When we saw Lunchbox Dad snap a picture of these Galaxy Frozen Yogurt Popsicles we thought it was just a new snapchat filter, but nope here they are for real! Check out how easy they are to make below.
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“When my son says get in the boat. I get in the boat” says Daniel Hashimoto who is the dad to Action Movie Kid. Action Movie Kid is one of the luckiest kids around since his dad Daniel works for Dreamworks and many other visual animation studios. In the duo’s latest video James aka Action Movie Kid is steering a giant playground ship when he yells for his father to get in the boat. You can soon understand why as the swells grow rapidly and things take a turn for the worst. What will make you love this Youtube series is that this father just takes everyday situations from his son’s life and turns them into giant adventures. In other words, he is just seeing things through his growing son’s eyes. Imagination is a beautiful gift. Check out Daniel’s book Action Movie Kid, a tale of a kid who defends his own tiny universe from monsters and aliens alike. With a little editing software and a childlike imagination your kid can be the next Action Movie Kid.
When we were at Toyfair earlier this year we came across a whiteboard where people were jotting down things under the prompt, “What Will Be Hot in 2016?” We saw a variety of answers but the one that had “Yes! This!” written underneath it was – “Drones“. We are seeing a market saturation on drones so where does a parent begin when shopping for one? Well, why not start from scratch and build your own. Flybrix is an amazing little company poised for a huge 2016 with their DIY Lego drone kits. What we love about these sets is that the complexity of the builds can grow in difficulty with your kid’s ages. We reached out to the Flybrix team because we just imagined their office as a super fun Lego World with drones buzzing around overhead carrying the latest Slack messages from desk to desk.
“Staff meetings are just as boring at Flybrix as any other company, sorry to say. But where things really do take a turn is when we’re working on the product. When we’re experimenting with new features and new builds that’s where all hell breaks loose! “
Now, that sounds more like it! We love it when the companies we find drone on and on about their products. (Pun intended.) It tells us that they are just as passionate about building you and your kids a great toy as we are in sharing exciting new things with you all. Passion is beautiful. When we asked what kids can learn from Flybrix they said: read more…
A “Relevant Dad Toy Fair NY16″ pick – one of the best products we found at Toy Fair.
Technology Will Save Us is a UK based startup focused on enabling families and kids to learn while creating, using some pretty great tech along the way. We met them at Toy Fair NY and fell head over heels with what they were all about. Their pitch to us “All of our products are vehicles for education that encourage everyone to make, play, code and invent with technology. Using everyday life as inspiration, our kits tap into the hobbies and passions that we love – music, gardening, cycling and gaming.” Sold. So let us run you through some of their kits that we absolutely love and think you and your kids will too.
DIY Gamer Kit: Make it. Play it. Hack it. Code it. Then enjoy the games you invented on the console you built. ($98)
DIY Synth Kit: Discover the joys of electronic music by building your own synthesizer! ($40)
DIY Speaker Kit: Amplify your world by turning an object you love into a unique and portable speaker. ($39)
DIY Thirsty Plant Kit: Build a solar-powered moisture sensor to keep your plants happy. ($32)
Children are inherently good. Before the seeds of selfishness take root it’s smart to nurture that goodwill and teach your kids about the importance of doing things for others and how rewarding that can be. Little Loving Hands is the most unique take on the subscription box we’ve seen to date. Each month your child will get a new craft project in the mail to make something for a different organization in need. Then you get to do some fathering and teach them “the importance of who, why, and how they are helping.” Then simply send the finished craft back in pre-paid envelope and relish in the fact that your kid is pretty damn amazing.
There are a lot of app-enabled toys on the market but no app-enabled robots that you can build and program with your bare hands. A team of engineers from UC Berkeley are behind these origami robots and after a successful Kickstarter campaign are accepting preorder. “It’s a great educational tool for kids that want to get an early start in robotics, engineering, and biology” and this is easily one DIY you’ll enjoy just as much as your kids will. One thing is clear: the robo-apocalypse is imminent.
We’ve found that for all the high-tech devices that our kids have at their disposal, it’s the old school, low-tech stuff that they marvel at. We’re thinking everything analog is going to be big in ’16. The new Viddy from The Pop-Up Pinhole Co. is a pinhole camera kit that ships flat and folds into a camera in under 30 minutes. Just pop out the pieces, fasten the buttons and load the film and you’re ready to go. It’s a great project for small hands and is a hell of a lot better than giving your child their own Instagram account.
