Young boys love doing activities with dad.

Activities for a Dad & Young Son

by Rebecca Bagwell

Just looking at a dad spending time with his young son can melt the hardest heart. Sociologist David Propenoe, a researcher into fatherhood, noted that “Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” As a dad, keep a variety of activities handy for you to do with your young sons to encourage those bonding moments.

Fire Station

Most big boys and little boys like their big trucks. When you need to get out of the house for a while, take your young son to the fire house. Most fire stations welcome visitors to tour the station. Some even have certain days available to escort the public over the entire station to see how they operate. Climbing into the large cab of one of those big engines and maybe even turning on the siren for a few seconds will thrill most young boys. Plus, your son will get a necessary lesson on fire safety.

Washing the Car

Dads can spend time with their son getting chores done at home. You can make it happen by bringing out the buckets, rags, sponges and suds and start by getting wet and wash the car. Doing a big person’s job like taking care of the family car also makes your son feel important. Simply playing with the water hose can excite and engage your son, and teach him that goofing off and horsing around with you can be fun.


Even if your young son is too young to go too far away overnight, the back yard presents a wonderful camp ground after dark. Setting up a tent, making a fire, catching lightening bugs are all wonderful memory-makers for dads and young sons. Even if you do not make the whole night in your sleeping bags and wake up in your own comfy beds inside, your young son will talk about his camping adventure for a long time.


According to a study by Brigham Young University's David O. McKay School Education, “fathers reading to children is one of the very best ways to reverse the academic ambivalence we’re seeing in young boys.” Pick out some fun, silly, interactive books at first to read and watch how they both start anticipating this bonding time. This also can set a habit that can last for years. Reading time can create a natural setting to talk and share things that are important to you both.

About the Author

Rebecca Bagwell is an educator with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Trinity Baptist College. She has taught in China and the United States. While overseas she started writing articles in 2006 for bilingual trade journals. Now, she lives in the South where she homeschools and writes freelance articles encouraging creative approaches to education.

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