Fun Things To Do With The Grandkid
Some GRAND readers weighed in on what can you do to entertain the grandkids when they come for a visit.
From Rosie Neyhouse (grandma 5x grandm)
We have free Wednesday movies at our local cinema, the animal shelter loves for you to come and socialize the animals, our park has a walking riding path (scooters or bikes also work) and the playground, of course, bowling, local art center, outdoor theaters, picnics, local camping, family craft night, choose a new recipe and cook together (a salad, plan an entire healthy no-cook meal), many towns/cities have festivals and other entertainment throughout the summer (many are free), organize family game nights with board games, dice games, card games, yard games, “MINUTE to WIN IT” games, family movie night with popcorn.
Letting the grandchildren help with organizing and selecting age-appropriate activities can help bond and teach numerous skills.
From Bettianne Ford
We have a dedicated playroom in our enclosed sunroom- nothing fancy- but the littles know it’s their “go-to” place. It’s stocked with toys and dress-ups, as well as a dollhouse, stuffed animals, art supplies, child-size table and comfy pillows to sit on on the floor. ???? Thanks for listening, and make some AWESOME memories with the grandchildren that will last a lifetime!
From Sue Blyth
I want my grandchildren to know that we can have some fun together learning about how to care for people and planet. Elders Climate Action offers books, videos, and online tools for helping young people learn about climate change. We, the World invites people everywhere to start an elder/youth climate conversation in your community. This year’s theme for the September 21 International Day of Peace is “Climate Action for Peace.” Support young people in taking action for a sustainable future!
From Melinda Vlasic
After reading the article about decorating with things from a beach, I needed to respond with the following statement.
Please do not encourage Grandparents and Grandchildren to take anything, especially seashells, off a beach for art projects that will eventually end up in a landfill.
It is illegal in most states and should not be acceptable behavior for anyone to take home anything from a beach but sand in your hair, and toes. Just think if everyone took one seashell off a beach there would eventually be fewer seashells, driftwood, beach rocks, other things only found at various beaches, to enjoy while visiting a beach anywhere in the world. Actually, I see less today than I did as a child.
Encourage your grandkids to decorate sandcastles with beach finds and teach them to collect garbage, like water bottle tops, and put them in garbage cans. Talk about how garbage can hurt various sea life, and humans, and tell them they are Super Heroes to not liter!
The G Team (Gideon, Gloria, Gabriel, George, and Grammy)