Whether you see your grandkids every week or only a few times a year, a day together offers a wonderful opportunity to develop a special bond while passing on priceless life stories, family history and pearls of wisdom.
Listed below are activities to do with your grandkids certain to make your day together special. As you share your memories and re-live moments from your youth, you’ll be creating new memories together.
Sharing Family History
- Family Photos
Do you have a box of old family photos tucked away somewhere? Before your grandkids arrives, sort through the pictures from your childhood. Gather a few photos of yourself at the same age as your grandkids along with a photos of siblings, parents and even your own grandparents. With your grandkids there, talk about what life was like when you were their age.
- Games From Your Youth
After quiet time looking at photos, your grandkids may be ready for a bit more activity. Introduce them to the games and toys of your youth. Describe how Red Rover, Kick-the-Can or Hopscotch is played. Perhaps buy some jacks, marbles or other favorite game or toy and play a few rounds. If you pick up a second set, your grandkids will have something to bring home along with a wonderful memory!
- The Family Tree
Ready for a little peace and quiet? Make a family tree together. Draw a simple tree on a large poster board, and then help your grandchild fill in family names on the branches. Share stories of family members so they can know their ancestors on a more personal level. Creating a family tree will also help your grandkids understand how the broader family is connected.
Nothing brings back memories like tasting the treats of your childhood. Give your grandkids the chance to discover this tasty experience with you. Whip up a batch of your mother’s oatmeal cookies, or take your grandkids out for a malted milkshake or a mile-high sunday. After all, indulging in treats together is one of the great joys of being a grandparent.
- Family Heirlooms
While photos are interesting and stories are fun, it’s the heirlooms that help to transport people back in time. Talk about the evenings around the piano that was once your father’s or the china your mother used for family filled holiday dinners. If you really want to see your grandkids eyes light up, bring out your wedding dress or a special toy or doll saved from your youth.
No matter which activities you do with your grandkids, your time together and the memories it creates is a gift they will cherish for years to come.
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