Spending a day with the grandchildren is something many seniors look forward to. Whether you spend a lot of time with your grandkids or only see them occasionally because they live far away, here are some activities that always make for a good time spent with the grands.
1. Read a Book
If your grandchildren are younger, choose a picture book or a short chapter book geared toward younger children. If your grandkids are older, choose a classic novel or a book you love and take turns reading aloud. When you are finished reading from the book you chose, let the grandchildren choose a book to read from. Take it one step further and create your own family book club. Choose a book that you will all read separately. The next time you all get together, you can discuss it over dinner or games.
2. Create a Scavenger Hunt
A homemade scavenger hunt doesn’t have to be complicated. Make clues and hide them around your house or backyard. Your clues can be single sentences, riddles, rhymes, or photos. Get creative. The “treasures” that your clues lead to can be inexpensive prizes like candy, small toys, books, or other dollar store trinkets, or have your clues lead up to one big prize, like clothes or a gift card. If your grandchildren are older, consider doing a photo scavenger hunt. Give the grandkids disposible cameras or let them use their smartphones, and send them on a mission to collect photos of specific objects. The winner gets the grand prize.
3. Play a Card Game
Choose your favorite card game, sit the grandkids down at the breakfast table, and play it together. If you’ve never taught your grandchildren your favorite card game, now is the time to do it. Memories of rainy afternoons spent playing cards with Grandma and Grandpa will stay with them forever.
4. Look Through Family Photos
It’s fun to look through family photos, and grandparents usually have excellent photo album collections. Pull out old photos of the grandkids and watch them laugh and smile at how they looked when they were younger, or go further back in time and show them photos of you when you were their age. Tell them stories of things that happened before they were born, and listen to them tell their versions of stories surrounding the old photos of them. You can all learn something from each other.
5. Watch a Movie
Pop some popcorn, grab a few snacks, pour everyone something fun to drink, and settle down in the living room to watch a movie together. Make Family Movie Night a weekly event between you and the grandchildren. Take turns choosing which movie you’re going to watch. Take turns with who brings or makes the food. There are so many great movies out there that are perfect for families to enjoy together. You and your grandkids will never run out of films to choose from.