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88 Amazing Activities to Do With Grandchildren

by grammiestewart

The wise saying goes, “The way children spell love is T-I-M-E.”

Time with your grandchildren is precious … especially if they live far away and you don’t see them regularly. When you are with them, you want to make the best use of your time together.

So, Gung Ho Grandma, here are 85 activities to do with those precious grandchildren of yours… to have fun, live in the moment, make memories, and show them that you love them. Luckily most of the activities are inexpensive or cost nothing at all (except T-I-M-E, which equals love) …

 85 Activities to do With Your Grandchildren

  1. Put up a tent in the backyard or living room and read your favorite books together.
  2. Turn up the music and have a spontaneous dance party.
  3. Have a tickling contest.
  4. Make homemade bubbles and wands and use them in the backyard. Find them here: HOMEMADE BUBBLES
  5. Play croquet in the backyard.
  6. Make place mats for each member of the family and teach your grandkids how to properly set a table. Then cook a meal together for your guests.
  7. Have a water balloon fight.
  8. Make a bird feeder and set it up in the backyard and watch the birds arrive.
  9. Draw pictures or play games like hopscotch with sidewalk chalk.
  10. Buy hula hoops at the dollar store and see how long you can keep them going. Don’t know how to do that? Watch this video on Youtube:  HULA HOOP
  11. Work on a puzzle together.
  12. Set up a pretend store in a room (great way to practice using money).
  13. Take apart an old appliance (toaster, telephone, vacuum cleaner) that you are going to throw out anyway, with tools like screwdrivers and pliers, and see what is inside.
  14. Play your favorite board games together.
  15. Visit a pet store and pick out and name the animal you would choose to take home if you could have any animal you wanted.
  16. Go on YouTube and learn a new dance.
  17. Make play dough together. Find a recipe here -PLAY DOUGH
  18. Each of you create a maze on a large piece of paper for the other to solve.
  19. Build a city out of Lego.
  20. Google an audio walking tour of your area and go out with your iPods.
  21. Learn how to juggle.
  22. Collect bugs.
  23. Make pasta necklaces with different shape pasta that you have painted.
  24. Get a book of tongue twisters and see how you do.
  25. Lie on a blanket and find figures in the clouds.
  26. Write a song or poem together.
  27. Make masks on white paper plates, glue, colored paper, material and yarn.
  28. Play 20 Questions in the car while driving somewhere for a treat.
  29. Run through the sprinkler.
  30. Show them how to make paper dolls.
  31. Go on an Alphabet Walk (as you walk try and find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet).
  32. Wash and vacuum out the car (seems like work for us, but is a fun activity for kids).
  33. Make a comic book.
  34. Write a funny letter to a relative who lives far away and post it.
  35. Make a treasure hunt with clues all around your house.
  36. Paint each other’s nails.
  37. Sew a dress for a favorite doll.
  38. Create your own family trivia game.
  39. Have a tea party for all their stuffed animals.
  40. Teach teach them how to jump rope.
  41. Make shadow puppets with flashlights.
  42. Dress up as your favorite book character and, in character, act out the story from the book.
  43. Walk around your local farmers’ market and each buy vegetables to go home and make soup together.
  44. Plant a garden or flowers.
  45. Make your own movie using a video camera and have the family come dressed as a movie stars to your special screening.
  46. Go on a teddy bear picnic and learn the song.
  47. Have a garage sale and donate the money to a local charity.
  48. Watch the sun set.
  49. Create an obstacle course (and maybe invite mom and dad to try it, too).
  50. Put on a skit for the family and neighbors.
  51. Learn a magic trick.
  52. Walk a neighbor’s dog (or yours, if you have one).
  53. Teach your grandchildren how to do Cat’s Craddle.
  54. Go on a nature hunt.
  55. Use large cardboard boxes to create a playhouse, rocket, time machine, etc..
  56. Play I Spy.
  57. Learn how to do origami together.
  58. Paint rocks.
  59. Decorate a cake and deliver it to someone who needs to be cheered up.
  60. Make you own book, including illustrations, and have a book reading for the family.
  61. Go out with a camera and take photos of each other.
  62. Have a pillow fight.
  63. Visit the library and choose books to take home.
  64. Go on a hike.
  65. Learn origami.
  66. Go through your family photo album together and tell them family stories about their relatives.
  67. Play Hangman.
  68. Teach them how to make paper snowflakes and decorate a window with them.
  69. Create a photo collage and give it as a gift for their mom or dad.
  70. Take a nature walk at night with flashlights.
  71. Teach them how to skip rocks.
  72. Create a memory jar.
  73. Bake and decorate gingerbread men and then read the story together.
  74. Swing on a hammock and read books together.
  75. Put on a fashion show.
  76. Make paper boats and sail them down a stream.
  77. Build a fort with cushions and blankets.
  78. Design and make a family coat-of-arms.
  79. Build a snowman family in the yard and make up stories about their adventures.
  80. Make and bury a time capsule.
  81. Make sock puppets with old socks, buttons, yarn, and scraps.
  82. On large pieces of paper, draw self portraits.
  83. Make a bowling alley with 10 tall pop bottles filled 1/3 with sand and a basketball.
  84. Make a mobile.
  85. Bake cookies together and deliver it to the neighbors with cards you made for them.
  86. Nightime walks with flashlights.
  87. Put out lots of bowls when its snowing to collect snow and make snow ice cream.
  88. Create their own pizzas with pre-made personal sized crusts, sauce, and toppings they picked out themselves at the store.

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2 comments

Debby February 20, 2018 - 7:53 pm

Hi Melonee! Nightime walks with flashlights are probably one of our favorite things to do! We love to put out lots and lots of bowls when its snowing to collect snow and make snow ice cream! Creating their own pizzas with pre-made personal sized crusts, sauce, and toppings they picked out themselves at the store is another family favorite. I could go on and on. I am blessed with many memories my grandma created for and with me, and it’s so much fun coming up with ideas to do the same for my grandkids. Thanks, Melonee, for all of your good ideas to add to our list!

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grammiestewart February 21, 2018 - 10:31 am

Debby, these are absolutely great ideas … I will absolutely try them with my grandkids (and add them to my list of activities … guess there will be more than 85!). I loved walking outside with flashlights when I was young and I have never tried making ice-cream with snow. Love when gung ho grandmas share their ideas with me!

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