No, we don’t mean finish a bag of chips on your own. Pig is a game played by two people with one pair of dice. Addition games like Pig are a great way to support math skills and spend time together. Find more math games on the Strong Fathers website.
Activities of the Week
Be a Pig.
Connect Books to Life.
Reading is awesome, especially when you can connect the dots between what your kids are reading and their real life. Check out these “6 Tips on How to Show Your Child Reading is Awesome” from the National Fatherhood Initiative and the NRFC July webinar for more ways to encourage literacy with your family.
Make your own ice cream.
All you need are very ripe bananas, a freezer, and a blender. Healthy, natural, and less expensive than a trip to the local ice cream shop, kids can make a sundae by topping with all sorts of treats. Check out the details on what do to and ideas for toppings from PBS Parents.
In this June’s CASAFamilyDay Blog Carey Casey of the National Center for Fathering offered 6 ways for dads to connect with teenagers. One tip that works with kids of all ages, especially teens is to be curious and take a genuine interest in what your kids are interested in and what they are doing.
Check out the sky.
Spend a night stargazing with your kids. If you can find a space to lay on the lawn, or sit on the porch and look out at the night sky, take some time to sit and look up. Research constellations (try this free sky map for kids) or talk about what might be going on out there in space, and about what is going on at home.
We all get busy and distracted. It can be hard to prioritize where to put our attention. Take time, no matter how busy you may feel, to stop and listen to your children. It will show them that they are the top priority in your life. You may be surprised by what you learn!
Be a #DynamicDad.
Dynamic Dads are the ones that take action! Dads that spend time, show love, and encourage healthy behavior in their children. Play tag, read together before bed, or hug your children for no reason other than they are near you.
Do it together.
As summer gets underway, and kids get out of school, it can be tough to fit in all that needs to get done. Involve kids in the chores and errands that need to get done. Bring them into the grocery store, or work together to mow the lawn. Every day activities are a great way to spend time together.