At HomeDrew Biskner
Dad and kid sit outside together on a sunny day.

Like most holidays this year, Father’s Day is more than likely going to be celebrated a little differently. Smaller or virtual family gatherings, more one-on-one time, and socially distanced outdoor experiences will make this an interesting holiday, to say the least. So, why not take it as an opportunity to make a unique and creative Father’s Day gift? Something that commemorates the year you’ve spent together and shows off some ingenuity will leave a lasting impression and make the best memories.

Dads adore thoughtful presents, whether store-bought or homemade. Countless years of fridge-hanging, glitter-coated macaroni necklaces, photo ornaments, and handprint turkeys have proven this to be the case. Chances are he probably doesn't need another tie or a new hammer, but he will always enjoy and appreciate something personally created with thoughtfulness, imagination, and love.

No matter if he's an outdoor enthusiast, aspiring musician or a sports lover, there’s a creative idea just waiting to unfold into a one-of-a-kind gift. Below, we’ve compiled some STEAM-based gift ideas and activities, that are as special as the man they're made for, to make your Dad’s day one of the most memorable yet. The best part? It’s easy and tons of fun to bring these ideas to life using Sphero robots and littleBits.

How to Make a STEAM Father’s Day Gift 

Go Head-to-Head with Robot Boat Races

Bring the fun of a trip to the lake to your backyard! Challenge your dad to boat races in a pool by using your Sphero BOLT to power a handmade watercraft. BOLT’s completely waterproof shell allows for you and your dad to make a real splash together while learning how to navigate your bot through uncharted waters. Put yours and Dad’s BOLT boat driving skills to the test all while spending some quality time in the sun together. 


Rock out with Dad

Looking for an ultra-cool Father’s Day idea? Well, look no further. The littleBits Electronic Music Kit takes your Dad’s rock n’ roll musical requests and brings the concert to your living room, garage, or backyard. Build your very own guitar and get ready to jam. Write him a song or join forces to become one of the coolest family bands around town. This kit creates amazing and unique sounds right out of the box and gives you and your Dad endless musical fun in the process. Rock on!

Girl plays on her littleBits guitar in her room.

Take a Hike 

Nature is calling. Take the hint and get outside and start exploring. Put a fun twist on your Father’s Day by making the day an adventure. Hitting the trails with Dad not only provides you with the opportunity to discover the great outdoors, but it’s a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime. 

There are plenty of things to do, see, and explore on a great hike. From birdwatching to collecting different types of leaves and rocks, you can have a day full of learning about the science of the ecosystem around you. 

If you want to take your nature excursion a step further, an all-terrain, programmable robot, like Sphero RVR, is a great addition to join you and Dad. With its fully hackable and programmable, mobile base, you can build an invention on top to go anywhere and do anything with you on your hike. 

Sphero RVR roaming outside with a temperature sensor invention on top of it.

Tip: Be sure to fully charge up the battery before you head out, and bring plenty of water and snacks, so you can enjoy time outside for as long as possible. 

Play an Upgraded Game of Catch

Take a simple game of catch to the next level with littleBits. This Father’s Day, try playing an upgraded game of catch by creating a robotic throwing arm. This simple circuit invention makes for the perfect gift that both you and Dad can play with. Take it to the park, in the backyard, or even around the house (shhh, don’t tell mom!) and put a whole new spin on this fun, traditional pastime.

littleBits throwing arm invention in a kid's hand throwing a purple Sphero Mini.

One day isn't enough to show Dad how much you appreciate him, so these activities can be done together year-round whenever inspiration strikes! From teaching us how to ride a bike, to scaring the monsters away at night, dads deserve a gift that is as special and unique as they are. 

What can you create for dad this year? Show us your cool and unique Father’s Day gift ideas by sharing with us @Sphero

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