Going to grandma’s house is such a big treat at my house. It is because grandparents and kids just have fun together. You may not think about specific activities that grandparents and kids can do together, but the list is endless and we have chosen just a few of our favorite activities to highlight today.

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Let’s play with the grandparents!

Kid & Grandparent Activities

The relationship between kids and grandparents is one of the sweetest benefits of childhood.  Today we are listing some of our favorite activities for grandparents to share with kids. These grandparent games can help build relationships and open the lines of communication.

Oh, and everyone has fun!

Things to Do with GrandMa & Granpa

1. Reading together

This is one of my boys’ favorite things to do with their grandma.   She is more patient than I am and will read the same book over and over.   The boys notice this and always have a book picked out for a day she visits.   It is a time that they can snuggle on the couch and the kids don’t even notice the extra hugs and kisses.   When they spend the night at their grandparents, their grandpa is legendary for reading multiple bedtime stories while the younger grandkids drift off to sleep.   As my boys have learned to read themselves, they have liked practicing their new skills with grandma on our homeschool days.

2. Sharing a sport

Baseball has become a very big deal to my oldest son.   He is 11 and watches every Ranger game faithfully.   His “Bampa” is also a huge fan.   If we go to the game we send pictures and texts back to Bampa with information and commentary.   If Ryan is watching from home, Bampa often calls after an important play or an unfortunate loss.   Sometimes we schedule visits around the game schedule so the two can watch together.   They share game stats and a love for the game.

3. Playing a sport

For the last two years, Thursdays has been golfing with grandpa.   My dad picks up Ryan and they go play a 3 par course not far from our house.   The game always ends with an oversized milkshake.   Ryan has benefited from his coaching and looks forward to Thursdays.   This summer, Reid(9) has joined them a few times.

children and grandparents

4. Playing a game

During a grandparent visit, there is nothing more fun then playing a game.   My youngest delights in beating grandma at Connect 4 or challenging Mimi to a frantic game of Pit.   We have found that Lego’s Creationary is a great game that levels the playing field {actually, the boys almost always win}.   If a visit isn’t possible, games like Words with Friends or Hanging with Friends are fun for grandparents and kids to compete long distance.

5. Sharing art

Mimi has always had paint-by-number sets that are available at her house to paint.   She will sit down with painting grandkids and help complete the work of art.   My boys have loved painting with Mimi and proudly bring home finished artwork that reminds them of the experience.   Sending kids’ artwork to a grandparent is also a fun way to stay connected.   Many kids are prolific artists who would be thrilled to have an off-site gallery of their works by an admiring collector.

6. Telling family stories

A photo album or old home movie can be the perfect way to spark kids’ interest in their family tree.   My kids love to look at old pictures of their dad and me and hear about how we were as kids.   I think it blows their minds to think about how we were once their age and had siblings {their aunts and uncles} that we fought with {no way!} and grew up with.   Sharing stories together passes down family legacies and traditions in an organic way.

7. Building together

The building/construction gene skipped a generation in my family.   Both my dad {grandpa} and my father-in-law {Bampa} are skilled in this area.   My boys love spending time with them building and fixing things.   They are learning things that their dad and I can’t teach them.   My youngest who is 6 is working on an elaborate set of “blueprints” for a life-size pirate paddle boat that grandpa will help him build.   He has spent hours at home planning and if anyone can help him bring his ideas to life, it is grandpa!

8. Baking together

Hanging out in Mimi’s kitchen is a favorite activity.   Helping her bake a cake or make pancakes for an impromptu 2nd breakfast mid-morning is always a hit.   Mimi is much more liberal with what she allows the boys to do and eat.   They embrace it completely!

kids and grandparents

9. Measuring growth

Mimi has all the family’s growth marked in pencil and pen on the back of her pantry door.   It isn’t just the kids that get measured on a regular basis, it is everyone.   Even past pets.   I am proud to report that I am still holding steady at 5’8″.   The boys study that door on a regular basis.   It is fun to see that they are just an inch shorter than a cousin was at the same age or how they are gaining on the next generation.

10. Teaching/Learning

Every once in awhile the perfect teaching moment comes along to bring in grandparent support.   This happened a few months ago as Ryan prepared for a Famous Texan presentation.   He called up Bampa for inside information on who might be a good choice for his speech and some stories about what he remembered about that person.   Mimi was the source behind a paper on what life was like 50 years ago.   Grandpa is teaching my boys to play chess.   Each of these educational moments bring them closer together and give them something else they have in common.

Fun Things to Do With Grandparents

Parents and Grandparents shouldn’t be shy about facilitating this relationship.   Creating opportunities for kids to be involved with their grandparents is effort well spent.   Sometimes it is easier than other times, but making a conscious goal of building time together will strengthen family ties and let kids know that they have several layers of support.

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What is your favorite activity to do with your grandparents?

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  1. this is such a great way to keep in touch over the miles. i’m going to share this with my father-in-law!

  2. This post really hit home for me! I am really excited to check out DoubleScoop. The app sounds fantastic. We live over 3,000 miles away from both sets of grandparents. Skype and FaceTime are used on a daily basis in our home. My mother has an official ‘virtual ‘ with my boys a few times a week. Thanks so much for sharing!