Whether they are visiting for the day, the weekend or even the school holidays, pending time with your grandkids can be rewarding and fun. Here are some unique ideas to keep them occupied.
PASS ON YOUR HOBBIESFrom gardening and fishing to knitting or anything in-between, teaching your grandkids your favourite hobby is a great way to bond and create memories. If you’re not quite sure where to start, look for books to introduce your hobby to the kids, or even find a YouTube tutorial.
SWAP FAVOURITE GAMESShare the best of both worlds by teaching each other your favourite games. While you may have never played Angry Birds, your grandchild may have no clue what solitaire or chess is. Again, it’s a great way to learn new skills and share what you enjoy with your loved ones.
DISCOVER A CLASSICEnjoy the beauty of reading with your grandkids and end each day together by getting lost in the pages of adventure. Meet Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, see the world from another angle with Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, or join Bilbo Baggins on his quest to help reclaim the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit.
ORIENTEERINGYes, you are reading that correctly! Take kids to a nearby hinterland walk to take in the sights and sounds of nature, and teach them how to use an old-fashioned compass. Or, if you live near the beach, spend an afternoon together down by the water with a pair of binoculars. Your grandkids may have apps galore on their phone, but they will love learning the art of navigation and being regaled with tales of your adventures.
CREATE A COOKSpeaking of teaching your grandkids new skills, cooking and baking is a wonderful way to pass down family recipes.
You can even put together a scrapbook with a collection of recipes and how they came to be in your family. Include some family photos as well!