Christmas = family. And most likely wine. Many bottles of wine. So as the adults enjoy their pinot noirs, keep the kids busy with the corks from the bottles. Seriously! This craft is super easy and makes a nice holiday keepsake, too. Check out the step by step instructions over at Jen Kim Made and, of yeah, be safe and have yourself a merry little Christmas.
We’re always looking for screen-free, open-ended playtime with our kids and believe that tinkering is an important element of childhood that should be constantly nurtured. Koa Koa is a new subscription service out of France that delivers fun, educational and creative craft activities to your door every month which really takes the pressure off you to come up with projects on your own. Thanks to Koa Koa’s lead designer, Oscar Diaz, a London-based designer & tutor at the Royal College of Art, the finished pieces look more like something that belong in MOMA and less like something the TSA would question.
It happens all the time. You put the kids to bed, grab a beer / pour a glass of wine, start watching Netflix and just as the second episode is about to start you look over at your wife and find that she’s already fallen asleep. The frustrating part is trying to figure out when she fell asleep and you end up having to re-watch what you already saw the night before (#firstworldproblems). If you’ve got some time off over the holidays, Netflix has a DIY project right up your alley: Smart socks that automatically pause your binge viewing when someone falls asleep. Though the cost of materials can add up to much more than your average pair of socks, the process actually isn’t that complicated. Since we’re a little too old for the “Netflix and Chill” DIY Switch, this new project certainly seems to have millennial parents like us in mind. Check out the video below for more info and click here for instructions on how to make them.
A side note leading up to this. I am a relevant dad. I am a chef in NYC. I am incredibly frugal. Here is a list of #dadhacks and or/secret ingredients that I have used over the years to create a uniquely delicious (yet seemingly traditional) Thanksgiving feast for my family. Best of all, each item is available on Amazon for less than $10. Every dad has his secrets… a relevant dads are just better. #fathering #secrets #thanksgiving
Secret #1 – Add this to gravy for the richest, deepest flavored gravy ever.
Secret #2 – Dust the top of the turkey with a bit (or a lot) of this before roasting.
Secret #3 – Make your own dressing. This base mix in particular is used by more “fancy” restaurants than you would think.
Secret #4 – Make a pureed soup like butternut squash or pumpkin and blend it with a teaspoon of this. Silkness x100. No one has to know.
Secret #5 – My favorite secret ingredient. Add a teaspoon or two of this to all of the above secret ingredients for guaranteed questions of “why is this so good” from all of your guests.
*Photo credit: the hilarious @DaveEngledow
Admit it. You starting giving some thought to this topic a while ago but then life happened and now Halloween is just a week away and you’re still you’re looking for costume ideas for the whole family. Worry not, relevant dads. We’re here to help you out with a bunch you can make at the last minute and some you can buy and get in time with expedited shipping. Let’s get started.
You’d be surprised how much you can make with stuff around the house. Here are 5 easy last minute costumes from The Toy Insider.
In fact, homemade costumes are a guaranteed win so here are 9 more great and creative last minute DIY ideas from Cool Mom Picks.
For those looking to eschew the “pink princess” girls-costume stereotype, Any Smart Girls has 4 clever ideas for you.
Is that kid dressed like Hunter S. Thompson, you ask? He is, and Flavorwire has another 24 great kids costumes for literary snobs to gush over.
But seriously, you can’t go wrong with costumes for kids based on books so here are 12 more from the Harper Collins Tumblr.
Maybe you don’t want to go all-out for Halloween but still want to give your kids a taste of the holiday spirit? My Baba has 10 pieces to consider.
Oh, and Dog-Milk doesn’t want you to forget about the other kids, either.
Now that the kids are done, what should you wear? Check out these geometric masks High Snobiety found on Etsy.
What about your wife? Here are the (real) sexiest Halloween costumes for moms from Toulouse and Tonic.
But under no circumstances should you or your wife wear any of these 9 Vox found.
One last pro tip: Before you decide on a costume for anyone in your family, be sure to check Frightgeist to see how popular it is. It’s the only way to know how truly unique your idea is.
We don’t know about you guys but our kids love donuts. Cake? Pass. Ice cream? Eye-roll. But ask if they want to get donuts and they’ll act like the rage virus infected zombies in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. Our kids also really like “helping” in the kitchen (we use this term loosely), so this make-your-own-donuts kit was kinda a no-brainer. The donuts truly are miniature – about the size of a quarter – but just the right size for tiny hands to decorate with frosting and sprinkles after the dough is nuked in the microwave. The tiny tray, ingredient packets and microscopic spoon are all included and, you know what that means? No dishes to do when you’re done! Just throw them in the trash! Pretty sure the Yummy Nummies Donut Delights Maker was designed with dads in mind. Pretty tough to screw this one up.
