When kids have learning and thinking differences, simple holiday gift projects aren’t always so simple. One way you can help is by suggesting a from-the-heart Father’s Day gift that fits your child’s strengths. Here are some ideas to spark kids’ creativity!
Ask Dad out on a father-kid date.
Brainstorm with your child about someplace just the two of them can go together. Out for ice cream? To the batting cages? Talk about what Dad likes to do, and what might be a treat for him. Encourage your child to create an invitation with an itinerary. Or help your child craft “tickets” for the outing.
Have your child choose tunes Dad would love for his workout or his commute. Tech-savvy tweens and teens can use services like iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, or even YouTube to create a playlist.
Invite Dad to learn something together.
What would your child like to learn with Dad? They could take a bike-repair class together at a local shop. Or watch YouTube videos on how to make the perfect barbecued chicken. (And then hit the grocery store to get what they need for a grilled feast.) Whatever your child chooses, the gift is in the shared experience.
Encourage your child to think about what kind of assistance Dad could use. Help cleaning out his closet? Weeding the garden? Organizing the bookshelf? Kids can offer their services with a handmade “coupon.”
Give Dad the gift of grub.
Help kids think about what foods their father loves. Think about snacks like trail mix or party mix and sweets like chocolates or baked goods. Or brainstorm savory food projects, like homemade barbecue sauce or spice rub. Have kids look online or in a cookbook for a recipe. Encourage kids to help shop for the ingredients and choose the container for the gift.
Decorate one of Dad’s favorite things.
Is Dad a coffee drinker? The guy in charge of weekend pancakes? Give your child permanent markers to draw a message or design on a blank mug or serving platter. Are guitar picks or golf balls more Dad’s style? Kids can decorate those. (Follow the directions on the markers to seal the color on Dad’s present.)