Bandit (aka dad) from Bluey is #DadGoals. The blue-heeled patriarch makes time for his daughters, Bluey and Bingo, shares parenting duties with his wife Chilli (aka, mom), and makes dads and moms everywhere laugh with her hilarious and relatable banter. (Who else finds it painfully awkward to befriend your child’s friend’s parents? Exactly.) He stands out from other TV dads for his dedication, patience, and thoughtful interaction with his kids. – and this Father’s Day, he deserves to be celebrated!
For those who need a refresher, Bandit is an Australian archaeologist who gets easily distracted when his daughters burst into his home office with silly games and plans for the day (like kids do). “As a devoted but tired father, he does his best to use the energy he has left after interrupted sleep, work and chores, to invent and play games with his two daughters,” said his official character bio States. “He’s still trying to get on with his own life amidst the chaos of child-rearing, but often struggles to juggle those two competing tasks!”
When he’s not inventing the most delicious games, like Statue, Hotel or The Claw, he offers sound advice or apologizes to Bluey and Bandit when he makes a mistake. Now his best moments are captured in a 12 minute montage – which will make you feel things – and Romper has the exclusive clip here.
This “Bandit’s Best Bits” Father’s Day clip features moments from several different episodes, where Bandit impersonates Robot Dad, has a heartfelt conversation in a toilet paper alley, and gets pampered at a day spa in the wood. It perfectly reflects his personality!
For even more Father’s Day fun, you can configure Bluey– inspired activities with your children and their father. Start by creating a card for “A True Blue Dad”. With blue paper, scissors, quick-drying glue and this printable template, your kids can easily put together a father’s day card. Or, the little ones can color this Bandit coloring page In place. Print out the picture of Bandit posing for kids to color for their dad.
when you’re hungry, make a duck cake! The recipe, created by The Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book, requires buttercake mix, frosting, licorice, popcorn, potato chips, etc. After the cake is baked, it takes a handy adult to cut and shape the pieces, assembling them into a rubber ducky. Kids will love adding the popcorn hair and candy face for the final look.
Finally, follow Bluey and Bingo’s Guide to Making Dad Laugh. This involves pulling funny faces, doing toilet pranks, or attempting the sprinkler dance. And don’t forget the ticklish crabs!
Of course, the best Father’s Day gift is to encourage your kids to spend time with their dad. Just turn on a Bluey Disney+ marathon and be sure to turn up the volume if (uh, when) his snoring inevitably drowns out the show. For today, there’s nothing wrong with pretending he’s just “resting his eyes” and didn’t accidentally fall asleep. That’s what Bandit would do!