|Fathers and Daughters (Part One) (Part Two)
a work of art together. Create a sculpture out of things you find
outdoors. You'll be amazed at your daughter's creativity!
to your daughter about the Earth and about its natural resources.
Together, see if you can describe your version of the perfect Earth
or write down your wishes for the future of our planet.
a small garden in a plot of land or a window box together. If you
plant herbs, you can watch them grow. Then, when the herbs are fully
grown, you can pick them and use them in a meal you cook together.
messages of kindness together. Write down messages or kind thoughts
about different members of your family and hide them around the house
for members of your family to find. You will be teaching your daughter
the impact that unsolicited kind words and thoughts can have.
your daughter read and understand newspaper headlines. Ask her to
pick a news story that is interesting to her. Talk to her about the
article she chose. It could be a great opportunity to open her eyes
to world affairs.
a family flag with your daughter. What will your flag look like? Will
your flag show that you live in the city or the country? Will your
flag include your ethnic background or your family name? How many
people will you put on your flag?
on an adventure walk or hike with your daughter. Count how many animals
or insects you see. Look for spider webs, bird nests, or anthills.
See if you or your daughter can name the plants you see during your
a collage of memories of your family. Gather old photos or birthday
cards and other memorable items and paste them together on poster
board. Ask your daughter if she remembers all of the events. Talk
about your favorite times together.
a story aloud to each other. Change your voice to match each character
in the story.
your daughter's guidance, you can learn that you are not too old for
sidewalk chalk. Go outside and decorate your driveway or walkway.
With sidewalk chalk, the sky is the limit. You can write a little
story or draw a beautiful picture. You can also play games like tic-tac-toe
or hangman. Your daughter might like your willingness to act like
a kid again!
your daughter with you to work. Show her what you do from day to day.
Introduce her to all of your friends and coworkers. Give her a job
to do, like organizing one of your desk drawers or your desk area.
Maybe she could alphabetize your list of clients or other work contacts.
At the end of the day, ask her what she thought about her day at work.
See how different her perspective of work is than yours.
a community sports event together. Whether your daughter's favorite
sport is basketball, tee ball, kickball, or swimming, invite others
(kids and grownups) from your neighborhood to join in the fun. Make
sure to mix the teams up so that there are kids and grownups on each
with your daughter. Look for the North Star, the Big Dipper, and the
Little Dipper. Tell your daughter about space travel. Imagine what
it would be like to walk on the moon.