great way to relax and bond with your toddler, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to teach them about the world around them.

Reading together is also a great way to develop your child’s communication skills and imagination.

And when it comes to choosing books, there are no hard and fast rules – just go with whatever you think your child will enjoy.

Whether it’s a classic tale of a brand-new adventure, sharing a story with your little one is sure to create precious memories that will last a lifetime.

 

5. Take a trip to the park for some swings, slides, and climbing fun.

Swings, slides, and climbing structures are just some of the activities available at the park.

They provide an opportunity for quality time together while also getting some exercise.

The playground is a great place to explore new textures, colors, and smells.

It’s also a great way to meet other kids and adults.

When you’re done at the park, be sure to stop by the concession stand for a treat.

6. Explore nature together on a hike or walk around the neighborhood.

One of the best things you can do together is simply explore nature.

Head to a nearby park or even just walk around your neighborhood.

Take in the fresh air and take some time to really look at the trees, flowers, and wildlife.

You may be surprised at how much there is to see when you really take the time to look.

And, it’s a great way to get some exercise and spend some quality time together.

fall dad and toddler activities

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7. Ride bikes, play catch, or have a water balloon fight in the backyard.

One of the best things about having a backyard is enjoying the outdoors without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

And what could be more fun than spending some quality time with your little one?

Here are a few activities that are sure to create some lasting memories:

Get on your bikes and go for a leisurely ride around the neighborhood.

Or, set up a mini obstacle course in the backyard and see who can make it through without touching the ground.

If you’re feeling competitive, have a water balloon fight or a game of catch. Just remember to keep it lighthearted – after all, this is supposed to be fun!

Whatever you do, just enjoy each other’s company and soak up some precious time together.

 

8. Gardening is a great way to teach toddlers about nature and responsibility.

Let them help you plant flowers or vegetables.

Gardening is a great way to teach toddlers about nature and responsibility. Here are some tips:

1. Start small. Choose a spot in the yard that is easy to access and doesn’t have too many obstacles. Dad can help clear the area of any stones or debris.

2. Toddlers love to dig, so give them a shovel or trowel and let them loose! As they dig, Dad can talk to them about the different things they’re uncovering – worms, bugs, rocks, etc. This is a great way to teach them about the natural world around them.

3. Plant some simple flowers or vegetables together. Dad can show them how to water and care for their plants, instilling a sense of responsibility in them.

dad and toddler gardening

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9. Dads and toddlers can play games together like memory, Simon Says, or I Spy.

Spending quality time with your toddler can be a challenge, especially when you’re both tired and just want to relax.

However, there are plenty of easy and fun activities that you can do together to enjoy some precious bonding time.

One great activity is playing memory games together – you can start with a simple game of matching identical items, and then move on to more complex memory challenges as your toddler’s attention span increases.

Simon Says is another classic game that’s perfect for Dad and Toddler time – it’s a great way to get your little one up and moving, and you can even make up your own rules as you go along.

This is also the perfect opportunity for some good old-fashioned I Spy fun – see how long it takes your toddler to spot the item you’re looking at, and then switch roles and see if they can beat your score.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your time together, the important thing is that you’re both enjoying yourselves and making some great memories in the process.

 

10. Get creative with some arts and crafts. Paint, color, or do crafts.

Dad and toddlers can have a lot of fun together doing crafts projects.

Painting is always a big hit with toddlers.

They love to splash the paint around and make a mess.

And, it’s a great way for Dad to bond with his little one.

Plus, it’s a chance for Dad to be creative and get a little messy himself.

Crafts are also a great activity to do together.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting with toddlers.

Dad can help his little one glue pompoms on a picture frame or glue construction paper shapes onto a piece of cardboard.

These are just a few ideas to get you started.

 

11. Make homemade pizzas.

Toddler activities can be both fun and educational.

One activity that is sure to please both adults and children is making homemade pizzas.

Not only is this a great way to bond with your little one, but it also gives you a chance to teach them about measurements, fractions, and following directions.

To get started, you will need some basic kitchen supplies, including a rolling pin, a pizza cutter, and a baking sheet.

You can find pre-made pizza dough at most grocery stores or make your own using a simple recipe.

