I’ve always had a motto that I try to live by: “If it’s free, it’s for me!” Finding free activities, especially when you have a family, is key. Kids like to be entertained 24/7 but that doesn’t mean you have to empty your bank account!
The same goes for Father’s Day activities, and even gifts.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a good Father’s Day. There are plenty of things to do and to give that won’t cost anything at all. You can even involve your Noggins. Check it out!
Picnic with the Noggins. Dad has to eat on Father’s Day, right? So why not pack a picnic lunch and bring your Noggins along. The only cost you have here is for your food. Bring the Noggins along and play as you eat. It’s a great way to spend quality time with Dad while having the kids brush up on their fine motor skills. Just put the Noggins on their forks and spoons (or even their fingers!) and you’re all ready to play!
Fly airplanes with Dad. Use the Noggins paper planes activity to create your fleet of paper airplanes either with Dad or for Dad. You can create them for Dad and give them as a gift or you can do it with him as a Father’s Day activity. Either way, the Noggins are in play as you draw and decorate the planes and then fold them into shape. Once they’re made, go outside and fly them!
Put on a Father’s Day “Noggins” show. Grab the Noggins and create a Father’s Day theater show. This will allow your kids to make a special show to let their Dad know just how much he’s loved. Each Noggin can also represent a member of the family so the “child Noggin” can tell the “daddy Noggin” all of the things that are great about him. Dad will surely love this gift more than anything bought in the store.
Father’s Day cards made with Noggins. What’s better than a homemade Father’s Day card? One made with Noggins! Your children can attach the Noggins to their crayons, markers, and scissors to make a personalized card for Dad. When Dad gets his card, he’ll be happy to know the Noggins were a part of it and that fine motor skills were being worked on at the same time.
Art and game time with Dad. Sometimes the simplest things are the most enjoyable. Play a game of tic tac toe or simply draw pictures with Dad. Nogginsland also offers some great low-cost activity sets that are currently on sale with free shipping through 6/24/18. Dad and the kids can attach their favorite Noggin onto their pens or pencils as they play and draw. A quiet, low-key activity like this is a great way to reconnect amid all of the day-to-day craziness.
Any of these activities will not only get your kids creating and imagining, but they’ll be fun to do with Dad. He’ll love the thought that went into making the projects as well as the time he gets to spend with the kids on Father’s Day. You can’t buy that in any store!
Brought to you by: NOGGINSLAND
Written by: Kristen Cappetta
Edited & Designed by: Jamie Schmalenberger
Graphics by: Team Nogginsland & Freepik
My name is John Haber. I’m a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and the founder of Nogginsland. I became a COTA in 2003, and then went back to school much later, receiving my Master’s Degree in OT from Mercy College in New York in 2016.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a variety of populations in different settings, from school districts, to developmental disability centers, to children’s hospitals.