Looking after the grandkids when they come to visit can be a hugely rewarding experience. But it can also be hard work finding ways to keep their endless energy, imagination, and curiosity satisfied. Whether it’s a hot summer afternoon, a birthday party, or just some quality time with their grandparents, they are always looking for new things to explore and learn. In this article, we’re going to cover some great ideas for keeping the grandkids engaged and entertained when they come around.
A scavenger hunt is an ideal indoor or outdoor activity for keeping the kids entertained, and best of all, it’s completely free. You can easily design them around existing activities, events, themes, and ages as well making them a wonderfully versatile addition to your entertainment portfolio.
A scavenger hunt sets up a list of items for the kids to go in search of — these can be as complex or simple as you want. For example, you can have themed items for parties or specific types of leaves in autumn. This differs from a treasure hunt which traditionally has them following a series of clues. All you need to get started is some imagination (to select the items), a pad and pen or pencil, something to collect the items in, and of course a prize.
Swim in the Pool
Everybody loves swimming in the pool. It’s a great way to relax, burn off energy, and keep cool on a hot summer day. Organising a pool day or party is the perfect way to guarantee you’ll be the envy of all the other grandparents. Bring some extra fun with themes, inflatables, and food — but don’t forget the sunscreen!
Spoil your grandkids by throwing a pool party and have them invite their friends over for a swim on a hot day.
Bake A Cake
Baking a cake is a rewarding experience for adults and kids alike. Not only is it an activity that will keep you both occupied for a couple of hours, but you also get some tasty cake afterwards!
Be sure to buy lots of ingredients so you can make a few cakes — at least one to eat and one to take home. If you’re worried about the sugar and calories of rich chocolate cake, try some healthier options such as carrot cake. Finally, cupcakes are a fun way to keep them engaged, as each one can be individually decorated.
Teach Them How to Knit
This is one for the slightly older kids. Knitting can be a hugely rewarding activity and is especially great on quieter, relaxing days when their energy has already been burnt up (possibly by a pool party the day before!).
Due to the patience and fine motor skills required to knit, it’s best to keep this activity for the older kids; 6 – 7 years old is a perfect time to start. Most people agree that starting with wool is best. Finger-knitting is good for teaching the basic techniques, before moving onto their first project, such as a scarf.
Play Board Games
Board games: the age-old rainy-day activity. Board games are hugely fun for the whole family, and with the ever-growing range of games available, there is something to suit every age and taste.
Start with fun and simple games when they are young such as Operation, before moving onto more advanced games such as Monopoly or Risk, and if they really love board games, there is an ever-increasing range of more long-term role-playing games designed to be played over weeks or months. With many board games also being ported to digital devices, you can even play remotely once they go home.