Spending time with your grandchildren is always a delight, but as they grow older, they take a little more effort to entertain.
If you don’t have something planned for them, they will end up zoning out in front of the television while your hours slip away. However, by the time you reach your senior years, it is important to keep your safety -- and the little ones’ -- in mind.
Your first step should be to prep your home for the visit. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, you’ll want to be sure you keep hazardous substances like alcohol, firearms, and medications out of reach. If the children are younger, you should also spend some time kid proofing your spaces to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.
Then, pick activities that won’t leave you drained -- or worse -- hurt. You can meet in the middle between safe and fun with these activities that help provide the quality time you want with your grandchildren.
If you live near a body of water, taking your grandchild fishing is a great way to teach them a fun skill without putting too much strain on your body. Your grandkids will also cherish the memories you make together of those hours spent talking and the big catches you reel in.
If you don’t want to get fined and also set a good example, don’t forget to apply for a fishing license. Different states have their own regulations regarding when and where you need them. Typically, you can get a fishing license for both you and your grandchildren online, but check your local regulations to be sure.
Building something together is a great way to bond. Woodworking is perfect for children because you can make things using generally inexpensive materials while also teaching them about patience and the benefits of not taking shortcuts.
Whether you are an expert or a novice, there are plenty of woodworking projects you can do together with your grandchildren, from birdhouses to derby cars. You can also pick up kid-ready kits and perfectly-sized kids at local home and garden stores.
While they may not love sitting in school every day, all children love learning something new. The trick is to dress it up as a fun activity rather than a lesson plan.
You can teach your grandchildren all about various scientific principles with the help of kid-friendly experiments and activities that you can do with materials found in your own home. While you are conducting your experiment, be sure to talk with your grandchildren about what you are doing and how to understand the science behind it.
Remember all the recipes your grandparents and parents passed down to you? Spending time with your grandchildren in the kitchen is your opportunity to keep your family’s culinary traditions alive. Even if you don’t have a secret recipe to pass on, making fun and kid-friendly recipes together helps teach them about nutrition while instilling a healthy skill that they can take with them everywhere they go in life.
When working in the kitchen, be sure to teach your grandchildren about how to cook safely. From knives to hot stoves, there are plenty of opportunities to get hurt while making a meal. Check out this list of kitchen rules for kids and go over them with your grandchildren before get started.
If your grandchild has an artistic soul, help them express it by teaching them some of the basics of painting. Even if you aren’t your generation’s Van Gogh, making art together is a safe activity you can do together that encourages communication and creativity.
Help them make something they will be proud to show their parents with these ideas for painting activities kids will love.
***Without a little planning, time with your grandchildren can become time wasted. However, you don’t want to ruin the day trying to keep up and landing yourself at the doctor’s office.Try out any of the above fun and safe activities to help make memories with your grandkids.Denise Long is a blogger with Grandmothering.info.