Whether you live in the same town or hundreds of miles away, kids and grandparents want to stay connected. One of the tricks to having fun with your grandchildren is to engage in activities that hold their attention. A little imagination and free-spirited fun go a long way! These are a few ideas to create memories with your grandchildren.
If you live nearby your grandchildren:
Cook Together – Teenagers and toddlers alike will love spending time with you in the kitchen. Whether you’re teaching them your secret brownie recipe or you are both learning to prepare lobster, cooking together is sure to result in great memories and delicious food.
When You Learn, Teach – Passing on knowledge to your grandchildren will give you great satisfaction and will give them a new skill. Embroidery, car maintenance, woodworking, knitting and painting are all examples of teachable projects. Whatever your unique skill, pass it on!
From the “Olden Days” – Children are fascinated with the “way things used to be”. Share stories from your childhood, demonstrate your high school dance craze, your cheerleading moves or popular hair styles of the day. Let your grandchildren know that you were once just like them – boy (or girl) crazy, worried about grades and trying to make your parents proud.
If you live far away from your grandchildren:
Share Reading – Share books via Skype or even on the phone. For younger children, reading time is a great time to connect, even if you’re too far away to snuggle. Start a private book club with older children. Take turns choosing a book and share your thoughts over the phone or email.
You’ve Got Mail – Create a traveling letter – write a short paragraph, mail to your grandchild. They write a paragraph and return. Who knows? This letter could go back and forth for years and become a treasured keepsake for both of you.
Become a Collector – Find a common interest with your grandchild and start a joint collection. Whether you start a physical collection (coins, books, unicorn shaped pillows) or something less storage-intense (photos of animals, funny quotes, NBA stats), this collection will give you something to talk about and share.
Staying connected with your grandchildren is important. A little imagination can make that connection strong and FUN!