The pizza dough recipe linked above is the only one I use.

And I have used it since 2009! the recipe is from Money Saving Mom and I’ve never found when that is easier or better.

Once you have the dough prepared, let your toddler help you measure and cut it into the desired shape.

Then, have them add their favorite toppings before popping the pizza in the oven.

Activities with your toddler don’t get much more delicious than that!

 

dad and toddler homemade pizzas

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

 

12. Puzzles and blocks are great for problem-solving and hand-eye coordination.

Toddlers love puzzles and playing with blocks.

And we know that is excellent for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

So pull out a puzzle and make it an easy one that you can do together with your toddler or pull out the blocks and build a castle or fort or whatever your toddler wants to build.

The idea is to get down on the floor at their level and spend time engaging them in conversation creative and letting their imagination run wild.

 

13. Plan a day trip to the zoo, museum, or aquarium.

Toddlers have a lot of energy, and it can be hard to find ways to burn off all that steam.

One great way to spend a day together is by visiting one of the many wonderful museums, zoos, or aquariums in your area.

Not only will they get some exercise, but they’ll also get to learn about new and exciting things.

At the zoo, Dad can teach about different animals and their habitats.

At the museum, they can explore different cultures and histories.

And at the aquarium, they can learn about the amazing creatures that live in the world’s oceans.

Get a free Printable Day at the Zoo checklist:

zoo visit checklist

 

14. Have a picnic in the park 

One of the best things about summer is picnicking in the park!

It’s a perfect activity to do with toddlers.

All you need is a blanket, some snacks, and a sense of adventure.

First, find the perfect spot to set up your blanket.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, Spread out the blanket and have a seat.

Then, it’s time to dig into your picnic lunch.

Be sure to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand to keep everyone happy and full.

After you’re done eating, take some time to explore your surroundings.

Check out the nearby trees, flowers, and playground equipment.

When you’re ready to head home, be sure to clean up your picnic area so that everyone can enjoy the park for years to come!

 

15. Visit a farmer’s market or go strawberry picking.

Activities with your toddler don’t have to be expensive or elaborate.

You want something that will be fun for both of you, but that won’t break the bank.

A great option is to visit a farmer’s market or go strawberry picking.

This way, you can support local businesses while getting some fresh air and enjoying some quality time together.

Plus, what could be more fun than picking your own strawberries?

Just be sure to bring along sunscreen and a hat for your little one.

 

16. Take a trip to the beach, pool, or sprinkler park.

Toddlers love going to the beach or to the pool to go swimming.

Your toddler will also enjoy going to a waterpark.

For example, Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor waterpark that has many safe water play areas for toddlers.

They also offer day passes too.

You may also want to look into your city park department because many cities have their own water parks.

We lived in Arizona for a time and the city we lived in was Surprise, Arizona.

It had a water park that was free for residents who live in the city.

It was perfect for hot days in the summer as a way to cool off.

You can also try a local lake or pond that has a beach area.

As long as the sand and water your toddler will be happy.

Remember to bring your beach toys and help your toddler create a Sandcastle masterpiece.

 

dad and toddler beach activity

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17. Go camping, fishing, or stargazing.

All three of these should be on your summer bucket list to do with your toddler

You can go camping right in your own backyard or you need assistance.

Your toddler will be thrilled to sleep outside with her dad under the stars.

While you’re camping it’s a perfect time to stargaze.

Your toddler will definitely enjoy early morning fishing with you.

You may need a fishing license but your toddler should be able to fish for free without a license in most places. 

dad and toddler fishing

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18. Make s’mores or roasted marshmallows over a fire.

Toddler activities don’t have to be complicated or expensive.

One of the best things you can do is head outside and roast some marshmallows over a fire.

If you’re feeling extra inspired, you can even make s’mores!

Our kids love to make Peep s’mores over a campfire or charcoal grill!

Just be sure to keep a close eye on your little one, as sticky fingers can be a hazard around open flames. roasted marshmallows are always a hit with kids, and they’ll love getting to help roast them too.