From the stroller to the ride on toy to the tricycle to the training wheels to the fixed gear to the mountain bike, your kids are going to be on wheels their entire lives. What if you could buy a kit that allowed you and your child to create and build rides that could be changed as they are outgrown or as your kid tires of them? Infento makes this a reality and the only tool you’ll need is the ubiquitous allen wrench. Each kit allows you to build anywhere from 6 – 11 different rides that range from the toddler-appropriate to the teenager. We put our stamp of approval on this because of all that quality father-son/daughter bonding time spent building and creating but we have to admit, they look pretty badass, too. (This Kickstarter is already fully funded).
We like ’90s rap, things that make us laugh, and easy DIY projects. If you were to create a Venn diagram of these three interests, dead center would be this make-your-own Guess Wu? game. Pop over to Vice’s music site, Noisey, for a printable template of the Wu-Tang Clan members to apply over the faces on your family’s copy of the Milton Bradley classic. Of course, assuming your 8-year-old doesn’t have a deep knowledge of Inspectah Deck mixtape appearances or Ghostface Killah’s back catalog, you could make this a “teachable moment” and teach your kids about the history of hip hop and the importance of forming a clan – I mean, making friends.
ALERT: College level blackouts do not mix well with 2am feedings. Moreover, summer day-drinking while grilling, 4th-of-July-ing, or “social-tasks” like visiting your wife’s best friend that require consuming different levels of alcohol, need to be approached with careful planning. The shandy, much-like other “sessionable” libations from across the pond, is a fusion of two essential summertime beverages: Beer & Lemonade. The Shandy provides you the opportunity to enjoy yourself, with a lower ABV beverage, that doesn’t make you feel like you’ve sacrificed anything (ie gluten free pizza, veggie burgers, seeing eye-to-eye with your mother-in-law)
1. Ratio: Beer / Lemonade = 1:1
2. Process: Lemonade first. Tip glass. Slowly pour beer.
3. Ingredients: Don’t be lazy and buy cheap lemonade. Shandys suck with bad lemonade no matter how good the beer. For the beer, stick with citrusy Wits and Heffenwiessens.
4. Secondary Rules: Ice is usually a no-no, and for that matter, so is fruit. But if you must, just make sure it’s in a red solo cup, so none of the other dads will see how fancy you are.
Everyone has a raging case of Spring Fever right about now and with Spring comes the urge to do more outdoors: maybe tackle that landscaping project, build that deck, or finally plant that garden. The problem is most of us don’t know the first thing about planting a garden. The Nourishmat is a clever tool for those of us who are green-thumb wannabes. The kit includes 82 non-GMO seed balls and a weed-blocking mat with holes perfectly spaced to grow the nearly 20 different plant types including all the garden staples. It’s a great project to take on with the kids since all kids love playing in the dirt and (not to mention the hand-eye coordination they’ll practice putting the seeds in the correct holes) and you don’t even need much space (just 6′ x 4′). Who knows, you may even end up reducing your grocery spending this summer!
This Single Dad Had A Cosmetology Lesson So He Could Give His Little Girl Fabulous Hairstyles. Click here to read more.
It’s virtually impossible to avoid being bombarded by advertisements these days. Everywhere you look there’s a billboard, screen or pop-up competing to capture your attention (and you already know Relevant Dad is the only place you need to go when you’re looking to buy something, anyway). This ingenious augmented reality app replaces top 100 NYC subway ads with a rotation of digital artwork from various artists making it a truly unique and surreal experience. Now a trip on the subway with the kids can be like a trip to the museum without the cost of admission.
Ever wish you had the directions to build something for your kid? Guitar, drums, or maybe Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Almost everything that can actually be built (at least in our estimation) can be found on one website, Instructables. Useful to all people, but maybe a bit more useful to a real relevant dad. Ever wanted to get the recipe to green eggs and ham? Yes you can, Sam I am.
Being a new parent provides the opportunity to look forward to New Year’s Eve again. It is the perfect back-story for starting annual traditions; whether it be something big like a family trip, something medium sized like a kids party, or something small and intimate like creating a time-capsule. The latter is a fun and efficient tradition even if you have a lot planned or nothing really planned. Click below for a free template (provided from our friends @buzzfeed) #fathering
Dads make eggnog. Two kinds specifically; one for kids, and one for the wives. Instructables.com is a fantastic DIY site, with an equally fantastic home-made eggnog recipe. A few organic eggs, milk, cream, sugar & spice, and you have the makings of a lot of happily awkward family members. #husbanding
If you haven’t picked up something for your wife yet you’re pretty much screwed unless you enjoy overcrowded malls staffed by cranky seasonal workers or being taken advantage of by UPS and FedEx. Thankfully moms usually appreciate gifts that are hand made by their kids. The problem is that most of those gifts can usually be useless. That’s why we were happy to come across this list of over 40 crafts that you can make with your kids that your wife will actually use – how novel! Click the “Buy” button for the link, pick the craft you think your kids can handle / what your wife would enjoy, raid your craft supplies bin, and get to work!
