5 Fun Things to Do With Your Grandchildren

grandparents smiling with grandchildrenOur grandparents, how we adored them; and it is probably safe to say that the feeling of adoration was mutual.  We relished the time our grandparents spent with us. To this day, something as simple as a scent, a song, or even a book brings back fond memories of our grandmas and grandpas.  Now that we have grandchildren of our own, we want to spend every minute we get with them making meaningful memories too, so here are just a few fun ideas you might want to try. 

If you have not yet seen a fairy garden, you really must; these little gardens are havens for imaginations of every age.  Beneath old trees, little tufts of green moss grow along pebbled pathways that lead to houses, so small that only fairies could dwell within. Above those houses, strings of lights drape on branches and emit a perfect glow.  These magical twinkles make you want to revisit the fairy-tale books that you loved as a child, so gather those grandchildren of yours and immerse them in those beautiful stories.  Help bring to life these fairy tales by creating your own magical garden, using your favorite stories as your muse.  Put your craft box into the hands of your grandchildren and let them explore your collection of sticks, glitter, paint, bits of fabric, pipe cleaner, and molding clay, and watch what they create to put in the storybook garden.  Watch their faces glow with wonder as their imaginations let the stories come to life every time they explore the fantasy garden you've built together.

Watch their faces glow with wonder as their imaginations let the stories come to life.

Seek out a pond for your next adventure with your grandchildren.  From frogs to birds, and dragonflies to fish, the creatures that live there are fascinating.  Take a walk to find some smooth flat rocks, then spend some time teaching your grandkids the perfect throwing technique for skipping them across the water’s surface.  Take a minute to simply sit and observe your surroundings; lay on a blanket and watch the clouds above, mimic bird calls, watch butterflies, and peer into the pond to see if you can spot some fish.  Before you leave, head on over to a marshy spot and scoop up a couple of tadpoles for your grandkids to take home. You can even make a little habitat for the tadpoles in a little aquarium, so that they can watch them transform into frogs!

There’s no place quite like a grandparent’s kitchen, as it is the perfect place for little hands to make some meaningful messes.  Baking and crafting is much more fun on a grandparent’s kitchen counter, so round up your messy bunch and get to making stuff!  Imagine the fun your grandchildren will have as you help them make sugar cookies; all the measuring and dumping and mixing ingredients is always fun for little ones.  Fill some Ziploc bags with frosting and let them squeeze out an edible masterpiece.  If cookies aren’t on the menu for the day, make some salt dough together, and let your little kiddies sculpt to their creativity’s content.  They’ll never forget how much fun they had making cookies and molding toys with you. In fact, they will probably beg to do it over and over again.

Your local library probably offers fun and family friendly literacy programs throughout the year.  Take a weekend to visit the library with your adored little grandchildren to let them experience a story time. It’s perfect, as they love to be read to and you love to watch their joyful little faces.  After that, they’ll probably want to hear more stories, so find a quiet corner where you and you little grandchild can lay out spend hours reading books picked from the wonderful aisles of the children’s section.

Your grandchildren love to pick up the strangest things, from rocks and garbage to bugs and leaves.  It is so remarkably fascinating to think that we were just as enthralled about such objects and thought they were something special, even if nobody else did.  Get some use out of the random objects they find interesting by using them as a creative medium.  Offer your imaginative grandkids a canvas to paint upon; let them daub their found items in some color and press it onto the canvas.  When they’re satisfied with the piece they've created, take a step back and let your imaginative ones tell you about their creation.

Not a minute goes by without thinking how wonderful it is just simply spending time with them – from singing that same song over and over, to cradling them in our arms until they won’t let us anymore, to watching their happy faces as they play at the park.  Every minute we get to spend with our grandchildren is precious.  Have fun making memories!

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5 Fun Things to Do With Your Grandchildren

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4 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    cool my mother in law is gonna have fun reading this

  2. Phammom says:

    Sharing this to my parents.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Children want to be listened to ~ and they have a lot to say if you let them.

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