It’s a great way for you and your toddler to bond while enjoying the great outdoors.

dad and toddler activities outdoor fire and roasting marshmallows

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

 

19. Have a snowball fight or build a snowman.

Even though it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun in the snow!

One great way to enjoy spending time with your toddler is to have a snowball fight or build a snowman together.

Not only will they love getting to play in the snow, but they’ll also cherish the memories of spending time with you.

And who knows – you might even have some fun yourself!

Just be sure to bundle up before you head outside.

 

20. Go ice skating

It can be difficult to find activities that are both fun and Dad-approved when you have a toddler.

However, one great activity that both kids and adults can enjoy is ice skating.

Ice skating is not only a great way to get some exercise, but it’s also a terrific bonding experience for father and child.

And don’t worry if you or your little one are beginners— there are plenty of beginner-friendly rinks out there.

 

21. Make homemade chili or soup.

A fun way to spend an afternoon with your toddler is by making homemade chili.

It’s easy and makes for a great lunch or a simple dinner.

Your toddler will enjoy cooking with you you1

Here are 20 one-pot chili recipes you might want to try!

cooking with toddlers

Photo: HHB Media

 

22. Dads and toddlers can bond over a game of catch in the living room.

Dad and toddler activities can help to promote bonding and attachment.

One daddy-toddler activity that is particularly helpful in promoting bonding is playing catch.

While this may seem like a simple game, it actually requires a great deal of coordination and communication between the two players.

In order to play catch successfully, Dad must be able to gauge the toddler’s level of interest and energy and respond accordingly.

For example, if the Toddler seems tired or disinterested, Dad can make the game shorter or less active.

Conversely, if the Toddler seems eager and energetic, Dad can make the game more challenging.

By reading and responding to the Toddler’s cues, Dad can ensure that both he and the Toddler are enjoying the game.

As a result, catch can be a great way for Dad and Toddler to bond.

 

23. Chop wood and let your toddler help stack.

Do you have a wood stove or a fireplace?

A great activity to do with your toddler is to chop and stack wood.

Let your toddler help stack it with you they’ll get a tremendous sense of accomplishment seeing the wood they stacked.

And as they help stack the wood, they will learn how to measure and compare sizes, identify patterns, and problem-solve.

Plus, they’ll get outside and burn off a ton of energy!

It’s also a great time to take a nature walk and show them different insects that you’ll find in the wood as you split it.

dad and toddler activity chop and stack wood

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24. Bake cookies or a cake together.

Who doesn’t love cookies? There are so many easy ways to make cookies with your toddler.

You can buy ready-to-bake cookie dough that you just break into pieces from the grocery store.

Or if you’re feeling ambitious you can make your own cookies from scratch.

We love chocolate chip cookies so those are the cookies that my toddlers get to make most often with their dad.

Here are some green chocolate chip cookies they made for St. Patrick’s Day:

Green chocolate chip cookies

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

 

25. Play tourist and walk around your city or town to explore.

One of the best ways to explore your city or town is to play tourist for a day.

Start by doing some research and making a list of all the popular attractions in your area.

Then, start your day by visiting one of the landmarks.

Take some time to walk around and take in the sights, sounds, and smells.

Be sure to take plenty of pictures to document your adventure.

Next, grab lunch at a local eatery.

Make sure to try something new that you’ve never had before. After lunch, continue your exploration by visiting another attraction on your list.

As you walk, take notice of all the small details that you normally just breeze past.

By the end of the day, you’re sure to have a whole new appreciation for your city or town.

 

26. Go through old family photo albums together.

Looking through old family photo albums together is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Not only will it give you a chance to bond with your toddler, but it will also provide a glimpse into your family’s history.

You can share stories about when you were a toddler, and your toddler can point out things that are different in the photos (e.g., hairstyles, clothing, etc.).

As you flip through the pages, you’ll likely find yourself laughing, smiling, and even tearing up at some of the memories.

And who knows?

Maybe you’ll even discover a few new things about your family along the way.!

 

27. Have a pillow fight or build a fort out of blankets and pillows.

If you’re looking for some fun toddler activities, why not try having a pillow fight or building a fort out of blankets and pillows?

Both of these activities are great for helping little ones to use their imaginations, use their motor skills and just have fun.