We’ll admit to feeling some intense snowman envy when our neighbor crafted the world’s best looking snowman last winter. Complete with hat, carrot-nose, pipe, big black buttons, and what looked like actual pieces of coal for a smile, this snowman didn’t even look real it was so perfect. Turns out all you need is this kit to have the best looking snowman on the block.
Your dad made eggnog for your holiday parties growing up. How very Christmas Vacation of him. What does a Relevant Dad make for his holiday parties? Swedish glogg of course. Our friends @Brottle sent us a bottled cocktail for an updated holiday party worthy of having yet another child in 9 months. Warm 9oz Beaujolais, 9oz Tawny Port, 9oz Absolut Vodka, mulling spices, orange peel, and almonds in a pot on low heat without boiling. Turn off the heat and wait 20 minutes before straining the spices out. Enjoy in small coffee cups and seek out your significant other. #byobrottle Instagram @brottle
Relevant dads love buying stuff, but every three-months or so we need to accomplish a great DIY project. In November, Relevant Dad’s Day this cycle comes on the 27th. Whether or not we can cook, we WILL cook the Thanksgiving Bird. #fact Our friends @seriouseats are our go-to site for DIY James Beard worthy dishes. They have put together a number of quick videos for all of the holiday essentials. #familying
The hip Williamsburg music venue / bar named Baby’s All Right is quickly becoming a Brooklyn institution. So is having a baby shower. What do the two have in common? In our case, they both have a really fantastic pink cocktail called the The Pink Baby. (Well at least your baby shower) Combine 6oz or Vodka, 2oz of Campari, 2oz of grapefruit juice, 2oz of fresh lime 2oz of simple syrup and a teaspoon of Yerba mate. Top with a cherry, and cheers to the passing of Shirley temple and the birth of your new baby/cocktail. #baby/cocktailing
Cheap. Awesome. Fun. Can you freeze water? Of course you can. You’re the captain of freeing water in your house. You may not be able to prepare a nutritious and/or healthy meal for your family but you can freeze the SHIT out of water. Now grab a knife, cut up some fresh fruit, throw the fruit in these freezer pop bags with some water and juice, toss them in the freezer, and in a couple hours you and your kids will be chillin’ with some homemade freeze pops (and mom won’t be freaking out because it’s not full of sugar like the store-bought kind). So tell me – what’s cooler than being cool? ICE COLD.
If you were able to go back in time to learn from your great-great-grandfather, the master wood crafter that he was, would you? Of course you would, but that’s impossible. Anywho, the Nomad 883 is basically like a 3D printer for wood. Totally worth the investment to see the joyous look on your child’s face when your 1/1000 scale Mclaren F1 (made of pine) annihilates the competition at this year’s Pine Box Derby.
You’re a man. You don’t want to slip a business card in that built-in sleeve of your luggage or use one of those weak paper tags the airlines supply at the luggage counter. Besides, the ones you can buy at airport newsstands are always ugly and overpriced. Always. If you want a luggage tag that’s stylish, strong and unique you’re going to have to make your own – and now you can. This kit from Fairgoods includes the number and letter punch set, Tandy cowhide leather and their site has a tutorial on how to do the job without messing it up which, given your track record, is probably a possibility.
When you think your kids are old enough to handle objects that can draw blood, consider picking up one of these tool kits from Moulin Roty. Your kids will be able to help you out with projects around the house using tools just the right size for them. All the wood is harvested from ecologically managed resources that respect quotas for felling and replanting not to mention the set looks great and is well-made.
3Doodler is one of those Kickstarter projects that tried to raise $30K and ended up with $2.3M. With the 3Doodler, your children can now imagine and create their artwork in a 3-dimensional way. Truly a revolutionary art tool for the little ones, and the big ones too.
Impress your dad friends and show off all the cool stuff you made with your kids. If you think you’re a handy dad and don’t need a book for ideas, think again. Author Scott Bedford has some pretty creative ideas in here that we’re sure he wouldn’t mind you taking credit for. Choose a short project to kill some time or take on one of the bigger ones if the whole day is going to be a washout. Your kids will have fun building something with their dad and you’ll appreciate the hands-on time spent with them.