Summer is a great time to get to know your grandkids better. School is out, they don’t have to rush home to do homework, plus the weather is warmer meaning that you can do more things together. That’s an ideal recipe for a good time.
Yet, you may wonder what you can do that will not bore them simply because you are well into your retirement. Relax. Being a cool grandparent means thinking of great things to do that will work for both you and your grandkids. It’s easier than you think.
When looking for summer activities that you can do with grandchildren, think of it as a teaching moment. When you look at it in this manner, finding compatible activities will become easier. In fact, you may have a difficult time choosing between the activities that you want to do.
Kids love “old” things that are new to them. Take advantage of the outdoors in the summer. What did you love to do when you were younger? Setting up and baiting a hook to go fishing takes some skill, and so does getting the fish. If fishing isn’t to your liking, go on a nature walk. Identify the different birds that you see or take a look and name various trees or even native plants.
If you need to take things inside, there are still plenty of activities that your grandkids will love. Take out an old board game that you used to love such as Scrabble, Monopoly, etc., and teach your grandkids how to play it. Conversely, have you wanted to learn a video game? If so let them teach you.
Cooking is another good activity. Concentrate on family favorite picnic or summer party foods that are quick and easy to make. You’ll end up passing down a tradition along with teaching your grandchildren how to make food. It doesn’t get any better than that!