Also written by Denise Long
When you get to have your grandchildren over, whether they stay for a few hours or a whole week, you want to make the most of the time you have together. Grandkids are full of energy, wonder, and joy– but you shouldn’t feel intimidated when faced with the challenge of figuring out what to do together. When it comes to the bond between grandchildren and their grandparents, they are happy just to be with you. Of course, there’s no harm in putting forth a little effort when planning an itinerary. You want to be sure to have even just a couple activities prepared so they don’t end up vegetating in front of the television.
The key to bonding time with grandchildren is finding something they will enjoy that will also keep you safe. It’s important not to put too much emphasis on physical activities that could put you at risk. Remember: falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior Americans. Every 11 seconds an older adult is admitted into the emergency room because of a fall-related injury. You don’t want your special time with your grandchildren ruined with a catastrophe like that, so it’s best to play it safe and pick out activities that have little risk with all the reward.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for super fun– and safe!– activities you can do with grandchildren.
Get Cookin’ with your grandchildren
Passing down your knowledge of how to cook and bake helps teach your grandchildren a skill they can use the rest of their lives. Knowing how to cook has many benefits. It helps improve self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Making your own meals saves money and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Children in particular benefit from learning to cook because it teaches them how to follow directions while improving various mathematical skills.
Cooking together is also just great for bonding. Getting involved in a recipe together helps improve communication and provides ample catalysts for conversation. You can also use this time to pass down secret family recipes that can live on in your grandchildren’s expertise. If you are worried about your grandchild’s age and whether or not he or she is ready to accomplish certain tasks in the kitchen, feel free to use this helpful BBC guide that provides a pretty good rundown regarding age groups and what they should be able to safely accomplish. Teaching them safety in the kitchen today will help prevent accidents in the future.
Share a Hobby with your grandchildren
Hobbies are the activities and skills we use in our free time. Chances are, you have more than one that you could teach your grandchildren. Nowadays, fewer and fewer young people even have hobbies. Instead, they spend their time distracted by technology and overloaded with the day’s information. Teaching a skill– like woodworking — to your grandchildren helps give them respite from information overload while developing their talents and interests.
Science or Magic? Include your grandchildren!
Kids may hate school, but they love learning new things– it’s all about capturing their attention. Conducting a science experiment in your kitchen makes learning and discovering fun for your grandchildren! We love the classic Rainbow Magic Milk Experiment. All you need is a couple of household items like a shallow glass bowl and some cotton swabs along with whole milk, dish soap, and food coloring. Using the magic of molecules, the kids can make colors swirl and dance in the milk while you explain to them howthe chemicals in the dish soap react to the fat molecules found in the milk.
Another great idea to do with grandchildren would be calling Jump And Slide entertainment, as they offer many great activities that you can involve the grandchildren without giving up your retirement savings. They don’t offer rentals they offer the “Experience”……The experience in seeing so much joy in the children’s smiles and laughs….
It’s a win win for everyone.. You can sit on your favorite chair seeing your little ones have so much fun….Whether its from Jumping in a bouncy house, sliding down a waterslide, playing with carnival games, interacting with some of the most exciting sport games they have to offer.
This all can be found on www.jumpandslide.net, or if you aren’t that computer savvy, you can always call 631-321-7977 and one of their friendly staff will arrange everything for you to have a great day planned.