And, they’re activities that can be easily done indoors on a rainy day.

Building a fort out of blankets and pillows in the family room it’s a blast.

Most of us remember doing his kids and how much we loved hiding in the forest and playing.

 You could also have a pillow fight. 

To have a pillow fight, simply set up some rules (such as no hitting in the face) and let your toddler go to town.

Remember you’re is a little so you want to have a gentle pillow fight and let them win.

You can also have lunch or dinner in your blanket fort or have a sleepover in your fort.

You can also set a tent up right inside your family room and have a sleepover.

This is a great way to make lifetime memories with your toddler.

 

28. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house or yard.

Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep toddlers entertained and engaged. They’re also a great opportunity for learning.

To get started, simply make a list of things that your toddler can find around the house or yard.

Common items include flowers, leaves, stones, and sticks.

Once you have your list, hide the items around the area and let your toddler loose to find them.

As they search for hidden objects, they’ll be developing their problem-solving skills and learn new words.

5 Scavenger Hunt Ideas:

1. Treasure hunt – hide small toys or treats around the house and have your child find them
2. Alphabet scavenger hunt – have your child find things that begin with each letter of the alphabet
3. Color scavenger hunt – have your child find objects of different colors around the house
4. Nature scavenger hunt – go outside and have your child find things like leaves, rocks, and sticks
5. Food scavenger hunt – have your child find different types of food in the kitchen

You can download our FREE scavenger hunt printables PDF:

Free Summer Beach Scavenger Hunt Printable:

beach scavenger hunt for toddler

 

Free Fall Scavenger Hun Printable:

October toddler activities scavenger hunt printable

 

Free Winter and Christmas Scavenger Hunt Printables

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FREE WINTER AND CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNTS

 

29. Play tag, hide and seek, or hopscotch.

When it comes to Dad and Toddler activities, there are endless possibilities.

One classic activity is the game tag.

Dad can be the “it” person, and your toddler can run around trying to avoid being caught.

This is a great way to get some exercise while spending time together.

Another option is hidden and seek.

Dad can hide, and Toddler can try to find him.

This game can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

Finally, hopscotch is a great way to have some fun while helping Toddlers practice counting and coordination.

Dad can draw the hopscotch course, and your toddler can toss the marker and hop along.

These are just a few ideas – the possibilities are endless!

 

30. Do some Yoga or stretching exercises together.

As a busy parent, it can be difficult to find time to exercise.

However, it’s important to stay active in order to maintain your health and well-being.

One way to make exercise a priority is to do it with your toddler.

Dad and toddler yoga or stretching exercises are a great way to bond with your child while getting some much-needed movement into your day.

Not only will you both benefit from physical activity, but you’ll also enjoy some quality time together.

This is one of our favorite stay-at-home dad toddler activities!

 

31. Look for frogs, tadpoles, or salamanders in a local pond.

One great toddler activity to do together is to look for frogs, tadpoles, or salamanders in a local pond.

This is a great way to get outside and explore nature together.

It’s also a great opportunity to teach your toddler about the different types of animals that live in ponds.

Grey toad in mud

Photo: Maternity Comfort solutions

To get started, simply head to your nearest pond and start looking for these creatures.

You may be surprised at how many you find!

And who knows, you may even discover a new species!

dad and toddler activities visit a pond

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32. Collect leaves, flowers, or rocks on a nature walk.

It’s important for toddlers to get at least an hour of outdoor play each day.

A great activity  is to take a nature walk and on the nature walk collect leaves, flowers, and rocks to use in arts and crafts projects 

During the winter season, you can make frozen bird feeders to hang on trees.

And you can look for animal tracks in the snow!

10 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities For Toddlers

 

33. Do some simple science experiments together like making volcanoes out of clay.

Dad and toddler activities don’t have to be limited to things like throwing a football around in the backyard.

You can also bond with your little ones while teaching them some basic science.

Try doing some simple science experiments together, like making volcanoes out of clay.

Not only is this a fun activity, but it’s also a great way to introduce your child to the concepts of cause and effect.

 

34. Go on a bug hunt and see how many different kinds you can find.

Dad and toddler activities can be so much fun!

