Fathers Day is almost here and these suggestions work well for birthdays too.
Here's our list of five ideas that will get Dad and kids having fun together outside. They are all under $100 and most of them are considerably less than that.
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, Charcoal
Does Dad need to get a bit more exercise? Would the kids like to go exploring in the woods more often, head to a playground or have a kick around with a ball?
The FitBit Zip is a modern pedometer that tracks activity and updates an online dashboard.
I've got it's big brother the FitBit One, but the Zip is a more affordable option that still has the important features.
OWI 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit
This robot kit from OWI is a fun gift that can be used outdoors in the summer.
The kit makes 14 different robots including a Zombie robot, and a couple of boats that actually move in the water. There are some really good robot designs in this set.
The robots are solar powered so you won't need batteries. Lots of fun for Dads and kids to make and play with together.
PowerUp Electric Paper Airplane Conversion kit
How are Dad's paper airplane making skills?
Could he use a bit of help to make his models go further?
This electric motor kit can be added to a paper airplane to give some extra whizz. It attaches to a plane made from regular paper.
You can take this outdoors and have paper airplane competitions. It does need batteries so make sure you have some handy so Dad isn't disappointed when he can't play with his new toy straight away.
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
Metal detecting is a fun tech hobby for Dads and kids alike.
Would Dad like to play treasure hunter? Or perhaps he'd like to make an archaeological find? Lots of fun on the beach too. This one even works in shallow water so you can check out muddy puddles and streams.
Don't forget to tell Dad that he needs to check where he's allowed to dig so he doesn't get into trouble. And it does need batteries.
Maverick RediFork Pro Rapid Read LCD Matrix Thermometer
Is Dad responsible for the barbecue? He probably likes to cook meat to perfection.
A barbecue fork that has a temperature readout will help him get the food just right.
And of course the kids get too eat it. Just the thing to get if you want to encourage more barbecues. Batteries included for this one.