Summer is great time for bonding between grandparents and their grandchildren. The kids are out of school for the summer, but parents are still working. Nearby grandparents make convenient and willing babysitters, providing many more welcome opportunities to spend quality time with their grandchildren. If you’re looking for some kid-friendly activities to do with your grandchildren this summer, you’ve come to the right place. We have a few good ideas!
Scavenger hunts and treasure hunts capitalize on kids’ sense of curiosity and adventure. For younger kids, make a list of sights and items that can be found around your community that they can check off as you take a walk together. For older kids, you could make a set of rhyming clues for them to solve and find.
What adult doesn’t cherish memories of summer afternoons spent playing in sprinklers and slip’N slides? You don’t have to partake in the slipping and sliding yourself for this to be a fun activity to share with your grandkids. Set up the slip’N slide or hook up the hose, then sit back with a cold drink and enjoy the sight of your grandkids splashing around for a couple hours.
Visit the Library
A lot of how much we like (or dislike) reading has to do with our reading experiences as a kid. If a trip to the library doesn’t exactly cause your grandkids’ eyes to light up, try turning it into a ritual that you and them can share. Make it a weekly outing to go to the library and pick out a stack of books together. When you get home, eat lunch and then spend 30 minutes or an hour reading out loud together.
Rainy Day Games
When the summer storms start brewing, pull out a deck of cards and teach your grandkids your favorite card games. Pick one that’s suitable for all ages. After a few rounds, challenge your grandkids to add some of their own rules to keep things interesting! Ask your grandkids to bring over a couple of their favorite board games to keep at your house so they always have something fu n to play if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Some days call for an activity that’s less high energy. On those days, take your grandkids outside to lay in the grass (or on a lawn chair) and look up into the clouds. Make up stories about the shapes you see, adding to the story with each new cloud shape. We guarantee you’ll be delighted by whatever they come up with—kids have the most unpredictable imaginations!