These father son activity books focus on doing, making, and trying new things. Your guys will find a lot of awesome things to do together.
While these books were picked with dads and their boys in mind, they can most certainly be used with brothers, uncles, grandfathers or the whole family as well.
The father-son bond can have a big impact on a boy’s life. It can also have a big impact on a boy’s learning life.
Fathers who take the time to learn with their boys, show them how to do new things, and allow their boys to see them enjoying the process of trying new things, making mistakes, and sometimes failing, or succeeding and finding a new hobby they love are giving their boys a great start in life.
I rounded up the best books for boys on activities for fathers and sons. I hope you enjoy them!
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Father Son Activity Books
Made by Dad
If your guys lean more cool than old-fashioned, take a look at Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff.
Many of the projects are made of cardboard and some are super goofy (as in kids will think they are neat.)
There are really fun ones like the slingshot car launcher and the steampunk balancing robot. Depending on the project I would say most are for 7+
Treehouses and Other Cool Stuff
If you have some builders on your hands you could get Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build. Some of the projects are very difficult and others are easy to build.
The book has a small center section with color photos and the other images are drawings.
We like the nature hut and the model sailboat and feel those are doable for us. Some of the projects such as the tree houses and the playhouses are obviously much more detailed.
A Boy’s Summer
A Boy’s Summer: Fathers and Sons Together is a nice book with many old-fashioned suggestions for things to do.
Make a whistle, a slingshot, or a fire.
Weave a basket, catch butterflies, become a poet.
As you can see the selections are varied. I like the book as a guide for ideas of what to do while spending some time together. You may need to add to the instructions for some of the projects as it is a bit light in that area.
Come on, Dad!
Come on, Dad!: 75 Things for Fathers and Sons to Do Together is for boys 4-8 and their dads although all ages would enjoy some of the activities.
There is everything from very simple ideas like making a milkshake or a personal pizza together, to water fights and oobleck, to family tributes, learning about money and writing letters.
It offers a good selection of activities for boys and their dads.
Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids is a neat book that is well done.
The directions are clear and the projects are fun! Easier ones that we think boys will like are a water-pressurized rocket and the slingshot (nothing quite like making your own.)
There are also zip lines, a half-pipe and a go-cart. Pretty cool stuff.
Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments
The projects in Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family!(crazy long title, eh?) The book is broken down into sections–chemistry, biology, physics, earth and the human body.
We like this one because the experiments are easy to do, don’t take a whole lot of specialty items and are very hands-on and interactive.
Great for boys and a busy dad to do together.
Many of the ideas here are pretty basic such as coke rocket, rock candy, egg in a bottle etc. but what is nice is having them all in one place with good pictures and instructions.
A Lithgow Palooza
This one is different. A Lithgow Palooza! has a lot of very interesting and unusual things to do. Some are still hands-on but some are more about thinking and playing.
There are things in here that I have never thought to do with my son but that I like very much. We love words and there is a whole section on words, another on music, one on dance, animals, vacation, art, holidays, food. See? It is different–but very good.
If you have a boy that likes the things above, give this one a try. I think it will make for some fun times.
The Geek Dad Series of books has some very engaging things to do. I wish they were full-color books with pictures but alas they are not. However, I will forgive this omission because the books are pretty awesome.
The ideas presented will keep many boys and dads happy for a long, long time.
There are three books in the series so take a look at each of them to see which would be the best fit for your guys.
Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects is our favorite and highly recommended.
The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun is perfect for shorter projects that can be done in a couple of days.
The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists will get science-geared guys working on some cool experiments.
I hope you found some great books that lead to fathers and sons spending time together. These make wonderful Father’s Day gifts but are also great for any time. These books will get them trying new things and creating together.
Let’s get those boys and dads spending time doing something that will create a strong bond and wonderful memories.
See also: Father son activities and funny father son picture books and you can find even more ideas in our activities for boys section of the site.
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Saturday 9th of May 2015
Love these ideas! It's tough when dad has to go to work all week so the time they spend together needs to be more special I guess - I'm adding these to my Amazon wishlist to refer back to. You always have the best books for boys ideas!
Friday 8th of May 2015
Such a great collection! I really hope we are at a house one day where my husband can make a tree house with out children. :)
Sunday 3rd of May 2015
I wish my dad had been so patient with me to be reading these awesome books! :D
Tuesday 5th of May 2015
Thanks for the nice comment Lily. I appreciate you stopping by. Glad you like the books.