, 2022-08-11 16:32:50,
Grandkids — what could be better? Spending time with grandkids can be magical. Sometimes, though, we can run out of ideas for spending time with our grandkids. What then? We want to be known as “the fun grandma or grandpa,” but we don’t want to break the bank. What do we do? How can we make special memories with our grandchildren while controlling our spending?
In my 29 years as an educator, I’ve worked with hundreds of children. I know what kids like, and I know what kind of activities are good (and bad) for them. This article will focus on children ages four through ten. You will notice my anti-technology perspective throughout this article. Yes, there is value in phones and iPads, but today’s kids have way too many of them. Although I may include links to resources, these ideas are decidedly analogous!
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Creative outlets such as coloring, pottery, and sewing are great for any age, including older individuals! While the products can be very nice, remember that the goal is simply to spend time together. The results don’t need to be perfect.
Origami, whose history goes back about a thousand years, is a fun paper-folding activity that can keep little fingers busy for hours. Special paper which folds easily is required for best results. Older children will be able to produce more intricate designs than younger ones.
Rock Painting is fun for all ages. You can buy them or add a little more fun and find your own. Using paint or paint markers, artists will enjoy expressing themselves via colorful designs on rocks. You can add them to your garden, plants, or even spread a little joy and leave your happy rock at a local park.
- Supplies: Rocks, paint or paint markers, and clear coat sealant. Keep in mind that the paint pens and sealant can be used on other projects and last a long time.
- Cost: Under $50
- Ages: 4 and up
Crochet and other needlework are portable activities that travel well. These calming and soothing pastimes can produce some impressive projects! Crocheting is similar to knitting but is easier to learn. In terms of learning, if you don’t know how to crochet, you can always turn to Youtube for free, helpful tutorial videos.
- Supplies: Crochet hooks ($5-$10), yarn ($10-$20)
- Cost: Around $30 (again, keep in mind that the purchase of a hook is a one-time expense)
- Ages: 5 and up
Some of my best memories of my grandmother center around food. Whether it was angel food cake, hot dogs…
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