Hobbies & Crafts for Fathers and Sons

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Hobbies & Crafts for Fathers and Sons
Fathers and sons who do things together have a greater bond. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Fathers and sons doing stuff together gives both a chance to bond and build a relationship. Hobbies and crafts for fathers and sons to do together don't have to be complicated or expensive. They depend more on a willingness to spend time together, and maybe learn together, than they do on having just the right equipment or tools. Start with what you already have, in both equipment and interest, and build on that as you go.

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Woodworking and Furniture Renovation

Woodworking hobbies bring fathers and sons together in a practical, hands-on way. Fathers can teach sons how to use wood planes, saws, chisels and other woodworking tools, or they can learn together if the craft is new to both. You can design and work on numerous projects around the house together, from making simple wood shelves to more complex tables or cabinets. Items such as go-karts give sons and fathers the opportunity to not only work together but to play together with what they created. Other woodworking projects can include renovation of second-hand items, such as sanding down and repainting bookcases or display units.


Planting seeds, weeding, digging, watering and picking the produce are all gardening bonding activities for fathers and sons, and have the advantage of being suitable for very young sons. Even toddlers can help with watering when you give them a child's water can. Starting a vegetable patch together, fathers and sons can discuss the best produce to grow and draw up garden plans, sharing the tending of the garden along with the eating pleasure at harvest time.

Outdoor Pursuits

Camping and fishing, or cycling and hiking together give fathers and sons precious time together away from home. Build fires and catch fish to cook for supper; or if that's taking it a bit too far into the wilds you could both stay in a camper or hire a cottage or cabin. Closer to home, cycling is a useful hobby for fathers to take up with their sons; you'll both be fitter and fathers can teach young sons about road safety.

Machine Hobbies and Crafts

Hobbies and crafts involving machines will go down well with most boys, and fathers can take advantage of their son's interest in mechanical things by teaching him basic car care and maintenance, such how to do an oil change or check the tire pressure. Visits to car shows can foster an interest in classic cars and maybe lead to a lifelong interest in car restoration. If cars don't appeal, fathers and sons could fly radio controlled aircraft together or build and sail model boats.

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