by Sarah Halfpenny
As an active senior, you might be searching for ways to bond with your grandchildren. Spending quality time with them can create core memories and a deep connection that will last their lifetime. Here are five ideas for enjoying each other’s company that aren’t expensive or complicated:
1. Plan a fun outing
Going on an excursion is an excellent way to spend time with your grandkids. Whether it’s a trip to the zoo, museum, beach or art gallery, seeing a movie, taking a hike in the bush or a ride on a train, you can make cherished memories. Take the time to plan an activity that your grandchildren will enjoy, and don’t forget to pack some snacks and drinks!
2. Share your hobbies and interests
Whether it’s baking, gardening, knitting, art, music or fishing, you can teach your grandchildren new skills while also spending time together. They may even develop a passion for one of your hobbies and pass it on to their children and grandchildren!
3. Read together
Reading is an excellent way to promote literacy and spend quality time with your grandkids. Pick out a favourite book or find a new one to read together. You can take turns reading out loud as you snuggle up with a hot chocolate on the couch. Reading together can also spark conversations about the book, and you could even create a mini book club with other friends and their grandchildren.
4. Play games
Engage in friendly competition and create lasting memories with board games, card games, or even video games. Take turns choosing which games to play – you’ll both learn something from each other that way! Plus, playing games can promote cognitive and social development for your grandkids.
5. Share family history and stories
This is a great way to connect with your grandkids and also pass down family traditions. Take the time to look through photos together and share stories about your childhood, your parents and grandparents, and other family members. You can also recreate family recipes and traditions, and undertake a project to create a family tree together.