Father’s Day is a great opportunity to spoil dad with his favourite meal, prepared by his very own children (with help). You can even invite both grandparents for a big family dinner!

This is a great activity to help your child think about others, in this case their dad: about what they really love to eat, to drink, and to have for dessert! It teaches them empathy and brings your family closer together. You may choose to invite grandparents, since they are also celebrating Father’s day, but remember to keep the focus on dad. Also make sure he is not working hard on his special day. As much as possible, have your child can set the table, help serve food and drinks, and clean up after dinner.

Best Ages for This Activity

Zero to five. Just know that the younger they are, the more you will have to do on their behalf but still, it is a nice evening for dad.

How to Make It

You will need:

  • Ingredients to prepare dad’s favourite dinner (and dessert)
  • Drinks

Let’s get started!

  • A few days before Father’s Day, invite your child to make a special dinner for dad (for Father’s Day). This will give you time to plan and prepare
  • Involve your child in planning it in advance:
    • What is dad’s favourite meal?
    • What is his favourite dessert?
    • How do we make it?
    • What ingredients will we need?
    • What else would you like to do for dad?
  • Invite the grandparents (if that is what you choose)
  • Go shopping for all the ingredients
  • The day of, cook with your child, set up the table together and get everything ready
  • Make sure dad feels special on that day, and takes the time to relax while his family prepares the special meal for him.

Learning Opportunities

Cooking is a great activity for your child to learn life skills. It teaches your child S.T.E.M. as they mix, measure, pour, cook, boil and watch the many scientific reactions happening as they cook. It is also a great opportunity to spend quality time as a family. Making sure dad has a good time teaches your child empathy. Enjoy!

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