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Activities and Games That Grandparents and Grandkids Can Enjoy Together

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Spending time with grandchildren is one of the greatest joys for grandparents. They have done the hard work of raising their own kids, and now it is time to spoil the next generation. Without the stress of a career and other responsibilities, grandparents can now take time to focus on bonding with their grandkids.

While younger grandparents can be a lifeline for babysitting and other helpful tasks, this isn’t the case for every family. Memory loss and a loss of dexterity are often the first signs of aging. Regardless, with a bit of thoughtful planning, there are plenty of activities and games that grandparents and grandkids can enjoy together.

The realization that one is getting old can be challenging for both the individual involved and the children they raised. Accepting that you are not comfortable leaving younger children alone with senior family members or that is time to consider a retirement home can be challenging. Understanding safety in adult family homes is of primary concern for all family members.

Picking flowers – If you have flowers in your backyard, this is a fantastic place to start. Alternatively, go for a stroll around a flower market and give them a budget and a theme. You can then make floral arrangements, wreaths, or press the flowers for safekeeping.

Picnics – Eating outside is way more fun than needing to obey table manners and etiquette. Head out to the park with a selection of finger foods and enjoy some time relaxing, nibbling and reading books or going on nature walks.

Play cards – With so many electronics available, and parents juggling a million tasks, children don’t always get the opportunity to spend time playing simple games like cards. Very small children still love classics like Memory or Go Fish, whereas older children can be taught how to play Cribbage, Blackjack, or Poker.

Scrapbooking – Creating a scrapbook with the grandkids is an excellent way to preserve memories. It’s fun to go wild with glitter, stickers, and metallic pens. Kids will also love having permission to cut up old magazines or pictures. This can be an ongoing activity that grandparents and grandkids do together, helping create and preserve heirloom memories.

Video project – Older kids will love an excuse to get onto their phone or tablet. As parents, you’ll likely be flabbergasted at what the kids can accomplish with some basic video editing. Have your children think of interview-style questions or recipes that they can ask of their grandparents. This could be a one-off project or a series. We are confident it is something they will treasure forever.

Audiobooks – Visually impaired seniors may find it difficult to bond with grandchildren over the above activities. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to create a shared experience and have a conversation topic once it is done. There are audiobooks for all ages and interests, with some children’s classics lasting a half-hour while larger books can be broken down into multiple chapter sessions. 

By cementing the bond between generations, you can encourage lifelong memories while simultaneously assisting both young and old with cognitive functioning. For seniors with the onset of dementia, solid and consistent relationships can significantly help with leading fulfilling and happier lives and create acceptance of their situation.

 

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Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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