Since we did a Mother/Daughter tea party we wanted to do something with the dads. But we didn't want it too close to the Mother/Daughter activity either, so we chose Sept. And we chose to do games. We spent one Wednesday night planning the event with the girls. We talked about and chose the games and discussed our time frame and how much time we thought each game would take. And chose some extra games in case we had more time. And we discussed some award ribbons too. Then we spent the rest of our planning activity working on memorizing and being able to explain the articles of faith.
We had to do this on a Saturday morning because most of the dads have callings on Wednesday nights, just like the moms. We have about an average of 9 girls that come out to our Activity Days, but only 5 girls and their dads showed up for this activity. And somehow I didn't get a picture of one of the girls and her dad... sorry!
It was a chilly morning but I think everyone had a lot of fun.
We first did a 3-legged race. We only did this one once because the rope that my husband had given me for the race was cutting into their legs. Sorry girls and dads!
Can you see the painful expressions on their faces?
Then we did some games with balloons. And we ended up having a few pop along with some of the extras, so one team had to use some scarfs bundled into a ball. We did this a couple times so the team that had the scarf ball could do it with the balloon. They had to keep the balloon between their backs and go up to the cones and back, without popping and dropping the balloon.
And in the picture below they had to keep the balloon in between their legs, go up to the cones and back and pass it off to their dads, without dropping or popping the balloon.
And I think you can guess what the race below is... The wheel barrel....
One of our dads had problems with his wrists, so we had a fill in...
And a water balloon toss...
This game was a favorite... my husband told me about this game, they play it every year at the father-son camp out. You blind fold the dads and the daughters call out "dad" and the dads have to find them based on their voice. I think it would be harder if there were more girls and dads. But we played it a few times taking turns blind folding the girls too. And then we also played a couple rounds where they had certain animal noises to make instead of calling "dad" or "daughter". They all seemed to really like this game.
My husband made this board for the t-ball players to practice throwing. So I brought it along and we used it as one of our games.
We were saying good bye to one of girls who turned 12 and was moving onto Young Womens (this was held on her birthday) and we were also welcoming in 2 brand new girls that just turned 8 only a couple of days before this activity. So we had cake, pretzels and root beer floats for treats after all the fun games.
We wanted everyone to have an award. So I made up some award ribbons. I had made 12 different ones and then while everyone was enjoying their snack, the other leader and I decided which father/daughter team got what award and we handed them out.
To make them I just used cupcake wrappers, 2 different sizes and I printed the middle part on card stock, cut it out and glued them together. And I used streamer paper for the ribbons hanging down.
Here is the jPeg I made for the middle of the ribbons. And please note that I put a piece of card stock on the back also, it made it a little easier to put tape on to put the ribbons on the girls and dads.