A few decades ago people expected fathers to behave in a certain way.
Picture this 1950’s Stepford Wives scenario: Father comes home after a long day at the office, with his brown suit, tie and briefcase in tow, and sits down in front of the tiny flickering TV.
His seen-and-not-heard brood bid him goodnight with a heart-warming rendition of ‘So long, farewell’ sung in perfect harmony and then get shooed off to bed with an affable tap on the shoulder from father.
Enter today, and fathers are a much better, healthier mix of all things good; fun play mate, superhero, heartbreak healer, heavy-lifter, storyteller, rule-maker and booboo fixer. So, this Father’s Day, we thought it would be nice if we were the ones to mix it up a little.
Here Are Four Fun Things Kids Can Make for Their Super Dads This Father’s Day
1. King Cone
Satisfy Dad’s appetite with this personalised snack pack.
- Tear a page from one of Dad’s favourite old magazines (make sure it is one that he is throwing out).
- Cut the torn edge to neaten it up.
- Cut a sheet of wax paper to the same size and place it on top of the page.
- Fold the paper over and twist to form a cone.
- Fold the bottom over to seal the cone.
- Fill the cone with healthy snacks like biltong, droëwors or home-made energy bars (see recipe below) for a quick snack that dad can enjoy anywhere and anytime.
2. Winner’s Cup
Dad will feel like a champion with this special keepsake that he will treasure.
- Buy a plain white coffee mug.
- If your child can write, get them to scribe a special message for Dad on the mug with a permanent marker. Otherwise, ask them what they’d like to say about Dad, and write that on the mug for them.
- Fill the mug with Dad’s favourite treats for a surprise on Father’s Day, and for a daily reminder thereafter of how he’s your family’s champion.
3. Jars of Energy
This is the perfect gift to keep the energy up of those always-on-the-go Dads.
- Get your hands on a few old glass jars. If you can’t find any to recycle or reuse, you should find some in most plastics shops, like Plastics for Africa in Cape Town, or Console Glass in Johannesburg.
- Clean and remove the labels from the jars (you might have to help little hands with this).
- Make new labels by decorating store-bought labels, or make your own with paper, crayons and glue, and stick them onto the jars.
- Write a special message to dad (we have some great ideas below).
- Fill them with ‘sustainable’ energy snacks – like some delicious home-made banting mix, trail mix or energy bars (see recipes below).
4. Super Neat Dad
Dads who love things to be organised, neat and tidy will love this thoughtful gift.
- Buy an organiser box, mini tool box or multi-pack container from a plastics or hardware store.
- Fill them with chocolate covered peanuts, wasabi peanuts, dried mango strips, pistachios, cashew nuts and all-powerful almonds.
- Write a short note for every day of the week reminding him that he’s super neat, and place one into each compartment.
Ideas for Jar Labels:
- You put the super in superhero
- Super food for my superhero
- Super food for my super Dad
- I’m / We’re nuts about you, dad!
- (Your child’s name)’s special trail mix for the most special Dad in the world / my superhero Dad
- Super snoepies vir my super Pa
- Woema vir my Pappa
Try these great blends to make your own delicious trail mixes for Dad.
Be sure to use quality products so that your energy is sustained and clean. We love Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts for this – they are consistent with their quality, have a huge variety, and their products taste great.
Try these Trail Mix Combinations
- Sunflower seeds, macadamias, cashews, almonds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds
- Almonds, pumpkin seeds and cranberries
- Dates, pecans and sunflower seeds
- Banana, mango and coconut flakes
On a banting diet? No problem! Here’s a lovely banting mix just for you. Mix together as many coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, pecan nuts, macadamias and almonds as you like. The high fat, low carb mix will keep you in optimal condition for endurance.
High Energy Bars:
These high energy snacks are packed with all the goodness of almonds, cranberries and sunflower seeds.
- 250 ml unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
- 250 ml sunflower seeds
- 500 ml puffed rice, slightly crushed
- 125 ml cranberries
- 125 ml honey
- 125 ml peanut butter
- 1 x 85 g slab dark chocolate, melted
- Line a + 19 cm x 24 cm baking sheet or dish with cling wrap, leaving an overhang on each side.
- Mix the nuts, seeds and puffed rice together.
- Heat the honey and peanut butter together.
- Add to the nut mixture and mix until well combined.
- Spoon into the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
- Push down firmly and even out.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Turn out and cut into bars.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate.
No Bake Date and Pecan Nut Balls
These tasty snacks don’t contain flour or refined sugar, making it a great snack to keep Dad healthy.
- 100 g pecan nuts
- 100 g pitted dates
- 2.5- 5 ml vanilla essence
- Place the dates and the vanilla essence in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the nuts and blend till chopped and combined.
- Roll into balls.
- Roll in coconut or dust with icing sugar or cocoa (optional).
That’s A Wrap!
Finish off your made-with-love gift by presenting it to Dad in this lovely hand-made bag.
- Tear two pages from one of Dad’s favourite old magazines (make sure it is one that he is throwing out!).
- Cut off a piece to form a square and then cut the torn edge on each to neaten.
- Cut two sheets of wax paper the same size as the pages and place on top of each other with a magazine page on each side.
- Use a paper punch and punch holes in the sides.
- Use ribbon or string and start at the top left and weave in and out of the holes going all the way around to the top right.
- Attach the string to the piece of string at your starting point to create a handle.
Enjoy a special, made-with-love Father’s Day!