One great activity is to go on a bug hunt.

You and your toddler can explore the backyard or a local park, looking for all kinds of bugs.

See how many different kinds you can find!

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

It’s a great way to learn about nature and spend some quality time together.

 

35. Play music together and make up your own instruments.

Play is an essential part of toddler development, and music is a great way to encourage creativity and self-expression.

One simple way to do this is to play music together and make up your own instruments.

For example, you can use pots and pans as drums, or fill empty plastic bottles with rice or beans to create shakers.

You can also experiment with different sounds by blowing into cups or whistling through straws.

And don’t forget about your own body!

Clapping hands, tapping feet, and singing along are all great ways to join in the fun.

By playing music together, you’ll not only bond with your toddler but also help them develop their motor skills and creative thinking.

When I was little my mom made me a drum out of an empty oatmeal container that she wrapped in paper and glued yarn on.

It looked like a real drum. 

And it had a string on it so that I could wear it around my neck.

I had two wooden spoons that I could beat on the drum.

It was one of my favorite toys!

Your toddler will love making instruments with you and music together.

 

36. Have a tea party with stuffed animals or dolls.

This is a great activity for dads and toddlers to do together.

It can help promote bonding and imagination while also teaching valuable life skills such as manners and sharing.

This can be a real tea party or pretend tea party.

If it’s a real party you can serve little snacks.

You can serve apple juice as tea.

This is an activity that will help your toddler explore their imagination and creative side.

Tips for Dad: Get out your child’s favorite stuffed animals or dolls for the tea party.

Set up a little table and chairs in the playroom or living room, Brew some “tea” (or use imaginary tea), and serve up some snacks.

 

37. Go for a walk and look for birds, squirrels, or other animals.

Dad, it’s time to put away the phone and get outside for some quality time with your toddler.

A great way to bond with your little one is to go for a walk and look for birds, squirrels, or other animals.

This activity doesn’t require any special equipment – just a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a curious toddler.

As you explore your neighborhood or local park, take some time to point out the different animals you see.

Help your toddler identify the sounds they’re hearing, and teach them about the different types of birds and animals that live near you.

Not only is this a fun activity for both of you, but it’s also a great opportunity to teach your toddler about nature and the world around them.

 

38. Go out to lunch and to your favorite stores on Saturday afternoon.

One of the best things you can do for your relationship with your toddler is to schedule regular outings together.

Dad and toddler activities help to create happy memories and build a strong bond between father and child.

One great activity to do together is to go out to lunch every Saturday afternoon.

This gives you quality time to talk and connect with your toddler, and it also gives them a chance to practice their social skills.

Plus, it’s a great opportunity to try new foods and explore different restaurants.

Going out to lunch together every Saturday will quickly become one of your favorite traditions.

 

39. Take your toddler to the local fair or carnival

The local fair or carnival can be a great outing for dads and toddlers.

Toddlers are naturally curious and love to explore, so they’ll be fascinated by all the sights and sounds of the carnival.

From rides and games to food stalls and shows, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.

And what’s more, they’ll get to enjoy the excitement of being out and about without having to stay still for too long.

A few tips to make the fair more fun:

  • Bring cash for food and games
  • Get an unlimited wristband for rides
  • Be careful in the petting zoo, wash your toddler’s hands as soon as they leave.
  • Place an identification wristband on your toddler with your name and cell number in case they get lost. you buy the wristbands on Amazon.

 

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

 

40. Summer Do-A-Dot Activity

This is an easy and simple activity that a dad can do with his toddler on a rainy summer day or on a hot summer afternoon.

There are 6 FREE Printable Summer Fruit Do-A-Dot pages in this pack:

Summer fruit dotters for toddlers

All you need are a set of bingo dabbers and a printer for this activity.

 

41. Attend a local sporting event or go to see Monster Trucks.

This is a great activity for dads and toddlers to do together I haven’t met a toddler yet who doesn’t love to go to sea monster trucks or if you live in a rural area maybe go see a local rodeo!

Go to a local baseball or football game.

Dad can share his love of the game with his toddler, and the toddler can run around and burn off some energy.

