Dad50


One observation I've made during dadhood is that kids evidently come hard-wired for certain things. This is why you are very much the second option, after Mom, when they are looking to be comforted after a small bump, or spectacular mishap. On the other hand, Dads, apparently, are for fixing stuff. And kids have a wonderful talent for out-playing the stress-load capacity of their toys. Our home has a "standing order" collection point for gluing, reattaching the accidentally amputated, and otherwise repairing all and sundry.
Similarly, deep within the hard-wired consciousness of a child there seems to lie a "Made-by-MY-Dad" button. Pushing this button is hugely rewarding, both for them and you. You can see it in the look of their face when they play with/in/on it for the first time, they way they show their friends, their level of anguish when they break it, their joy when you fix it, the way they recall the exact details of when/how they got it, and on and on and on.....

And so begins a sporadic series outlining stuff you can do or make for them. Part "Impress your kids and influence the little-people DIY guide" and part personal challenge (do I really have 50 examples, OMG what am I setting myself up for....), I'm going to post 50 ideas/games/toys/useful stuff that I have done especially for my kids. I'm not going to set any rules about what qualifies, so their are none to break when I run out of ideas.
Posts will be tagged with "Dad50" for later reference.

#1 Wall Ball
#2 Wooden Blocks
#3, 4 & 5 Sandbox, Fence and Playset
#6 Basketball Ring
#7 Bookshelf
#8 A Garden
#9 Stupid Games with Dad (SGDs)
#10 & 11 Nerf Wars
#12 Trampoline
#13 Cardboard Castles
#14 Hammock
#15 Coin Rolling
#16 Monkey Swings
#17 Paper Planes
#18 The Balloon Game
#19 Water Rockets
#20 Play Kitchen
#21 Board Games
#22 Lord of the Rings 
#23 Shields
#24 Ship Dock
#25 Pool slide
#26-#33 Wooden Train Stuff
#34 Wooden Guns
#35a The Girl Proof Fort, Part 1
#35b The Girl Proof Fort, Part 2
#36 SGD: The Bear Hug
#37 DIY Birthday Cards/Invites
#38 A Walk in the Woods
#39 Roaring Fireplace
#40 The Fire Pit
#41 Celestial Event
#42 Modern Dad-Pentathlon
#43 to 46 Christmas Candleholders
#47 Repurpose Something
#48 Skipping Stones
#49 Zip-Line
#50 SGD: Girls in a Boat
#51 Toboggan Run