Celebrate Dad with Sprout: A Fun and Educational Adventure for Young Readers

Written by: The Story of Sprout



Time to read 5 min


Every year, Father’s Day is a special time to honor the dads in our lives and show them how much we appreciate everything they do. What better way to celebrate Father's Day than with a heartwarming story that not only entertains but also educates?

The inaugural Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Washington state. Yet, it took until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson established Mother’s Day, for Father’s Day to become a recognized national holiday in the United States. In 2024, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th.

Let’s explore how you can make this Father’s Day extra special by incorporating the delightful children’s book, "Sprout" by Richard P. Gleason, into your celebrations. "Sprout" is a charming tale about a young seedling’s journey to find his place in the world, filled with valuable lessons about growth, resilience, and the importance of family.

Each of us must fill the pages of our own book with the life we live, for it is a tale to be written, a story to be told. This is the book of your life. It will be your story. So I hope you will write it carefully, because each page you write can never be erased or rewritten. That’s the way of things.

Sprout's Dad

dad with daughters

Step 1: Get to Know Sprout

Before diving into the other Father's Day festivities, familiarize yourself with the story of "Sprout." Set aside some time to read the book together with your child, discussing the characters, themes, and lessons along the way. "Sprout" follows the adventures of a tiny seedling named Sprout who embarks on a journey to discover his identity and purpose in the vast world of nature.  His father sends him out into the world with a small piece of advice, but the type of wisdom that we celebrate on Father's Day. As Sprout encounters various challenges and learns valuable lessons about resilience and growth, readers are treated to an engaging narrative that resonates with both children and adults alike. Create a cozy reading nook with plush cushions and blankets for a comfortable reading experience to share with your dad on Father's Day.

Step 2: Plan a Nature Walk

This Father's Day, take inspiration from Sprout’s journey and plan a nature walk with your family. Explore local parks, gardens, or nature trails while observing the wonders of the natural world. Encourage your child to engage their senses by touching different textures, listening to bird songs, and smelling fragrant flowers. As you stroll through nature, you can draw parallels between Sprout’s experiences and the beauty of the world around you, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment and the interconnectedness of all living things.

Step 3: Plant Seeds Together

Gather supplies such as pots, soil, and seeds, and involve your child in planting their own little garden this Father's Day! Discuss the life cycle of plants and the importance of nurturing them as they grow. Encourage your child to name their plants and take responsibility for watering and caring for them. Planting seeds together not only provides an opportunity for hands-on learning but also fosters a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards the natural world.  Meet dads outdoors this Father's Day for some outdoor fun!

Step 4: Create Sprout-inspired Crafts

Tap into your child’s creativity by engaging in Sprout-inspired crafts. Whether it’s painting flower pots, making leaf rubbings, or crafting seed mosaics, there are endless possibilities to explore this Father's Day. Encourage your child to let their imagination soar as they bring Sprout’s world to life through art and creativity. Display their creations proudly as a reminder on Father's Day of the special bond between father and child and the importance of nurturing creativity and self-expression.

Step 5: Cook a Garden-inspired Meal

Get busy in the kitchen and prepare a garden-inspired meal together with your family this Father's Day. Use fresh ingredients like vegetables, herbs, and fruits to create dishes that reflect the vibrant colors and flavors of nature. Let your child assist with simple tasks like washing vegetables or mixing ingredients. Cooking together on Father's Day or any day not only provides an opportunity to bond and share quality time but also reinforces the importance of healthy eating and appreciation for nature’s bounty.

Step 6: Host a Storytelling Session

Gather family and friends for a storytelling session centered around "Sprout." Encourage your child to retell the story to their father on Father's Day in their own words, adding their unique insights and interpretations. Create a cozy ambiance with dim lighting, cushions, and perhaps even a crackling fireplace. As you listen to your child’s storytelling, you’ll witness their imagination and creativity in full bloom, deepening your connection and creating lasting memories together.

Step 7: Reflect and Discuss

Take time this Father's Day to reflect on the themes presented in "Sprout" and how they relate to your own family dynamics. Discuss the importance of resilience, growth, and the unconditional love shared between parents and children. Encourage open communication and express gratitude for the special bond you share. Use this opportunity to celebrate not only the dads in your life but also the love and support that enriches your family each and every day.


As we bid adieu to another Father's Day celebration, let the adventures of "Sprout" linger in our hearts, reminding us of the beautiful bond between fathers and their children. Father's Day holds a special place in many of our lives, a day where we honor and cherish the father or father figures who have guided us through life's twists and turns. It's a day filled with gratitude, laughter, and sometimes even a tear or two.

This father's day, reflecting on "Sprout" and his escapades, I can't help but draw parallels to my own experiences with my father and other fatherly figures who have shaped me along the way. Just like Sprout, we've had our fair share of adventures under the watchful eye of our dads, learning invaluable lessons about resilience, determination, and the importance of kindness.

In "Sprout", we see a character who not only learns from his parents but also from other fatherly figures he encounters on his journey. Whether it's a neighbor, a family friend, or even a stranger, Sprout's interactions highlight the diverse array of role models that surround us. It's a gentle reminder that fatherhood comes in many forms, and each one brings its own set of teachings and wisdom.  It should be celebrated every day, not just on Father's Day.

As we celebrate Father's Day, let's take a moment to appreciate the Sprouts in our own lives – those who guide us, support us, and inspire us to reach for the stars. Whether it's through bedtime stories, backyard adventures, or simple moments of shared laughter, fathers play an irreplaceable role in shaping the people we become.

So, as you plan your Father's Day celebrations, consider incorporating some of the themes and activities from "Sprout" into your festivities. Whether it's planting a garden together, embarking on a nature hike, or simply sharing stories over a cozy meal, let the spirit of Sprout infuse your day with joy, learning, and togetherness.

This Father's Day, let's honor the dads in our lives in a truly special way – by celebrating the love, laughter, and lessons they impart each and every day. Here's to you, dads – thank you for being our guiding stars, our steadfast supporters, and our forever heroes.

Happy Father's Day!