Forget the gifts this Father’s Day! With busy work and school schedules, after school activities, clubs, and personal projects, time is the best present a dad can get. So in the spirit of spending time with dad, here are a handful of engaging projects that are fun to build together so you can get the most out of your Sunday afternoon.
Marshmallow Shooters — Rain down gooey destruction on your foes/family members with this simple, lung-powered toy.
Mini Foosball — With just a few simple, household components, you can quickly put together your own Mini Foosball Game.
Ray Gun Vector Weapon — This small, lo-fi, electronic noisemaker circuit makes raygun-style sounds, from classic pew! pew! noises to evolving death-ray-type tones.
Diddley Bow — Build it with just a board, a wire, and a jar in about 10 minutes.
Safe Bamboo Swords — Verily, let your little warriors save the kingdom with these easy-to-build and relatively harmless foam-covered swords.
Chocolate Banana Pops — Build this fun, frozen treat together and come up with different ways to decorate your “popsicles!”
Giant Spin Art — Head to the backyard and use a power drill to make large-scale spin art using full size canvases.
Mini Spin Art — Turn electronic “junk” into into a cool DIY art tool.
Paper Making 101 — Recycle your unwanted bills and junk mail into custom-made paper for drawing, making mini books, or personalized Father’s Day cards.
Recycled Kaleidoscope — Here’s a simple Kaleidoscope you can create from recycled materials and common household items.
Evasive Beeping Thing — This fun prank sends out a 5-second, high-pitched beep every few minutes. Great to build together, but maybe less great during a well-deserved Father’s Day afternoon nap.
License Plate Guitar — This popular resonator guitar is easy to make and teaches the basics of electric guitars.
Talking Booby Trap — Here’s a fun, sneaky project to keep family members from taking your stuff!
Toy Car Launcher — This project is perfect for parents and kids obsessed with toy cars.
Soldering Fume Extractor — For the electronics-inclined family, a soldering fume extractor is a good investment. Build one together for about $20.
Gigantic Bubble Generator — This Arduino-controlled Bubblebot blows enormous, undulating soap bubbles that your young ones are sure to enjoy.