While Grandparent’s Day does not hit our calendars until September, we are celebrating grandparents a little earlier now that more facilities are allowing visitors. Figuring out things to do with your grandchildren can be hard if you have not seen them in a while, they have grown into new hobbies or they seemingly get bored easily.
Here are 10 things you can do with your grandkids this spring:
Play Cards – Card games are fun, low-tech ways to play with your grandkids at any age. There’s UNO, Go Fish and even Poker and Pinochle for the more mature kids.
Genealogy – Admittedly, this is for an older grandchild but logging into a platform together, discovering your history and looking at photos of ancestors really puts the new generation into perspective.
Exercise – Going on a walk together is virtually for all ages. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, catch some vitamin D and catch up with conversation.
Read a Book – Picture books are good for the younger ones and chapter books are great for the older kids. Listening to an audio book is also a good way to entertain everyone for a few hours.
Color Together – Kids and adults alike enjoy coloring, especially with adult coloring books readily available today. Little kids can use washable crayons while the big kids can use fine-tip markers.
Pro tip: This is also a great way to stay occupied while listening to an audiobook!
Make a Snack – Build an afternoon around making and eating a special snack together, such as pizza, sub sandwiches, or s’mores.
Watch a Movie – The little kids can share their favorite movie and the big kids (and grandparents) can share theirs.
Pro tip: This is a great time to eat the special snack you made together!
Write Letters – Go analog and write letters to close family and friends together. You can have the kids practice penmanship and get creative with stickers.
Plant a Garden – This can work for those with space outside or container gardens. Getting the kids involved in a small herb or vegetable garden can teach them more about where their food comes from and how the growing process works.
Facetime a Loved One – Call a distant aunt, brother, or cousins for a fun video chat together. Your loved ones will enjoy hearing from you all at the same time.
Fast changes in technology and cultural differences can drive a wedge between grandparents and grandchildren but if you continue to create new memories together in-person, the divide gets smaller. We wish all grandparents a happy and healthy spring while hanging out with their grandchildren again!