5 Free Things Dads Can Do With The Kids

Updated: Oct 27, 2017

Although mums, grandparents, aunties or uncles can definitely take part in all these activities, my 2 boys (the little one, my son, and the big one, my husband) are best buds and it’s great to see them spend some quality one-on-one time together.

The main thing is to get outdoors and get their hands dirty and make some memories to last a lifetime!

1. Go into the woods and build a den:

Simple and free, this is one of my boys’ favourite things to do and they go back to the same spot to make improvements to their den. Bear Grills would be proud! All you need is a pocketknife and whatever you find on the forest floor. It is best to head off the well-worn trails to increase the chances of your den remaining hidden and undisturbed. Here are some tips to get you started.

2. Go on a bike ride:

There is literally nothing that my boys would rather talk about than bikes!! In Aberdeenshire head to Tarland Trails, a mountain bikers playground that has a range of trails is suitable for all abilities. Also the Deeside Way (known locally as the Old Line) is a trail that runs from Aberdeen to Ballater, which is flat and great for family rides.

3. Foraging for berries and making jam:

This is the season for jam making, especially wild raspberry jam in August and wild blackberry (or bramble) jam in September/October. Wonder the woods and farm tracks and you’ll get a great crop. Boil 1kg of berries with 1kg of jam sugar and some lemon juice and you’ll make about 6-7 jars of homemade jam. Here is a recipe for you to try.

4. Go on a nature trail:

We are so lucky in our part of Scotland that there are almost limitless places to wonder and explore. Our favourites are; the Burn O' Vat where they love to climb the waterfall that Rob Roy hid from the English, Glen Tanar near Aboyne and Crathes Castle near Banchory (usually followed by a cheeky coffee and homemade cake at one of the many local coffee shops!)

5. Conduct a science experiment:

From baking soda volcanoes, creating 'dinosaur fossils' out of plaster, to rockets out of plastic bottles; this always creates great excitement in our house. You can get some great ideas here. Also check out events at your local science centre. In Aberdeen check out the Aberdeen Science Centre for latest events.

I hope this gives you some ideas for fun things to do with your family for weekends and school holidays full of fun and adventure!

Where are your favourite places to explore near you? I would love to hear them in the comments and get some new ideas to send them off on new adventures!

Nicole Blyth

Founder - RelocateGuru

RelocateGuru is going to be an app to share all our favourite local places and tips of things to do in our area, so we can all find those hidden gems and make the most of where we live. Sign Up to be one of the first to test it when it launches very soon!

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