Real Families. Real Hope.
Offer God's hope to hurting families.
Yes, I will help struggling families!

Simple but Delightful Things to Do With Grandkids

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email
things to do with grandkids - Grandfather Giving Granddaughter Ride On Shoulders As They Walk Through Sand Dunes With Grandmother / monkeybusinessimages
Are you looking for things do you do with your grandkids? Try these creative ways to build memories and enjoy each other even more.

I was near the end of my visit with my out-of-state son and daughter-in-law, when 16-month-old Zion ran to me with arms open wide. He’d finally transitioned from crying around his long-distance grandparent to recognizing and appreciating me. That’s a moment I won’t soon forget. It’s the joy of having a relationship with the next generation, of finding thing to do with grandkids that help you both experience a moment of connection.

I’ve learned that building memories with grandchildren doesn’t have to be dictated by proximity, whether we’re separated by hundreds of miles or are right around the corner. Here are some simple but creative ideas that I and some other amazing grandparents have done to better bond with our grandchildren:

Take-a-Bear Outings

At one time, our three grandchildren lived 10 hours away from us. When we were all together, my husband, Kevin, and I planned kid-friendly outings—such as the zoo, a children’s museum or the aquarium—but with a twist. We added our decades-old stuffed bear, Paddington, and told the kids that he enjoyed going on “mystery tours.”

Each time we visited, the kids would ask, “Where are you taking us this time?” I’d point to Paddington and say we were going on a mystery tour. That meant our destination would be a surprise.

Paddington sat next to me in the front seat or between the children in the back. Every few minutes I held him up to Kevin’s ear so the bear could give directions. 

The kids loved it. They giggled from the back seat and said, “Grandpa knows where we’re going. Don’t you, Grandpa?”

With a serious tone, Kevin always answered, “We’ll just have to see what Paddington has up his sleeve this time.” 

Whether we spent the day at a museum or simply visited the ice cream shop, having Paddington along always made our things to do with grandkids more fun.

—Jeanette Levellie 

French Camp

We hosted a week-long French camp as an annual event for two of our home-schooled grandchildren who lived in another town. During their visit with us, we spent the mornings on French and the afternoons doing interesting activities in our area. Grandpa helped by making all the meals.

I set up a simple French language program to teach colors, numbers, shapes, greetings and feelings. Over time, I added topics such as foods, body parts, ailments, clothing and seasons.

Reviewing the basics was never boring, as I developed new game variations each year. One of the children’s favorite games was tossing beanbags at a compartmentalized box in answer to vocabulary questions. We sang along with simple video songs I had bookmarked on the internet. Also, we sang “Jesus Loves Me” in French, adding hand movements. We even planned a French-themed birthday party complete with crepes for Georges, a dog puppet we adopted as our mascot. 

Not only did my grandchildren gain more confidence in French, they also formed a special bond with their out-of-town grandparents. I’m now planning French camp for our younger grandchildren, who will soon be mature enough to participate. 

—Alice Burnett

Grammy Adventures

I make the things to do with my grandkids special by creating “An Adventure With Grammy.” I keep the child’s age and interests in mind as I talk to Mom and Dad and make plans. On the day of our adventure, I pick up the child, and we head to his or her favorite restaurant for breakfast. Once we’ve finished eating, we’re off. The possibilities are endless. Here are some of our adventures:

  • Biking along a path at our local river (with a picnic lunch)
  • Feeding the chickens at a friend’s house
  • Looking for fun treasures at a thrift store
  • Going to a sculpture garden to climb on the elephant sculpture
  • Visiting my friend to play with her cats
  • Perusing books at a bookstore or library

All our adventures give me great opportunities to connect with my grandchildren. We talk about all sorts of topics, from faith to what’s happening in their world. I learn more about them, even as they learn more about me. 

—Jill M. Munoz

Grandma’s Book Club

As a former college English instructor and as an editor, I know how important books are to a child’s learning and development. So I’ve always wanted books to be special to my children and grandchildren. That’s why I created the Simple Literature Book Club. 

Each month I send each grandchild a book. Once the grandchildren are 2, they receive books quarterly. At the age of 5, I send them a book flyer I’ve created. They can select the book through the flyer that they and I can read, either separately or together, and talk about, whether face-to-face or through FaceTime, Zoom or Skype, depending on the child.  

If you’re looking to do this activity, you can use my flyer called the Simple Literature Book Club with your grandkids. It comes out weekly but the flyer alternates between picture books, middle grade books, activities, and books from Christian publishers. But if you want to locate books on your own, you can find excellent fiction published by Focus on the Family or use monthly kids magazines issues from Focus on the Family. If you’re wondering about the appropriateness of certain books, consider reading book reviews from a biblical worldview at Whichever way you go, remember that books will open the door to discussions with your grandkids that you might not have had without them. And that makes this things to do with your grandkids special.

 —Sheila Seifert 

Dynamic CTA Template Below

Your Teen Needs You Most of All

No parent of teens is perfect and even the best can learn how to better connect with their son or daughter. Get practical action steps to better connect with your teenager in 8 Essential Tips for Parenting Your Teen in this FREE video series!

There Is Still Hope for Your Marriage

You may feel that there is no hope for your marriage and the hurt is too deep to restore the relationship and love that you once had. The truth is, your life and marriage can be better and stronger than it was before. In fact, thousands of marriages, situations as complex and painful as yours, have been transformed with the help of professionals who understand where you are right now and care deeply about you and your spouse’s future. You can restore and rebuild your marriage through a personalized, faith-based, intimate program called, Hope Restored.

Understand How to Respect and Love your Son Well

Why doesn’t my son listen to me? Have you ever asked that question? The truth is, how you see your son and talk to him has a significant effect on how he thinks and acts. That’s why we want to help you. In fact, we’ve created a free five-part video series called “Recognizing Your Son’s Need for Respect” that will help you understand how showing respect, rather than shaming and badgering, will serve to motivate and guide your son.
Book Cover: Aftershock A Plan for Recovery

Aftershock: Overcoming His Secret Life with Pornography: A Plan for Recovery

This book is for women who have discovered their husband’s struggle with pornography and other sexual infidelities. Based on biblical principles and psychologically sound advice, Aftershock is designed to help women heal, grow, and receive restoration for themselves, their husbands, and their marriages.

That the World May Know

Join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the lands of the Bible. In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. Filmed on location in the Middle East, the That the World May Know ® film series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

About the Author

You May Also Like