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11.09.2017
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7 types of activities that grandparents can do with their grandkids to spend more time together

These days, grandparents are more active than ever before. When it comes to babysitting or taking your grandchild out for the day, there are literally hundreds of activities to choose from. You’re in a unique position to reinvent some of your own childhood games (which often seem new and cool to kids) and try your hand at some modern ones.

Planning activities with your grandchild is a great opportunity to create a special bond, so we’ve come up with 7 types of activities that grandparents can do with their grandkids to spend more time together (depending on your grandchild’s interests). We hope these will inspire you to have a fun day! 

1. The resourceful grandchild

If your grandchild is endlessly fascinated by model sets and exploring how things work, then you might have a little inventor on your hands! To create activities for a resourceful grandchild, think about hands-on and problem-solving games. This can include anything from jigsaw puzzles to building a fort out of cardboard boxes and tape or investing in a game that teaches them the basics of technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). If you’re heading out for the day, then you could also take them to a bookstore and help them choose a new book as a bedtime read!

2. The energetic grandchild

Whether they’re on the way to becoming the next pro athlete or they’re simply happiest in the great outdoors, there’s nothing like watching your grandchild run around and burn off some energy. Depending on how energetic you are feeling, think about games that also allow you to take time out from the action. For instance, classics like hide and seek or trampolining can be good options, or hosting a dance competition! If the weather is nice, you could take them to the park on their scooter or even take a trip to the local swimming pool.

3. The gamer grandchild

These days, most kids are attached to a tablet or game console. To reduce screen time while offering the same level of stimulation, why not introduce them to traditional board games like snakes and ladders or dress up and do some role playing? You might be surprised how much this lights up their imagination. Of course, you can also leave some room to play Minecraft (or their current favourite game) later in the day…Just make sure you brush up on your skills before taking them on!

4. The animal-loving grandchild

Most kids love animals, even if they’re a little nervous around them at first. If your grandchild is showing signs of becoming the next David Attenborough, you might want to focus your activities around nature. This is the perfect excuse for a trip to the zoo, a walk in the park to feed the ducks, or even arranging a donkey ride or horse riding lesson. If you’re staying closer to home, you could help them collect bugs and insects in a jar (and put them back afterwards) or take a walk around the block with a four-legged friend!

5. The explorer grandchild

If your grandchild is endlessly fascinated by model sets and exploring how things work, then you might have a little inventor on your hands! To create activities for a resourceful grandchild, think about hands-on and problem-solving games. This can include anything from jigsaw puzzles to building a fort out of cardboard boxes and tape or investing in a game that teaches them the basics of technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). If you’re heading out for the day, then you could also take them to a bookstore and help them choose a new book as a bedtime read!

6. The homesick grandchild

Young children can be incredibly sensitive to change and often miss their mom and dad (even when they’re with their grandparents). This is usually short lived, and they will be having fun in no time! To cheer them up, why not teach them to bake cookies or fairy cakes? This is a fun way to bond with each other and pass on family traditions (secret recipes), plus they can look forward to licking the spoon at the end! When it’s finally time to go home, they can even share some of their freshly baked treats with their parents.

7. The creative grandchild

There are so many craft activities to choose from to keep creative kids entertained. If you’re musical or artistic, then you could spend your time showing them how to play a new instrument or get messy and start painting! If they’re more into crafts, then it can also be fun to make necklaces from threads and beads, or let them play grown ups and have a go with some chunky knitting needles. As a future memory, you could even make a time capsule to bury in the garden or make a scrapbook of your day together!

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