 

42. Go Apple picking in the fall.

Dad and toddler activities abound in the fall when the weather is cooler and the days are shorter.

One great activity to do together is apple picking.

apple orchard

Many farms offer pick-your-own apples, and it’s a great way to get some exercise while spending quality time with your little one.

Plus, you can use the apples you pick to make pies, applesauce, or other tasty treats.

 

43. Make Thanksgiving crafts leading up to the holiday.

Thanksgiving crafts are a great way to keep your toddler entertained leading up to the holiday.

There are plenty of easy and fun crafts that Dad and Toddler can do together.

For example, you can make a turkey out of strips of construction paper or handprint turkeys using paint and paper.

You can also decorate a pumpkin with paint, markers, or stickers.

Whatever craft you choose, You’ll have a blast making Thanksgiving craft memories together.

 

44. Go outside at night and watch fireflies

Watching fireflies is a great activity to do together with your toddler.

To get started, simply go outside at night and look for fireflies.

If you’re lucky, you may even see some lightning bugs!

Once you find one, watch it for a while, and then let your toddler catch it.

Just be sure to release it back into the wild afterward.

With a little patience and some practice, you and your toddler will be able to enjoy this unique experience together.

 

45. Make a gingerbread house at Christmas

Dad and toddlers love spending time together, and there are few things more fun than making a gingerbread house.

It’s a great way to bond with your little one while getting into the Christmas spirit.

10 Money Saving Tips for Family Christmas Gifts

Photo: Maternity Comfort Solutions

Plus, it’s a perfect activity for those chilly winter days when you can’t go outside.

Just be sure to have plenty of icing and candy on hand – you’ll need them to build your masterpiece!

Dad and toddler teams can create some pretty spectacular gingerbread houses, so get creative and have fun!

 

46. Go sledding or tubing in the winter.

Winter can be a tough time for parents with young children.

The cold weather keeps everyone indoors, and it can be hard to find ways to entertain energetic toddlers.

However, there are plenty of fun winter activities that dads and Toddlers can enjoy together.

One of the best is sledding or tubing.

Dad can take the lead on this one, guiding the sled or tube down the hill while Toddler hangs on tight.

It’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, and it’s sure to put smiles on your face.

So next time the weather outside is frightful, don’t despair – head out for some sledding or tubing fun.

 

47. Do snow painting outside

Snow Painting: the Perfect Winter Art Activity!

It’s no secret that I love art activities for kids.

In the winter, we tend to spend more time inside than out, so I like to find ways to bring the outdoors in.

One of my favorite ways to do this is with snow paintings! This activity is perfect for a chilly day, and it’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise.

snow painting for toddlers

 

48. Go visit large construction vehicles

A great activity is to go visit large construction vehicles.

Most toddlers are fascinated by big trucks, and it’s a great way to teach them about different types of vehicles and how they work.

And, it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon together.

The next time you’re looking for something to do with your toddler, consider taking a trip to see some construction vehicles.

You’re sure to have a blast.

After you go visit the constriction equipment your toddler will LOVE doing these constriction activity pages for toddlers.

You can download the FREE Construction Activity Pack below:

construction activity for toddlers

 

49.  Have ice cream for dinner at a local ice cream shop.

Have dinner at an Ice Cream Shop.

Yes, you read that right! And no, I’m not talking about going out for ice cream after dinner.

I’m talking about making ice cream the main event!

Here’s why this Dad and Toddler Activity is so great:

It’s a great way to beat the heat – On hot summer nights, what could be better than a delicious bowl of ice cream?

Not only is it refreshing, but it’s also a great way to cool down.

It’s a fun activity for the whole family – What could be more fun than spending some quality time with your family while enjoying some delicious ice cream?

And best of all, it’s an activity that both kids and adults will enjoy.

It’s a great way to bond with your child – When you sit down and share a bowl of ice cream with your child, it’s a great opportunity to bond and connect with them.

You can talk about your day, ask them about theirs, and just enjoy each other’s company.

 

50. Washing the cars

Most dads probably don’t enjoy washing the family cars, but it can be a great activity to do with your toddler.

It’s a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, and it’s a chance to teach your little ones about taking care of their belongings.

