Grandparents will always have a special place in kids’ hearts. So whether your grandkids are 3rd graders or in their high school years, activities with your kids and bonding with them is always something special. Both you and your grandkids will treasure the time you spend together.
Here are five fun-filled activities that you can enjoy alongside your grandkids:
1. Play chef.
Cooking with your grandkids is always a fun activity. To give it a fun twist, play your own version of Masterchef or take the part of Charlie Trotter or Julia Child and demonstrate to them basic culinary techniques. This whole thing wouldn’t be fun without letting your grandchildren get their hands messy as well.
So let them measure the ingredients and do some mixing here and there. Perhaps you could also teach them a family recipe and pass it on to them if you have any; otherwise, create your own gastronomic masterpiece that will become a family favorite. Teaching them valuable cooking skills is not only fun, but it also improves your grandkids’ vocabulary and math abilities as you teach them new culinary terms and getting the measurements right. Plus, you get to feast on your finished food product. So put on those aprons on and create a classic cooking activity that is loaded with taste, fun, and family bonding!
2. Start a collection of favorite things.
Starting a collection with the kids is something exciting and worthwhile. First, find out what you think that you and your grandkids would most likely want to collect – stamps, international coins, angel figurines, currencies, snow globes, rocks, stickers, etc. Whatever that is, make sure it’s something that all of you would get excited about.
Things to consider:
Who do you want to share the time capsule with?
In this case, your grandchildren of course. But you can also get your own kids involved in this project, making three generations of memories shared together and frozen in time.
What objects do you wish to place inside the capsule?
It could be anything you have at this present moment. It doesn’t need to be expensive. It has to be something that speaks about the present or perhaps what message you want your kids to receive in the future. You may put all these things in one capsule but to make it extra exciting, create a capsule for each one of you. Make your own capsule for the kids to unearth over a certain period. And let your grandkids make their own time capsule for you to uncover at a specified time.
How do you want to make your time capsule?
How large the container is depends on what items you intend to store in the capsule. Get creative. You can make your own makeshift capsule with materials you can easily find at home such as a shoebox, tin can, wooden box, or an old suitcase. Also, using gel bags to store with the items may help preserve them before putting them inside your makeshift capsule. Write down the dates as to when you made the capsule and when you intend to open it.
When do you intend to open the capsule?
There are no hard and fast rules here. Pick a date when you think it would be best for you to do the treasure hunt. It could be after 5 years, 10 years, 15 years. All up to you. Things that you may place inside the time capsule are:
- Newspapers/magazines featuring current events
- Candy wrappers/food labels with price tags
- Your favorite book
- Current fashion items
- A personal note for the recipient
Where do you wish to hide the capsule?
Time capsules are usually buried under the ground. But this might not be suitable considering it could get damaged over time, especially during severe weather conditions. Plus you might also forget where you actually buried it. So consider storing it above ground such as inserting it in a brick wall, or hollow rock, or even just in the attic.
4. Make a video to remember.
Recording moments with your grandkids is the best way to re-live your moments together at a later time. It does not matter how you do it. You can use your smartphone or a video camera and just capture activities such as dancing together, cooking, or enjoying a barbeque weekend.
Spending time with your grandkids is truly a magical, heartfelt experience. It doesn’t have to be perfect. They would not know or really care anyway. Just enjoy the moments that you have with each other and simply have fun!
What other fun activities do you love doing alongside your grandkids? Leave us a comment below and share it with the rest of us.