Meaningful DIY Gifts and Activities for Father's Day

It’s almost Father’s Day and time to appreciate all the special people who’ve played a fatherly role in our lives. With a little time and effort, you can make Father’s Day more meaningful with awesome homemade gifts and activities. As we know, Father’s Day might look different this year —which is all the more reason to spend some quality time with him. Here is a list of homemade DIYs and activities that are perfect for doing just that. We hope you’ll be inspired by one of these projects— because no matter what you do, creating great memories together will last a lifetime.

  1. DIY Gifts for Dad

    • Visual aid of how to complete Easy Stitch Cards

      These easy to make stitch cards are perfect for keeping little hands busy. They are the perfect way to beat the "I'm bored" blues! Low cost, easy to make, and kid friendly!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Rolled Paper Picture Frame

      For Father’s Day this year, my boys wanted to make a project together that their Dad could take to work. This DIY picture frame project met both of those needs. As you are crafting away, you will all have a lot of quality time together because this photo frame takes some time. But, the end result is worth it. The boys enjoyed ripping lots of pages out of magazine and then cutting them all into strips. And by the end of our 80(!) rolled papers, they had mastered the rolling paper craft. They can’t wait to show their Dad their DIY picture frame, complete with his favorite colors and photo of them.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Desk Catapult
      Desk Catapult

      (Ages 9-16)

      Make sure Dad's never bored with this DIY catapult that doubles as a desk toy! It's easy to build from common office supplies and fun to use at work or at home.

      This is also the perfect gift to make to give to your Dad for Father's Day! Now when he takes a break to launch a few pom-poms from his DIY catapult, he can think of you. Or better yet, maybe you can launch some pom-poms, too, and turn it into a contest!

    • Visual aid of how to complete A Recycled Bottle Guitar

      For the dad who loves music, make this cool DIY Guitar using a plastic bottle. In the process of assembling this guitar, you will learn how to tie a series of useful knots. Once you master the knots, the building process only takes 2-3 minutes. Rock on!


  2. Activities To Do Together

    • Visual aid of how to complete Pressure Bottle Rocket

      Water squirters work by pressurizing reservoirs of water with air. As you pump the squirter, it gradually adds air to the reservoir, increasing the pressure. When you pull the trigger, the pressure is allowed to release and a stream of water shoots out!

      In this DIY project, we'll learn how to use the exact sample principles found in water squirters to launch a water rocket sky-high! Follow along with these simple steps and you'll be blasting off in no time.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Balloon Tennis
      Balloon Tennis

      (Ages 3-11)

      In our home, we love using chalk and bubbles for instant outdoor entertainment, but since it's much too cold for that, we had to find winter alternatives. Let me introduce my indoor replacement for bubbles -- balloons! To kick things up a notch, we made simple racquets out of paper plates and craft sticks for a round of indoor-friendly balloon tennis. Let the games begin!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Football
      Paper Football

      (Ages 5-8)

      Are you the type that would rather play football than sit down and watch it? Get creative and have fun playing with this miniature football game!


  3. Make Every Day Father’s Day

    • Visual aid of how to complete Basketball Catapult

      For a super fun gift, create this physics-friendly basketball catapult. Aim, shoot, and score! Engineer an adjustable catapult and challenge your dad to a spirited game of basketball as you both learn about the science of sports.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Hand-Crank Flashlight

      Assemble a hand-crank flashlight with Dad and take it on an outdoor adventure. Spend time together exploring at night.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Light-up Speaker

      Explore the science of sound by building an amplification circuit to power your own light-up speaker.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Fire Lab

      Spend Father’s Day playing with fire! With the Fire Lab crate you will create a colorful flame lamp and complete seven different combustion experiments that explore the chemistry of oxidation, the flame test, and light energy.

      A pack of KiwiCo crates or subscription to one of our lines is a journey of learning and exploration through the summer. We have crates for every age and interest


Get inspired!