It is no mystery why we love our grandparents dearly. When our strict parents say no to buying cookies, Granny would bake us fresh cookie batches to make us happy. When Mama is preoccupied with house chores, we can always rely on Granddaddy to bring us out for exciting nature walks. From spoiling us with treats and gifts even though there’s no special occasions, to smothering us with hugs and kisses, our grandparents certainly know the way to our hearts. If your grandkids are coming over for a stay, may we suggest some activities that you can do with them? We’re sure they’ll keep coming back for more! Here are four things that all grandparents need to do with their grandkids at least once in their life!
Read Storybooks Together before Bedtime
Who doesn’t love a good book before bedtime? Go ahead, grab one of your favorite classics from the book shelf, hop into bed with your grandkids and enjoy a lovely bedtime reading session with them. Classic staples such as The Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden are loved across generations. Keep the classics alive by reading one for your grandkids every time they visit!
Reminisce about the Good Old Times
Get the projector running and snuggle up on the couch together to reminisce about memorable family moments with home movies or old family photos. This is also a splendid opportunity to show your grandkids what you were like when you were younger. Imagine all the delightful “Wait, what?!” reactions you’ll get from them. You’ll be surprised at how the stories of your past will interest them – activities or games you played when gadgets like tablets and smartphones didn’t exist during your time.
Plan a Special Outing
During family gatherings, it can be difficult to spend quality time with only one grandkid at a time. However, if you dedicate the entire afternoon for a solo outing with your grandkid, it will be a very special time for both of you. There are so many places you can visit together! Head to the zoo to see the tall giraffes, or hop on to the next town for a delicious scoop of ice cream. No matter how you choose to spend your time together, your grandkid will definitely love receiving undivided attention from their lovely grandparents!
Work on Arts and Crafts Projects
Whether your preferred crafting activity is working with a piece of wood or a blank canvas, embarking on arts and crafts projects with your grandkid can be a rewarding experience. The best part about arts and crafts? There are many different types of activities you and your grandkids can choose from just by using supplies that are lying around the house. Channel your inner creativity to create a splendid artwork together and display it on the family wall! Your grandkids will be thrilled to see their art pieces decorating the wall.
No matter what you choose to do with your grandkids, the time spent together will be time well spent. Research has shown that not only do grandparents enjoy health and wellness benefits, but grandkids who spend time with their grandparents regularly tend to have greater confidence, achieve better academic results and most importantly, have lower depression rates.