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Father and son bonding is an essential part of a child’s development but sometimes finding the time can be a challenge. Dads, if you have a busy schedule, you are going to have to re-arrange some things to fit this in. Some of these activities are good in the long run because you are introducing your little guy to positive pastimes that he might keep up in the future. Many of these are moments you and your son will never forget and it’s so nice to have keepsakes. Make sure you take lots of pictures and father and son selfies and occasionally have your son write about his experience and put the date on it.

Here are some simple and inexpensive father and son bonding ideas…


Riding bikes is a great way to take in beautiful scenery and bond. You are having fun, sharing funny moments, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. If you can make this one a staple then do it once a month.


Fishing is a way to unwind while teaching sportsmanship, discipline and responsibility.

Playing With Radio-Controlled Car’s Or Planes

A radio-controlled boat, car or plane can be very exciting. The bonding can start when you go to the store to pick one out. Not only are you getting alone time, but you are teaching patience and good hand/eye coordination.

Gaming Competitions

Obviously you don’t want your son obsessed with video games, but if he is already into them, then an occasional gaming competition can be really fun to attend. It will show your son that you are taking an interest in things he likes. Coming into his world of gaming is a great way to find out what kinds of games he’s into and to help teach him fair play and how to avoid being sore loser.


Camping is a great way to teach your son to have an appreciation for mother nature. It can be therapeutic to sit and listen to the water and cook things together over the fire like hot dogs and smores. Camping should be done in your comfort zone so you can set up a tent or even rent a cottage, depending on how much you want to rough it.

Sporting Events

This is a very popular one but it’s always fun to attend a sports game. If you and your son have a favorite team then go together to the store to buy matching hats or shirts with your team’s name on it. You may also want to bring some hot dogs and sodas in a cooler and tailgate right before or after the game for some extra father son talk time since the game will be loud.

Playing Sports

Join a father son sports team like soccer or basketball. Joining a team together means that you will have to spend time practicing together for games too. He will learn the spirit of teamwork and it could be a great confidence booster too. Let your son chose the sport so that he feels like you value his opinion.

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