10 Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren

10 Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren

One of the best parts about being a grandparent is spending quality time with your grandchildren.

Here are 10 kid-approved activities that are guaranteed to promote that special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, making the most of every moment together.

Solve a Jigsaw Puzzle

Solving jigsaw puzzles is a fun activity that you can introduce to your grandchildren when they’re young. Puzzles are fun for children of all ages. Having so many options means that you can start solving puzzles when your grandkids are just one or two years old.

As your grandchildren get older, you can purchase new puzzles suited for their ages. Eventually, they will get just as good at solving puzzles as you.

If you want a quick, free way to access a wide variety of jigsaw puzzles, you can use a website like TheJigsawPuzzles.com. The App and Google Play Store also have thousands of puzzles that you can download for free or a small amount of money.

Visit a Zoo

It’s never too early to start taking your grandchildren to zoos. Some of the best zoos in Massachusetts include:

Some zoos even have special rates that will help you save money. Stone Zoo, for instance, charges everyone their kids’ price on Saturdays from October to March. That means everyone can get in for less than $10 each.

Play Board Games

You probably have a shelf full of board games that you haven’t played in years. You may not have even played them since your own children were young.

A rainy or cold day is the perfect time to pull out your old board games and teach the next generation how to play.

Cook Dinner

A lot of today’s kids grow up in households where they never learn to cook. Don’t let your grandchildren miss out on this essential life skill. Cooking together is a great way to pass down “secret” family recipes and promote healthy eating.

Start with one or two easy dishes to get your grandkids used to cooking. Easy options include foods like:

  • Taco cups
  • Rainbow spaghetti
  • Pizza crescents
  • Skillet cheeseburger mac and cheese

It won’t take long for your grandchildren to learn how to make these dishes on their own. When that happens, you can dip into your family’s collection of recipes to teach them to make time-honored foods that they will love for the rest of their lives.

Have a Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt gives you and your grandkids a good excuse to head outside and enjoy the pleasant weather. Hunting for clues is also a great way to add more exercise to playtime for you both.

You can make your scavenger hunts as simple or difficult as you want. Ideally, you should choose items that will challenge your grandchildren without making them feel like the game is impossible. Including a prize for the person who finds the most items may also help the kids stay motivated.

Of course, you can always have your grandchildren make a scavenger hunt list for you. They’ll get a kick out of watching you hunt for the objects they chose.

Play a Favorite Video Game

Considering that 91 percent of American children between 2 and 17 play video games, there is a good chance that your grandchildren have a few favorite titles that they’d like to share with you.

It’s easy to dismiss video games as mindless entertainment. Once you start playing, though, you will find that many games teach children important skills. Minecraft, for instance, has a line of games designed to teach children about topics like engineering, mathematics and even history.

Some video games aren’t appropriate for children, though, so you should do a little research before you spend money on a new title.

Collaborate on an Art Project

Art projects don’t have to take a lot of time, money or planning. Despite how easy they are, you’ll love the finished product so much that you’ll want to keep it forever.

Some grandparents find it challenging to choose art projects that their grandchildren will enjoy. You can always find good ideas online if you get stuck.

Go to the Movies

Companies like Pixar and 20th Century Fox Animation constantly make new movies for children. Watching a kid’s movie may not sound like a lot of fun, but popular flicks like CocoCars and Despicable Me might change your mind. After all, production companies know that they need their movies to appeal to guardians as well as kids.

Visit Relatives

You don’t have to keep your grandkids all to yourself. Spend the day visit other relatives who live in the area. Many children only see their distant relatives during holidays and other family events. Making a spur-of-the-moment trip will help your grandchildren form relationships with other members of the family.

Learn a New Skill

If you think about it, you can probably write an endless list of new skills that you’d like to learn. Get your grandchildren involved in learning those skills everyone can benefit.

Excellent skills suitable for children to learn include:

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Growing a garden
  • Fixing a car

You’ll need to consider your grandchild’s age and maturity before choosing a skill. Once you find the right one, though, you’ll have a hobby that you can share with each other.

Spending time with grandkids is one of the greatest joys of getting older. Make sure you set aside time to enjoy fun activities with your precious little ones.

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