Plan Now for Some Great Times With the Grandkids!

April 5th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments

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Summertime is coming, and it’s a perfect time for grandparents to spend some time with grandchildren of all ages! If you’re looking for multi-generational fun, here are some healthy, exciting, and/or low-cost ideas for you … let the kids/grandkids pick which ones to do every day:

  • Build a fort (inside or out!).
  • Sculpt with Play-Doh, Legos, sidewalk chalk, bubbles. You can make homemade play dough using the recipe at http://goo.gl/H9iEtU.
  • Break out the markers, glitter, glue, recyclables, odds-n-ends … and let them create.
  • Cook together! Try new foods and old favorites. Share the meals with family and friends.
  • Organize homemade obstacle courses (inside or out!).
  • Dust off those jigsaw puzzles or model sets.
  • Unpack Halloween costumes … let the kids create, direct, and video skits, dances, and plays!
  • Track the butterflies’ migration at www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/.
  • Redecorate the kids’ rooms (yes, let them paint!).
  • Read about Vlogs at http://goo.gl/keaAS9, then let kids create their own Vlogs!
  • Make bird feeders and bird houses, windsocks, and kites.

To make it a family or neighborhood activity, get together with friends and schoolmates:

  • House Hop – spend a day with the same group at a different home each day you Hop.
  • For the littler ones, try Teddy Bear Tea Parties (baking play dates).
  • Take road trips with friends to local places, parks, or beaches (see sidebar for ideas).
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Start your very own garden together.
  • Invite friends for sleepovers with a theme, like movie night, pizza night, nailpainting.
  • Have a gaming night, with a video game tournament or board games.
  • Volunteer to help out in your community. This is especially great for older youth.

To get the most from your time together, children should be allowed to play. Unscheduled play is so important! With some preparation and creativity, time away from school can be fun and even add to your child’s healthy lifestyle. From bowling and mini golf to scavenger hunts and outdoor play, activities during can be intergenerational and enjoyable experiences for all those involved. For more ideas, check out http://goo.gl/uJNu9K and http://goo.gl/bjbvNJ. These activities are great for time during any break from school!

Here are some great Georgia activities if you want to plan some day or weekend trips with the grandkids.

  • In Atlanta:  Stone Mountain Park, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Shakespeare Tavern, Six Flags
  • On the Georgia Coast:  Golden Isles, Jekyll Island, Tybee Island, Savannah’s River Street
  • North GA:  hiking, horseback riding, panning for gold, minor league baseball, Indian Mounds
  • In Macon:  GA Music Hall of Fame, minor league baseball
  • In Valdosta:  Wild Adventures
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