“We hope this will be the first of many dates that you do with your dads.” That was how this leader ended her message at the beginning of this Daddy Daughter Recognition Activity. What a great message to leave these fathers – spend more time with your daughters. Build a relationship with them. Show them you love them. Talk with them. Share memories together.
The evening started out with a short message from a leader:
- Heavenly Father loves us so much that He gave us a family. In that family is our dads.
- Dads are special for lots of reasons. They hold the priesthood and can help us when we need blessings and teach and lead our family.
- He can be a hero in many ways. They can help us increase our testimonies, lead us and guide us to make right choices and keep our covenants.
- Dads are always there for you.
- You are here tonight to have fun with you…let this be the start of many daddy/daughter dates together.
Note: Consider having the girls share what they have been working on over the last 6 months in Faith in God or perhaps have the dads share one area that they have seen growth in their daughter. It usually doesn’t take very long if you give them a limit of sharing just one thing and it’s a great addition to any Recognition Activity.
FAMILY NEWLYWED GAME
Back by popular demand! This game was a hit the last time they did it with their moms so the girls requested it again – that’s a sure sign that an activity works! Don’t be afraid to do something that is effective again. Every activity doesn’t have to be totally new in order to be effective. This game proves this point perfectly.
They use white boards and the daughters/dads are facing each other. This is a great set up and is super effective. I like how they get to see each other’s reactions as well as the answers of those around them. It made the whole activity very fun and expressive and connecting.
If you don’t have white boards, you can also use a sheet of card stock or chipboard inside a plastic sheet protector as a “white board.” With a white board marker, it still can be erased and works well if you don’t have a set of whiteboards (one of these leaders is a teacher and used the ones from her classroom).
Here’s a list of the questions they asked – first about the daughters then about the dads.
Favorite Question to the Dads: “What is your dad’s favorite store?”
Daughter’s Answer: “Hobby Lobby”
Dad’s Response: “I wait out in the car!”
LINE DANCING + PHOTO SHOOT
No western Daddy/Daughter event is complete without line dancing and a western photo shoot. Because of a building scheduling issue, they had to make it work in tight quarters – it was great! Don’t let less-than-perfect logistics deter you. They love it even if the space isn’t ideal. These leaders did a great job of just making it work.
Western-style treats included cupcakes, licorice “ropes”, Rice Krispy “hay bales” and the old “watering hole.”
The favor was a take-home package to make a couple of S’mores together. I liked how this extends the Daddy Daughter date a little longer where they can create their treats together at home.
As always, activities involving just dad or just mom are a fan favorite with Activity Day girls. Thanks for letting me come!