Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to every day. Just basking in the boundless energy and carefree silliness of a child can lift your mood and put a smile on your face. But join the party also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multi-generational interaction is good for older adults and children.
If you’re looking for new things to try, here are some easy and engaging activities to do with the family!
Playing outside is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Playing catch or frisbee can be a great group activity. LadderBall, Yard Yahtzee, and beanbag toss are also popular backyard games — with good old-fashioned etiquette. You can also enjoy the swings or the slide in a nearby park or playground. Or take a walk around the neighborhood
piece and play “I Spy”, noting the people, places and things you come across along your route.
Children have curious minds and love adventures. To tap into that excitement, lead them on a scavenger hunt to find a list of objects in the wild. The list can be as long or as short as you want and you can adapt it to the age of your grandchild.
For toddlers, draw pictures or use stickers, or give verbal instructions for the objects they need to find. For older children, write a list and even add more details. For example, you can write ‘leaf’, ‘flower’ and ‘stone’ or ‘a three-pointed red leaf’, ‘a smooth gray stone’ or ‘three different types of insects’.
Set a time limit, research together, then celebrate and talk about your discoveries when the time is up. “Prizes” are optional and can be simple things like coloring
coloring a book and pencils or a scoop of ice cream.
Doing arts and crafts stimulates imagination and creativity. Here are some simple ideas:
- Colorful stamp
coloredside by side “big and small” handprints on paper with finger paints.
- Cut flower petals and stems out of construction paper and glue them together to form paper flowers.
- Turn an empty milk carton into a birdhouse.
- Make a cute jellyfish suncatcher out of tissue paper.
Using scraps of fabric, buttons, yarn, or things you already have on hand is eco-friendly and inexpensive.
Host a board game night
Board games bring families of all sizes together around the table – and the classics never get old. Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders are preschool favorites. Monopoly, Clue and Scrabble require more skill and more complex thinking – although some “junior” editions do exist. To engage your mind, share laughs, and enjoy friendly competition, host a family game night, ask the kids to bring their favorite games, and share some of your own.
Legos have been entertaining children of all ages for decades! Building Lego sets exercises hand coordination and fine motor skills, engages concentration and concentration. From Harry Potter to a model airplane, there’s a project size and scheme to please everyone.
Puzzles are another timeless hobby that requires memory and reasoning skills. Assembling a puzzle requires concentration and problem-solving skills. Working together makes the project more fun and gives you the opportunity to share high-fives and “aha” moments when the pieces finally lock into place.
Teaching your grandchild or child how to bake melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies or passing down and creating “secret family recipes” helps create lasting memories and life lessons that kids can take away. with them in college, in their first home and in theirs. families.
From measuring ingredients and whisking them together, to learning how to set an oven timer and checking if a cake is “done”, kids will learn valuable cooking skills and you can both enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor.
work once you have finished.
You can encourage creativity and foster a love of the arts by singing or doing skits with a child. Put on a Disney soundtrack, like “Frozen,” and belt out “Let It Go.” Or sing along to classic childhood tunes with hand motions like “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Play Mate” or “Hokey Pokey”.
You can also do a skit with hand puppets, sock puppets or just role play! Make up lines as you go and train the kids to do the same to advance the story to your final salvation.
Reading books aloud draws the reader and listener into the world of the story and introduces children to all kinds of fascinating fictional characters. Using different voices for different characters engages and entertains children. It also helps spark their imagination! Reading to children from an early age can help develop a lifelong love of reading. As they grow, have children read to you.
All in all, any time and activity you share with your grandkids or children will create lasting memories for all!
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