Here are a few tips to make car-washing time fun for both of you:

Start by filling up a bucket with soapy water and giving your toddler a sponge or washcloth to scrub with.

Let them help wash the windows and doors while you tackle the bigger job of washing the body of the car.

As they work, point out different colors and shapes, and talk about how you’re cleaning the car.

If you have a hose, let your toddler use it to rinse off the suds – just be sure to supervise closely so they don’t turn it on you!

Once the car is clean and dry, take a step back to admire your handiwork together.

 

Gift ideas for father and son to do together:

If you’re looking for some gift ideas for Dad and Son to do together, consider some of the following options:

  • Legos
  • Water guns
  • Zoo passes
  • Melissa and Doug play sets
  • Tickets to Monster trucks
  • Bubbles and sidewalk chalk

 

Dad and baby activities:

1. Go for a walk in the park – take a stroller or carrier for your baby

2. Have a picnic lunch in the backyard

3. Play catch or go to the playground

4. Watch funny animal videos on YouTube

5. Give your baby a bath – add some fun toys and bubbles

 

What activities does a father like to do with his children?

Toddler activities can be done all year long no matter what the weather or temperature is outside.

Dads can play catch with their toddlers in the spring and summer, go leaf-peeping in the fall, sledding in the winter, and take nature hikes anytime.

Most importantly, fathers should be creative when coming up with ideas for their toddlers to prevent boredom from setting in.

Building forts out of couch cushions and towels, holding “tournaments” where stuffed animals compete against each other in various made-up events, and creating indoor obstacle courses are all great ways to spend time with your toddler while being Dad.

And don’t forget that tickle wars are probably the best way to make lasting memories with your little one.

Activities are only limited by imagination!

 

What can kids do with their dad?

It is often said that fathers and daughters have a special bond.

And while this may be true, it is also important for fathers to spend time with their sons.

After all, children of both genders benefit from having a strong relationship with their father figure.

So what can kids do with their dad?

The answer may depend on the season, but there are plenty of fun activities that dads and kids can enjoy together no matter what time of year it is.

Dad and the kids can go on a nature hike together or plant a garden in the spring.

In the summer, they can go swimming or build sandcastles at the beach.

Fall is a great time to go apple picking or on a hayride.

And in the winter, Dad and the kids can make snowmen or go sledding.

No matter what season it is, there are plenty of ways for Dad and the kiddos to have quality time together.

 

What is a good father-son activity?

Spending quality time with your son is important for bonding and developing a strong relationship.

But it can be tough to come up with new and innovative ideas, especially if your little guy is still in the “Terrible Twos.”

Here are some father-son activities  that are perfect for all seasons:

  • Go for a walk or bike ride together. Not only is this a great exercise, but you can also point out different landmarks and talk about the things you see along the way.
  • Visit a nearby park or playground. Toddlers love to explore, and there’s no better place to do that than at a park. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for Dad to get in some swings or slides time too!
  • Get creative in the kitchen. Cooking (and eating!) is always more fun when done as a team. Ask your son to help measure ingredients, stir the pot, or decorate cookies. And don’t forget to snap some pictures of your little chef in action!
  • Have a movie night. Choose your son’s favorite film, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch for some quality family time. You can even make it into a themed night by wearing costumes or making snacks that match the movie.

 

 

Authors

  • Doug Penta MD OB/GYN

    Dr. Doug Penta, MD - Co-Founder of Maternity Comfort Solutions Dr. Doug Penta, is a seasoned Obstetrician and Gynecologist with over 38 years of practice, co-founded Maternity Comfort Solutions to provide evidence-based pregnancy and parenting information. A Boston University alum and former Clinical Professor at Harvard, his articles on Maternity Comfort Solutions offer expectant mothers invaluable nutritional insights.

  • Sue Winters RN

    Sue Winters, RN - Co-Founder of Maternity Comfort Solutions Sue combines 20 years of nursing with a rich background in early childhood education. Co-founder of Maternity Comfort Solutions, her articles provide creative toddler activities and practical tips on pregnancy nutrition and baby shower planning, embodying her commitment to supporting families through early parenthood.

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