Invite all families (even those without fathers) to a special picnic on the church lawn or at a nearby park. Have the students make the invitations, the menu, and even the lunches. Try a box lunch theme with sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. Kids can decorate the boxes (available at bakery supply warehouses), make the sandwiches, fill the boxes, and lead the way as you hike to your picnic area.
Have smaller families join together as teams for the day’s events. Encourage families to participate in these games and activities:
* Have dads help younger children make huge soap bubbles. Pour dish detergent and water into a small wading pool. Use hula hoops, coat hangers, and assorted kitchen utensils as wands. Kids will enjoy chasing and popping bubbles of all sizes.
* Create “Texas Skis” by tying 4-foot lengths of rope along 2X4 studs. Place the two “skis” side-by-side and have family members stand on the boards and hold onto the ropes. Add or take off ropes so that there are two ropes (one from each board) for each player. Each family must work together to “ski” to the finish line.
* Have each family make a giant root beer float in a large juice or water pitcher. Give each family member a straw; then blow a whistle and see which family can empty its pitcher first.