I believe that any time is a good time to show love and support for our dads and other wonderful male figures in our children’s lives. So when I saw the book Mighty Dads by Joan Holub at the library, I grabbed it!
Our oldest daughter has really loved reading Mighty Dads – and it has stayed at home for three weeks now without being returned to the library. (Hmm, that’s a good reminder to me to either renew it or make sure it goes back this week to avoid a fine!) Our loving girl has read it several times with Daddy and countless times to herself. The book shows heavy construction equipment in father-child pairs who work together, with the fathers striving to “keep them safe and bolted tight and show them how to build things right.”
The text is endearing and the illustrations are playful and bright. And I think that our family has proven that it is a good read for boys or girls. 😉
I got a kick out of hearing my daughter say, “There’s little Roller!” when we passed a crew smoothing out a new road in our area. She was referring to one of the characters in Mighty Dads, connecting what she read in a book to the real world. She has also talked with me about the special things she does with her own dad and what he helps her to do.
You may also like this fabulous book about the relationship between mother and child.
Best Ages: pre-k to 1st grade
- Discuss the fun activities your child enjoys doing with Dad (or another special male figure). Plan an outing with that person sometime soon! It doesn’t have to be extravagant: our girls like daddy-daughter dates to the local bookstore, park, library and ice cream parlor.
- Make a “Mighty Dad” banner/poster and decorate it together. Hang it up somewhere in the house to surprise Dad when he comes home or put in the car so he will see it when he leaves in the morning. Include photos, handprints or little notes of love depending on the age and number of children at home.
- Print out and play with this free matching game for heavy equipment and trucks from Teachers Pay Teachers!
- After reading Mighty Dads, show photos of heavy equipment and ask students to identify how the equipment works to build something.
- Play the Get Working Song from Terrific Trucks. It is rock-n-roll style with great visuals of construction vehicles at work.
- Set up a construction vehicle learning station. Include toy trucks, dress-up items such as hard hats and this free matching game from Teachers Pay Teachers (easily laminated for long-term use).