Turn the TV off and find something new to do with the grandchildren the next time you're visiting! Stuck for ideas? This list of 10 activities for grandparents and grandchildren to do together is sure to help you turn that time together into quality bonding time.
(Try some of these other activities when spending time with the grandchildren, too!)
Activities for Grandparents to do with Grandchildren
- Have a Picnic
Part of the fun is in the preparation, so head to the grocery store and load up on goodies for your picnic lunch. And don't forget, if you have mobility issues, your Hoveround power wheelchair or mobility scooter can help you go anywhere you'd like to go!
- Go Swimming
Swimming is one of the activities that is great for all ages, and provides health benefits, to boot! As long as your doctor approves this activity for you, head to a community pool or beach and play around in the water together. It's low-impact and can even help arthritic joints feel better, so don't be afraid to try!
- Plan a Game Day
Break out some board games, or have your grandchildren find some new games for you on a computer or other electronic device — or even make up your own games! For added fun, purchase tickets for you and your grandkids to experience a professional sporting event together to cheer on your favorite team — or head to a local high school's game day together, because Hoveround makes mobility easier!
- Chalk It Up
Little kids especially love drawing on the sidewalk with chalk — so let them! Even if you can't quite maneuver onto the ground with them, you can be in charge of handling the chalk. The point is spending time together, and having your grandchild share his or her creations with you. Bonus tip: Teach your grandkids how to “paint” with chalk by adding a little bit of water, and let the fun begin!
- Crafts, Crafts, Crafts
Don't think you're a crafty grandparent? Think again! With kids, crafts don't have to be extravagant or complicated. And you may not even have to have a specific project in mind! Pull out your scraps of fabric, buttons and your sewing machine and create something special; gather pieces of "junk" and let your imaginations take over. Old toilet paper rolls, construction paper, glue, shoe boxes — anything. But if you do find a special project to do together, even better! Pinterest and craft stores can provide inspiration as well.
- Glam It Up
For the ladies, doing your nails together is a fantastic way to bond and have fun with your granddaughter of any age! Sit back, relax, and let your granddaughter paint your nails — any color and style of her choosing! If you're even more daring, let your older grandchild color your hair...a color of your choosing, or let him or her put a bold temporary color or streak of color like purple or blue in your hair. Think of the pictures!
Making dinner together is often a lost art that kids really do love (and will certainly appreciate and remember as the years go by). Go grocery shopping together to grab the ingredients for your favorite recipe, talk about why the recipe is your favorite, how the way you cook has changed over the years, and find out what's going on in your grandchild's life. Win-win!
Even the littlest of grandchildren can get in on this one! Cracking eggs, measuring water and flour, using cookie cutters, holding the mixer and getting hands gooey is more fun that you can even realize for a little one. Baking together not only creates tasty goodies, but loving memories.
Gardening is calming for adults and kids alike. And, for the kids who enjoy getting dirty, much fun. Head to the local garden store to pick out some new flowers to plant outside, new vegetables for your garden, or something you can put into pots (and then personalize with paint for even more projects).
- Trip to the Library
Help instill a love of reading in your grandkids by taking them to the library. Find your favorite childhood book and read it to them, then scour the library for interesting books in a variety of subjects. Teach your grandchild about all the library has to offer, and show him or her why it's still a fantastic resource and activity despite the plethora of information available online.
Hoveround keeps you mobile! Having trouble keeping up with everything the grandkids want to do? You don't have to miss out! Call our Hoveround Mobility Specialists today at (800) 542-7236 to find out how you can regain your independence.