It is a well-known fact everywhere that many children are very close to their grandparents. When you have seen your lineage grow to the third generation, your perspective towards life changes. You no longer worry too much or have hard feelings about some issues of life. Somehow, kids understand this and so prefer to bond with their grandparents. So, while their parents are busy with responsibilities like work and household duties, many children will naturally look for someone who is less busy and will take on some fun activities with them. Today’s article is full of fun activities you can do with your grandchildren. They bring back lovely memories of when you were young too.
1. Try Something They Love Doing
Having an interest in what your grandchildren love to do is one way to win them over. When your grandchildren know that you are always available to support them in activities they are interested in, they will be at your apartment any chance they get. Kids usually love singing or making music. You can join them, sing together, clap your hands and laugh together. If you know how to play the piano or guitar, you can start teaching them how to play. If you don’t know how to play a musical instrument, you can use free music making software to produce any type of music you want. You can even teach your grandchildren how to use the software.
2. Show Them Old Family Pictures and Videos
You can give your grandchildren an experience of a lifetime by showing them how you looked when you were much younger and how their parents also looked when they were their age. The pictures are great but the videos do a lot more. You can bake them some pancakes while they are watching. You could engage in the same activity that they just watched. For instance, if they just watched their parents going for a swim with you, you can take them out for swimming too right after they finish watching. Similarly, make sure to record videos of the activities you do with your grandchildren. This way, they can share these precious memories with their children and grandchildren in the future.
3. Do Some Arts and Crafts or Painting Projects Together
Kids love painting because it is one way of expressing themselves. They also love building things with clay or indulge in some papier-mache moulding. Teach them things they do not already know like how to mix paints together to get different colours. If you aren’t a natural artist yourself, there are plenty of tutorials available online, especially on YouTube. Painting and building items using clay with your grandchildren will not just keep them occupied with something educational, but it will also strengthen the bond you have with them. Your grandchildren can even keep their artwork as a precious memory, or perhaps you can display their creations on your fridge for all to see!
4. Plan an Interesting Outing With Your Grandchildren
Kids always love going on outings. When you have many grandchildren, it could be difficult to have quality time with only one of them. So if you can plan solo outings for each of your grandchildren, it will be an experience they will never forget. They can take turns. There are so many places to visit. You can even ask each of them where they would prefer to visit. Places you can visit with your grandchildren include the zoo, an aquarium, an amusement park, and your local museum. Your grandchild will be elated to have you all to himself or herself and an experience like this never goes away.
5. Do Gardening Activities Together
Gardening has a lot of benefits on a child’s mental and physical well-being. It’s a great form of exercise. If your grandkids are already fond of you and love to be around you, you should consider planting a garden with them. Your garden will be there for years to come, bringing beautiful memories to your grandchildren and even to their own future families. You can also plant trees together and make videos of all your activities like raking, planting seeds, weeding, and more. When some of your vegetables and fruits are due for harvest, go with them again for the harvesting and you can cook some of the vegetables and eat some of the fruits. There is a special kind of fulfilment for the kids knowing that they are eating what they planted and not some food items from a grocery store.
If you ever want to remember those good old days when you were younger, then you should consider engaging in fun activities with your grandchildren. Apart from reliving old memories and creating precious new ones, you’ll also get to laugh more. A happy mood is fuel for your mental well-being.